Jon and Liz first met at Bates College and when it came time to tie the knot they returned to Lewiston and held the ceremony at the gorgeous Peter J. Gomes Chapel on the Bates campus. There was a strong sense of reunion as many guests were old college friends seeing each other for the first time since graduation. Formals were taken just outside the chapel on the quad and the reception followed in the New Commons dining hall. The Bates facilities are top notch and what by day serves as an eatery for students was transformed into a beautiful ballroom. It was a beautiful event and a celebration of both a bright future and formative years spent in the great state of Maine.
Matt and Dave had a lovely ceremony at the Regency Hotel in Portland, Maine. The old style brick building is a beautiful landmark in the heart of downtown Portland and made a perfect backdrop for formal shots of the newlyweds and their family and friends. The couple got ready in one of the new rooms offered by the Regency with penthouse balconies overlooking the Old Port. It was perfect for the couple to get ready and friends to gather before the ceremony. Dinner was followed by dancing and a nightcap at the Armory Lounge.
Ryan and Audrey got hitched on a beautiful day at Caswell Farm in Grey, Maine. Caswell Farm has an awesome outdoor kitchen and picturesque barn to serve the food. The farm is dotted with little gems for kids to play, hammocks to lounge in, and a firepit for a blazing bonfire once the sun goes down. The barn is filled with niches and hideaways that work great to relax in the shade and provide great backdrops for photo booths. After dinner the party got rockin with a retro and stylish rockabilly band who carried the celebration into the night.
Lisa and Daniel got married on what had to be one of the hottest days of 2013. Spiller Farm does not usually host weddings, so this was my first time shooting there. The farm has a miniature covered bridge which crosses a small creek and leads to a small apple orchard, which provided a perfect backdrop for portraits and the ceremony. It was over 100 degrees outside so the wedding party and guests quickly retired to the tent after the ceremony. After a bit of cool down time and speeches people came back out into the sun to enjoy all the yard games that had been set up. It was a scorcher and I think everyone was happy as the sun began to go down and the evening cooled off.
Jen and Ian’s wedding was held on a sprawling ladeside estate called Pine Rock in China, Maine. Behind the main house there was lush green fields and forests with paths leading down to the lake and boathouse. The bridal party got ready in the charming estate surrounded by quirky Victorian furniture and framed Currier & Ives prints. The home was in Jen’s family and has a beautiful patina and sense of history. The cocktail hours was in a shaded wooded area and followed by the ceremony in an open field. The reception was held in a tent and after speeches we moved to the field and there was traditional Quaker dancing accompanied by the groom’s siblings playing fiddle and banjo. The whole occasion was fun and rooted in family and tradition.
Brooke and Will’s wedding was York Maine through and through. The wedding party got ready at Brooke’s family home where she grew up, the ceremony overlooked the ocean at Harbor Beach, we took photos at Nubble Lighthouse, the reception was at the local institution Foster’s Clam Bake, and the lobsters and clams were topped off with some delicious whoopie pies. Other than a runaway veil that blew into the ocean the day went off without a hitch. Congrats to Brooke and Will!
Abby and Ben’s wedding was on a an unseasonably warm April day on beautiful Broadturn Farm in Scarborough Maine. We were ready to get the rainboots out but instead we got sunshine and spring calves frolicking in the fields. Catering was provided by Local Sprouts and the whole event had a rootsy rustic good vibe. The ceremony was held in the barn, festivities in a sprawling tent, and evening conversation around a rustling bonfire.
It’s not too often that I get to shoot a friend’s wedding, so when Ananda (a friend of 10 years) asked I jumped at the opportunity. The wedding ceremony and reception was held at the Maine Houses on Bryant Pond, which is beautiful collection of lakeside vacation properties in central Maine. Instead of family portraits the wedding party opted to enjoy the hired magician with all of the kids in attendance. It was an awesome laid back affair.
Brian and Jordan’s nuptials were centered right in my neighborhood in Portland, so I got to shoot at some great spots that I pass by everyday. The wedding party got ready at the Danforth, which is a beautiful inn in Portland’s West End. The ladies got ready upstairs and the gents used the billiards room in the basement. The ceremony was only a few doors down at the Irish Heritage Center, previously known as St. Dominic’s Church. The high vaulted ceilings and beautiful stained glass definitely added a touch of pomp and circumstance to the occasion. Following the ceremony the wedding party had short ride on the Narrow Gauge Railroad with hors d’oeuvres and then headed to the Mariner’s Banquet Church for the reception. Although it was one of the rainiest days in years everything went off without a hitch!