Clay Hill Farm Cape Neddick Maine Wedding | Mallori & James

Mallori and James were married on October 7th, 2018 at Clay Hill Farm in Cape Neddick, Maine. I was very excited to be returning to Clay Hill Farm after second shooting there this spring. I have a lot of great memories working one of my first jobs there as a teenager setting tables. Clay Hill Farm has since renovated and there’s a lovely bridal suite upstairs, where Mallori got ready.

There was light rain falling as Mallori and James did their first look upstairs on the balcony. Luckily, the rain was short-lived and cleared up right in time for the couple’s lovely outdoor ceremony. The property has a lovely walkway and gazebo location that’s perfect for wedding ceremonies. While guests enjoyed cocktail hour, we took photos outside with the gorgeous Maine foliage as a stunning backdrop.

Once everyone was inside and seated in the dining room, Mallori and James were announced into their wedding reception and shared a beautiful first dance together on the dance floor. Clay Hill Farm served up the delicious food and then Mallori had a dance with her dad and James had a dance with his mom.

The rest of the reception was a lot of fun. There was dancing inside and games outside. I particularly loved Mallori and James’ last dance to the lesser known Symphony version of “Perfect,” sung by Ed Sheeran and Andrea Bocelli.

As the wedding came to an end, everyone gathered outside for a group photo in front of the venue. They also did an adorable exit where family and friends tossed seeds as they walked through the crowd. Lastly, Mallori and James waved goodbye to family and friends as they drove away in an adorable antique car. All in all, it was a perfect day and I’m so glad Mallori and James chose me to capture this special day.

Wedding Vendors:

Venue: Clay Hill Farm

Wedding Coordinator: Rachel Davenport with Clay Hill Farm

Second Photographer: Andrea Simmons

DJ: Scott Langlois

Guitarist: Pat Keane

Cake: Hippie Chick Bakery

Hair & Makeup: Erika St. Pierre

Officiant: Bob Young (friend of Bride and Groom)

Bride’s Dress: Pat’s Gowns

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal

Men’s Attire: Express Suits

Lindsey & Evan’s Scarborough Maine Wedding | St. Maximilian Kolbe and Camp Ketcha

I was so excited when Lindsey reached out to me last year about photographing her and Evan’s wedding. Her and her family were so nice and I knew right when I met them that the wedding was going to be wonderful!

Lindsey and Evan’s wedding ceremony took place on October 6th, 2018 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Scarborough, Maine. They had a lovely full mass Catholic ceremony with Rev. Innocent Okozi. Following their ceremony, everyone drove up the street to the wedding reception at Camp Ketcha. We were lucky enough to find some colorful foliage on the property for portraits, as much of the landscape was green. It was certainly worth walking around to find the best locations though.

Guests greeted Lindsey and Evan into their wedding reception by waving racing flags in the air —the perfect touch considering Evan is a racecar driver. The couple shared their first dance together to their special song, which was the acoustic version of “Everlong” by the Foo Fighters. They even had an adorable cake cutter engraved with lyrics from the song: “Hello, I’ve waited here for you, Everlong.”

After enjoying a lovely dinner, Lindsey shared a dance with her dad. I loved that he had sung the song to her as a baby and had known that someday they’d be dancing to it at her wedding. Near the end of the song, he lifted her up and danced across the dance floor, still with his little girl in his arms. Truly heart-warming! Equally as emotional was Evan’s dance with his mom. There were tears as they danced and he told everyone after the song that his mom had a bout with cancer. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

Lindsey and Evan cut their wedding cake and danced the night away with their family and friends. As the the reception came to an end, the couple had a special sparkler exit before departing for the night. All in all, it was a beautiful day celebrating Lindsey and Evan’s love. I’m so grateful they chose me to capture these special memories for them.

When and where did you get engaged? Tell us about the proposal.

In Evan’s words: “She thought I was being super sweet, asking her for a night out to dinner with her parents, little did she know I had a plan in place. I texted her dad on the way down, told him I had an important question that Lindsey COULD NOT find out about. This was the most nervous I had ever been to ask someone something, and I make cold calls on a regular basis at my job. I asked her dad if I could marry his daughter, he was glad I asked him and gave me his permission. It was a good thing, because I had just dropped my savings on a ring for her just days before. I had a great plan in place that my coworker Mark had helped me on. She loves horses so I knew taking her on a carriage ride would be incredible.

