Granite Ridge Estate & Barn Wedding | Ann Marie & Andy

In early March of 2016, Ann Marie and Andy reached out to me looking for a wedding and engagement photographer for their October 1st wedding. Upon talking with them more, I was thrilled to learn more about their plans for a rustic chic Maine wedding at the Granite Ridge Estate and Barn in Norway, Maine.

In June, I photographed Ann Marie and Andy’s engagement session at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, NH. The park offers a beautiful open landscape, lovely ocean views and a rocky coastline. It was a wonderful evening for their session and the sunset was breathtaking.  The image collages below show a few of my favorites from their engagement session.

When October 1st, 2016 arrived, I took the two hour drive up to Norway, Maine to the Granite Ridge Estate and Barn. Let me tell you that it is well worth the drive. Granite Ridge is one of the most beautiful wedding venues that I’ve ever been fortunate enough to visit. Perched on its own 128 acre mountain, the Estate is the ultimate location for a rustic destination wedding. There is an elegant timber frame lodge combined with a 3500 square foot Maine barn that is unparalleled by spectacular mountain views.

Ann Marie and Andy got ready in the estate lodge, which is perched on its very own granite ridge. The massive fireplace was lit and the girls got ready in a room filled with windows that had the most amazing views. The ceremony took place on the venue’s outdoor ceremonial space. It is a large gravel clearing that was filled with benches for the wedding guests. The couple exchanged vows under a handmade birch arbor surrounded by their closest family and friends.

The reception took place inside the barn, which included spacious, natural wood floors, vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, and exquisite chandeliers. The tables were decorated with tree rounds, gold table numbers and teal colored napkins. The couple was announced into their reception where they went right into their first dance. Soon following were the parent dances, toasts and speeches and a buffet-style dinner. The remainder of the evening included a fun photo booth and lots of dancing!

Vendors:

Venue(s): Granite Ridge Estate and Barn

Wedding Coordinator/Planner: Paula & Courtney of A Family Affair

Second Photographer: Peter Greeno

DJ: Versatile Sound Productions 

Catering: 111 Maine

Florist: Andy's mother and sister  

Hair and Make-up: Blushing Brides

Transportation - L/A Luxury Lim

The Colony Hotel Kennebunkport Maine Wedding | Sara and Jeremiah

I can’t believe it has been a year since I met these two in Portsmouth, New Hampshire for their engagement session! Talking with the bride, Sara over the months preceding the wedding, I just knew that her and Jeremiah’s wedding would be one to remember – and I was right! The couple had an unforgettable first look on the beach where we had spectacular views of both the venue and the Maine coast. Their wedding ceremony took place on the lawn of the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport, Maine and a reception followed in the hotel’s dining room. It was an evening filled with dancing and fun and truly was a night to remember.

I asked Sara to tell me a little more about their special day:

 

What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?

Jeremiah and I had envisioned a wedding on the ocean, lake or some body of water. We wanted to keep the wedding budget reasonable and tried some alternative venues such as a vineyard, farm, etc. The minute we walked into The Colony we knew that it was exactly what we had envisioned.

What was your color palette and your style vision?

To be honest, I didn't have a color palette. My sister in law, Ann, was very helpful throughout the wedding planning process and sent me some pins on Pinterest. I ended up going with plum and rustic orange (for the flowers) and the major theme of plum throughout the rest of the wedding for color.

What is your favorite moment of your wedding day?

The first look was our favorite moment of the wedding day. The entire year of planning amounted to us saying our vows to each other in front of our family. It was such a stressful day but when I saw him standing there by the ocean waiting for me it was like nothing else mattered.

What song did you do your first dance to? 

Our first dance was to "Real Love" by the Beatles. We chose this song because we felt that the words described our relationship and was a perfect fit for our first dance. 

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc.

Flowers - I showed the florist a picture I had found on Pinterest of the colors and type of bouquet that I was looking for. I wasn't that involved with the flowers other than that. I left it to the expert and they looked beautiful!

Gown - originally I was thinking of a a-line lace gown and had gone to two stores and did not find what I was looking for. The last store I went to with my mother and sister in law and sneakily my sister in law added a ball gown to the mix. I tried on the ball gown and immediately felt like a bride. That is the dress I ended up purchasing.

Cake - for the cake we went with a baker I had gone to high school with. I gave her a picture of what I was looking for and she decorated it with fresh flowers from my florist and it looked beautiful! There were 4 layers and they were cookie dough, white chocolate raspberry, funfetti, and triple chocolate. 

Favors - my cousin owns a company called popcornography and was kind enough to provide us with two kinds to fill bell jars for our favors

What advice would you give to couples who are currently planning their wedding?

Our advice would be - try not to let all the little details stress you out. In the end you are marrying the man/woman of your dreams and that is really what it is all about. 

 

Wedding Vendors:

Wedding Coordinator: Laura Lavigne from The Colony

Second Photographer: Andrea Simmons

DJ: Edward Whitehouse from A Goodtime DJ's

Florist: Leah Harrington Floral Designs

Cake: Kathryn’s Confections

Officiant: Julie Draper

Hair: Naviina Salon in Wells, ME

Make-up: Naviina Salon and Kris Cosmetics

Dress: David’s Bridal

A Maine wedding at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport.

