Real Maine Wedding

Keren & Tom's Newry Maine Wedding day at The Jordan Hotel

It’s really hard to explain just how much I loved this wedding. Things did not happen exactly the way they were planned, but their day was nothing short of perfection. From the details, to the vendors, to the weather and their wedding party, it was a dream come true!! Keren and Tom have every characteristic I look for in my couples and then some! They are trusting, energetic, funny and very much in love.

One of my favorite parts of their wedding day, was their ceremony. Keren and Tom worked so hard to make sure it was meaningful and filled personal touches. When Keren walked down the aisle, and Tom saw her for the first time, he was overcome with emotion and let the tears roll down his cheek. They laughed together, they cried together, they said vows in Hebrew with each other, and they stood side by side promising to build a life together. It was truly one of the most beautiful ceremonies I have witnessed.

Not only did I love the sweet tears and the amazing portraits we were able to take after the ceremony, I also loved their reception! From the welcoming speech to the chair dance, the evening was filled with love and laughter, and I am honored I was able to capture every moment. I could not be more excited for the two of you, but remember this is just the beginning of your new adventure!

I can’t wait to share these images and allow you to get to know this incredible couple! I have dozens and dozens of favorites!!! I hope you enjoy this little preview!

Vendor Information:

Dress: Davids Bridal davidsbridal.com 

Florist: Ann's Flower Shop annsflower.com 

Ceremony Venue: Jordan Terrace sundayriverweddings.com 

Reception Venue & Catering: Sliders Restaurant sundayriveweddings.com 

DJ/ Entertainment Services: Northeast Event Design northeasteventdesign.com 

Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie azazie.com 

Groomsmen and Groom attire: Men's Wearhouse, menswearhouse.com 

Invitations: Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/VERDILIAN

Alison & Abtin's Wedding at The Barn on Walnut Hill, North Yarmouth Maine

Abtin & Alison are one of the sweetest couples I have had the honor of working with, they truly have been a dream. Alison is the epitome of an Anderson bride! She cares deeply about family, is full of joy, and is beautiful on the inside and out!! I can see why Abtin fell in love with her, she has a smile that is contagious, and finds the good in everything. I also know what a wonderful man he is, not just because of the stories she shared with me, but just by the smallest gestures he makes when they are together.    

On their wedding day the forecast was calling for rain. Surprise, surprise. The spring wedding season in Maine is always unpredictable, but that never deters me from capturing amazing candid moments during a wedding day! I knew Alison was hoping to have the ceremony outside and understood why once I was at their venue and saw the amazing arbor and wood line that was supposed to be the backdrop for their ceremony! It was breath taking!!!

As the morning passed, we dodged a few downpours, but still managed to have a first look with Alison's dad outside right in front of the farm house! Her dad patiently waited as Alison's bridesmaids fluffed and buttoned her dress, to make sure it was picture perfect! Her parents could not have been happier for their daughter. Alison's mom worked so hard to make sure all the decorations came together perfectly for the reception. The barn looked like something straight out of a magazine! 

Their coordinator Hallie decided last minute to move the ceremony inside the barn, and it was a good thing she made the tough call because it started raining mid way through the ceremony. Both Abtin and Alison handled it wonderfully. At the end of the day, all they truly wanted was to celebrate their love for each other, surrounded by family and friends. 

We were so lucky the rain stopped after the ceremony, so we could to take ALL their group photos outside! Their venue had a stunning front lawn for their family and wedding party photos. We even had a chance to sneak off to the arbor for portraits of just the couple! Alison and Abtin couldn’t have been more easy-going. Both of their families smiled and laugh throughout the entire day! My job could not be any more rewarding! I am so thankful to be blessed enough to have so many wonderful clients!! 

Alison and Abtin, I know you have a busy summer filled with lots of exciting new adventures, but I hope you are getting settled, and enjoy reliving your wedding day through your blog post!!! It was such an honor to be your photographer!!!

 

Vendors:

Bride's Dress: Allure bridals purchased from Andrea's bridal http://www.andreasbridal.net/

Florist: Little River Flower Farm http://www.littleriverflowerfarm.com/

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The barn on Walnut Hill http://theweddingbarnsofmaine.com/the-barn-on-walnut-hill/

Wedding Planner / Coordinator: Hallie Talbot Events https://www.hallietalbotevents.com 

DJ/ Entertainment Services: Kelly DeJohn Kdjden@gmail.com

Videographer: Stewart Shuster shuster.stewart@gmail.com

Cake: Donuts from Holy Donut and a sweetheart cake from Two Fat Cats 

Catering: Edward Bondiello edward@frenchpicnicmaine.com

Bridesmaids Dresses: David's bridal assorted styles

Invitations: zazzle.com

Favors: Jams from stonewall kitchen

 

Rachel & Tim Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Portland Maine Wedding June 24, 2017

Rachel and Tim’s wedding day was like a real life fairytale. I was guided to the bridal suite, where everyone was getting ready at the Sable Oaks Marriott, by one of Rachel’s flower girls. The whole bridal party was amazing! We started off taking a few detail photos, along with some really fun photos of the bridal party, before everyone got into their dresses. Rachel said she felt just like a princess at Disney, with a line of people waiting to get a photo with her. One of the most beautiful moments was just after Rachel got into her dress, and opened the gift that Tim had gotten for her. I have seen many gifts exchanged between the bride and the groom, but this by far was my favorite. Tim gave Rachel a broken bowl that had been repaired and put back together with a gold lacquer. Many times when something breaks, we see it as trash, or we want to fix it and make it look like new again. In Japan when something is broken, they repair it with a gold lacquer emphasizing the fractures. Once its repaired, it looks more beautiful and has more meaning than it originally did. In a marriage, sometimes we face challenges, and sometimes our relationships can feel cracked or broken. This does not mean we should throw away our marriage, or try to repair it so it looks perfect, it means we should fix it to be stronger and more beautiful than it originally was. Rachel and Tim, I have no doubt this is what you will be reminded of each and every time you look at that bowl. Over the years your marriage will be pushed and tested, but if you repair each fracture in the same way the Japanese repair their pottery, your marriage will only be stronger and more beautiful because you have embraced your history.   

Rachel and Tim were married at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, in Portland, Maine. The craftsmanship of the cathedral was a dream, from the stain glass windows to the details in the altar. It was easy to see why Rachel and Tim selected this church to get married in. They had a beautiful traditional catholic ceremony, complete with a reading of Corinthians. This is one of my favorite readings because it always reminds me that love is not just a feeling, it is also an action. We choose to love and to be loved, without love we truly have nothing. This marriage between Rachel and Tim has been built on a strong foundation of love, that is sure to endure all things.

Capturing the couple's portraits just after the ceremony is one of my favorite parts of the day. I love them because my couples don’t ever just stand and pose for portraits, they truly get to enjoy a few moments just loving their best friend. They get to celebrate, and simply enjoy being in love. These are just a few of my favorite images of Rachel and Tim. They had a few serious moments. They were a tad silly, and also a little tender. In all of this you see love, and you feel love, between two people who have promised eternity together.  

The reception was the perfect mix of elegance and fun. The details told Rachel and Tim’s story perfectly. I loved the cake toppers, and jam jars, but mostly I loved that they were surrounded by their friends and family. Everyone laughed and cried during the toasts given by the best man, and maid of honor, and after dinner everyone was out on the dance floor celebrating. I am sure this family will be celebrating this love for generations!  

Jess & Ben Kebo Valley Club Bar Harbor, Maine

Jess & Ben Kebo Valley Club Bar Harbor, Maine

I believe every love story is unique, and Jess and Ben's is no exception. They did not fall in love at first sight, when they first met, they hardly ever spoke. Even after working together on a college project, Jess did not see their relationship becoming anything special, but Ben had a huge crush on Jess, and he spent an entire summer break planning a way to ask her out. When classes started back up in the fall, Ben finally got up the nerve to ask Jess out. All his hard work paid off, Jess agreed to go out with him and after they went out to dinner Ben knew he was going to marry her one day.