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. 

Lindsey and Owen's Southern Maine Engagement Session

When I met these two this summer, I knew right away that they were going to be fun to photograph. It is clear that these two are so much in love and I'm very excited to be photographing their wedding in September of 2017.

Prior to the session, Lindsey and Owen discussed several locations in Southern Maine with me. Camp Ellis in Saco, Maine was a location that I had recently discovered and was on my list of places to photograph a session. We decided it was the perfect place for their engagement session!

A little more about the couple:

How did you two meet?

We both attended Keene State College in the fall of 2007. We were friendly but Owen had decided to move to Utah during our junior year and we stayed in touch. He came back to the east coast for my graduation in May of 2011 where sparks flew but then again, he still had arrangements to go back out West. Finally he moved back to Portland, Maine where I had moved back home to Nashua, NH. We had seen each at a Christmas Party and the rest is history.

What was your first date?

We had been out on a couple double dates but the first date, I had met Owen half way in between New Hampshire and Maine for dinner in a local tavern. I had chicken tenders (go figure!) Owen had chicken potpie. We tried to grab drinks at a local bar after but because we were in such a small town, we couldn’t locate it! We reminisce about going back there just for fun and to find that local spot!

When and where did your engagement take place?

We got engaged in Owen’s hometown of Londonderry, Vermont on Christmas day last year. Owen and I had split Christmas at each of our families. We had started our trip on Christmas Eve at my parents house and woke up to do gifts there. We headed to Vermont while Owen had told me he had one more gift to give me but it had to be in Vermont. Vermont always had special to us because that is where he asked me to be his girlfriend four years prior. He had held off until the very end of the night when it was just us two and asked me to marry him right before we went to bed. It was a sweet moment just for us two to share!

What are some activities and hobbies that you love doing together?

We love hockey in our household. I am a big Bruins fan and Owen the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Quite the rivalry when October hits!) In the winter, we love to go ice skating and snowshoeing back in Vermont. In the summer, we love to go to the beach and hunt for sea glass. We love to travel the coast of Maine for lighthouses and stop in local towns to shop for local goods! Boston is another spot we love to go because we love to visit our close friends down there!

Tell us about your wedding plans. When and where will it take place?

We are getting married September 9th, 2017 at Stage Neck Inn in York, Maine. We had searched for six months prior and couldn’t quite find “the one”- a few close calls. As soon as I walked in, I knew it was the one for us. It sits on the harbor and it is quite breathtaking. One of the things we love about Maine is the coast and to get married on it makes sense for us. We are just starting to get into the full blown details. We are excited for this process and can't wait for our day next year!

Chantal and Brett's Brunswick, Maine Wedding

In the summer of 2015, Chantal reached out to me from Saskatchewan, Canada looking for a wedding photographer for her and Brett's wedding. I was delighted to hear that they would be getting married in Brunswick, Maine at the bride's family's residence, which was a beautiful property surrounded by flowers with a private bridge, pond and views of Maquoit Bay.

On August 6th, 2016, I arrived at the Comfort Inn in Brunswick to photograph the bride and ladies getting ready for the wedding. Chantal told me that a piece of her grandmother's wedding dress, in the shape of a heart, was sewn onto the inside of her wedding dress. The silhouette could be seen when I hung the dress up in the window. It was such a beautiful and unique way to honor her grandmother. 

Chantal and Brett's wedding ceremony was beautiful -- the location, the decor, just everything was perfect. There was a reception tent in the back yard that was elegantly decorated in their wedding colors of blue and purple with teal accents. Chantal's parents prepared some of the most amazing food I'd ever had! I am truly honored to have been part of their special day.

FROM THE BRIDE:

How did you meet?

We met in Jamaica in March of 2011. We met at the pool bar, I was there on spring break with my friends and Brett was there on vacation with his friends. We hit it off from the moment we started talking and it felt like we had known each other for years. We did long distance for two years until I moved to Canada in 2013.

Please tell us about the proposal:

Our engagement took place in Boothbay Harbor, Maine on July 28th, 2014. We had a great night out to dinner and then we walked down the pier to where there was lighting and benches. It was just us two and very romantic. Brett got down on one knee and proposed; I didn't hesitate one bit and said yes!

Please describe your "perfect wedding" vision:

My perfect wedding vision was for it to be outside, with a perfect mix of the ocean and flowers. I knew right away that I wanted purple to be one of my main colors and the color that the bridesmaids would be wearing. I wanted my dress to have the focus point be on the back and be something different and unique. My ultimate goal for the wedding was for everyone to have a great time with lots of dancing and obviously, for me to finally marry my best friend. :)

What is the most memorable moment from your wedding day?

