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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