Paisley and Jason met in a bar in NYC at 2 am. In her pre-wedding day notes to me, Paisley explained “Some good things do happen in at a bar after 2 am!” They have since moved to Denver, but chose Maine as their wedding destination from fond memories of celebrating Paisley’s father’s birthday here each year.
While most couples book me a year or more in advance, Paisley called just three weeks before her wedding! It was a Sunday celebration, and fortunately we were available!
The essential clutch.
This is a special post. Sometimes we get this itch to try something. And, for us that means trying something new on a blog post. Yes, our lives are that exciting. So for Candice and Burton’s images, we saw the opportunity to do all the blog images in B&W. Ingrid is so good with her color editing, that I’ve always wondered how our images would turn out if they were all B&W. Well, we’ve finally put that to the test. Let us know what you think in the comments!
These shoes rocked so hard. Literally!
Kaitlyn + Jordan were married on August 14 in San Diego. I simply adored this wedding, not just because Kaitlyn happens to be my sweet cousin, but because every little detail was thought up and executed directly with their wedding theme of “beside the seaside” with a vintage twist. I thought that the theme and the day played out super well and I’ve never witnessed an idea that flowed more perfectly. You may recognize Kaitlyn + Jordan from the engagement session we shot a few months back in Laguna Beach.
Congrats to Kaitlyn + Jordan for an amazing wedding day and an additional kudos to Heather Balliet (and her hard working team) of Amorology Weddings for throwing the whole chibang together so beautifully!
Carl found me on Facebook. Sorta. Our mutual friend Pete is a friend of mine from college and a former work colleague of Carl’s. Pete befriended me, saw my work, and recommended me to his buddy when he was having trouble securing a photographer. Sweet. Social networking does have its rewards.
How they met, in their own words:
We met primarily through mutual friends, moving in and out of each other’s lives for a couple of years before we actually started dating. Oddly enough, the beginnings of a serious relationship started when Carl was living in California and we started instant messaging at work. When he moved back east, our mutual love of music brought us together teaching a drum and bugle corps, Faith teaching dance, Carl teaching drill. The pull was inevitable, and soon enough we faced our first real test as a couple: backpacking across Europe for two and a half months. We’d only been dating about three months when we started our trip, and we knew that it would either make us or break us. Luckily it didn’t break us, and the things we experienced and the challenges we faced together ultimately formed the backbone of our relationship. It also initiated a love of travel for both of us, and our passion for other cultures and new places continues to drive us today.
This wedding had more than a few “wedding firsts” for me as a photographer.
- 27 people in the bridal party!
- groomsmen in white tuxes
- all the guests names printed in the ceremony program
- choreographed processional
- sword cake cutting
- surprise wedding favor for guests: sunset schooner cruise
So how did this Massachusetts couple come to host a Friday morning wedding in Maine?
Faith is from Western Mass, in the Berkshire Hills, and mountains have always held a special significance for her. Carl grew up in the Boston area, summering every year on Cape Cod, and the ocean has always inspired him. Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island is a natural combination of these elements; a perfect balance where the mountains meet the sea. So although there is no specific historical or traditional significance here for us (yet), the stunning natural beauty drew us here and this special juxtaposition is what’s bringing us back.
On to the photos…
Faith and Carl had the most elaborate schedule ever. This was page 1, a pretty color-coded graph of where folks needed to be. It was absolutely necessary for such a large bridal party to be organized and on time.
As if the Tyler and Terence’s amazingly heartfelt beach ceremony wasn’t enough, they had wedding day part deux. And to help them create their epic wedding day part deux was an entourage of the largest and closest group of extremely talented triathlon athletes, musicians, designers, lawyers and supermen. They even made their own self printing photobooth out of a cardboard box! When I first stumbled upon it, I was left dumbstruck for a couple minutes, then I heartily chuckled at step #2, and then sang the song in my head. How did we score such awesome clients?
From a photographic point, this wedding shoot was like walking into a candy store for us. I think it helped that Terence is a photographer himself and knew that a venue like the Smog Shoppe is going to come out amazing. He went the extra mile and projected images on the far wall so that we’d get cool backdrops for the whole reception! A.w.e.s.o.m.e.
Ty and TY are also beginning to shoot weddings themselves, so if you’re at all interested in having this awesome couple shoot your wedding, then please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Catching photographers as they are starting out in their business is always a great value.
