Sunday River Grand Summit Hotel Newry Maine Wedding

I’m so excited to share the first wedding of my 2019 season! This gorgeous wedding took place at Sunday River’s Grand Summit Hotel in Newry, Maine on May 25th. Hara and Tyler had an amazing day celebrating their love and their Greek and American families came together to celebrate the special occasion.

Hara and the ladies got ready in Grand Summit Hotel’s Bridal Suite. One of Maine’s most sought after hair and makeup artists, Jessica Candage, did an outstanding job with Hara —she looked like a Greek goddess! One of the groomsmen brought a letter from Tyler to Hara. It was such a sweet moment to watch her read his heartfelt words. Meanwhile, my second photographer, Sara Cormier, photographed the guys upstairs on the other side of the hotel.

Outside on the patio of the Grand Ballroom, the ceremony site was decorated with lovely floral arrangements and elegant white chairs lined the sides of the arbor. Hara walked down the aisle with her father as everyone looked on. They had a beautiful ceremony filled with tears and laughter. After being pronounced husband and wife, family and friends joined the couple for portraits. Hara and Tyler spent a few minutes alone together on the bridge behind the Grand Ballroom. It made for a perfect portrait location!

After the portraits were finished, the wedding party made their grand entrance into the ballroom for the wedding reception. Hara and Tyler then shared their first dance as husband and wife. As their dance continued, guests made their way to the dance floor and tossed dollars into their air toward the couple, which I learned was customary at Greek weddings. This tradition continued on into the evening and was quite an entertaining site to see!

A Greek band took the center of the dance floor, where everyone joined them for traditional Greek dance. The band had two singers, a clarinetist and tambourine player. It was a lovely touch to honor their culture. After Hara and Tyler did the cake cutting, it was time for the bouquet toss. This event went on as expected. Though no one could have guessed what was to come next. When it was Tyler’s turn to throw the garter, he was carried into the ballroom on a chair. He proceeded to perform his own choreographed dance, which included several different songs. Family members even joined in! All in all, it was a memorable day of celebration that included honoring cultural tradition, the unity of two families, and of course, love.

 

Wedding Vendors:

Photography: Trina Dinnar Photography

Second Photographer: Sara Cormier

Videography: Creative Edge Arts

Venue/Catering: Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River

Cake: Autumn Nomad, Cakes & Café

Desserts: Monique Dyke

Hair and Makeup: Jessica Candage

Bride’s Dress: Bridal Reflections

Officiant: Roger Cousineau

Flowers: Merita Papailia

Wedding Photography Highlights - Best of 2018

Year in Review - 2018

It has been an amazing year photographing weddings throughout Maine and beyond! I’ve compiled my favorite images of the year to reflect on all of the wonderful couples I’ve met and all of the beautiful places I’ve traveled.

One of the first things I do upon arriving to photograph a wedding is take time to capture all of the lovely bridal attire including the dress, shoes, veil, and jewelry. Below are some of my favorite images of the year. I love the hint of blush pink seen in a couple of wedding dresses I photographed this year.

I’m in love with these wedding rings inside the bridal bouquet. Each one representing one of my favorite weddings from 2018.

Below are my favorite wedding invitations and stationary of the year.

My favorite Maine bridal portraits are pictured below. These brides had their weddings in York, Falmouth, Standish and Biddeford Pool.

I loved photographing Natalie and Ed’s wedding reception this year at the Maine Lakeside Cabins in Caratunk. Below, this lovely bride is pictured getting her hair done. All of her friends were gathered around her during this moment, making her laugh!

Cheers! No New Year Eve countdown is complete without a wedding toast photo. Ellen didn’t let the rainy day put a damper on her day! Her Beautiful Rainy Spring Wedding made the blog this year.

Jessica and her dad walk down the aisle surrounded by guests taking photos and throwing rose petals.

I love this image of the groom’s mother and grandmother wiping their tears during the wedding ceremony.

Ashton’s bridesmaid was full of emotion as the couple exchanged their wedding vows. The Maine Falmouth Country Club was the perfect location for Ashton and John to celebrate with family and friends.

Mallori and James were surrounded by their entire wedding party. Time for a group hug!

Pictured below are two of my favorite wedding images of the year with children. This groomsmen shares a moment with an itty bitty flower girl and a bride and her flower girl are all smiles during the family portraits.

The following images depict some of my very favorite bride and groom portraits of 2018. Congratulations again to all of these wonderful couples!

Christine and Gareth were one of the sweetest couples I’ve met! They had their summer wedding at Portland Headlight in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. See the full wedding highlights of Christine and Gareth’s Coastal Maine Lighthouse Wedding featured on the blog!

Lindsey and Evan were so adorable! Here they are during their Scarborough, Maine wedding at Camp Ketcha. Check out more photos of this lovely Church Wedding!

The sunset was absolutely perfect during Emily and Kim’s wedding at the Dockside Restaurant on York Harbor! I loved all of the gorgeous details from this gorgeous Southern Maine Same Sex Wedding.

Jennifer and Michael could be mistaken for models —their love was as radiant as the early fall sunset on the evening of their wedding. See the full feature of this Romantic Fall Maine Wedding!

What’s a reflection without a reflection? As I reflect on 2018, I’m reminded of Lindsey and Chris’ lovely Portland Maine Wedding that included a train ride and a fortunate rain puddle.

Mallori and James had the best fall foliage during their October wedding at Clay Hill Farm in Cape Neddick, Maine.

Jodi and Michael stopped for a moment on the way to their reception for a photo on a gorgeous beach in Kennebunkport, Maine.

The contrasting shades of black and white in this image of Jennifer and Michael’s wedding makes the list of my favorite photos of the year.

Fall, fall, fall! No mistaking the season of this stunning image from Lindsey and Evan’s southern Maine wedding.

Jessica and Christopher (pictured below) had their wedding during the biggest rain storm of 2018. Nevertheless, The Sheraton Hotel proved to be a wonderful place for bride and groom portraits.

Christine and Gareth look out at Portland Headlight in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

The top 7 wedding cakes I photographed in 2018 are absolutely stunning! Almost too gorgeous to eat!

Lindsey and Chris had an unforgettable grand entrance into their wedding reception at Ri Ra Irish Pub & Restaurant in Portland.

My favorite bride and groom dance photo is pictured below. Lindsey and Chris had an excited and engaging crowd throughout their entire reception!

Jessica and her dad make my list of favorites for best father/daughter dance photo.

Evan and his mom shared quite an emotion moment during their dance and have topped my favorites for best mother/son dance of the year.

The wedding guests dancing the night away during Jessica and Chris’ wedding.

Jennifer dancing with her dog was one of my favorite wedding dance photos of the year!

And finally, my favorite image of 2018 is from Jennifer and Michael’s breathtaking wedding in Biddeford Pool, Maine. A photographer’s dream come true!

That sums up my favorite images of the year. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I do! Leave a comment below and let me know which is your favorite(s)!

See you in 2019!

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