Sneak Peek: Melissa + Mike

When we scheduled Melissa and Mike’s engagement session, I think we all thought it would be a perfect early fall day with just a hint of chill in the air. What we got instead was a day we would have cried for in August: 85 degrees, humid and still. We all melted a little (well, not Melissa — she looked as gorgeous and fresh at the end of our session as she did getting out of the car at the start!), but the shots were well worth it, as we wandered around the scenic trails of Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm in Falmouth. And Melissa and Mike were so much fun–relaxed and easygoing, and so so adorable. I can’t wait to work with them over this next year! Enjoy their sneak peek…there’s more to come!

Delani + Mitchell: The Engagement Session (Extended Cut)

I LOVE engagement sessions even though they come with a fair share of nerves: What will they be like? Will they like me? Will I like them? Will I be able to figure out who they are when I get to the location? or variations on those questions circle my brain endlessly in the days leading up to that first shoot. (Thankfully, I’ve loved them all so far!)

This time, at least one of those questions wasn’t worrying me: I knew right away I loved Delani. One, she has a very cool name, and two, her warm, sweet, bubbly personality had really shone through when we conducted our phone interview earlier this spring. As we got started, I quickly realized Delani could not stop giggling, which just made the session that much more relaxed, easy, and fun. She particularly enjoyed that Mitchell–quiet and calm, a perfect complement to Delani–was being forced into showing lots of PDA while I pointed a camera at the both of them, although I have to say that Mitchell did not seem to mind one bit. His love for Delani radiates every time he looks at her. In fact, by the time we arrived at Pine Point Beach for their final shots, he seemed pretty awesomely comfortable.

Afterwards, we headed to the nearest Starbucks to grab some coffee and a little get-to-know-each-other time. I think it’s SO important before I spend one of the biggest day of my clients’ lives with them for us both to feel like we’re already friends. It makes the entire process of following them around all day with a giant camera so much less stressful! Delani chatted about her work in behavioral health, and Mitchell told me a little about his work as an arborist, and the plans for the future he and Delani were shaping.

Home later to edit the shots, I realized I was smiling at my computer (this happens a lot, actually) because Delani’s smile is so infectious. I’m beyond thrilled to have been their choice of photographer, and I can’t wait to work with them capturing their marriage at Sprint Hill next May!

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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!).

Sneak Peek: Emma & Luke’s Engagement Session

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!

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:

Engagement Session: Delani and Mitchell

First engagement session of the 2018 wedding season! I had so much fun with Delani and Mitchell. We started off on the Eastern Trail in Scarborough, and worked our way over to the beach at the end of Pine Point. The day could not have been lovelier — not too hot, not too humid, and just the right amount of sea breeze.

Delani giggled through most of the shoot which was awesome–photo shoots are supposed to be fun! A getting-to-know-you trip to Starbucks afterward, and then I raced home to start workflow on their gorgeous pics! Hard to believe the 2018 season is already almost full. I so can’t wait to work with Delani and Mitchell on their big day!

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:

A Rainy Day Wedding at the Migis Lodge

 

Some say rain makes for an even more radiant bride, and Dana proved that abundantly true on Saturday, May 6th in Casco, Maine. Misty rain (and occasional downpours) fell on and off all day at the rustic and beautiful Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake, but Dana glowed with happiness. “I can’t wait to see him,” she murmured as she waited anxiously to begin her walk down to the isolated dock on Moose Point where he waited.

I’d asked LeEric earlier if he thought he’d be emotional, and he’d laughed the thought off, but there was no question emotions were running high from the minute he saw Dana for the first time in her wedding gown. (See for yourself in the images above!) The rest of the day passed quickly in a flood of happy tears  and laughter.

“Dana was always the girl I just wanted to be near,” Dana’s sister Jaime said in her moving speech, and LeEric’s brothers had him laughing and crying during their speeches, in turn. It was incredibly heart-warming to see the close bond between these two families being joined in marriage, and I found myself tearing up listening to them. Some of the best dancing I’ve seen at a wedding capped off the night, and the party was still going strong as my second shooter and I packed up our gear, happy and exhausted. I am beyond honored Dana and LeEric chose me to photograph their day, and I loved every minute of working with them and their hilarious and fun family and friends!

Throughout these shots, you’ll note the work of these amazing vendors (or they’re just amazing and deserved a mention!):

A huge thank you to the staff at the Migis Lodge, especially wedding coordinator, Robyn Hammond-Sala, and Cake Artist, Caitlan Morris

I also want to thank the amazing Matt and Heather Forcier of LMV Productions who made my day soooo much easier and even more fun!

DJ: Dave Hall of DJ Trends
Make-up: Adore Rouge LLC
Hair: CEL Hair
Wedding Dress: Alexandra’s Boutique
Florist: Marcia Davis Flowers

And a final thank you to my very talented and hard-working Second Shooter and BFF: Jessica Harris!