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Alexandra & Adam | A Picturesque Portland Celebration

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How did you two meet?
From two of our friends randomly meeting at Beacon Hill Pub in 2009. We partied through the whole rest of the weekend and were best friends immediately. Over time, we became more than that.

Why did you choose to get married at the location that you did?
The Eastern Promenade is so special to us for many reasons – it’s the location of our first serious “talk” about our future together and the family and values we wanted to instill in our children. Maine is our favorite place in the world, and the place that we come to for respite out of the city. To us, it’s truly “Vacationland,” but also feels like Home.

Were there any happy surprises that happened?
Looking back on it, I will forever fondly remember being stuck in an elevator for 30 minutes on my wedding day with two of my most FAVORITE vendors! I cannot believe that you & Courtney were able to keep me calm. Just goes to show you, be sure to absolutely ADORE someone before you hire them for such a special day! You never know what kind of pickle you might find yourself in!

What moment sticks out to you above all of the others?
Reading my vows to Adam and watching Adam’s grandpa deliver our ceremony. We wanted it to feel light and happy, and I think we delivered. Our whole day was about family – our bridal party was filled with our sisters and brothers, and the patriarch officiated. We wanted to be sure that everyone on the Eastern Promenade felt the Love. I consider it a success.

Now that the wedding is over, what are you going to do with all of your free time?!Adam & I are headed to surf right now on Higgins Beach! At the end of August we are going to the Amalfi Coast for the real honeymoon: Sorrento, Capri, Positano & Rome! And then just back to the grind in Boston.. and eight more weddings ahead of us this summer! It’s so exciting – we can’t WAIT to be wedding guests!!

Welcome Party: The Porthole
Ceremony Location: Eastern Promenade, Portland, ME
Florist, Event Design/Coordination: Field Floral Studio
Reception: Portland Westin
Photography: Courtney Elizabeth Media
Lighting: The Event Light Pros
Stationary: China Kautz, Olive Paper Co.
Band: Night Rhythm
Hair & Makeup: Kerri Herlihy, Kevin Hadfield Beauty
Dessert: Nothing Bakes Like A Parrot
Donuts: The Holy Donut
Oyster Boat: BP’s Shuck Shack
Officiant: Lt. Irwin Bromley, Grandfather of the Bride
Dress: Oscar De La Renta

 

Tips with SP Films | How to get the best imagery during prep

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Here are some tips on how to get the best imagery possible during prep!


1. Turn music off during key moments such as putting your dress on or a champagne toast
2. Have makeup applied in natural light
3. Get dressed in a wide, open space (with natural light if possible)
BONUS TIPS:
* Have a member of your wedding party be in charge of keeping the room clutter-free
* Avoid chewing gum

Paige & Jason | An Outlook Farm Wedding 10 Years in the Making

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How did you two meet?
We met in 2004! High school. Started dating junior year of high school, graduated as high school sweethearts, went our separate ways at different colleges and got back together senior year of college… and here we are! Had a few fellow St Thomas high school class of 2008 kids celebrating with us, too!

Why did you choose to get married at the location that you did?
It’s so freaking pretty!!! Our high school prom both junior and senior year were there, too. We were each other’s prom date both times, so on top of it being a drop dead gorgeous venue – it made everything truly come full circle for us 10 years later.

Were there any happy surprises that happened?
The perfect first look beach weather!!!! The amazing sunset (sunsets and beaches are our 2 favorite things in the world) so there ya go! Our wedding day truly tied in every single one of our favorite things in the whole world. Pure magic.

What moment sticks out to you above all of the others?
When we snuck out for sunset pics without telling our friends and they just happened to join us, that was super cool. Having all the big stuff out of the way, sitting in those white chairs getting pics while our friends are laughing hysterically behind us was just best feeling in the world. That was so fun!!! And then getting fun group shots while everyone was just having the best time with drinks in hand. It was carefree and simple.

Now that the wedding is over, what are you going to do with all of your free time?!
Next, we need to move into it our beautiful new forever home of our dreams!!! Time to play interior designer, get crafty, and set up an awesome deck for summer BBQ’s to get everyone we love together again ASAP!

Rehearsal venue: Stage Neck Inn
Wedding Venue: The Red Barn at Outlook Farm
Officiant: Julie Draper
Photography: Boathouse Studios
DJ: Luke Lannigan, Revolution
Florist: Flower Kiosk
Cake & Cupcakes: Kate’s bakery and cafe
Cookies: Ceres street bakery
Hair: Hair that Moves
Makeup: Joya Beauty
Dress: Christina’s Bridal & Formal Wear

 

Tips with SP Films | How to give a great wedding toast

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Here are some tips on how to give a great wedding toast!


