Garden Party Wedding •Alison + Mark• Orrington, Maine Wedding Photographer

Alison and Mark traveled from Colorado to marry at her childhood home. It was a perfect August day for an outdoor ceremony in Maine, and the lively garden party reception that followed. The afternoon was filled with the sounds of a string quartet, lawn games, beautiful food, animated conversation and camaraderie.   Alison’s creative hands and DIY spirit touched nearly all the gorgeous details, from the stunning boutonnieres to the sweet kerchief display…in case of any tears of joy (which there definitely were when Alison and Mark were serenaded by her father and sister during the ceremony).  Alison and Mark opted to meet for portraits before the ceremony, allowing us to dedicate plenty of time to create both fun and timeless images before the big event, freeing them up to get right down to socializing with their guests after tying the knot. As the dusk turned to dark, the quartet (The Galley Rats, who ROCK!) seamlessly transformed their sound to energetic sea-shanties which was perfect for dancing the night away…

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Congratulations on one gorgeous day Alison and Mark! It was a privilege to meet you and capture the joy of your day! Thank you! xo

Venue: Family Property / Officiant: Lynn Hunt / Entertainment: The Galley Rats / Catering: Jane’s Catering /  Floral Design: DIY by the Bride!

Cider Hill Farm Wedding •Veronica + Thomas• Waldoboro, Maine Wedding Photographer

Veronica and Thomas met in high school, shared the last 10 years together, and have two amazing children. This summer, they tied the knot in their hometown. Veronica and Thomas chose Cider Hill Farm in Waldoboro for their rustic, outdoor ceremony and super fun bash that followed.
We call it a bash for a reason! Let’s just say it was complete with face painting and a bouncy house for the kids (okay, maybe a few adults also took part 🙂 ), horse and carriage rides, an on-site pizza oven, a serious bonfire – complete with a s’mores and sparkler station – and fireworks!

Veronica attributes laughter to the longevity of their relationship. In reflecting further, she shared:

“Our children have taught us so many things, but most of all the true meaning of family.  And so we’ve said before, ‘we may not have it all together, but together we have it all.’ ” Here’s a peek of their big day, all together. ❤ Veronica_and_Thomas-0052

Loved this subtle, sweet “something old.” Veronica attached a tiny heart, clipped from the fabric of her mother-in-law’s wedding dress. ❤
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Venue: Cider Hill Farm / Officiants: Tom and Anne Rumph / Entertainment: MLC live music band / Catering: Harvest Moon Pizza /
Fletcher face paint / Spears Farms /Floral Design: Shelley’s Flowers / Cake and Cupcakes: Laugh Loud Smile Big / Hair: Bad Hair Days Transportation:  horse + carriage Steve Akely

Happy Maine Wedding Couples! Happy Maine Wedding Photographers!

2015badgeWe’re thrilled to start the New Year having earned the 2015 WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Awards! We especially want to thank all of our couples for giving us the honor of capturing their day and taking time out of their busy lives to share their journey with us in our reviews!  ❤ Congratulations and thank you!!!

“The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® recognizes the top five percent of local wedding professionals from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the organization, winners of the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® are determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over a million WeddingWire newlyweds.”

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Wedding •Jen + Chris• Boothbay, Maine Wedding Photographer

Jen and Chris make their home in Ohio, where they live with their giant tortoises (we’re talking around 70 lbs folks!) Sherman, Matilda and Valentine. They chose to marry in Maine (where Jen’s family has vacationed every summer for many years) after visiting the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay.  Jen recalls, “We fell in love with the Botanical Gardens on a visit last year when the weather was dreary and heavy fog was everywhere. There wasn’t a single person in the gardens that day and we loved every minute of it.  We just decided to get lost hiking in the rain and see where we turned up. It was a perfect rainy day in one of the most beautiful places on earth!  Our wedding is just an excuse to bring our friends and loved ones to our favorite place! (And to have an open bar while doing so!).”
As you may be able to already tell, these two have a strong sense of adventure and humor to boot! We shared countless laughs together. Jen kindly took the time to share some wonderful tales of their love story….enjoy! (Thanks Jen!!!)

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JenandChris-0010JenandChris-0016The Meeting:  “Chris and I met at the Cincinnati Museum Center in Cincinnati, Ohio and started dating November 23, 2010.  (Jen’s grandparents actually met at a USO event in the exact same building back when it was a train station during WWII!)  Chris worked with the live animal collections and I teach school children who come to the museum on field trips. We just started chatting in the offices and soon started to hang out outside of work. I shared all of my favorite hobbies and interests with Chris – kayaking, travel, gardening, history, spending time outdoors and my basset hound Byron.  And he shared all of his favorite hobbies and interests with me – caving, reptiles, travel, hiking, camping, science and MMA. We agreed to disagree on the reptiles and MMA, however, now he is my awesome kayaking buddy and I am his tolerable caving companion.” (Note the tortoises’ gear below….a kayaking paddle and some caving gear 🙂

JenandChris-0041JenandChris-0046JenandChris-0035The Proposal:  “Chris came up with the idea that we should go to see the Moonbow in Cumberland Falls, Kentucky for our anniversary.  I booked a cabin and we were going to spend a long weekend hiking during the day and trying to see a rainbow at night over the Falls. (Side note – this is the only place outside of Africa where a rainbow can be seen at night.) When we showed up, we realized there was a religious revival going on for the youth of a local church, and we were booked right in the center of it all. We escaped by hiking during the day, and at night, we went to the Moonbow as planned. It was cold and we had headlamps to find our way around the falls since nighttime and giant waterfalls do not go well together. After Chris ran us back and forth from the top of the falls to the bottom and back again, I asked if we could go inside and warm up since the Moonbow was not showing up. He said ‘no’ and kept running us to different ledges and overlooks for another two hours. Finally when we stopped on one of the overlooks, I took a moment to fix my headlamp when I thought that Chris was kneeling down to tie his boot. I asked if he could fix my lamp when he pulled out the ring and proposed. I was so surprised that I didn’t even remember to answer! (Which he teased me about to no end afterwards.) Turns out he had been carrying around his great grandmother’s ring since early that morning.  We had been hiking up and down hills, climbing on boulders and crossing streams for 7-8 miles and it was in his pocket the whole time!”

JenandChris-0085Maine Wedding PhotographerMaine Wedding Photographer-0343Maine Wedding Photographer-0149We took full advantage of all the varied gardens throughout the property at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Frank, our lovely golf cart chauffeur, zoomed us around to different locations (even over the crazy terrain!) throughout portrait time (Thank you Frank!!!) Here’s a peek at some of our favorite spots.Maine Wedding Photographer-0171Maine Wedding Photographer-0268Maine Wedding Photographer-0262Maine Wedding Photographer-0304Maine Wedding Photographer-0312Jen and Chris infused their day with lots of personality and playfulness. Their close friend and officiant, Grant, kicked things off Princess Bride Style, “Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam… ” Yes, it made for lots of smiles and belly laughter!

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Congratulations Jen and Chris! It was an honor (and a whole heap of fun) to be part of your day! xo

Venue: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens / Event Coordination: Courtney Locke of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens / Officiant: Grant Smiley/ Cake: Mae’s Cafe and Bakery / Catering: Sarah’s Cafe / Floral Design: Boothbay Region Greenhouses / Entertainment: DJ Michael of M.R.K. Entertainment

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South Portland Wedding • Sarah + Ian • Portland Maine Wedding Photographer

On a frozen day this past winter, Sarah’s mother, Ella, connected with me. We had a lively conversation as we began to discuss details of her daughter’s wedding and in the process both got very excited by the prospect of rusty walls and colored textures in photographs….it was during this interaction that I learned both Ella and her husband, Knapp, are also photographers.In fact, Ella and I discovered we had even been in some of the same photography exhibits in recent years!

As we all got to know each other, I also learned that Sarah and Ian met at the start of high school, when Sarah was just 13 years old. And, as Sarah’s father mentioned in his wonderful toast, they had bonded over their “dorky interests” (hey, we can relate!) and the rest was history.  Sarah + Ian had known each other more than half of their lives by the time their wedding day arrived on the summer solstice! ❤

We all met at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, to photograph formals and portraits before their ceremony. During the session, we opted against the familiar landmark at the park, and instead incorporated fort ruins, bright green trees and some graffiti we came across. (The rusty walls followed later!)
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James McBride created a stunning bouquet and boutonniere (we loved the succulents and the twisty twigs!) for the Bride and Groom.

Jodi Smith of Acapello Salons created Sarah’s adorable hair style.
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Then, it was off to the Salt Water Grille in South Portland for the ceremony and an intimate afternoon cocktail party.

Their ceremony was beautifully officiated by Chaplain Sarah Shepley, who is also an accomplished and amazing book artist too!

She created the piece for Sarah + Ian’s wedding below. Oh! AND Ian’s Aunt read from Shel Silverstein, one of our favorites!
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During the ceremony, each parent and grandma held their rings, to bless them, as did Sarah + Ian, before exchanging them.
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Immediately following their ceremony, we slipped out for a few more portraits (cue rusty walls).
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Sarah + Ian kicked off their reception with a time honored Polish Wedding Tradition (a nod to Ian’s heritage), the Sharing of Bread, Salt and Wine. Sarah + Ian’s parents and Ian’s Babci (Grandma!) presented them with a piece of rye sprinkled with salt and a glass of wine, which symbolizes the bitter and the sweet in life.

Their friends and family enjoyed delicious h’orderves, created in house at the Salt Water Grille, and cake and cupcakes from the European Bakery.

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After their party, Sarah + Ian caught a water taxi across the harbor, where they celebrated into the evening in Portland’s Old Port.

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We can’t forget a quick shout out to the Best Man, Will, who held our reflector, helped the boat dock in a tight spot, and gave a great toast to boot!
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Congratulations Sarah + Ian!  It was a joy to be part of your awesome day! xo

Officiant: Sarah Shepley of ChIMe /Event Coordination: Megan Brady at the Salt Water Grille /Venue and Catering: Salt Water Grille  / Cake and Cupcakes: European Bakery  /
Floral Design: Fleuriste at Papier Floral Arrangements by James McBride / Hair: Jodi Smith at Acapello Salons /Favors: Haven’s Candies

Bowdoinham Waterfront Wedding • Heather + Jason • Bowdoinham ME Wedding Photographer

Heather and Jason were married on (what turned out to be) a perfect spring day in Maine! On the morning of May 17, rain was falling from the sky in sideways sheets. To say it was pouring was an understatement. But, just as they say rain is lucky on your wedding day, we got even luckier: the precipitation completely stopped and clouds lingered…perfect light for an outdoor ceremony! Heather and Jason were married at the Bowdoinham Gazebo, along the Cathance River. After their ceremony, we spent some time creating portraits nearby, and then headed over to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, to take advantage of some beautiful architecture. Here are some of our favorites from Heather and Jason’s big day! Congratulations Heather and Jason! Thanks for making us part of your day! xo

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I absolutely loved Heather’s excitement, just before heading to walk down the aisle!
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Heather’s little sister was her honor attendant, and escorted her down the aisle ❤
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Rustic Maine Barn Wedding • Alison + Jake • Midcoast Maine Wedding Photographer

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Alison and Jake and were married on a lovely September afternoon at her family’s lakeside summer home in Midcoast Maine.  There were so many subtle, personalized touches to their day. As Alison and Jake met in high school (we can relate to that!) their families were already friends and the couple shared many mutual, long time pals, who played a large part in their ceremony and throughout the day.

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Instead of a traditional bouquet, Alison chose to gather flowers from friends as she made her way the aisle. When Alison met Jake under the Chuppah (which was handwoven by one of Alison’s Aunts!), he tied her flowers together with twine, creating her bouquet.

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The ceremony was officiated by Rabbi Sue, who infused the perfect amount of sentiment and humor into the celebration. An uncle recited animated prose, and seven of Alison and Jake’s close friends read interpretations of the Sheva Brachot, or Seven Blessings traditionally recited at a Jewish Wedding Ceremony. After stomping the glass and sealing the ceremony with a perfect kiss, Alison and Jake danced a jig down the aisle to the music of their violinist, Patrick Mangan, which set a perfect tone for the rest of the evening.
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Alison and Jake threw a lively reception at Darrow’s Barn (a former dairy barn) at Round Top Farm in Damariscotta.

