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.
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