Hannah and Michael’s Cape Elizabeth Maine Wedding

August 17th, 2019 was an unforgettable day for Hannah and Michael. The couple got married at a private residence in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. There was a perfect amount of cloud cover that produced the most stunning lighting throughout the day. The ceremony had lovely coastal Maine oceanfront views, which made the perfect backdrop for Hannah and Michael to share their special day with family and friends.

After the wedding ceremony, everyone gathered inside a gorgeously decorated tent that was set up onsite. The tent was filled with perfect little details, such as floral arrangements of deep reds and pinks, accents of gold and elegant wooden signage. Hannah and Michael were welcomed into their wedding reception with heartfelt toasts and speeches. They then took the dance floor for their first dance, followed by their parent dances. Hannah and Michael decided to get announced into their reception after their first dance where they were joined on the dance floor by their wedding party. Family and guests soon joined in and the dance floor remained full for the rest of the evening. All in all, it was a beautiful day at an amazing location complete with extraordinary details and, of course, great people.

Here’s my Q&A with Hannah:

How did you two meet?

I had just recently moved across the country, from California to Boston, and was out at a bar with a girlfriend, trying to meet new people. I met Michael that night and he became one of my first friends in Boston. I thought he was absolutely hilarious, and on our first date he took me to Legal Seafood, which is a restaurant I had always been to as a kid when I visited family in Boston. We always look back on the beginning of our relationship and marvel at what a coincidence it was that we came from totally opposite ends of the country, and met and fell in love so quickly after entering a phase of our lives where we were in the same geographical place.

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

The summer before our wedding, Michael and I rode our bikes to one of our favorite state parks on the coast of Portland. We sat looking at the ocean and just taking in the beautiful day for a while, and then Michael got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was just the two of us and the Atlantic Ocean, which was always the kind of perfect, private proposal I envisioned for myself. Later that evening we had a picnic dinner on the beach.

How did you envision your wedding day? Tell us about your color palate, style and/or vision.

We got married outside, by the ocean, surrounded by nature and an intimate group of the people we both love most. Our color palette was navy dresses for the bridesmaids, gray suits with navy ties for the groomsmen, and bright, vibrant bouquets full of fuchsia, magenta, deep red, and indigo. We also had a white sail cloth tent for the reception, with beautiful twinkling lights strung inside. I always envisioned it being whimsical, magical, coastal, and intimate, and really was blown away by that exact vision coming to life.

What is your favorite moment of your wedding day?

My favorite moment of the day was watching Michael and his parents, followed by my Mom and step dad, followed by my bridesmaids walk down the aisle to "Seven Wonders" by Fleetwood Mac, before any of the guests could see me in my dress or even knew that I was watching. It was like watching my favorite people on earth live out a moment I had dreamed of for my entire life from totally behind the scenes.

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

My flowers were done by an AMAZING Maine vendor, Honeysuckle Way, and were all sourced from local Maine farms. I was extremely particular about what I wanted for flowers, and they far exceeded my expectations of a beautiful, bright, unique, bouquet of rich reds, pinks, and dark blues. My dress was whimsical, with a flowing layered bottom half and a tight, satin spaghetti strap top half. I loved it! For cake we did a naked cake decorated with strawberries, Cosmos (bright pink summer flowers), and vanilla frosting in between the layers. For favors we did bags of Coastal Maine Popcorn because we wanted it to be something that guests would really enjoy and something characteristic to our time in Maine. We always used to go to their Portland location when it was still there to sample the different flavors, so we thought it would be fun to do as a gift to our guests!

Wedding Vendors:

Venue: Private Residence in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Photography: Trina Dinnar Photography

Wedding Planner: Pinch Me Planning

Caterer: Kitchen Chicks Catering

Guitarist: Adam Waxman

DJ: Brian Phoenix of The Music Maine DJ Service

Florist: Honeysuckle Way Flowers

Cake: Scratch Baking Co.

Hair and Makeup: Akari Salon

Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals

Jess and Dan’s Boothbay Harbor Maine Wedding

Hurricane Dorian was expected to pass by Maine on September 7th, 2019, the day of Jess and Dan’s wedding. Needless to say, everyone was a little nervous about the weather putting a damper on the day. Jess got ready at Boothbay Harbor Oceanside Golf Resort while Dan got ready at his family’s cottage on Capitol Island, off of Southport, Maine. The couple did their first look out on the docks of Capitol Island, where the day began cloudy and windy but quickly turned warm and sunny. It was pretty remarkable! After roaming the island taking photos together, Jess and Dan traveled over to Barrett Park for their wedding ceremony. They had even rented an antique car for their transportation! After the ceremony, we took more photos at Barrett Park before heading off to Boothbay Railway Village for the wedding reception. The wedding party was announced into the wedding reception and Jess and Dan shared their first dance. They had a lovely buffet dinner followed by three great speeches by members of the wedding party. After the parent dances, the floor was open for family and friends to join in on the dancing. Everyone was having a wonderful day celebrating with Jess and Dan. Finally, the couple had everyone light sparklers as they cut their wedding cake —an interesting twist from the traditional cake cutting and sparkler exit. All in all, Jess and Dan’s wedding ended up being a perfect day filled with love and laughter.

Here’s my Q&A with Jess:

How did you two meet?

We went to high school together but didn’t officially meet until college at UMaine. We met at Dan’s fraternity house, Phi Kap. He sat next to me and we talked the night away. 

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

We got engaged on top of Mt. Agamenticus. Dan has been ridiculed on a constant basis by friends and family (on both sides) for a few years of when he was going to finally propose to me. He asked if I would like to go to the botanical gardens in Boothbay or hike Mt. Agamenticus in York a few weeks in advance so we could have a getaway. I still was surprised because he was looking to propose!

We got to the top of the mountain, while it was sprinkling none-stop, and explored the view. Dan took his backpack off and knelt down in the mud. I then yelled at him to get his knee out of the mud (mind you I had no idea of his plans) and he then pulled out a Cliff bar and gave it to me. I was very happy with the Cliff bar and walked away with it (hunger hit and Dan knows how to deal with me when I’m hungry). He promptly asked if I could come back and pulled out the ring. 


How did you envision your wedding day? Tell us about your color palate, style and/or vision.

We envisioned our wedding day exactly how it played out. Minus the rain or Hurricane Dorian trying to crash our weekend. We wanted it to be by the ocean and in a place that meant something to us. Dan grew up in Southport on Capitol Island in the summers and his family spent a lot of time in Boothbay. Knowing how gorgeous Boothbay is to us and how much our loved ones would enjoy their time there, we decided that was the perfect location. Our Sister in Law and my Mother in Law came up with the idea of Barrett Park because of the bay, and the Boothbay Railway Museum because of the location and we are both history buffs. 

We had a mixture of color pallets and themes as we had a lot we wanted to incorporate. The main colors were purple, blush and navy, however, we needed to also include our family’s tartans. The Lewis, McNiel and Mackenzie tartans were included for immediate family members to honor our Scottish heritage. My Jewish heritage was also honored by our ceremony. The Nautical theme was because we were in Boothbay, but also because we love being on the water. 


What is your favorite moment of your wedding day?

Our first look was our favorite moment of the entire day. We didn’t have 150 people around us and it was the only moment we had for ourselves which allowed us to breathe and take the day in. 


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

The absolutely gorgeous flowers were done by Lee’s Floral and Garden. Lee is a good friend of ours and our bridesmaid Amanda’s Mom. I told her our color pallet and that we needed to include the tartans on my bouquet. She asked me what kind of flowers, and I told her I just like pretty things and she created everything! 

My gown was from Andrea’s Bridal in Portland. I am not a huge shopper and I get overwhelmed with all of the choices. I wanted it to be a one stop shop. My dress was the third one I tried on, and I tried a total of five dresses. I knew it was the one I chose because I felt like a princess. I have always strived to be Belle from Beauty and the Beast and I felt like her in my dress! We knew that was the one when I tried it on. 

Our cake was from the awesome creation of Renee and Jesse Landry of Landry Confections in Topsham. We told them our vision of our day and they created a red velvet cake with chocolate ganache, cream cheese frosting on the inside and buttercream frosting on the outside. Our cupcakes were absolutely amazing as well. They did such a good job blending our tastes. 

Wedding Vendors:

Ceremony Location: Barrett Park in Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Reception Venue: Boothbay Railway Village

Caterer: For the Love of Food and Drink

Bagpiper: Elliot Smith

DJ: Mike Mahoney of M&M Entertainment

Florist: Lees Floral Garden

Cake and Desserts: Landry’s Confections

Portable Bar: Maine on Tap

Hair: Jessica Griffin

Makeup: Whitney Beal Beauty

Wedding Dress: Andrea’s Bridal

Transportation: Northeast Charter and Boothbay Railway Village

York Harbor Reading Room at Mason Hartley Reserve Maine Wedding

After photographing Megan and Hugh’s engagement session last year at Hartley Mason Reserve and Fisherman’s Walk to York Harbor Beach, I was very excited to return to such a beautiful location to photograph their wedding on August 10th, 2019. Megan got ready at Harbor Cliffs Inn (part of York Harbor Inn) while Hugh got ready nearby at his family’s residence. The couple had a lovely first look in Hugh’s grandmother’s garden, which was also a great location for their pre-ceremony wedding party and family portraits. Megan and Hugh’s wedding ceremony took place across the street at Hartley Mason Reserve, which is a public park overlooking York Harbor Beach with splendid ocean views. Their wedding reception took place at the York Harbor Reading Room, which is a gorgeous private event space next to the park. There was even a surprise firework show, put on by Megan’s uncle. It truly was a night to remember!

Here’s Megan and Hugh’s story they shared with their guests:

"The first time Hugh met Megan, he knew he'd met someone special. The second time, he knew that he'd met someone special, and Megan knew that Hugh was sort of faceblind.  It was June 2011 at the Green River Preserve summer camp, and Hugh had introduced himself to Megan twice within ten minutes. 

Once Hugh and Megan were able to get a firm grip on what each other's faces looked like, they quickly fell in love, spending the summer in the kind of subterfuge necessary for camp romances. They coordinated their days off, planned their campout hikes to 'accidentally' cross paths, and pretended to know how to tie fly-fishing flies so they could teach an activity together. When the summer was over, they still couldn't tie flies, but they did keep dating through their time at UVA and UNC.  In 2014, Hugh and Megan moved to Virginia Beach, where they got their beloved cats, Domo and Luna.  Most recently, in July 2018, the whole family moved to Alexandria, Virginia.

Another storybook moment in Hugh and Megan's relationship was their engagement. Even Hugh remembers the exact moment they decided to get married - at a sushi restaurant in Virginia Beach right after the miso soup. Then almost immediately Hugh got a phone call informing him that his flight to Salt Lake City the following morning had been cancelled. If he wanted to go on his ski vacation at all, his travel companion Dillon told him, they would have to drive to Charlotte, NC in time for a 5am flight. "Well," Hugh said to Megan when he got off the phone, "I can't describe how excited I am to spend the rest of my life with you. But tonight I have to drive to Charlotte."

Two months later, they picked up the rings and drove immediately to First Landing State Park to get officially engaged. It was not a surprise; Megan doesn't like surprises. They had sandwiches, pimento cheese, champagne, and two rings, and they asked each other to marry....each other. They both said yes. 

The moral of this fairy tale is that love at second sight might not get all the press, but it works just the same.”

I asked Megan to tell me more about her wedding style and overall vision:

How did you envision your wedding day? Tell us about your color palate, style and/or vision.

When we were in Maine last August I loved all the blue hydrangeas blooming, so that inspired the color scheme. I wanted the style to be classic and comfortable - something that would lend itself to guests feeling at home wandering the many interesting nooks of the reading room as well as compliment the ocean backdrop of the ceremony and reception.

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

The flowers were various white flowers with dusty blue hydrangeas and some greenery. They were arranged by Brenda's Bloomers who did an amazing job! I loved the bouquets and what she did with the fireplace at the reading room. My dress was Sottero and Midgley from Elegance by Roya in Alexandria, VA where we live. It was organza fabric with beaded straps, belt, and buttons down the back. I'd also like to shout out Megan VanDevanter and her team who did hair and make up for the women in the wedding. I think they did a great job! We didn't really do favors, although my mom put out flip flops for anyone whose feet got tired dancing in their dress shoes that were very popular. The cake was from Beach Pea Bakery in Kittery. There were tiers of lemon cake with Chambord whipped cream and raspberries with vanilla butter cream and tiers of chocolate cake with chocolate mousse, Chambord whipped cream, and vanilla butter cream. 

 Wedding Vendors:

Ceremony Location: Hartley Mason Reserve

Reception Location: York Harbor Reading Room

Second Photographer: Kate Harris

Officiant: Julie Draper

Band: Occasional Brass and Strings

DJ: Clark Sillery of Fred Pappalardo DJ's

Florist: Brenda's Bloomers

Cake: Beach Pea Baking Co.

Hair and Makeup: MEV. Hair and Makeup by Megan Vandevanter

Dress: Elegance by Roya Bridal

Rentals: Exeter Events & Tents

Arla and Kevin’s Wedding at the Lucerne Inn in Dedham, Maine

I was so excited when Arla and Kevin hired me to photograph their August 2nd, 2019 wedding at The Lucerne Inn in Dedham, Maine. The inn is one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Maine, both inside and out. The property has stunning views of Bald Mountain and Phillips Lake, which provide a gorgeous outdoor backdrop for a wedding ceremony. The venue also has a brick patio attached to the Main Inn, where a pre-lit wedding tent was set up for the occasion.