1. Write your toast ahead of time
2. Don’t remove the microphone from the stand! (OK, this one is more geared towards the wedding film, but it’s too important for us to leave off of the list!)
3. Talk about the couple
4. Minimize the alcohol before giving your toast

Kaela & Ryan | An Intimate Maine Elopement

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The intimate Maine elopement of Kaela & Ryan



How did you two meet?
Ryan saw me at the gym and just had to meet me so he asked his brother who I was, found me on Facebook and messaged me!

Why did you choose to get married at the location that you did?
We love Wells! We’ve been vacationing there for the past four years together and I have vacationed there my whole life. We went to Laudholm one weekend in January to check it out before our weekend getaway in Portland and then Ryan proposed! After that we knew we wanted to get married there! We love that we can come back to the spot where those two special moments in our life happened.

Were there any happy surprises that happened?
Ryan surprised me with beautiful diamond earrings, my dad brought me some pretty peonies and my mom made me “something blue” out of an old dress we both wore with my new initials and some pendants from my childhood.

What moment sticks out to you above all of the others?
Eating ice cream and our vows. Sorry! Can’t pick just one!

Now that the wedding is over, what are you going to do with all of your free time?!
Eat a lot more ice cream! We are picking up a new hobby! We’re going to start hiking new trails around us each weekend to spend some quality time together unplugged!

Venue: Laudholm Farm & Preserve. Wells, ME
Photographer: Spring Smith Studios
Officiant: Rev. Erika Hewitt
Florist: Watershed Florals
Hair: Amanda Reardon
Makeup: Stacia Tetrault
Dress: Your Dream Bridal (Mikaella)
Groom’s Suit: Men’s Warehouse (Calvin Klein)
Rings: Cohasset Jewelers
Elopement coverage by: Nora McCormack, SP Films. (2 hours, 1 videographer)

 

Tips with SP Films | How to get the most out of your wedding film

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Here are some simple tips that will help your videographer tell your story, giving you the best film possible!

1. Write personal vows or notes to one another before the ceremony
2. Have your toast makers give guests some background information on how you met, what sets you apart as a couple, etc.
3. Turn background music off at key moments during prep
4. RELAX and enjoy every minute of your day!

Tips from SP Films | How to officiate a wedding ceremony

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Are you having a close friend or family member preside over your wedding ceremony? Well here are a few easy tips on how to officiate a wedding ceremony #likeaboss!

1. Tell guests to put their mobile devices down & be present in the moment
2. After the processional, tell guests that they may be seated
3. If the couple is repeating your words for the vows or ring exchange, allow a second of pause between their words and yours
4. Step aside for the kiss

Katie & Ryan | The Ultimate Adventure in the White Mountains

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I first met Katie & Ryan while filming Katie’s sister’s wedding (Remember this magical winter celebration?) in January of 2016. The biggest compliment that I can ever receive is to have the honor of working with the same family multiple times. When Katie contacted me about her upcoming mountaintop celebration, I had to make it happen!
It has been an absolute delight to get to witness not just one milestone for this family, but two. I couldn’t be happier to see the incredibly strong and loving family that Katie has joined. Their love for one another and for their families is the stuff that fairytales are written about.

Congratulations Ryan & Katie, enjoy this next crazy adventure!


Venue: Loon Mountain
Photographer: Annemarie Swift Photography
DJ: C-Zone Entertainment
Florist: Fleurish
Dress: Madeline’s Daughter
Cake: Jacques Pastries
Hair & Makeup: Makeup 2 Die 4
Officiant: Family Friend

Danielle & Robert | A Point Lookout Resort Wedding

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The wedding celebration of Danielle & Robert


Venue: Point Lookout Resort
Photographers: Russell Caron Wedding Photography
Florist: Seasons Downeast Designs
DJ: Greg Powers
Bridal gown: Essense of Australia, from Andrea’s Bridal
Men’s wear: Men’s Wearhouse
Cake: Sweet Sensations
Makeup: From This Day Forward
Hair Stylists: Tammy Butler and Pattie Boucher from Hair Affair, and Kirby Ciampi from Coco Cheveux Salon
Paper Suite: Ink Revival