 

The day before I was planning to propose to her, the guy from the carriage rides called me to cancel, it was too icy out. I was stressing. I had already told her dad that I was going to do it THAT DAY and I couldn’t look like I chickened out. Lindsey noticed it during the day, I was stressed more than usual, but luckily for once in my life I could keep a surprise. I talked with my sister, and we decided to try LLBean, who always did carriage rides in the winter. Well, we get there on the day with everyone, and the carriage rides there were cancelled too. Just my luck right? Finally, I took her to the podium in their tree display, I knew how much she loved that backdrop and the entire place in general, and I told her I had a very important question. I think at first she thought I was joking around as usual, I’ve fooled her a few times with “important questions.” I pulled the box out of my pocket and she knew this time I wasn’t joking. I was down on one knee with an audience around us of people spending their evening checking out the tree displays. I asked her to marry me and she said yes as they all applauded us. For being my plan C, it was still perfect. I think it was meant to be to propose to her at LLBean because now her initials are LLB.”

What song did you do your first dance to? 

In Lindsey’s words: “Our first dance was a song that is very close to Evan and I. On our first date, we had listened to this song in the car on our way to the racetrack and we had a mutual love for both the lyrics to it as well as the band. It has become both of our favorite song and favorite band and we actually saw the band perform just a couple months ago at Fenway Park. Who would have known 3 years ago riding in that car with him that we would be listening to our wedding song. The song is Everlong by the Foo Fighters.”

Tell us about your wedding dress and any other details you'd like to share.

“My gown was a Melissa Sweet dress that I got from David’s Bridal. It was the third and last dress I tried on. I loved the simplicity of it as well as the lace and beadwork detailing. It had everything I wanted and dreamed of for my wedding dress. It even had the tulle bottom that added a rustic feel to the dress and the beadwork and lace gave it more of a vintage look. My something old was my parent’s champagne goblets that they used when they got married. My something new was my hair piece that had pearl and crystal detailing on it to match my dress. My something borrowed was my grandmother’s authentic pearl and gold earrings. Lastly, my something blue was the bottom of my shoes.”

 

Wedding Vendors:

Ceremony: St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Scarborough, Maine

Reception: Camp Ketcha

Catering: Above & Beyond Catering

Officiant: Rev. Innocent Okosi

DJ: Andy Austin (family friend)

Florist: Prestige House of Flowers

Cake: The Winey Baker

Hair & Makeup: Bei Capelli

Bride and Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal

Men’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse

Stationary: Nitro Designs

Rentals: Savvy Event Rentals

Jennifer and Michael’s Biddeford Pool Maine Wedding

September 29th, 2018 was an extraordinary day that was 7 years on the making. Jennifer describes her journey with Michael and how they fell in love:

In August 2011 I was entering my first year of college at UMaine in Orono. I decided to join the UMaine marching band and it was our very first marching band rehearsal that I met Mike. He was entering his junior year of college. I didn't know anyone in the marching band would always be alone when we walked around campus to get to our next rehearsal. Mike noticed this and started walking with me. We started to get to know each other during these long walks across campus. On September 5th Mike asked me if I wanted to go for a nature walk in Bangor and I agreed. We couldn't find the entrance to this nature trail and ended up walking through the woods. We walked for miles and had no idea where we were. Luckily we found a lady who was doing some work or her field and asked her where the trail was. She pointed us in the right direction and we eventually found the trail. When we headed back we realized we just needed to park about a couple hundred feet ahead to the trail head. When we got back to campus Mike asked me if I had fun. I said yes. He asked me if I wanted to do more stuff like this. I said yes. He said do you want to go out? And you guessed it, I said yes. 

A couple years later Mike and I hiked Mount Washington for the first time with some of my family. We both loved it so much that we wanted to continue hiking, but not just in the White Mountains. Mount Washington is the tallest mountain in New Hampshire, Mike said to me one night if I wanted to hike all the state's highest points. I said yes. 

After I graduated college in 2016 we set off for a 3 week vacation out west to hike some of the mountains out there. I was most excited for Colorado. Mount Elbert, Colorado's highest peak is over 14,000 feet tall and is still to this day the tallest mountain we've ever hiked. Mike and I were slow to hike it but we made it and as we sat on the top of the mountain huffing and puffing, trying to catch our breath Mike ask me if I remembered how he asked me out. I said yes. He said do you want to do more stuff like this. I said yes. He said do you want to marry me? You guessed it, I said yes. He had carried the ring to the top of the mountain and put it on my finger. 

