I’m excited to kick off the week with Part I of Sally & Gray’s epic wedding weekend. Today, you get a glance into day one of the events and designs that made up this couples three day wedding event in Northeast Harbor, Maine. This adventurous couple chose the Acadia National Park region to bring their friends and family from all over the country to celebrate, and, boy, do these two know how to throw a party!
The first day consisted of treating their guests to a private sail boat ride on the Margaret Todd around Frenchman’s Bay and then coming back to the Asticou Inn for evening festivities that included local beer, great food and costumes!! The couple, with the help of the rockstar team at Sweetest Thing, planned and designed an Oktoberfest themed rehearsal dinner that was a huge hit with all of the guests.
Stay tuned next week for the gorgeous details of their stunning, garden wedding!
Sally & Gray chose Maine for their destination wedding, and WHAT a wedding it was! Everything about this weekend long event is exactly what destination weddings in Maine are all about. They had the assistance of amazing planners/designers in the team from Sweetest Thing, who helped them coordinate adventurous excursions and designed a stunning Maine wedding.
Because this event happened over the course of three days, and there is just too much goodness to share that can’t possibly fit into one post, I wanted to give you a highlight of what you can expect to see over the course of the next month. I will be breaking up the eye candy in a series of posts. So as we creep into the chills of fall and prepare ourselves for this holiday season, snuggle up with a blanket and your favorite hot beverage and enjoy the delightful details that bookended my wedding season. Here are the highlights of what’s to come!
DAY 1: SAILING ON THE MARGARET TODD
AN OKTOBERFEST REHEARSAL DINNER
DAY 2: THE WEDDING AT THUYA GARDENS
DAY 3: A POST WEDDING HIKE IN ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
A STYLISH LOBSTER BAKE SEND OFF
So stay tuned for full posts of all of these lovely designs! Now, I need to get myself a lobster, stat! :-)
I LOVE photographing my friends. Some people hate it; I love it. And I especially love it when friends I’ve had for years start to have children and ask me to photograph their families. This is one of those families. Maida, Jose and I have been friends since 1999. We were all in the music program at UMaine. The three of us also went on to be in the same grad program and pursued careers in Higher Education Student Affairs. Five years ago they had their first baby, Louis, and they were one of the first families I ever shot when I was starting my business. They were so brave! (I say that with love)
Now, five years later they have welcomed baby boy Max into the family! They invited me back to spend an afternoon with them on the UMaine campus and we had a great day playing in the grass and goofing around. Thank you so much, you guys, for inviting me to document your family. It means a lot to me as a friend and a photographer. xoxo
Recently, I was informed by the folks at Current Publishing, the people that produce the free print and web magazine Maine Women, that I had been nominated to be featured in their October issue about emerging leaders under 35 in the state of Maine. I was, to say the least, shocked. And even though I was honored, I still didn’t know what to say! I don’t often like to talk about myself and I usually keep my accomplishments to myself, but I wanted to share this with you all because I realized that sometimes it’s important to recognize our successes and celebrate them publicly. When I opened my copy of the paper, I learned that I was in good company. Another amazing woman in Bangor, my friend Tanya Pereira, our cities Economic Development Officer was also profiled. Yay Tanya!! This issue is full of stories of amazing, young women doing great things in their field of work and I am honored to be share the pages with them. You can read all of the profiles here.
I hit it off with Destiny and Bill the minute I walked into their gorgeous, coastal vacation rental in Castine this Labor Day weekend. Destiny and I shared a similar past line of work, and Bill is a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy, where I was employed a few years ago. And they got married in the town that I called home for a number of years, and where I got married myself. So going back and photographing someone else’s wedding in the same place that you tied the knot is quite a sentimental experience and one that is very interesting to see from the other side.
This was a very small, family-centered occasion with only immediate relatives in attendance. And it wasn’t Destiny’s father that walked her to Bill, but rather her young, and may I say handsome, son that lead his momma to her groom. It was the sweetest “giving away” I have witnessed. And what was even sweeter, was that Bill not only read his vows to Destiny, but also had a very special portion dedicated especially for his new son. It brought everyone to tears and is a testament to how loving and close this family is.
What started out as a rainy day, unsure of whether we’d even be able to go outside, soon turned into a glorious afternoon on the coast, filled with sunshine. It was a perfect day in Maine to be on the water and an even more perfect day for a wedding. After the ceremony on the deck, I took them into the town where we were chauffeured around in a 1977 Ford pick-up. We made stops at Fort Madison, the MMA campus, and down to “The State of Maine”, MMA’s training cruise ship…another sentimental spot for Bill.
Congrats Destiny & Bill. It was an honor to be present to witness this day and capture it all for you. I wish you all the love in the world and many, many more days of glorious sunshine in your life.