My most memorable moment from the wedding was getting to see Brett at the end of the aisle waiting for me. As soon as I saw him, my nerves were calmed and I couldn't wait to marry him.

What was your "first dance" song?

We danced our first dance to Adore You by Miley Cyrus.

What — if anything — did you DIY?

I DIYed the flower centerpieces and the notebook table numbers.

What's in your future? Do you have anything fun or special planned?

In our future, we are hoping to save up for our actual honeymoon to Italy. We love to travel and that's on our agenda for right now! Children will definitely be in the talks within the next two years.

 

WEDDING VENDORS:

Photography: Trina Dinnar Photography

Second Photographer: Angela DiPhilippo

DJ: Brian Poulin - Dionne Entertainment

Catering: Pop Shoppe Catering

Florist: Shaws Floral in Auburn, Maine

Hair/Make-up: Ollo Salon

Dress: Maggie Sottero

Shoes: I. Miller

Cake: Bear Brook Bakery

Officiant: Christopher Hopper

 

 

The Landing at Pine Point in Scarborough, Maine: Brittanie & Kurt's Wedding

On July 3rd, 2016, Brittanie and Kurt had a beautiful coastal Maine wedding. Their wedding ceremony took place on the sand of Pine Point Beach in Scarborough, Maine. Family and friends surrounded the couple as they exchanged vows.  Onlookers watched in admiration. It was an ideal "beach day" along the Maine coast. The couple and their wedding guests celebrated with a lovely wedding reception at The Landing at Pine Point. Catered by The Black Tie Company, chicken and Lobster were served for dinner. The night was filled with heartfelt words, beautiful dances, and of course, lots of fun. Just the two of them, Brittanie and Kurt shared their last dance on The Landing dance floor. The couple was sent off in style with a grand sparkler exit.

In Brittanie's words…

How did you two meet?

The two of us met at a two stepping dance bar in Manhattan, Kansas. I was in my first year of veterinary school and Kurt had just finished basic training and I believe it was his second night in Manhattan. He was stationed at Fort Riley. We danced all night and I ended up asking him to help me build a dog fence the next day which I had been planning to do. We exchanged phone numbers that night. The next morning he texted me asking if I still needed help with the fence! I was hesitant but accepted his invitation to help. He showed up and we spent all day building a fence, running back and forth to the store to get everything I had forgotten to buy ahead of time. From that day forward we hung out almost every day. At first, Kurt didn't want to start a relationship because he was going to be deploying to Afghanistan in a few months but we grew closer and closer and in April  before he deployed, he asked me to wait for him until he got back. I agreed and we have been together ever since!

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

Kurt had planned long ahead of time to propose during my white coat ceremony in front of my entire family which took place at the end of my third year of vet school. The morning of the ceremony, Kurt took my father to breakfast to ask for my hand in marriage, which my father agreed to without hesitation. After the ceremony that day, Kurt suggested we go to the Kansas State Gardens to take pictures with the family. We were taking pictures of just Kurt and I when Kurt turned to me and said, "The real reason I brought you here today was because, well you are the best Bub a guy could ever ask for..." and proceeded to choke up then get down on one knee and asked me to marry him in front of my entire family and a few friends. I said yes of course and we went on to celebrate!

What was your "perfect wedding" vision?

When we started to plan the wedding I knew I wanted 3 things: sunflowers, lobster and the beach.  We knew we wanted it to be in Maine because most of my family is from there and I told Kurt if we were going to settle in Wisconsin, I wanted to get married in Maine. The sunflowers were important because we met in Kansas which is the sunflower state. Our original plan was to rent a beach house with a big back yard on the beach and have the wedding and reception all in one spot, simple but fun. We planned nearly the entire wedding from Texas and soon realized it would be difficult to have to plan every single detail from afar and since weather in Maine is unpredictable, we decided to choose a venue that would provide a rain back-up. The date wasn't very flexible as I finished my internship the Sunday before the wedding and was starting my next one the week after. We didn't want to wait too long because we have some older members of our family that we really wanted to be present! The wedding became much more elaborate than we ever expected but it was just as spectacular and fun as anything we imagined.

What is your most memorable moment from your wedding?

We have a few best moments. We LOVED the ceremony and all we have heard from guests is how beautiful it was! The best part of the ceremony was reading our own vows to each other.  At the reception, our first dance was a lot of fun but even more so was celebrating the 70th anniversary of my great grandparents with an anniversary dance. Kurt enjoyed our last dance together. My dad's poem and brother's speech blew me away and were awarded the most tears! If I had to guess the guests' most memorable moment, I would have to say it was probably when Kurt tripped, stepped on my dress, and caused me to face plant during the sparkler send off!!

