As we walked along the carefully manicured, forest-lined trails of the Granite Ridge Estate and Barn’s grounds, Emma remarked she wanted to feel like she was getting married in a storybook forest, and she couldn’t have picked a more perfect venue. Every detail from the pretty cupola at the ceremony site to the pretty trails through that forest scream “fairy tale”. It was a delight to get to meet Emma and Luke, high school sweethearts, and her mom and sister, for their engagement session at the same venue where they’ll be saying, “I do,” almost exactly a year from now.
We explored the trails around the venue and the “cottage” (i.e. huge lodge of a home) the venue uses as the “getting ready” area, getting some gorgeous views of the White Mountains in the distance–in fact, there’s a near perfect view of the ever-imposing Mount Washington from the Barn itself–picking out First Look possibilities, and of course, getting some great shots as we explored. Emma and Luke are avid outdoors people, so I tried to capture that in their shots.
After we said goodbye, I got a little lost going home, but I’ve never been so happy to get lost: driving slowly past the many ponds of Greenwood, Maine, watching the full moon come up over a sheer bluff bordering one of those ponds…and I even saw a moose! My heart was full with the beauty of that evening as I finally found my road home.
Emma and Luke, it was a pleasure meeting you guys, and I can’t wait for the year ahead! Thank you for choosing me to be the photographer to cover your storybook wedding!
I’ve never been to Norway before, so as my Waze guided me down the backroads of Maine between Farmington, where I live, and Norway, home to the Granite Ridge Estate and Barn where Emma and Luke will be getting married next year, I was surprised by how far it was. I know people who live in Norway, I thought. Do they really live this far away?
I missed the initial turn to the venue, a small dirt road off the Norway Center Road, but once I turned around and found it, slowly winding my way up the hill toward the enormous barn, I realized what an incredible location the area must be for weddings.
Emma and Luke had invited me here for their engagement session to give me a preview of the venue, and because it offers amazing views that proved to make a magnificent backdrop for their photos (soooo worth the drive out!). Check out their sneak peak here, and watch for the full blog in a few more weeks. Thank you, Emma and Luke, for choosing me as your photographer! I’m beyond excited for your wedding next year!
With wedding season in full swing, I don’t have a lot of opportunity to do Lifestyle Sessions these days. What’s a “Lifestyle Session,” you ask? It’s an hour long portrait session where I capture life as it happens, whether it’s with a couple, a family, or an adorable toddler like Sophia.
Sophia’s gram, Jan, emailed me last week to see if I might be able to squeeze in a Lifestyle Session because her granddaughter, Sophia, and daughter-in-law, Asia, were visiting them at their camp from Washington, D.C.
I’m so glad I found a way! Sophia was an adorable little ham for the camera, and though it was pouring when I first arrived, the sun was out within minutes, and we were able to move outside with her and her gorgeous and beyond sweet mom, Asia.
I LOVE photographing kids! And Asia and I got to chat about my move ten years ago from the D.C. area to rural Maine while I worked which was an added bonus. Thank you so much, Jan and family, for choosing me to capture your very special granddaughter!