Falmouth Country Club – Falmouth, Maine Wedding: Mackenzie and Stewart

Mackenzie and Stewart were married at the Falmouth Country Club in Falmouth, Maine on September 10th, 2016. The morning of the wedding, I arrived at Marriott Sable Oaks in South Portland, Maine to photograph Mackenzie and the ladies getting ready. My second shooter, Tracey Mason was also on site with Stewart and the men in the wedding party. Mackenzie left for the first look in a limo with all of her bridesmaids and met up with Stewart and the guys at Falmouth Town Landing for their First Look and wedding party portraits. We then proceeded to Falmouth Country Club for a beautiful wedding ceremony outside and a lovely tented reception that lit up in blue and purple as the evening went on. The live band, Time Pilots was amazing and got everyone on the dance floor. It truly was an amazing wedding that I will certainly remember!

Click here to see Mackenzie and Stewart’s engagement session I photographed last winter!

Words from the bride and groom…

What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?

We envisioned our wedding exactly how it turned out. It was a extremely special day, our family was comfortable and happy, our friends all had a great time, and as the bride and groom we couldn’t have pictured things going better.

What was your color palette and your style vision?

Our colors were blush, ivory, blue/navy. We had a classic and romantic style.

What is your favorite moment of your wedding day?

Our favorite moment was our first kiss! What a moment!! There are many great moments throughout the day, we had a perfect ceremony, great weather for photos, beautiful toasts, and our first dance was awesome!

What song did you do your first dance to? 

Our first dance was My Best Friend by Queen, preformed by Time Pilots Band.

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc.

Our cake was just as we had envisioned, it was classic and with the cascade of flowers down the side it was gorgeous.

Our favors were super fun, the grooms mother custom painted over 100 individual little terracotta pots where we then put a nice little succulent plant in each.

Our flowers were all made by the wedding party and other special people. Everything came together so nice.

The brides dress is hard to describe, but it was everything the bride was looking for and blew the grooms mind when we saw his bride! 

What advice would you give to couples who are currently planning their wedding?

Our advice to other planning a wedding is... You are going to be stressed, it is a lot of work, there is no way around this. Work hard on the big stuff now, and enjoy it later, we noticed that the more planning we did early on the easier later on was and we were able to focus on the little details not scrambling to get big ticket items done. 

One last little thing, planning takes way longer than you think. Allow yourself time.

 

Wedding Vendors:

Venue(s): Falmouth Country Club

Florist: Trader Joes

Cake: Cakes Extraordinaire

Band: Time Pilots

Dress: Andrea's Bridal

Wedding Rings: Springers Jewelers and Cross Jewelers

Jewelry/Hairpieces: Etsy

Bridesmaid's Dresses: Andrea's Bridal

Hair/Makeup: Head Games

Nails: Essence Beauty

Men's Attire: Soiree

Rentals: Rent My Wedding

Samoset Resort Rockport Maine Wedding: Katie and Don

Katie and Don had a small, intimate wedding at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine on August 21st, 2016. The Samoset Resort was a wedding venue I had been hoping to photograph, so I delighted when I found out that the couple would be married there. Even though the day was foggy, we made the best of the day. The Resort has a beautiful flower garden and a lovely green golf course. I’m so very honored to have been part of their special day.

From the bride…

When and where did your engagement take place? Please describe the proposal.

We got engaged at The Inn at Sunset Hill in New Hampshire on February 21, 2016. After coming back from Ice Castles, we went for a walk to the lookout over the White Mountains. After a few minutes, he got down on one knee and proposed!

What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?

Both of us had envisioned a small outdoor wedding either on the ocean or at a country club.

What was your color palette and your style vision?

We wanted a simple, elegant wedding. Our colors were purple and white.

What is your favorite moment of your wedding day?

My favorite moment was standing at the beginning of the aisle, waiting to walk down to my soon-to-be husband with my father escorting me, and all of my family and friends smiling.

What song did you do your first dance to? 

From the Ground Up by Dan + Shay

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc.

Our flowers were beautiful purple and white calla lilies and white and lavender spray roses. My wedding dress was an elegant, strapless ivory Casablanca gown. Our favors were small champagne shaped bottles with candies and a sandal keychain. Our cake was a delicious lemon-blueberry, chocolate truffle, and mudslide flavored 3 tiered masterpiece from SugarTree Bakery. It was decorated with beautiful fresh flowers.

What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be?

With all the stress of planning, always remember that everything will come together and no matter what happens, it will be a perfect day because you get to marry the love of your life!

Vendors:

Photography: Trina Dinnar Photography

Wedding Planner: Linde Schwartz of Samoset Resort

DJ or Band: Erik Klausmeyer from Double Platinum Celebrations

Catering: Samoset Resort

Florist: Hoboken Gardens

Hair/Make-up: Level 10 Salon

Videographer: None

Dress /Shoes: Andrea’s Bridal

Cake: Darci Lynn Chickering-Morris from Sugar Tree Cakes

Officiant: Reverend Seth Jones

Vanessa and Jones Bald Mountain Camps Resort Wedding

Vanessa and Jones were married at the Bald Mountain Camps Resort in Oquossoc, Maine. Rather than my usual write up about the wedding itself, I would rather share the couple’s unique love story, as told by both of them.