For our honeymoon we are heading out to Hawaii to Hike Hawaii's tallest mountain, Mauna Kea.

All ll I knew I wanted for the wedding is that I wanted it to be in September and I wanted it to be Fall. September 29th was the perfect day. I also knew our colors had to be burgundy and navy blue because they look so well together just like Mike and I look so well together.

Our party favors were coasters made from pieces of cedar wood that my father cut down from my home in Maine.  We bought a branding iron that had our names and the date of our wedding and a nice flowery design.  We burned the brand in to the wood pieces and put many coats of polyurethane on them to make them shine and put a piece of felt on the back side.

 

Wedding Vendors:

Venue: Private Residence in Biddeford Pool, Maine

Caterer: Above & Beyond Catering

Photography: Trina Dinnar Photography

Officiant: Sharon Lovejoy

DJ: Steve Mondor (retired, family friend)

Florist, Cake & Desserts: Flour! Flowers & Sweets

Hair: Studio at Island Point

Dresses  and Veil: David’s Bridal

Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Rings: Maine Gold and Silver

Rentals: Savvy Rentals

Village by the Sea Wells Maine Wedding | Lisa & Bill

I was so excited when Lisa and Bill contacted me last year about photographing their wedding at Village by the Sea in Wells, Maine. Not only is Village by the Sea a beautiful coastal wedding venue, it also happens to be the place that I got married 7 years ago. Needless to say, the location holds a special place in my heart.

September 15th, 2018 was Lisa and Bill’s big day! I arrived early enough to photograph all of the breathtaking details that made this wedding even more wonderful. From the stunning bouquet to the elegant ballroom and all its décor, photographing this wedding was truly a photographer’s dream. Colors of teal and peach coordinated perfectly with the romantic beach setting.

Lisa and Bill had their first look outside in the garden and we were even able to take all of the family and wedding party portraits before the guests even arrived! The couple had a lovely outdoor wedding ceremony under the venue’s pergola. After that, everyone enjoyed cocktail hour out on the patio.

The wedding party was announced into the reception where Lisa and Bill followed the entrance with their first dance. After Lisa had a dance with her father and Bill had a dance with his mother, the maid of honor and best man said a few words and gave a nice toast to the couple. The rest of the reception was full of great moments: delicious food, the cake cutting, and lots of dancing and laughs. It truly was an evening to remember.

I was especially touched by Lisa and Bill’s love story. The couple had dated in 1985 and ended up going their separate ways only to find each other again a couple of years ago. The spark was rekindled and they realized that they were meant to be together. And so the saying goes that if you let someone go, they will come back if that’s your destiny.

Wedding Vendors:

Venue, Catering & Coordinator: Village by the Sea

Second Photographer: Andrea Simmons

DJ: The Music Man DJ

Florist: Down East Flowers

Cake: Let Them Eat Cake

Hair & Make-up: Naviina Salon & Day Spa

Dresses: David’s Bridal

Men’s Attire: JC Penney

Rings: Kay Jewelers

Castleton Windham New Hampshire Wedding | Erica & Alex

Erica and Alex were married on September 7th, 2018 at the Castleton Banquet and Conference Center in Windham, New Hampshire. I asked Erica to share details about her and Alex’s relationship and more about their wedding below:

How did you two meet? Tell us about your first date.

We met on Match.com! We had both been about to give up on online dating… Alex decided to give online dating just one more try, and I decided to extend my search region to 100 miles to see if anyone interesting popped up before I deleted my account. Alex and I were 99 miles away from one another.

After emailing back and forth and then exchanging phone numbers, we decided to meet up for lunch one day when I was in New Hampshire traveling to my brothers basketball game (Go MMA Mariners!). We met at Cheers in Concord, NH and hardly ate our meals because we were so busy talking and also so nervous! We now go back every year and actually eat our meals!

When and where did you get engaged? Tell us about the proposal.

The plan for July 9th, 2017 was to go to our friend’s (the Sherman’s) house to do photos with their new baby, Teddy, and to then spend the afternoon celebrating another friend's (Ross’s) birthday. Once at the Sherman's, the group of us chatted for a bit and then went outside to scope out photo backdrops. Carina and I picked a spot in front of a beautiful flowering tree in the yard. I brought out my camera and did many of the shots, then set the camera up on a tripod to do the group shot. 

