Breanna and Matt’s Portland Maine Wedding at The Portland Club

I’m so excited to share Breanna and Matt’s wedding from June 29th, 2019 at The Portland Club in Portland, Maine. The couple got ready at The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel, where they also had their first look and some of their pre-ceremony portraits. From there, we walked over to The Portland Club, where The Black Tie Company coordinated a lovely indoor wedding ceremony and catered reception.

I asked Breanna to tell us more about her special day:

How did you two meet?

Matt and I met at work in Pittsburgh in 2013. I lived there my whole life, but Matt moved from Maine to Pennsylvania for work. After we finished training together, I kept taking a lot of work calls for him, which led to us talking and getting to know each other. After a casual work friendship for a few months, we went on our first date to a Mediterranean restaurant. After a few months of dating, he was moved to another department and since then we’ve been partners.  We started planning our wedding in April of 2018 and moved to Maine in November, 2018.

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

Since 2014, we have always spent Christmas with Matt’s family in Maine. He and his mom went Christmas shopping in 2017 and when they returned home Matt was acting strange. He said we would wrap gifts downstairs together in a few moments, but I had to wait for his okay. When I came downstairs he asked me to hand him a gift for his dad. When I opened it I saw the ring. I always wanted a nontraditional engagement ring. He said he saw this one at a store and loved it. When the sales woman said it was Tanzanite (his birth stone) he thought it was a sign to stop waiting and take the next step for us. We talked privately downstairs for a while and then celebrated with his family. It was romantic and spontaneous.

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

I have a lot of love for astrology and constellations. I felt like Matt and I were “written in the stars” so we chose a starry night theme. The bridesmaids wore shades of stormy weather (blue, gray, and purple) and starry clips in their hair. The tables were named after constellations. The invitations had a lovely moon graphic on them and we chose songs that were “moon” themed (fly me to the moon, dancing in the moonlight). I chose a simple white gold wedding band with starry sapphires. Finally, my mom found me a starry white and blue hair vine that I wore like a celestial tiara. We had the wedding inside the historic Portland Club, so the atmosphere was elegant and airy. I wanted just a hint of magic in our space and I think we achieved it.

What is your favorite moment of your wedding day?

My favorite moment of the wedding day was Matt’s and my first look. The morning was wonderful getting ready with my mom and bridesmaids. The weather was getting hotter than expected and there was some tension surrounding the first look. We moved it inside the hotel at the last moment and as soon as Matt and I saw each other the tension melted away. I think we were both more nervous than expected and it felt so good to see the one I love!

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

Some of the best wedding advice I received early on was from a tarot card reader who asked me what things mattered to me. She suggested I outsource everything else. My gown was what was most important to me and I was able to buy it off the rack from Luna Sewickeley Bridal Boutique. I fell in love with the silhouette, the long sleeves, the eyelash lace, the scalloped open neck, and the incredible train. I found my beautiful lace shoes on Amazon for $30 and wore my great grandmother’s earrings to complete the look. My flowers were ordered in bulk from Sam’s Club and my incredibly talented Stepsister and Stepmom from Pennsylvania arranged the bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages. My cake and all of our food was handled by the Black Tie Company which made the most amazing white and blueberry cupcakes. Our favors were an old Pittsburgh tradition of a Cookie Table. In the depression era, cakes were a luxury and Pittsburghers adapted by having family and friends bake homemade cookies for the weddings. My favorite part is seeing the variety of cookies. No one in Maine had heard of a cookie table, but my mother in law got so many Maine people to participate. My Pittsburgh family was delighted by the nontraditional items from Maine like cornflake cookies! All of our stationary from the invitations, table numbers, custom seating chart, programs, and cookie table sign were designed by my talented bridesmaid Emily Nowels. Finally, we wanted just a little bit of decoration around the ceremony space and my incredible mother put together some branches and fairy lights, not to mention the lanterns and floral wreathes for the tables.

My day felt incredibly special because I shared my starry stormy vision with my friends and family. They took the vision and made it a reality, which kept me sane in the process. Family is very important to Matt and I, so we were grateful for the communal effort and feel it gave our wedding. We also had a space by the bar where we displayed our family’s wedding pictures from parents, to grandparents, and great-grandparents.


Wedding Vendors:

Venue: The Portland Club

Coordinator/Catering: The Black Tie Company

DJ: Ben “BB” of Double Platinum Celebrations

Second Photographer: Sara Cormier

Hair: Tulu Salon and Spa

Dress: Luna Boutique

Flowers/Desserts/Decor/Officiant: DIY/Family

The 1812 Farm Bristol Maine Wedding | Lindsey and Arthur

I enjoyed reading Lindsey and Arthur’s love story on their wedding website so much that I decided to share their story here:

Arthur and Lindsey met while they were both working at Cabbage Island Clambakes. Both of them contemplated their choice to go to work on the Island that year, yet they did.

Before long Arthur caught Lindsey's eye with his put together look, charming smile, and wonderful personality. Lindsey asked Samantha to put in a good word with Arthur and suggest to him that he ask Lindsey out.

Later that week Arthur texted Lindsey and asked her out to dinner. Lindsey accepted. The next week Arthur swept Lindsey off to Camden, Maine, to a wonderful dinner at the Waterfront restaurant, not knowing Lindsey is not a fan of Seafood.

The second date, Lindsey set up a movie night on her grandparents dock. At the end of the date Arthur and Lindsey shared their first kiss. Since that date Arthur and Lindsey became inseparable, spending every night together. Arthur asked Lindsey to be his girlfriend. After a few months of dating Arthur said to Lindsey, "I think that I love you." To which Lindsey responded, "do you think or do you know?"

In the years to follow Arthur and Lindsey shared many adventures. Arthur shipping off to Washington, moving in together in January of 2017, Arthur getting his 3rd AE license, adopting their dog child, Dutch, and their adorable cat, Socks.

On February 21, 2018, Arthur popped the question to Lindsey. She had been at work all day. When she got home, Arthur picked her up from the Ferry and suggested that they go for a ride (not uncommon) and drove her to Town Beach. It was freezing but Arthur suggested that they take a walk so he gave Lindsey his coat and they took off onto the beach. The night was like a fairy tale. The sky was a pastel pink and purple. Arthur had picked a small patch of sand within the rocky beach. After staring out at the coast line for a minute he got down on one knee and asked Lindsey to marry him. Her response was to cry and scream “Oh my goodness, you’re serious” and then finally answer, “yes”.

Wedding Vendors:

Venue: The 1812 Farm

DJ: 8th Street Entertainment

Officiant: James Weatherby

Florist: Coast of Maine Weddings and Events

Cakes and Desserts: Rosalie Joy’s Bakery

Bridal Gown: Blush Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal

Last year, I photographed Lindsey and Arthur’s engagement session at Portland Headlight. Below are a few of my favorites from that beautiful day.


Below are the photo highlights from Lindsey and Arthur’s wedding at the 1812 Farm in Bristol, Maine.

Camryn & Charles’ Northport & Camden Maine Wedding | Point Lookout & Our Lady of Good Hope

When Camryn contacted me last year about photographing her wedding at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine, I was very excited. I had seen photos of this gorgeous venue and know several photographers who have photographed weddings there. Yet, after 6 years of photographing weddings, I had not had the opportunity to work there. Then, a couple of months before the wedding, I heard the news that the venue was closing down permanently. 2019 will be their last year in business. Myself, along with the other Maine wedding photographers that I network with, were saddened by the news and a bit in shock. Nevertheless, I’m so grateful to have had the chance not only to see this beautiful location in person, but also to capture this very special moment in Camryn and Charles’ lives.