It began in the Bahamas...

Vanessa and Jones separately left on their senior year spring break trip to the Bahamas where they planned to make some final college memories with 300+ other Cornell students. They were two months shy of graduating, had already accepted jobs on the opposite side of the country, and happy to enjoy the last moments with their friends before starting "real" life. Prior to that trip, Vanessa knew Jones as the good looking rower who always looked too serious. Jones had talked to his friends about Vanessa

Fast forward to the third night of the trip, where Jones finally had an excuse to talk to Vanessa (thanks Oliver!) and tell her how he felt. It could be the 25% Greek connection, but there was immediately something special. They spent their first night dancing and being completely lost to the outside world, even though they were in a crowded bar. So lost that they even missed Charlie Walters dancing on stage during a booty shaking contest.

They knew they were moving to opposite ends of the country in just a few short months, but spent the next two months of school enjoying everything that Ithaca had to offer. They went to formals, injured themselves gorge jumping, stayed up until sunrise on the hammock on Jones's deck, went wine tasting, hiked Buttermilk Falls, survived finals, and completely fell in love somewhere in-between. 

Vanessa's job temporarily brought her to San Francisco post-graduation, so they were lucky enough to spend five more wonderful weeks exploring San Francisco together. After that summer, Vanessa moved back to Boston. Jones made Vanessa the happiest girl during their year apart by sending her flowers when it was rainy, fuzzy socks when it got cold, delicious snack subscriptions, many hand written love letters, and more. They traveled back and forth as frequently as possible and squeezed in frequent Skype dates, despite the three hour time difference.

Their long distance journey finally came to an end when Jones was recruited for a new role in Mountain View, CA. He was super happy with his current job, so he responded to the recruiter with Vanessa's resume and the rest is history. Vanessa moved out for that specific job in March of 2015 and has been so happy to receive all the love and support possible from Jones's family. Jones and Vanessa are happy to be #751Haighters in a beautiful Victorian and have the best housemates ever (all of which will be at the wedding!). 

Now that you've heard a piece of their story, we hope you see why they can't wait to spend the rest of their lives together.

 

When and where did your engagement take place? Please describe the proposal.

Vanessa and Jones were engaged on February 14th, 2015 (Valentine's Day!). Jones booked a weekend escape at XV Beacon Hotel in Boston. They had a cute room with a fireplace, jacuzzi tub, and a view of Boston's North End. On Valentine's Day, they explored downtown and went out to dinner at a small, romantic Italian restaurant. They returned to the hotel to enjoy pastries from Boston's famous pastry shops, Mike's Pastry and Modern Pastry. When they arrived at the room, Jones handed Vanessa the room key. She opened the door to find white rose petals all over the room with a bottle of champagne, cookies, and chocolates. The fire was lit and there was music playing in the background. Jones got down on one knee to purpose! As he was asking, their current favorite song Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran came on the radio, totally unexpected. (Later, when they would buy their wedding bands, the song would come on the radio again as they were checking out with their perfect bands!)

What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?

We envisioned exactly what it turned out to be! Our closest family and friends enjoying a long weekend on a lake that meant so much to Vanessa. Vanessa's family frequently visited their lake-house at Mooselookmeguntic Lake. It was a special place where both families could truly join together, while all having a wonderful time!

What was your color palette and your style vision?

Our color palette was burgundy and navy with champagne accents. The style vision was clean and rustic.

What is your favorite moment of your wedding day?

We had many favorite memories from the day! It was truly an incredible weekend. Our favorite memory (if we had to choose just one) was exchanging our own written vows. It was great to share our commitment and love in front of all of our family and friends.

What song did you do your first dance to? 

Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran (see above for context!)

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc.

Flowers: We used baby's breath as the main accent, to create the rustic look. The bridesmaid bouquets were touched up with hydrangeas to add more body and color. Vanessa's bouquet was white roses surrounded by baby's breath. Vanessa's dad did grow zinnias in his home garden and Vanessa had a second bouquet of these beautiful, colorful flowers!

Gown: Vanessa’s gown was the Cassandra dress from Maggie Sottero designs.

Favors: We created welcome baskets for each of the guest's cabins so that they would have a treat upon arrival. We put a red raspberry jam and blue blueberry jam to symbolize the R(Rodanas) and B(Bazalgette) that were joining. We included a welcome note and pamphlets of fun things to do in the area. Vanessa's mom also baked homemade biscuits to go along with the jams.

Cake: Our cutting cake was a "naked" style cake, with frosting in layers rather than on the entire outside. The cake was chocolate with raspberry frosting and raspberry preserve in the middle. There were raspberries and flowers sprinkled for display. Our guest cake was a lemon cake with lemon frosting and lemon curd filling. We cut that cake in the back and sprinkled each piece with blueberries.