I have known Diana for many years now, given that her sister is my wife’s best friend. She is incredibly funny, thoughtful, and not shy at all. Her impersonations have incited deep belly laughter on many occasions. When I met Joe, I knew that were destined for marriage as they are two peas in a pod – each with their unique sense of humor and selfless kindness.
Diana and Joe were married at the Church of Immaculate Conception followed by a reception at The Portland Club. The couple wanted photos on the Eastern Promenade which turned out to be quite the experience, with the interesting cast of characters we ran into along the way. Diana and Joe took everything in stride as they drew a crowd wherever we went. Back to the reception, the couple had invited someone very special to sing their first dance song, leaving many of their friends in awe. See, Diana and Joe met on a cruise back in college where this talented singer was performing every night. So, not only was it meaningful to Diana and Joe, but to the entire group of friends as well. The night was highlighted by a hysterical speech by Diana’s sister Amanda (complete with props from their childhood) and a Bruce Springsteen singalong/dance off between Joe and his father.
Diana and Joe – congratulations and best wishes to one of the sweetest couples I know!
venue: The Portland Club
event coordination/design: The Black Tie Company
caterer: The Black Tie Company
florist: Leslie Lee
hair: Amanda Lane
gown: Andrea’s Bridal
bridesmaid dresses: N/A
dj: Band- The Brandy Band, Derry, NH
honeymoon: Bar Harbor, ME
A sunny midsummer day, one of Maine’s premier coastal wedding venues, and a couple that was eager to celebrate their happiest of days – Suzanne and Dan’s wedding was perfect in every way. The medical residents chose to marry at Sebasco Harbor Resort in Phippsburg. Having lived in Brunswick, my wife and I had driven by this venue many times on our way to Maine’s best kept secret, Popham Beach. This was my first time shooting here, and I was more than impressed with the property itself and friendly staff. Not only do they have a beautiful golf course, but the rocky coastline is an ideal backdrop for ceremonies and couples portraits. The nautical themed wedding was highlighted by a wonderful ceremony, a few kind hearted speeches from the wedding party, and a rockin’ party. From beginning to end, the day was all smiles for these two. Congratulations Suzanne and Dan – warmest wishes on your journey together!
I originally met Libby and Ari during their fall Boston engagement session. We walked around their neighborhood and through the Esplanade by the Charles River, grabbing portraits along the way. They were very sweet and I could tell from this first meeting that I would love shooting their Tupper Manor Wedding. Fast-forward to September 2016 and the big day has arrived. A peach theme is carried throughout the venue – from floral arrangements to the cake to the actual peaches on the tables, it was a beautiful site. The couple chose to do a first look in order to spend more time with guests during the cocktail hour. The expression on Ari’s face as he sees Libby for the first time speaks volumes about their love. This connection carried throughout the day, during the beautiful outdoor ceremony, the emotional speeches and our sunset stroll on the beach. The reception was the definition of fun. When you book one of Boston’s best bands, Clockwork, you are guaranteed to dance you’re a$$ off. And dance they did – on chairs (hora), with grandparents, with friends, and with each other. A beautiful wedding indeed. Best wishes Libby and Ari!
A word from the bride: Ari’s from San Francisco and I’m a native New Englander, but we met while studying at Oxford in 2009. We were tempted to have a destination wedding in England, but settled for serving Pimm’s cocktails here in Massachusetts instead.
venue: Tupper Manor
caterer: Tupper Manor
florist: Lilac & Lily Floral Design
cake: Jenny’s Wedding Cakes
hair: Beauty Entourage
gown: Melinda by Sottero & Midgley
bridesmaid dresses: assorted
groom’s tux: 9tailors
ceremony musicians: Occasional Brass & Strings
band: Clockwork Boston
invitations: Inviting Company
officiant: Rabbi Joe Eiduson and The Reverend Alanna Van Antwerpen
honeymoon: Prince Edward Island, Canada
In my meetings with Rachel leading up to her Inn on Peaks Island Wedding, I gathered that she was very organized, focused on wedding traditions, and that spending time with friends and family were very important to her. Working with Rachel and Jason on their wedding day was a truly joyous experience. I was able to see the special bond that they shared between one another and also the compassion and love that they had for those who came to celebrate with them. I loved that Rachel’s father had added a personal touch to the traditions of the day – not only had he handpainted the Ketubah presented to the couple but he also constructed the Chuppah under which they were married. During the hora, a few of the stronger guests lifted the couple into the air as guests danced around; then the parents of both the bride and groom got in on the action as well. One of our favorites, the Bob Charest Band played late into the night, interacting with guests in their own personalized way. There’s something magical about weddings on Peaks Island. From the salty air and crashing waves on the ferry, to the spectacular sunsets looking back towards Portland, the island is the perfect destination for Maine weddings. Jason and his team are always fantastic to work with, seamlessly orchestrating the wedding events throughout the day.