After getting ready in separate rooms at the inn, the couple shared their first look outside. It was a heartfelt moment to witness their tears of happiness as they saw each other for the first time in their wedding day attire. Soon after, Arla and Kevin’s wedding ceremony began at The Overlook, which is the outdoor area of the inn with a gazebo and a lawn overlooking Dedham Maine’s Bald Mountain. It was truly the perfect setting for family and friends to gather and celebrate this special day.

Arla and Kevin share more about this wonderful day below:

How did you two meet?

In Arla’s words:

We met at The University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Kevin had a pet Fennec Fox, cutest little thing with huge ears. One of our mutual friends would always talk about this fox, so naturally, I HAD to meet Ardi. I got to meet Ardi and, more importantly, Kevin. One month later at a Christmas party (2013) we meet again, sparks fly, and we have been together ever since.

Tell us about the proposal.

In Kevin’s words:

After 3.5 years of dating Arla, I decided to take our relationship to the next level. First, I asked for the blessing of Arla’s parents, beginning with her mom, Amy, whom I felt enjoyed my company almost as much as Arla. She was immediately excited and gave me that honor. I then took my time (2 more months) to work up the courage to ask Arla’s dad, Karl, for his blessing, which he also immediately gave, with a small talk about what marriage means to him and what he hopes for his daughter. Fast forward 6 months, Arla’s mom and aunt Lori were shopping with us at the Volusia mall in Arla’s hometown of Daytona Beach, and I casually took Arla inside a jewelry store and pointed at some cool engagement rings and asked Arla which she liked. Her smiling face glowed as she caught the hint. So we looked around a bit and went to Arla’s family jewelers. She gave me some good pointers on which styles she liked and we got her ring size. 

Months passed as I worked to afford a ring and diamond. Suddenly, Amy asked if I would be willing to use Arla’s grandmother’s diamond for the engagement ring. I knew this would mean the world to Arla since her Nana passed away just a few months after we began dating over 4 years ago. We decided to add the stone to the ring that I hoped Arla would love. 

The plan for the proposal itself was to have Arla’s family up in Maine, which is her favorite place in the world and where we ended up getting married. However, Amy had a recent back surgery with complications and was not able to make the flight, but she promised me that it would still be just as special, and she was not wrong. Aunt Lori and her husband Uncle Brett happened to be celebrating their wedding anniversary that summer and invited us to dinner. So, we dressed nicely and took photos on the dock before dinner. At this point, I sneakily put the box in my back pocket, began saying a few words during pictures (Uncle Brett was taking a video), and told her how much I loved her. Initially, she was wondering why the heck I was talking while we were taking pictures, and then said “what are you doing? What’s going on?” as I fell onto one knee and opened the box asking Arla to marry me and spend the rest of her life with me. Her hands went to her face and the tears of joy began pouring. She of course said “Yes!” and I put the ring on. She was so nervous she initially extended her right hand, but we got it straightened out in the end. Within minutes, we went back in the house, popped the champagne, and called our families. We then got to celebrate by going out to a fancy dinner to cap off the perfect evening.

How did you envision your wedding day? Tell us about your color palate, style and/or vision. 

We wanted our wedding day style to be classy, elegant, and timeless. Our color palette was ivory and blush with gold accents. The groomsmen wore navy tuxes and bridesmaids in deep berry. 

What is your favorite moment of your wedding day?

Our favorite moment of our wedding day was the first dance. We took dance lessons but we didn’t tell anyone. It was fun to have a secret with which we could surprise our friends and families.  We were nervous before the dance started but once the music started, we focused on each other and all the nerves faded away. 

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

In Arla’s words:

My flowers were a mixture of roses, garden roses and hydrangeas in shades of white, cream, and blush. The bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnières, and corsages were made with the same flowers.  My dress was a strapless slim A-line gown with a long train. It was ivory with lace and glass beaded embellishments.  My veil was cathedral length and made of all tulle. The bridesmaids wore all different dresses in the same deep berry color, they all looked gorgeous and were able to express their own style. The groom and groomsmen wore navy tuxes with a deep berry pocket square to match the bridesmaids. The groomsmen also wore crazy socks. Anyone who knows Kevin knows how much he loves crazy socks so I had to include that on our wedding day. Our wedding cake was 3 tiered, covered in bright white frosting with blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries cascading down the side. It was just as delicious as it was gorgeous.  The wedding favors were mini jars of blueberry jam. They also doubled as seating assignments; each jar had a tag with the guest’s name, table number, and our hashtags. Our centerpieces varied, some with gold lanterns and some with gold geometric vases. All of the centerpieces had pillar candles in tall glass vases and gold votives surrounded by eucalyptus branches with loose blush and ivory flowers.