Well, I am finally feeling like life is getting back to some sort of pattern and I am really enjoying it! Today, I am actually at my in-laws beach house in Newport Beach and then off to lunch and shopping with my girlfriend Kate! But before I left for my day of fun I thought I would post these gorgeous photos from a recent wedding that I had the pleasure of doing. Courtney Toney of Joyful Weddings & Events completely blew me away with the look of this wedding. She worked hand in hand with the bride and groom who were very involved with the planning of their wedding day since their reception was actually in their backyard. I loved my wedding day too, but if I were able to go back in time I think I wish this was the style of my wedding -intimate, detailed inspired, and a touch of vintage…love, love, love it! The bride and groom were so much fun to work with and really let me try out some new ideas with the design of their cake! Lastly, I have to say that Amy Squires did an amazing job with the photography! I was able to work with able on my first real wedding back in the day and it was so much fun seeing her work her magic again with this wedding!
Emily’s family has been vacationing in Maine from Virginia since 1990. Now living in Chicago, Emily and Zak chose to exchange their I Do’s in Hancock Point, the sweet village where her family has a summer camp. Combing elements of their Catholic and Jewish backgrounds, Emily and Zak wrote their own ceremony and exclaimed their giddy love in front of nearly 200 guests.
How they met, in Emily’s words:
Zak and I met at a New Year’s Eve party in Chicago. I had just moved and only new one person- Mia Clark (from sailing school in Maine)- who happened to go to Kenyon College with Zak in Ohio. She invited me to the party at Zak’s house. We were friends for 6 months and then started getting romantic!
On to the photos…
What a sweet scene. The family’s Model A, which every woman in the family has used on their wedding day.
If I had any idea how awesome Tyler and Terence’s wedding day would turn out to be, I think I would have been pretty nervous to shoot such an intimate and heartfelt event. All the way up to the event, during the event and afterwards, Ty and TY were 110% living in each moment. I was seriously convicted by Terence’s vow to Tyler that he’ll always live in the moment for her and their family. Well, this morning beach ceremony was definitely a moment that Terence was giving it his all. He wanted so badly to give Tyler the wedding of her dreams, which would have been a destination wedding far off, but with the economy being the way it is these days, they just couldn’t afford it. Well, lack of money is no excuse for lack of effort right? Terence had all his friends come out to the beach that morning and invited them to witness a tearjerking and emotional mini-ceremony.
We took so many pictures that day that we had to split their blog post into two parts. Here’s some highlights from the morning!
Sharon and Josh were fortunate to find each other thanks to the matchmaking skills of a mutual friend. I often wonder when I hear these blind date stories how couples adequately thank the person who has made such a significant impact on the course of their lives. I’d be inclined to name my first born after this angel in disguise!
On to the photos as there are a lot of them!
Sharon got dressed at her future in-law’s beautiful home. This clean, brightly lit room is exactly the sort of room I love to photograph the preparations.
Alison is an interior designer. Sasha is an astronomer. At one point in the afternoon, I exclaimed out loud: I am in love with your wedding!! Read Alison’s description of her wedding from her initial inquiry form and you’ll know exactly why:
I grew up spending half of every year in Maine with my dad, and my fiance Sasha and I have spent lots of time there over our eight years together. Simply put, Maine is our favorite spot on earth. We especially love the less-developed rural parts of the midcoast region where the landscape is embedded with so much history. The area around the St. George Peninsula where we’ll be married was originally settled by English, Scottish and Scandinavian immigrants and that just happens to reflect my fiance’s & my ethnic heritage. As an interior designer based in New York, I’ve loved seeing the revival of Scandinavian-inspired fabrics that have swept through the design community in the last few years. The look of our wedding is going to be inspired by the design traditions of our ancestors–Scandinavian folk embroideries meets Liberty of London meets Marimekko. The ceremony will be held in a tiny shingled cottage in the woods, the reception will be in a field overlooking the ocean, followed by a wedding dance at the wonderful Ocean View Grange. For our food, we’re hoping to emphasize seasonal, locally grown ingredients, with masses of farmer’s market and farm grown flowers. If we’re fortunate enough to have good weather, we may cap off the evening with stargazing with a telescope set up outside, courtesy of my fiance, who is an astronomer and astrophysicist.
So the foggy day didn’t allow for any stargazing, but everything else came to beautiful fruition on their wedding day as Alison had hoped. I adored her attention to detail and the variety of locations provided an amazing experience for their guests and a visual Candy Land (as I gushed via Twitter at the wedding) for me!
How they met, in Alison’s words:
Sash and I met through mutual friends in New York in 2001. Sasha was sitting on my couch (he was an old college friend of my roommate) watching “Moonstruck” the first time I saw him, which seems pretty appropriate for an astrophysicist. I fell head over heels for him pretty quickly. We’ve had 8 blissfully happy years every since!
Together with their families, they spent the week at Saltwater Farm, appropriately situated on Mosquito Head Road.