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Sara and Anthony got married at my happy place – Sunday River.

The day was incredible- the visuals were out of this world. While both of them are avid outdoors people and knew they wanted to get married outside, a tiny part of Sara had always envisioned walking up to the doors of her wedding and stepping through them to see all of her guests, and Anthony. So what doe s good groom do? He builds a doorway and a a door.

And yes, she had ALWAYS envisioned it. Sara had her eye on Anthony from the get go. When the two of them were in grade school together they “went out”. In fact, Sara’s sister, being the good sister that she is, managed to unearth a letter sent by Sara to Anthony and, again, good sister that she is, read it in her speech to the happy couple.

Allow me to quote from it here:

Dear Anthony,

Will you go out with me? I really like you. I don’t want to go on a date or anything, just meet you at the Village Store or something.

It goes on, in detail and ends with a non-obeyed request:

P.S. Don’t show this to anyone, not even your Mom.

<3 <3 <3 Check out even more photos for this Sunday River Wedding on my Facebook page!

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Judy and Cliff had their wedding at the beautiful Black Point Inn in Scarborough, Maine. A very close friend of Judy’s is a wedding photographer and she wanted to gift the photography of the wedding to her dear friend but did not want to miss the all the fun at the reception. So Cliff and Judy called me up and I was delighted to shoot all the raucous celebrating.
I’ve seen a lot of partying, in my days as a wedding photographer, and these two were no exception. They got down, got up and got down all over again!
Dave Dionne, of Dionne Entertainment, was on hand to keep the party rolling. I especially adore it whenever ‘tweens petition the DJ for whatever hot tune is popular at the moment, and I’ve included a shot of that here. It’s my absolute fav!
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I have been a member of The Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) since 2007. It is a prestigious juried organization of the best Wedding Photojournalists in the world and I am honored to once again be recognized for one of my images from last summer.

This image is from Eileen and Mark’s wedding, when Mark was peeking in at one of Eileen’s daughters, a bridesmaid, as his bride was getting ready. I love this image so much as it shows the personalities of both people as well as the personality of the wedding itself!

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I awake like a coming out of a dream. I am facing the day of by far the largest day of shooting of my life, and I am falling into my routines with great ease. I am so grateful that I have built up very specific habits over the past eight years of shooting wedding. Every bag is packed precisely, I can grab for batteries and lenses without even thinking. The car is loaded with forensic care.
I am at almost 100%. As I, myself, am getting ready, I can’t find the pants I had long-ago designated as the pants I want to wear to shoot this day. I realize I have been thinking of them as my lucky pants. It is incredible how much this irks me. I am distracted by my (perfectly fine) pants until about noon, when I finally forget about it.
Photographing the getting ready with Tara is remarkably like any other wedding I have ever shot.This is the last time I say this that day.
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But that didn’t mean I was going to miss out on any Bethel goodness! I took on this assignment to get the recognition in the Real Maine Wedding magazine, sure, but I also wanted to strengthen my relationships with the vendors in my town.

A day shooting at Sunday River and Pooh Corner Farm was relaxing, and fun. It was great to be on the mountainside and outside at a farm on a gorgeous summer day. It was a calm lazy day. Zero drama. Tara and Trevor are so laid back and easy going. It was like they were custom picked for the role. Oh yeah, I guess they were.

Meanwhile, Carol Savage, my cohort in all of this madness, was also out shooting vendors . Since she had missed a bunch of the early shoots due to being in Florida (break my heart, Carol) she was kind enough to volunteer to shoot the vendor party. It was awesome to actually GO to a vendor party! I am usually photographing these events. I indulged in couple glasses of bubbly and some cat-talk with the ladies.

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Although I have a home in Bethel, I have lived in Phippsburg for the past five summers. When the time came to shoot the vendors who were contributing to the Real Maine Wedding, who were not located in Bethel, it seemed smartest for me to do it.
I made a day of the various vendor shoots, ring shopping in Auburn at Day’s Jewelry, invitations in Portland at Papier. I got the chance to shmooze with the magazine brass, get a free lunch, and shot some middling fashion photos of Trevor in the back of a restaurant parking lot. In my mind there is an invisible monkey in these shots (Sorry Trevor, there just is. And he’s wearing a Fez)

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The story continues –

The morning after picking out bridesmaids dresses, the Real Maine Wedding contest winners, at what must have felt like the crack of dawn to the late night hard playing gamblers (these women are are scary-lucky!), we all boarded the bus to Presque Isle to look at actual wedding gowns.

Tara and her entourage had already driven from Cape Cod and I had come up from Phippsburg, but the drive from Bangor to Presque Isle is no mere jaunt. And it was my first opportunity to really see what their tolerance for photography was going to be like. I had sworn to them, that they would eventually not even be aware of me, and this was going to be a tough hurdle. When one is sitting, chilling out on a bus ride, you’re just not expecting to be photographed. So I took full advantage, and got everyone looking through wedding magazines and laughing. I spent some time making some art photos out of the reflections in the windows, layering mountains, bus driver and moose signs.

They were awesome, they let me right in and by the time we got up to Pasqualles to pick out the wedding gown, Tara and her peeps had completely forgotten about me. They found Tara’s three picks with the great help of the staff and I had a blast photographing the concentration on everyone’s faces.

 

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The way the Real Maine Wedding wedding contest works is that as many decisions as possible are made by the public. After Tara and Trevor won the contest, they narrowed down to their top three choices of a category and the public chose from there. The first big event on the calendar was dress shopping. Bethel does not have a wedding dress shop, so arrangements were made and Tara and an entourage of bridesmaids moms and a sister met up in Bangor and trekked up to Presque Isle. Talk about upping the ante – we met at The Hollywood Casino.

We went to Henry’s bridal shop to try on various Bridesmaids dresses. It was a riot, all the girls picking out their favorites, while Tara imagined three different visions of her wedding day. I had met Amber Small before, but it was at this first real outing that my inevitable slide into vendor-love with her and her wedding planning company, Sweetest Thing, began.

I had briefly met Tara and Trevor’s families, who had driven up to the Freeport show from Cape Cod for the announcement, but I had not had a chance to bond with them, so I jumped on the invitation to join the ladies out at dinner in Bangor. Then it was back to the Hollywood Casino where some of us (ahem) gambled and stayed up all night before for the big drive up to Presque Isle.

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Check me out. I’m on the cover of the Rolling Stone (rolling stone). I mean, uh, the cover of Real Maine Weddings magazine! I’ve been practicing my mad autograph skillz. Signed copies of Real Maine Weddings magazine are available, while they last. (Mom, Dad, I am looking at you guys)

Totally kidding. I mean, I will sign one for you, don’t get me wrong. I am THRILLED with this development! My photos aren’t just in the magazine, but they are on the damned cover! Can’t I get a woo-hoo??

In a distant past, but not so terribly long ago, I was a card carrying photojournalist. I was a staff photographer on a daily newspaper. “Getting ink”, actual non-digital, real live ink, is a big deal. At the paper, getting ink “above the fold” (the top half of Page One) was what we competed for every single day.
Of course, you are only as good as your last front page photo, then you are back to proving yourself all over again. Likewise, I am only as good as my last wedding – and I really do live by that credo. It keeps me stretching, growing and competitive.
Anyway- a whole cover of an actual glossy magazine! That is what gets the ink flowing my my veins, that’s what lights me on fire.

Join me in the next week or so as I relive the experience of shooting the 2014 Real Maine Wedding of the Year in Bethel, Maine. It’s a crazy contest in which a couple wins a free wedding with all the trimmings. I’ll tell you a lllll about it!Above all, I am grateful to the winning bride and groom, Tara and Trevor, who had so much grace and poise as they navigated this crazy experience with me and the good people of Real Maine Weddings.

 

There is so much flexibility with a tiny wedding. With a small guest list you can do ALL of the things you want to do on your wedding day.

Phebe and David, with their twenty guests, got married in the tiniest of tiny churches at Southern Maine Technical College in Cape Elizabeth. Phebe adores the lighthouse and with a small list of formals, and we photographed the family formals in front of the lighthouse.

David’s kids and nephews Phebe’s parents, both of their siblings and their families- everyone got a front row seat to the festivities. The limo was even used as a warming shelter for half of the wedding guests while the other half were getting their family photos made!

And Phebe and David got to have their “reception”, an intimate dinner for their closest friends and family in the upstairs balcony of Grace- a wonderful restaurant/venue. They got a beautiful private experience there without having to reserve the entire restaurant.

Phebe and David got everything they wanted, no compromise, by having 20 people at the wedding. We even walked around the corner from Grace to do some fun photos at City Hall. Not every bride can do a church and city hall on their wedding day.

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