Wedding Vendors:

Venue/Catering: The Lucerne Inn

Second Photographer: Sara Cormier

DJ: Adam’s DJ Services

Videographer: Yellow Dog Productions

Florist: Lougee & Frederick's Inc.

Cake: Frank's Bake Shop & Catering

Hair & Make Up: Arielle Johnson Hair and Makeup Artistry

Bride’s Dress: Blush Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: The Dessy Group

Men’s Attire: Jim’s Formal Wear

The Hitching Post Dayton Maine Scottish-American Wedding | Angela and Billy

Angela and Billy were married at The Hitching Post in Dayton, Maine on July 20th, 2019. Despite the record-breaking high temperatures that day, everyone gathered to celebrate this adorable couple. My favorite part was seeing how they incorporated the groom’s Scottish heritage into the wedding —many of the men in the wedding party wore traditional Scottish attire and they even had a bagpiper play during their ceremony!

The Hitching Post was the perfect wedding venue for the occasion. The property has a large rustic barn on a beautiful property with a path leading up a hill to a lovely ceremony space. Along the path, there are colorful flowers and other planted greenery that add a great touch to the location. There is even an antique trailer truck in the nearby field, which we definitely had to get photos with!

I asked Angela to tell me a little more about her special day:

How did you two meet? 

We played co-ed soccer together 

How did you envision your wedding day? Tell us about your color palate, style and/or vision. 

We envisioned a day with only our closest family and friends, relaxed, fun and with great music and food. Billy is from Scotland and I grew up on a farm in Vermont so we wanted to incorporate the things from both places that mattered to us. Growing up on a farm the barn venue was a must for me. We incorporated a few things that are important in Scotland as well like the Scottish blessing before dinner, the hip flasks full of whisky in the sporrans, the groomsmen in kilts and bonnie prince charlie jackets and the bagpiper. The color palate was steel blue and off white. Billy's family tartan has hues of blue, green and red so the blue from the girls dresses matched perfectly with the colors in Billy's kilt. It is also traditional in Scotland for women to wear hats and/or fascinators to weddings so the bridesmaids (as well as a lot of the guests) all wore fascinators.

What is your favorite moment of your wedding day? 

When I was walking up the stone path, I came around the corner and looked up. When our eyes met, he was already fighting back tears and I started crying as well. Later my sister-in-law told me that when he saw me, he made an audible gasp before trying to choke back the tears.

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

Our flowers were simple; the bouquets were daisies (my favorite flower), Scottish thistle (the flower of Scotland, where Billy is from) and baby's breath. We had 3 cakes as there were so many delicious options we didn't want to have just one flavor (lemon cake with a blueberry filling, pink champagne cake with strawberry filling and a blueberry cake with a lemon frosting). We didn't do wedding favors, people rarely bring them home with them and if they do they toss them out. My dress was by Maggie Sottero, it was simple and elegant with a little lace detail around the bust line, it had a moderate train with brilliant lace detail. Due to the weather predicted to be very hot the day of our wedding I went out a few days before the wedding to get a comfortable semi-formal sundress to wear after our first dance and boy was I glad I did! The weather for our wedding was 95 degrees and sunny!

My brother performed our ceremony which made it extra special and very personal and later gave the most amazing speech.

DJ Jodi, was absolutely amazing at what she does, Billy and I didn't leave the dance floor all night!

Our caterer Fire & Co made sure that the food came out hot and that there was plenty of it (we had it served family style so people could eat what they wanted and however much they wanted). The guests are still commenting on how amazing the food and appetizers were! When deciding on a caterer I had decided that I did not want lukewarm food that looked unappetizing and that guests didn't get served a plate of food they didn't want. Our caterer did not let me down! The food was amazing and I would highly recommend them to anyone who is passionate about food and what they serve their guests!

The best part by far for us was to have so many of our family and friends from all over join us! We had family travel from Scotland, Texas, Vermont and of course Maine!

Wedding Vendors:

Venue: The Hitching Post

Second Photographer: Sara Cormier

DJ: DJ Jodi Entertainment

Bagpipes: George Pulkkinen

Caterer: Fire & Co

Florist: Maine Street Florist

Cake & Desserts: Hippie Chick Bakery

Bride’s Dress: Andrea’s Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groom’s Kilt: MacGregor and MacDuff (Glasgow, Scotland)

Groomsmen’s Kilts: Celtic Crossings

Rentals: A+ Party Rentals