how they met: Rachel and Jason met back in 2011 in Boston when Rachel was finishing up college and Jason was working for an education company which required him to travel around the country. Lucky for them, a mutual friend moved to Boston and introduced the two of them. Although, they actually go all the way back to 2005, when they met for about 30 seconds on the 3rd floor of Jason’s college dorm when Rachel was visiting her sister, Anna (who was in the same dorm as Jason in college) . Jason claims not to remember this encounter, but Rachel remembers it quite well.
After a truly amazing first date, Rachel and Jason soon began dating. Their 4 years dating included various stints of long distance, a trip to Turkey, and three great years in San Francisco. After being far from home they decided to move back to the east coast to start the next chapter of their lives. After being in NYC together for only a few short weeks, Jason proposed on pier 25 in Tribeca, overlooking the Hudson River.
Congratulations Rachel and Jason! I wish you both the best in your journey together and around the world (they have quite the honeymoon planned)!
venue: Inn on Peaks
caterer:Inn on Peaks
hair and make-up: Ollo Salon
gown: David’s Bridal
bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal
transportation: Casco Bay Lines
band: Bob Charast Band
accommodations:Inn on Peaks, Hyatt
invitations: Scotti Cline Designs
officiant:Rabbi Gary Berenson
Throughout the years, I’ve built many relationships with my fellow wedding professional vendors. Few of these bonds are stronger than the one I’ve built with Greg and Dan at Northeast Event Design. Not only are they incredible DJs that provide the ultimate experience for their couples, but they are two of the nicest down to earth guys I know. When Greg contacted me to photograph his wedding, I was truly honored that he had chosen me from the pool of hundreds of Maine photographers he’s worked with over the years!
Greg and Kim chose to marry in the wedding offseason on a cold November day in Auburn. Kim was one of the bravest brides I’ve worked with, fighting through the frigid temps to get some outdoor photos on a historic bridge. Their beloved dog, Denon, was quite the dapper bulldog, donning cuff links and a handsome tie. The ceremony was at the Royal Oak Room, with a few emotional tears and laughter as Greg and Kim exchanged handwritten vows. Soon after, we were transported to an incredible celebration at the Hilton Garden Inn where another favorite vendor, the Bob Charest Band was entertaining guests for the evening. And what a night it was! Greg and Kim rarely left the other’s side as they dined and danced the night away with their guests. Although I was their photographer, they also wanted me to be a guest and enjoy the evening as well. I may have snuck away for a dance or two with my wife.
Congratulations Greg and Kim! Cannot wait to meet the newest addition to your family this summer!
How they met, as told by Kim:
Greg and two of his closest friends were going ‘cosmic bowling’ and needed a 4th player to reserve a lane. They called the only person they knew from the area who happened to be a friend of mine from a few years back. She ended up sending me an Instant Message (yes, this was back in the days of AIM) asking if I’d be in town and if I’d want to tag along. Long story short, I joined them and Greg and I chatted all night. I ended up tracking him down via myspace (another throwback) and we started talking online. After about a week, we went on a date and the rest is history.
ceremony: Royal Oak Room
reception: Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch
event coordination/design: Kristy Dunham at the Hilton
lighting and audio-visual: Northeast Event Design
florist: Ann’s Flower Shop
cake: European Bakery
desserts/pies: The Italian Bakery
hair: Michael Stultz of Karma Hair and Bodyworks Studio
make-up: Jessica Candage Hair & Make-up Artistry
gown: Pronovias Land purchased at Madeleine’s Daughter Bridal
bridesmaid dresses: PerfectBridal.com
suits/tuxes: JC Penney
transportation: Hudson Bus Lines
band: Bob Charest Band
accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch
invitations: Designed by the bride, printed through Zazzle
officiant: Jeremy Young – Brother of the groom
honeymoon: Breathless Resort – Punta Cana