Camryn and Charles both got ready in different rooms at The Summit at Point Lookout. Even the interior of the buildings at Point Lookout are stunning. The rooms, halls and dining areas are all well kept with lots of natural light and open space. Pair the venue with the landscape and it’s a photographer’s dream! Once everyone was ready for the wedding, we drove over to Our Lady of Good Hope, which is a lovely Catholic church in Camden, Maine. Family and friends gathered inside the church for a beautiful wedding ceremony.

After the ceremony, everyone headed back to The Summit at Point Lookout, where there is an elegant dining room facing the mountainous Knight Pond. The couple was announced into their reception where they shared their first dance. After dinner, they cut their wedding cake and a vintage photo booth camper drove up on the lawn. There was a gorgeous sunset that evening as family and friends mingled, danced and enjoyed a wonderful evening. I am so honored that Camryn and Charles included me in such a beautiful event.

Here is my Q&A with Camryn:

How did you two meet?

Charles and I met in middle school. He was two years ahead of me in school and once I reached sixth grade, our classes were in the same wing, so we had the chance to get to know each other in the halls and at recess!

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

We got engaged in August of 2017. We love the outdoors and always go for 4-wheeler rides in the summer. One day he convinced me to go for a ride when I didn’t really feel like going (but I’m glad I did!) and he took me to his family’s piece of land in the woods that is very special to him. We walked to a spot where there was a beautiful view and when I turned around, he was on one knee!

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

We envisioned our wedding day feeling elegant and classy! Our color palette consisted of blush, ivory, black, and gold. I loved the feel of the lightness of the pinks and ivory mixed with the elegance of the black and gold. It made our day feel like a beautiful summer wedding while still incorporating the chic black and gold touches that I had to have. I chose black for the bridesmaid’s dresses simply because I wanted to do something different! I think the incorporation of black is my favorite part of the color palette!

What is your favorite moment of your wedding day?

It’s hard to pick a favorite moment from our wedding because the whole day went over perfectly in our eyes! If I had to pick, though, I would say either all the little  touches that made our ceremony special to us, walking into our reception together as Mr. and Mrs. Charles Michaud and having our first dance in front of the gorgeous view, or just having the chance to celebrate and have a great time with all of our closest friends and family!

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

Our flowers were a combination of beautiful blush and ivory flowers and eucalyptus, and the bridesmaids bouquets had baby’s breath incorporated throughout. I wanted our bouquets and arrangements to feel light and feminine against the black of the bridesmaid’s dresses and the gold of the containers they sat in throughout the venue. My dress was literally my dream dress. It was not at all what I imagined myself picking when I was dress shopping, but after hours of trying on dresses that I thought I would like and not getting the feeling that I was hoping for, I went on a search throughout the bridal boutique to see if I could pick out my own dress. The first dress I pulled off the rack was my dress! It was covered in ivory lace with small pearls and beading throughout. It also had gorgeous beaded straps that matched the belt that I picked out perfectly. My favorite parts of my dress were the scalloping of the lace on the train and the see-through lace on the back. Paired with my bead-lined cathedral veil, I knew this was the dress of my dreams! In addition to our flowers and my dress, our venue was even more perfect than we could have imagined. We had a beautifully sunny wedding day that allowed ourselves and our guests to get the full experience of Point Lookout. From the beautiful ocean views to the amazing food and service, I can confidently say we chose the absolute best venue we could have asked for!


Wedding Vendors:

Venue: Point Lookout and Our Lady of Good Hope

Officiant: Rev. Robert Vaillancourt

Catering: Point Lookout

Musicians: Stretta Ensembles

DJ: Big Time Entertainment

Florist: Jessica Bell

Cake: Hana Cakes

Photo Booth: IMPRINTS Vintage Photo Camper

Hair: Angie Kirk with AK Hair Color and Design

Makeup: Kayla Smith from Alete Salon & Spa

Wedding Dress: Kasamara Bridal Boutique

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!