Afterwards, Andy offered to take photos of just Alex and myself, since we were all dressed up after all. Andy took one shot and showed us. We both liked it, but Andy asked for one more. That’s when I noticed Alex's arm shaking and thought, "No way." Then Alex was dropping down to one knee. After that, Alex and I both totally blacked out due to excitement… Luckily, Carina had caught the whole thing on video so we were able to watch it later. 

A short time after, our group was inside the Sherman's house chatting, when suddenly I heard my Mom say, "WHERE IS MY DAUGHTER?!" And then one by one, a group of our closest friends and family walked in with balloons, gifts, food, and champagne! The rest of the afternoon was spent having an absolutely perfect engagement party.

What song did you do your first dance to? 

Our first dance was to Only One in Color by Trapt, the acoustic version. We had been having a really hard time picking a song. Alex wanted a cute song, but I had my heart set on a rock ballad. The regular version of Only One in Color was on my list that we kept playing over and over again, trying to narrow it down. One day when we stumbled across the acoustic version, Alex announced that this was it; this was our song. I have loved Trapt ever since I got my hands on their first album in 2002, so I was very excited that he wanted to use this one!

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, and any other details you'd like to share?

The flowers were definitely one of my favorite elements of the wedding! My friend Amber helped make all of the paper roses out of pages from a Harry Potter book and The Lost World by Michael Crichton. I am so very grateful for all of her help! Martins Flower Shop also did a wonderful job putting all of our flowers together and I’m so thankful that they were willing to work with us with the paper flower additions. 

My dress wasn’t what I would have ever imagined myself wearing! I was imagining myself in something with more tulle to give it more poof. But when my bridesmaids, my mom, my now mother-in-law, and I were all dress shopping, I put this one on and knew it was the perfect one immediately. Helen at Helen’s Tailoring in Manchester did an absolutely amazing job helping me get the dress just right! 

As for other details, a lot of the items that we incorporated were handmade; such as the table numbers, our Mr. & Mrs. sign, my earrings, and the seating chart. Others were handmade by Etsy shop owners; the ring box, the bracelets for the bridesmaids, my bracelets, the gift for my brother of honor, gifts for the parents, our champagne flutes, and the card box. Our goal was to keep everything rather simple with a splash of our true nerdy selves shining through, hence the marvel and Nintendo themed groomsmen socks, the book roses, the Zelda ring box, and the katana cake cutter. 

Any advice you’d like to give other couples for their wedding day?

I would definitely say to just try to relax and take things slow. Don’t stress yourself out too much about time. If you can, put someone else in charge of watching the clock the day of the wedding. I think I only looked at the time once or twice between when we all met up for makeup and when we arrived at the venue to get dressed and ready, and that really helped to keep me calm and less anxious. 

The wedding is going to just fly by so make sure to take time for yourselves! We tried so hard to make it to every table to talk to everyone, but that just wasn’t going to happen in the short time we had… But we are both so thankful that we took the time for a first look (this seriously helped calm nerves), to actually eat our dinner, and to just take a breather by ourselves. 

Since the wedding, quite a few people have asked me if there was anything that went wrong. Of course there was! My mom, dad, and I totally missed our cue for the music (this just made us laugh and at least I didn’t trip and fall on my way down the aisle!), the microphone cut out a few times during the ceremony (this just made Alex and I chuckle, especially when it picked up again as Kevin was reminding us that the rings go on the left hand), I hugged someone and cut my arm on the pin of the boutonnière (at least I didn’t get blood on my white dress!), the bakery forgot the little Deadpool that we requested to have peeking out from under the cake (at least we still had the katana cake cutter!), and my dress had a mark from an ink pen right on the front of it (my bouquet covered it up!)... But in the grand scheme of things, none of these things were really a problem. So when little things go wrong, just try to laugh it off and continue enjoying your time as a newlywed! 

Wedding Vendors:

Venue, Catering & Coordinator: Castleton Banquet and Conference Center

DJ: Mike Dow DJ Services

Florist: Martin’s Flower Mart & Gift Shoppe

Cake: Jacques’ Fine European Pastries

Hair & Make-up: Christen Goodwin from Artistic Creations

Wedding Dress & Men’s Attire: Modern Bride & Formal Shop

Officiant: Kevin Eaton (friend of couple)

Rings: Naser Diamonds (Bedford, NH)