Angelina + Tom: The Wedding

Of all the brides I worked with last year, I felt like I knew Angelina the best by the time her October wedding day arrived. We’d texted and emailed back and forth all year, brainstormed First Look ideas, and she’d even sent me pictures from her final fitting for her gown (which fit her¬†perfectly). I knew that she was anxious to make everyone happy, but that she really just wanted a candid approach to documenting her day. I knew she was incredibly organized, sending me a shot list before I could send her my version. And I knew she was beyond excited to be marrying Tom with all of their friends and family there to witness it.

What I didn’t know was that after weeks of sun and warm weather, it would pour buckets of rain the day before and into her wedding day. But when my assistant and Second Shooter Extraordinaire, Jess, and I arrived, Angelina wasn’t phased at all by the weather. It looked like it would clear in time for First Look, so she wasn’t going to waste energy worrying about it. And that was Angelina: prepared for every possible outcome, but not at all phased if things didn’t come together exactly the way she’d hoped. She was the calm in the midst of the storm of excitement that defines your average wedding.

Her lovely family was the same. Her mom took the time to tell me why she’d encouraged Angelina to choose me, and she made my day in doing so. Her aunt was nervous about being dressed up (she was stunning) and her reading at the ceremony (it was beautiful and emotional). Her sister was teary as she walked down the aisle and looked on as her sister and Tom exchanged vows. And her step-dad was an adorable teddy-bear of a man, ready to do whatever Jess asked of him as she took charge of the groomsmen and the dads.

Tom’s family was just as much fun: His mother Kathie rocked the high glam look as she walked down the aisle in a full-length blue lace-and-sequin gown, and his sister Sheila made for the perfect centerpiece to the ceremony as the officiant. And even though Tom made clear from the very beginning he would be fine if we didn’t take a single picture of him, he still gamely played along…and I think he may even look like he’s having fun despite the cameras snapping away. ūüôā

Enjoy these selections from their wedding: I know I do. And I’m so glad that Jess and I ended this 2017 wedding season the way we began it, feeling as if we were leaving our own friends and family behind at the end of the night. Angelina, Tom, and family: THANK YOU! (Scroll down to see a list of all the awesome vendors who helped make Angelina and Tom’s day so special!)

 

Angelina + Tom: Sneak Peek

After a wedding, no matter how late I get home, I can’t wait to load the cards and start importing the images into Lightroom, so I can reassure myself the day went the way I thought it did as I shot it. I was even more excited last night because it was my first wedding shooting with the new Nikon D850. Fast forward to midnight when I still hadn’t been able to load a single image into Lightroom because apparently Adobe hasn’t updated yet to read the RAW format the D850 uses (I could rant about this forever, but this is about Angelina and Tom, not me!).

So I woke up this morning and googled my issue, and I finally found a work-around…one that unfortunately would involve 10 hours of file conversion, but when those files finally were importing into Lightroom, let me tell you…the wait was totally worth it! I could geek out for hours about the detail the D850 captures, even in low light conditions. But instead, I’ll tell you how much I enjoyed getting to know Angelina and her family, Tom and his. While Tom could have gladly foregone ever having a single picture taken, he was an excellent sport about letting us take lots of him anyway, and Angelina’s smile lit up every space she was in. Angelina’s family treated us like family, and I will forever be grateful to Ginette for helping Angelina make the decision to choose me to photograph their special day! Here’s a very small sneak peek of their beautiful wedding day, with many more to come in the coming days!

That gorgeous day wouldn’t have happened without all of the following vendors and all of their hard work!

 

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Engagement Session: Joanna + Charles

Joanna and Charles could not be cuter. Seriously. As I followed them with my second shooter Jess (we’d totally taken advantage of the opportunity for a girls’ weekend in Bar Harbor while we worked–more on that later) down the paths behind Jordan Pond House in Acadia Park, Joanna said she didn’t think she’d mind having paparazzi follow her, and as you can see, they’re both more than comfortable in front of the camera. But what really stood out to Jess and I as we spent the hours heading into sunset with Joanna and Charles was the quiet adoration they clearly have for each other, the way they looked at each other, the way they murmured little inside jokes to one another, teasing each other sweetly as we documented every word, glance, and touch. They are eloping in NYC, so I won’t be working with them on a wedding as I would with most of my clients, but I’m so glad I was able to be part of this special afternoon with them…and as you look through this small peek into that session, now you will be, too.

Sneak Peek: Johnna + Sean

There is nothing more special than photographing your friends, and that’s why I was thrilled to have the opportunity to shoot our friends’ Johnna and Sean’s wedding this past weekend. They are two of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen two people more in love (and that’s saying a LOT because all of the couples I’ve photographed are clearly completely smitten with one another!). All of their adorableness, AND a hilarious wedding party, AND terrifically awesome parents, AND an epic venue (a huge shout-out to the INCREDIBLE staff at the Governor Hill Mansion in Augusta!), not to mention photographing their wedding surrounded by guests we know and love, made this one very special and memorable wedding for Jess and I to shoot.

 

 

Lexy + Jimmy: Love at First Flight

As my second shooter, Jess, and I made the long drive down the coast from the mountains of Western Maine, we were beyond excited. Lexy and Jimmy’s day was finally here, and the weather couldn’t be better: The day dawned breezy and humid, but no clouds dared mar the sky. When they finally started streaming across the sky at twilight, they only appeared to give the gift of a gorgeous sunset complete with a rainbow arcing across the sky.

Of all the couples I worked with this year, I felt like I knew Lexy and Jimmy the best going into their big day: I had done their engagement shoot last fall, and we kept in close contact throughout the months between then and their special day. And the day was an emotional one: Lexy and Jimmy had each prepared sweet letters for each other which they read before the ceremony. As Lexy read hers, she fretted about her makeup (“I wasn’t expecting to cry!”) and smiled tearily as she read Jimmy’s words for her. Lexy opted to go the traditional route and not let Jimmy see her before the wedding, so her bridesmaids got creative to help ensure Jimmy’s first view of her was coming down the stairs toward him, escorted by first her grandfather, then her father, at the ceremony. And when that moment arrived, and they saw each other for the first time, their smiles could have outshone the sun.

After the ceremony, the guests gathered below the Viewpoint for a huge group picture, where I was able to capture a picture of them and the gorgeous backdrop of the Nubble Lighthouse, then bride, groom, family, and bridal party met at the foot of the old mansion adjoining the hotel for their portraits. Despite the hot sun and warmer temps, everyone was upbeat, happy, and so much fun to work with!

Lexy and Jimmy met on an airplane headed home from Las Vegas, and thus their hashtag: #lovetakesflight, and the reception favors, bottle stoppers with an antique airplane rested on each guest’s plate. Guests also left little notes on the sign Lexy and Jimmy had set up to mark the beginning of their adventure together. Meanwhile, the Brandy Band killed through a seriously impressive set list of cover hits both classic and current that had everyone up on their feet, dancing (check out my recent blog about one pair of awesome dancers!) and singing along.

The bouquet toss was definitely one of my favorite series to shoot: Lexy and Jimmy’s single friends took it seriously (I’m pretty sure I spotted his sister Jenn doing some pre-throw stretching to ensure she was ready for the big catch!). Editing them later, I was literally laughing out loud at the antics.

Jess and I had a blast with Lexy, Jimmy, and all of their friends and family, and we’re so so glad they chose us to cover their special day!

P.S. LOTS of amazing vendors went into making this day incredible for Lexy and Jimmy!

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Reception Highlights: Why Awesome Dancing Matters

I’m spending today editing Lexy and Jimmy’s GORGEOUS York wedding at the Viewpoint Hotel. Sometimes editing the reception can be the slowest part of the editing process (that’s why I usually do it first). I’m not as emotionally invested in the huge number of people dancing as I am with the couple, their families, and the men and women of the wedding party that I’ve spent the entire day with (that’s why receptions are my second shooter Jess’ forte, and in fact she caught a few of these shots).

But sometimes, in all those pictures of that crowd of strangers, you come across some amazing gems, like this couple that clearly LOVE to be on the dance floor, AND they’ve got the moves to go with that love. Whoever you are, you made this reception edit so much more fun for me (and if you’re ever in need of a photographer, I happen to know one hehe!).

Caroline and Tom: Never a Dull Moment

When my second shooter, Rachel (filling in for her sister and my normal constant partner-in-crime, Jessica) and I pulled up to The Landing at Pine Point in Scarborough, the day was off to a gorgeous start: sunny and breezy, with a hint of salt on the sea air, and the mood inside of the bridal suite was festive: Caroline and her bridesmaids were getting prepped with a steady stream of hip hop, and mimosas and laughter were the order of the day. Rachel and I immediately took advantage of the beautiful breeze to photograph Caroline’s gown outside under the pergola where she would wed Tom just a few short hours later, the lace gown blowing gently in the sea breeze.

The good weather wouldn’t last, though. By the time we headed down the short two block walk to the beach where Tom was waiting, it looked Armageddon was coming from the West, and just as Caroline got in position to make her walk down the beach bath to her man, fat drops of rain started falling from the sky, turning into a downpour within seconds. Caroline ran for the condos next door, where a very nice family let her take refuge, while Tom ran in from the shoreline, getting soaked in the process.

But even though First Look was foiled by torrents of rain, Caroline and Tom stayed upbeat. When hot, humid sunshine replaced the torrential rain, they gamely tried their best to look cool. After we restaged First Look back at the Landing, we did a few portraits with their very excited-to-see-them wolf-dog, Smokey. A lovely outdoor ceremony was followed by their reception, with Caroline’s bridesmaid Becca serenading them beautifully for their first dance. From the moment Rachel and I arrived until we packed up to go, there was never a dull moment–and I don’t think the laughter ever paused, unless it was for happy tears.

Many vendors worked hard to make Caroline and Tom’s day extra special:

Sneak Peek: Lexy and Jimmy

Despite early morning predictions of rain for the Southern Coast, Saturday dawned rain-free and gorgeous. And Jess and I are so happy it did! Lexy was a beautiful bride, anxious to see her man, and I am honored I was able to be a part of such a special day.

Here are a few Sneak Peek images to tide you over until the Maine Event (see what I did there haha) pictures post. Enjoy!!

This wedding would not have happened without the hard work and artistic eye of all of Lexy and Jimmy’s vendors:

 

Sneak Peek: Caroline and Tom

What a day yesterday! Huge thunderstorms (check out those clouds!) and torrential rain intervened seconds before First Look began and threw our plans off a bit, but Caroline and Tom were excellent sports through the storm (and the hot, muggy weather that followed!). We had such a blast following them through their day! Enjoy this sneak peek!

A huge thank you to the awesome vendors who made everything gorgeous:

  • Event Coordinating, Catering, and Cake Artist: Black Tie Caterers (www.blacktieco.com) and the staff at The Landing at Pine Point
  • Florist: Skillins Greenhouses (www.skillinsgreenhouses.com)
  • The DJ who kept everyone dancing and singing along: Luke Lanigan (luke@rethinkthedj.com) with Revolution DJs
  • Hair and Makeup by: Jessica Candage and Maeghan (jessicacmua@gmail.com)
  • Second Shooter of Awesomeness: Rachel Dow

An Intimate Gathering at the Bethel Inn Resort

The day dawned cloudy with a chance of rain, but that only added to our excitement as my second shooter, Jessica, and I drove the winding roads from Farmington, where we live, to Bethel, Maine, to begin shooting Regina and Steve’s wedding day. Cloudy days make for excellent portrait days, and as we drove, Jess and I strategized, checking out a couple of possible First Look locations on the way. We arrived at the Bethel Inn Resort to find Regina serene and beautiful as Jody Newman from I Do Spas put the finishing touches on her hair and makeup. Tracy, her Maid of Honor, and Casey, her bridesmaid, chatted about who was most likely to cry at the ceremony while the I Do team worked on their hair and makeup, and Casey surprised herself by bursting into tears as she declared Tracy was more likely to cry (we all had a good laugh at that, too!).

Happy tears seemed to be the order of the day. Steve’s mother, Kim, couldn’t hold back her emotion when she saw Steve in his wedding suit, and Regina’s mother, Linda, hugged her daughter tight when she was overcome with emotion at the sight of Regina in her dress for the first time. One of the things I loved most about working with Regina and Steve was seeing how very beloved they are by their family and friends.

Jess and I also loved how hilarious the guys were to work with! Steve and his Best Man, Dan, staged their own First Look, and Steve’s brother, Jaron (who asked me in Steve and Regina’s pre-booking interview, If you could be any animal, what would you be? My pick: baby elephant. Jaron’s? Sloth.), kept us laughing all day long. The day wasn’t all laughter, though: even though Steve had insisted that he would not get emotional when he saw Regina (and she had agreed!), he couldn’t hide how moved he was to see her in her gown for the first time. And only a statue could not be moved: Regina simply looked stunning in her gorgeous gown, like a fairy-tale princess come to life.

Earlier, one of the locations Jess and I had scouted for First Look was the covered bridge at the foot of the Sunday River Ski Resort, and we were so glad we chose it! It was a perfect backdrop, especially on the slightly overcast day, and the beautiful bright blooms from Carol Duplessis of Pooh Corner Farm were the perfect accent for our shots.

The day flew by after that! The sun made a very brief appearance just before the emotional ceremony, kicked off by two of the most adorable and best-behaved flower girls Jess and I have ever seen, and performed by Steve’s Aunt Michelle, but Regina’s smile as she walked toward Steve outshone the sun. The rest of the day passed quickly in a blur of hugs, tears, and laughter. It was such a privilege to spend the day with Regina and Steve and their friends and family!

These vendors all played an integral role in making Regina and Steve’s day amazing! Be sure to check them out: