Jen and Sam had a glorious summer wedding day on the coast of Maine at The Black Point Inn last month. I had gotten to know the entire family in the months since they booked; we all met for the first time after Jen and Sam’s engagement session in Portland. All seven of us, myself, Jen and Sam and all four of the parents, sat down for a couple of meetings before the wedding day and by the time I walked in on the wedding day, I felt like an established part of the wedding. Turns out I wasn’t the only one.

This family creates bonds with everyone they come in contact with, and the closeness between the couples moms and dads was obvious from the first moment I met them. A Jewish ceremony has many opportunities for visualizing these bonds, from the signing of the ketubah the night before the ceremony to the hora and the many heartfelt and hilarious toasts.

I am so happy to have met every single person in this family and wedding, and can not wait to see where their lives as a new extended family take them!

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Kyla and Darren, two snow lovers at heart, decided to recreate their first big date for their wedding. A ski trip and a hockey game!

We all met at the Artist’s Covered Bridge in Newry where Ellie held a very beautiful ceremony. We were one witness short, so we trundled up at Sunday River and got a passerby to witness the paperwork. Then it was onto the Chondola for a ride to the top for some portraits and fun.

It was a chilly day, but Kyla (a hearty Canadian) was more than happy to shed her ski parka for photos! Here is a girl after my own heart!

I had so much fun with the two of you! Many happy ski trips (and hockey games) to you both!

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When I met Hana last year in a coffee shop near where she lies, she slyly pulled out a photo and said “I think you might know my fiancé”. And sure enough Scott and I had worked at Sunday River way way back in the day, he was a ski patroller while I shot family photos for Sharpshooter Photography. Ski patrollers and ski photographers have a natural affinity in that, on the coldest of days, they can all be found huddling in the ski patrol shack, making up excuses on why they need to stay crowded around the propane heater for another ten minutes.

But I digress, Hane and Scotts outdoor backyard wedding was perfect. I happen to love outdoor weddings in September and October, the ceremony is usually crisp and beautiful and by evening, everyone is bundling up. Only outdoorsy people brave an outdoor event in the fall, and outdoorsy people are my people. So when a bride reaches for her fleece – well she is all right by me.

It was an amazing wedding – Hana’s father was the officiant, as well as playing guitar during the ceremony. So much fun. And there were kids flying all over the place. This was a true family wedding, with s’mores, a fire pit, lawn games and crazy outdoor dancing, which I suspect some people used as a tool to get warm!

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Wendy and Sean’s Linekin Bay Resort wedding wedding was one to look forward to. At our first consult, they told me some of their ideas for how they wanted the ceremony to start. They mentioned that, ideally, they would both just rise out of the ground, which cracked me up completely. As it ended up, they settled on Wendy taking a ride over on a lobster boat and walking down the aisle with her dad.

Their friend Aaron officiated the wedding and, as often happens in friend-officaited weddings, he forgot to tell everyone to be seated. It’s a big job, I can understand how this happens. It ends up being a long wedding for the guests if they stay on their feet, and it makes my job a little more difficult, so I signaled Sean, who passed on the word to Aaron. This resulted in Aaron chiding Sean and I knew we were going to be off to a fun start.

Sure enough Aaron told some funny stories about the couple and got the guests all roaring with laughter. I was cracking up pretty hard myself from behind the lens. My favorite type of wedding.

Being a little older than the typical bride myself, ahem, I have an affinity for weddings where people have a friends from every phase of their lives. Wendy had her “Wonder Women” who were a force of nature. And Sean had his cadre too. Such a memorable wonderful day!

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Jess and Cory were just the sweetest couple you could ever hope to be at a wedding with. And the warmth and intimacy of their guests carried the two of them like they were on clouds all day.

The ceremony was a mix of deeply spiritual and a goofy good time. They had little cloths that had the word “Yes” printed on them, and the guests were prompted throughout he ceremony to wave them above their heads. The bridal party hid cap guns in their outfits and shot those off at the appropriate moment. You know, standard wedding stuff. 😉

Jess’s Dad took the role DJ/Master of Ceremonies and kept the dance floor humming all night long. This was a dancing crowd and lived each moment on the dance floor to the fullest.

The entire wedding was a joy for beginning to end, emotions bubbling up and smiles for yards.

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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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Stephanie and David’s wedding on family property was a real family event. When I first arrived, having never met them in person, I was surprised to find Stephanie elbows deep in setting up lawn games and the cars for the ceremony. I was enchanted right from the start.

After setting up some lights, I floated back and forth between Stephanie’s getting ready preparations and then over to meet David, who was a nervous nelly. He was practicing and re-practicing his welcome speech. I loved it!

A kid-friendly vibe was in full swing. Not like the one or two kids per wedding I’ve seen in the past, a full 20% of the guests were teens or younger. Roving packs of wild children took over the dance-floor and played great games of tag and tug-of-war. Even the grown-ups seemed to be breaking out the kid-vibe.

It was a great wedding, and best wishes to the happy couple!

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Danielle and Ryan’s gorgeous outdoor wedding was in Kent’s Hill Maine,

Danielle and her four sisters are a force of nature and are an essential part of who she is. She chose to weight her photography coverage towards the getting ready part of the day to highlight these relationships.

When I got to Danielle parent’s house a couple of hours before the ceremony, getting ready preparations were in full swing. Danielle got one of her sisters to do her hair and make-up. She took this role very seriously and did an amazing job. Even when Danielle decided to change up her hair, Sarah went back and forth between doing her own hair and doing Danielle’s. Extended family dropped in left and right. Babies were bounced and flower girls reassured. This was the epitome of a family wedding. Kids abounded

The ceremony and reception were at the Kents Hill ski training hill – the Liz Cross Mellen Lodge. The ceremony was held right in front of the lodge with a great view of Torsey Lake behind them. Ryan, in his US Army dress blues, cut a smart profile. It was a bittersweet reminder that in the same year that he was getting married, he would also be deployed. As an army brat myself, I could relate to the feelings in the room surrounding this issue! One of Danielle’s cousin, Maureen Batt, is a trained opera singer, and she sang during the ceremony. It was really quite stunning.

Despite starting early, and sticking with the base six hours of coverage, Danielle and Ryan enjoyed full coverage of their ceremony and toasts as well an extended getting ready session. After the cake-cutting, my time was just about up, so I asked Danielle about her father-daughter dance. It had been a hot afternoon and everyone had escaped to the deck for some fresh air.

The MC of the day (one of the uncles) suggested Danielle and her father “pose’ for the dance photos. I’m not ethically opposed to recreating shots, although as a photojournalist, I don’t usually suggest it. Once in the area, I asked the DJ to put on some music and Danielle and her father actually danced a father daughter dance. It was an intimate touching moment, which was reflected in their expressions.

After their dance, I hunted down Ryan having a pow-wow with his brother and suggested the same scenario to him. He was appreciative and he tore up the dance floor with his fun-loving mom! I don’t generally “interfere” so much in the wedding day, but a gentle well-timed nudge is not outside of my jurisdiction if I think the resulting images will be cherished. My clients know me well enough by their wedding day that they know such suggestions are gentle and optional!

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Cait and Ben had a small mid-week wedding in Sargentville, a little village out near Mount Desert Island and Stonighton. They hired me for my mid-week package – three hours of coverage. When I got to their gorgeous 100 plus year old rental home, Cait was already dressed in her gown. I spent about half an hour getting photos of everyone before the ceremony started. The house completely complimented their decor of the wedding and the feel of the day.

I had landed a little early and scoped out several spots around the property that would have great light. Cait’s brother took me for a little tour of all of the tucked away spots where they’d hoped to get photos. Cait and Ben were excited about the portrait part of their coverage and we took full advantage of all of the amazing locations. We even wandered through the house and utilized the incredible architecture and textures. We spent more time doing portraits than I usually spend with couples who hire me for a full day!

Cait and Ben were not doing a first dance, so I prompted them a couple of times to dance during the portraits session. I think they quiet enjoyed dancing without being in front of the extended families.

And we still got the flavor of the reception! I shot all of their toasts and got some chatting and mingling images. Three hours later, I was off for my own island adventure.

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Jeanette and Kevin are incredibly creative souls. Despite having been warned that their Kennebunkport wedding was going to have a light Alice in Wonderland vibe and be quirky in general, I was not prepared for the sheer off-the-wallness of the creativity. Disembodied doll limbs and antique typewriters. Die-cut pages from Alice in Wonderland, tiny Playmobile people. It really was a sight to behold.

The ceremony was amazing as well. I won’t repeat their very intimate vows, but suffice to say I was wiping tears away so I could see to shoot. Jeanette’s daughter, Olivia, the spitting image of Jeanette, was centrally involved in the wedding ceremony too. The three of them making a new very happy family.

The quirky details were incredible; the quirkness of the people was enchanting. During the formal photos, chicken dancing ala “Arrested Development” broke out spontaneously. But what really floored me was how treasured both Jeanette and Kevin were by their friends. By the way the toasts went and the fun everyone was having even posing for formals, it was obvious how much their friends adored them. They were enveloped by each others friends and family.

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