What song did you do your first dance to?

Michael Buble - Everything. Everyone thought we had practiced but little did they know we had not danced together in over a year!

What — if anything — did you DIY?

My dad purchased a lobster trap and I bought wooden buoys from Etsy, which we spray painted white for the table assignments. The table numbers were wine bottles painted silver with numbers painted on them. The wedding cake was made by my mother, the shells were edible and the flowers were real! (This was my favorite). My father and stepmother made little cards for the tables that showed how to eat a lobster and they were placed on every table setting. I spent a lot of time on Etsy. We ordered fun personalized wedding programs along with other decorative things like the cake topper. Last but not least, our vows were created by each other, specifically for each other.  

What's in your future? Do you have anything fun or special planned?

We just moved from Houston, TX to Christiansburg, VA and are happy to be back in a smaller town. I will be completing an oncology internship then moving on to a residency for the next four years and Kurt will be starting nursing school.  We have hopes of going to Alaska for our honeymoon, a glacier cruise and guided hunt, but it may not happen for a few years. We hope to eventually settle up north and start a family!

We are truly blessed to have had such an amazing wedding. We cannot think of anything we would have changed and we are looking forward to what are marriage has to bring. We cannot thank everyone who took part in our big day enough for making it so special!

Wedding Vendors

Photography: Trina Dinnar Photography

Wedding Planner: Madeline Littlefield, Black Tie Company

Venue: The Landing at Pine Point, Scarborough, Maine

DJ: DJ Ross with Double Platinum Celebrations

Catering: The Black Tie Company

Florist: Reg Cary at Downeast Flowers

Second Photographer: Tracey Mason

Hair/Make-up: Debbie Spencer

Videographer: Heirloom Pictures by Marcella Hoekstra

Dress: David’s Bridal

Cake: Theresa Partridge (bride's mother), cupcakes by the Black Tie Company

Officiant: Mark Wyman, maid of honor’s father

The Farm at Worthley Pond Peru Maine Wedding: Chelsea and Chris

Saturday, June 25th could not have been a more perfect day for a wedding. Last time I had seen Chelsea and Chris was in the sub-zero temperatures of their ice castles engagement session. When I arrived at The Farm at Worthley Pond to photograph the couple's wedding, Chelsea and the girls were getting ready. The barn was set up for their ceremony and a reception tent was ready in the back yard. The farm is set on a large property with stunning lake views.

Chelsea and Chris had a lovely ceremony inside the beautifully decorated barn. After they were announced into their reception, the couple had a first dance and dances with their parents. The evening was followed with cake cutting, and a garter and bouquet toss. At sunset, we took some photos by the lake and the couple drove off on a dirt bike back to the reception. The rest of the night was filled with dancing and fun. Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time and I'm so very honored to have been able to capture these wonderful memories of Chelsea and Chris' special day.

 

From the bride:

What was your perfect wedding vision?

Our "perfect wedding" vision was just that we would get to see all our family & friends & celebrate with them. We liked the venue we picked because it allowed us to have an entire weekend instead of just one day.

What is your most memorable moment from your wedding?

It's hard to say what the most memorable moment from the wedding was, because there were too many... I liked walking out of the ceremony as husband & wife, doing our first dance, and the speeches, and of course the dirt bike wheelie (even though I was really scared!).

What song did you do your first dance to? 

Our first dance was to "Head Over Boots" by Jon Pardi.

What — if anything — did you DIY?

A lot of things were DIY... the arbor was actually made by Chris & his dad on Thursday before the wedding, and the dance floor had been made by me, Chris, & my parents. My dad built the bar out of pallets. My maid of honor's father made the birch rounds that were on the table, and her mother made the doilies. I did the seating plan/favors (succulents) - replanted them in the buckets. So we had a lot of help from family & friends throughout the process. 

What's in your future? Do you have anything fun or special planned?

We went on our honeymoon in Jamaica

 

Vendors:

Officiant: Mary Ellen Andrews

Venue: The Farm at Worthley Pond (Peru, Maine)

Photography: Trina Dinnar Photography

DJ: Dan LeClair (Dionne Entertainment)

Catering: Wayne Mitton of Country Catering (Litchfield, ME)

Florist: Pooh Corner Farm (Bethel, ME)

Hair: Charlsie Monbleau

Dress: White by Vera Wang

Cake: Laurie Lake (family friend)

Second Photographer: