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Christine & Dan's Maine Wedding at Foster's Clambake in York, Maine

It started much like many stories do these days. Met online. Laughter and smiles during the first meeting. Friendship grows.... oh wait, that's my story with Christine & Dan. But it's true! Like many of my couples, Christine & Dan found me online and reached out to me in August of 2015 as they were planning their destination wedding for here in Maine. With visions of a warm springtime wedding with their closest family & friends traveling from far and wide to celebrate their union, I knew that capturing their story would be the perfect fit for me.

Christine & Dan met while in the same Ph.D. program and spent several years as friends before making the jump into the dating title. Their shared love of knowledge, hiking, rock climbing, and the great outdoors made them the perfect match. Seeing them together just made that concept even more concrete. The way Christine was just glowing all day and beaming the biggest smile I think I've ever seen. Then Dan was like a giddy school boy just talking about Christine and marrying her. It was clear that this day, even with Mother Nature throwing a curve ball with less than perfect weather, was simply meant to be.

The couple and their friends and family readied for the day at the incredible Hidden Meadows Farm & Vineyard B&B, a luxurious rental home in Eliot, Maine. With immaculate grounds, detailed woodwork, and an expansive space, it was one of the most perfect places to spend their weekend away. It also made for the ideal canvas to hold Christine & Dan's first look and portraits along the fence line with the gardens surrounding them and the sounds of the waterfall and stream to break the silence.

With the details in place, we proceeded to Foster's Clambake & Catering in York. This quintessential Maine establishment complimented their vision of a destination wedding in Maine nicely. If only the weather had been better! Despite the heavy cloud cover and hints of precipitation, Christine & Dan were married in a very personal ceremony along the pond on the back lawn. There was laughter, lots of smiles, and a tangible amount of love filling the area. Foster's was also the host for their lobster bake reception featuring all of the details you would have expected: bowls of chowder, buckets of clams, bright red lobsters, shiny yellow corn, and blueberry cake to top it all off. With Christine & Dan's amazing choreographed dance starting the party and Dan's epic breakdancing moves, it really was an awesome way to celebrate their union.

I hope that you are enjoying your honeymoon, Christine & Dan! Thank you again for choosing me to capture the story of your day. It truly was an honor.

Here is a small sneak peek of what the newlyweds have to look forward to in their full gallery of images. It was certainly hard to pick my favorites!

Kate & Brendan :: Wedding & Reception in Westford, Massachusetts

This post is coming to you straight from the ether as I reflect on all of the amazing that 2014 held. It was a busy year from start to finish and my lovely lil' blog did not get as much loving as I wish it did. My goal is to change that for 2015. So, let's catch up!

Like many of my couples, Kate & Brendan came to me through another couple that I had the pleasure of working with (thank you, Kari & Joe!). But the story changes when I say that Brendan's sister, Carol Ann, was the one who reached out to me first. And I think that really says a lot about Kate & Brendan and their wedding day. Family. For them, and for me, family is everything.

Kate wore her mother's wedding gown. Carol Ann helped immensely with the wedding planning, especially since Kate & Brendan live on the other side of the country. Their family and friends came to celebrate from all over North America. Kate's sons and several other children were heavily involved in the festivities. The entire day was the story of Kate & Brendan.

Although we only met that day, I left knowing who they are deep down. Warm, loving, caring, and funny! It was such an amazing day!

Date: April 26, 2014  |  Getting Ready & Reception Location: Westford Regency Inn in Westford, Massachusetts  |  Ceremony Location: Holy Family Parish Church in Concord, Massachusetts  |  Portraits Location:  Old North Bridge and Minute Man National Historic Park in Concord, Massachusetts

Keriann & Josemir :: Nashoba Valley Winery Wedding & Reception

Keriann & Josemir found me through Kelly & Ryan as they were all planning their 2013 weddings. When Keriann told me that their wedding would be held at The Pavilion at the Nashoba Valley Winery, I wouldn't help but jump up and down with excitement, hoping that I would be picked to cover the day. The connection was almost instant and they soon made it official that I would be photographing their nuptials. I was one very happy photog!

Fast forward 464 days (Yes, that's right! They booked me over 15 months in advance! Smart couple right there.), and the big day was here. The weather forecast... well... we were all crossing our fingers in the days leading up to it. For the second time this season (just like at Catherine & Will's May wedding), we all crowded around a cell phone to anxiously watch the radar report. And, for the second time, we all let out a huge sigh followed by smiles as we found that the coast was clear and the weather would be in our favor. In our favor? What an understatement! It turned out to be GORGEOUS! And while we're on the subject of gorgeous, can I just say how absolutely stunning Keriann was and how incredible her gorgeous gown was? *sigh* So very, very pretty!

Keriann & Josemir's family and friends gathered around the gazebo next to the pond in the glorious sun as they pronounced their love for one another. They started as coworkers, but that day they became husband & wife. The Reverend perfected his Portuguese in incorporate Josemir's native tongue in to the ceremony, which elicited plenty of giggles and smiles from his family. Each said their vows to one another. The kiss. The smiles and cheers. It was so perfect. Two families from two different countries became one close knit unit. And, now, it was time to party (after the portraits, of course)!

Josemir's best man & step father, Frank, gave one of the best toasts that I have ever heard. He spoke of Josemir's dreams of coming to America as he was a child growing up in Brazil. Of Josemir asking his mother to help him make his dreams a reality. And of his mother doing just that. But, just as Josemir's dreams of coming to America came true, to did Frank's dreams of finding his true love, which he found in Josemir's mother. I had to choke back the tears, guys; his words were so heartfelt and true. But that is how love works, isn't it? A twist of fate brings us together often when we least expect it. Perhaps with someone we would have never guessed. Keriann & Josemir are definitely a match that was meant to be.

The celebrating lasted well in to the late afternoon with a dance floor filled with so many wild characters burning it up: The moms were dancing together like they were long lost friends. One of the guest's hats made the rounds and landed on Keriann's head during when an always popular Michael Jackson song was played. Invisible jump rope had everyone racing to take turns jumping. One thing was always true. Smiles were everywhere. It was a perfect day.

Keriann & Josemir, thank you from the very bottom of my heart for having me capture your day for you. I am so honored. Congratulations on the start to the next amazing chapter in your life together!

Here is sneak peek of what the newlyweds had to relive their day by. You can find more of the sneak peek over on my Facebook page (and make sure you hit that "like" button!). But, even better, you can find all of their photos from the day in their gallery on my website. Once you have the password from Keriann & Josemir, you can order prints of all of your favorite moments right there and have them sent directly to you. You don't want to miss them!

Date: June 29, 2013  |  Getting Ready Location:Courtyard Marriott in Marlboro, MA  |  Ceremony & Reception Venue:Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA|  Caterer:Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA  |  Cake Artist:Bella Cakes in Marlborough, MA  |  Ceremony Music:Musique Makers in Boston, MA  |  Florist:Danielson Flowers in Shrewsbury, MA  |  DJ Services:Kevin Phelan in Billerica, MA|  Officiant: Rev Richard Jones of First Parish in Bolton, MA  |  Bridal Boutique:Camilla's Bridal in Arlington, MA

Kim & Phil :: Wedding at Spurwink Church and Reception at Purpoodock Club in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

I first met Kim & Phil in June of 2012 over a cup of coffee at my beloved Panera. My first reaction after that meeting? OMG. I love them. They make me smile. And giggle. A lot. They made that reaction happen yet again when we got together at Willard Beach for the engagement session. Their upbeat outlook on life is just infectious. So, when it came time to kick off my 2013 wedding season with them, I could not have asked for a better couple to work with. Kim was absolutely glowing the entire day and her smile is downright stunning. Phil's antics kept everyone laughing despite the head cold he was fighting off all day. Add to that the amazing weather that they were blessed with and it really could not have been more perfect.

Both Kim & Phil got ready at the Double Tree by Hilton in South Portland in separate towers. No accidentally running in to each other in this place! Once the details were ready, it was off to one of my favorite small, country churches: The Spurwink Church. It's simple facade and interior put the focus right where it should be for the day of. The two lovebirds professing their love for each other in between giggle and tears of joy. I was definitely not the only one trying to keep it together! Upon finishing the family portraits on the lawn of the Church, and a limo ride around the block, it was time to get the party started at the gorgeous Purpoodock Club in Cape Elizabeth. And they kept the dance floor going all night with DJ Nate Hicks and their awesome bridal party and friends. It was an awesome way to start this new chapter of their lives together.

Congratulations, Kim & Phil! May your marriage get better and your love for each other stronger, each and every day. And I hope your head colds were over in a jiffy so you could enjoy your honeymoon.

Here is a sneak peek of what's to come for the newlyweds. To check out these shots and many more, be sure to head on over to Facebook and "like" my page!

Date: May 18, 2013  |  Getting Ready Hotel:Double Tree by Hilton in South Portland, Maine  |  Hair & Makeup Stylists:CoCo Cheveux in South Portland, Maine  |  Ceremony Location:Spurwink Church in Cape Elizabeth, Maine  |  Reception Location & Catering:Purpoodock Club in Cape Elizabeth, Maine  |  Cake Artist:Bam Bam Bakery in Portland, Maine  |  Florist:The Ladyslipper in Gray, Maine  |  DJ Services:Nate Hicks  |  Officiant: Janice Gardner from Hitch Maine  |  Transportation:Mainelimo  |  Bridal Boutique:Andrea's Bridal

Happy First Anniversary, Jeannie & Derek!

It is hard to believe that Jeannie & Derek were hitched a year ago already! These two love birds tied the knot under the big pine trees at Derek's family business, which has been in the family for several generations. It was the quintessential spring day with tons of John Deere inspired accents to add to perfect finishing touches. The tented reception at their family's private estate was a huge hit and lasted well in to the night. I am sure that, like me, their family and friends will never forget what an awesome day it was! It certainly was the perfect way to start their married life together.

Happy 1st Anniversary, Jeannie & Derek! And congratulations on the newest addition to your family. What an awesome first year it has been for you two!

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Melissa & Rocco :: Wedding & Reception at Arrowhead Acres in Uxbridge, Massachusetts

Melissa and Rocco were introduced to me by Melissa's man of honor, Nick, who I first met in 2010 at Tarryn & Sean's wedding. Knowing how awesome THAT wedding was, you could understand my undying excitement to capture Melissa and Rocco's wedding! Many months of planning later, Melissa and Rocco tied the knot on April 14, 2012 at Arrowhead Acres in Uxbridge, Massachusetts. I don't think I could have asked for a better way to kick off my 2012 wedding season!

I first heard from Melissa almost a year in advance of their wedding day. Not meaning to sound like a dating website, but we hit it off right away and made plans to get together here in Maine. My husband and I met with Melissa and Rocco over lunch; the boys chatted about their mutual obsessions (meaning anything with an engine) while Melissa and I chatted about their wedding day plans (and whispered about her wedding dress). And, with that, the countdown to their day was on and it flew by faster than any of us thought it would. April 14th arrived and I don't think that there is a bride (& groom) in the world who was blessed with a more perfect spring day than these two. The birds were chirping, the sun was shining, and the temperatures were simply perfect; not chilly enough to make you reach for a coat, but not so warm to turn your glistening glow to anything more than just that. The only way their wedding day could have been more perfect is if poor Melissa hadn't been struck by a nasty head cold, but she was a trooper and you couldn't even tell that she was feeling under the weather.

Here is a tiny sneak peek of the photographs from their gorgeous day. To see more, head over to my Facebook page (and don't forget to "like" the page while you are there)!

Melissa and Rocco, thank you so much for giving us the honor of capturing your wedding day! And, Melissa, I hope that you start to feel better as soon as possible and that you two can head to your honeymoon in Puerto Rico as soon as possible.

 

Getting Ready: Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Lincoln, Rhode Island  | Ceremony & Reception: Arrowhead Acres in Uxbridge, Massachusetts | Bakery: SweetWorks in North Attleboro, Massachusetts | Florist: Friend of Melissa & Rocco | Hair & Makeup Artist: Arnie Pethjan from Salon Gina Cho in Milford, Massachusetts | DJ Service: Paul Payeur from SoundStream in Woonsocket, Rhode Island  | Officiant : Justice of the Peace Jeanne Hauge from “Memorable Ceremonies” in Uxbridge, Massachusetts | Transportation: RockStar Limo in Newport, Rhode Island | Bridal Gown Designer: Alfred Angelo Bridal