We wandered the property to take some portraits after the ceremony, before heading to the party. Here are a few of our favorites!

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As serious foodies (check out Alison’s awesome blog!) the eats and drinks were important to the newlyweds.  Alison + Jake provided written instructions to their guests to fill mason jars with beer, and repeat! If guest’s didn’t fancy ale, there were also custom cocktails, the ABC (Alison Basil Cucumber) and the Jake-Fashioned. Alison and Jake chose to serve a family style meal of delicious local offerings. The reception was catered by Portsmouth Catering Co. (We loved the sweet food truck they brought along!)
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Tricky Britches provided atmospheric bluegrass throughout the cocktail hour, and even played a special rendition of “The wheels on the bus (go round and round)…” for Jake’s little cousin. Singing along was encouraged!  The band moved into the barn where they fueled dancing with feisty bluegrass throughout the evening.

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When it came time for the Hora, Jake’s brother, Ben and cousin, Pat, treated everyone’s ears to the most fantastic, fiddled rendition of Hava Nagila.

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Alison Shell,Bremen,Busy Bride Consulting,Damariscotta Wedding,Darrows Barn Wedding,Jake Andrews,Round Top Barn Wedding,Scratch Bakery,Tricky Britches Band,

The ingredients for this perfect day? A big dose of love, family, friends, bluegrass, a bit of bourbon and and a barn!

Congratulations Alison + Jake, it was such a pleasure to photograph your perfect day! xo

Officiant: Rabbi Susan Bulba Cavutto

Day of Coordination: Kimy Wall of Busy Bride Consulting

Violinist: Patrick Mangan

Venue: Darrow’s Barn at Round Top Farm

Catering:  Portsmouth Catering Co.

Entertainment: Tricky Britches Band

Cake: Scratch Bakery

Flowers: Blue Cloud Flower Farm

Hair: Mia’s Shear Perfection

Southern Maine Summer Wedding • Lisa + Michael • Scarborough, Maine Wedding Photography

After a frigid Maine winter, we are pretty darn thrilled that it is finally the start of spring! We’ve been dreaming of daffodils for days now, and it only seems appropriate to blog about a wedding full of smiling people and gorgeous blooms in celebration of the warming days!  Lisa and Michael met through a mutual friend and after their very first blind date, the rest was history!

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Lisa and Michael’s day was all about love (obviously!) and uniting family. The couple chose to have the five children they share between them as their wedding party ❤

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August served up the perfect weather for their quaint backyard wedding at a friend’s property in Scarborough. That very same weather also provided perfect conditions for Michael to ride his motorcycle to the ceremony!
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After a heartfelt ceremony under a grape arbor, guests moved into the funky, rustic barn and surrounding garden for cocktail hour, complete with lawn games, a photo booth and a few curious onlookers.

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The hay bales, which had been artfully draped with a blush fabric for creative outdoor ceremony seating, served another purpose for the rest of the evening….

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I loved the bundled silverware, hand tied with a sprig of rosemary, which symbolizes love and loyalty.

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Lisa’s bouquet of roses, hydrangeas and dahlias was designed by Fleur de Lis.

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Pizza By Fire catered the reception – AMAZING wood fired pizza, cooked onsite in a mobile brick oven!

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Congratulations Lisa + Michael! xo

Wedding Photography from Portland, ME to Pittsburgh, PA! Published in WHIRL Magazine!

Images from Annika + Vincent’s weddings were just featured in WHIRL Magazine’s Wedding Guide! Weddings, plural, you ask? As Annika + Vincent have family and friends from all over, they decided to hold not one, but two perfect celebrations! YES!

We photographed Annika + Vincent’s Maine wedding at The Portland Club on an amazing September day.  Weeks later, photographer Anthony Wincko captured their Pittsburgh bash.

Our featured images are: Annika + Vincent strolling up State Street (top); escort card (middle right) and cake created by Black Tie Co (bottom left). Congratulations Annika + Vincent!

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