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Anna & Noah | A Laudholm Farm Celebration

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How did you two meet?
Tinder!
Why did you choose to get married at the location that you did?
We wanted to be near the ocean, but still have a farm vibe.  Maine is a vacation place for many people but still has that hidden gem of a feel.  Plus Melanie our amazing wedding planner told us to visit Laudholm and thought it would be perfect for us!
Were there any happy surprises that happened at the wedding?
We were able to provide all our own tomatoes for the caterer to use in all our salads.  And my dress zipped! I wasn’t hungover the next morning! Noah was more handsome than I’ve ever seen him. We got a photo with all 10 grandchildren and my grandmother who means so much to me (all of us are NEVER in the same place at once). We both wrote our vows the morning of, and even though we wish we prepared more they were very honest and loving.
What moment sticks out to you above all of the others from the wedding?
Having an amazing dinner (we really love food) in a beautiful tent with over 100 people that I love so genuinely, when does that ever happen?
Now that the wedding is over, what are you going to do with all of your free time?!
No longer plan the details of a wedding and tend to our crazy farm! And enjoy lots of hot tea by our wood stove!
Prep Hotel: Tides Beach Club
Florist: Flora Fauna, Judy Bourgeois
Planner/Officiant: Blissful Beginnings, Melanie Voros
Additional musicians: Red Lion Rockers– rehearsal dinner
Hair & makeup: Hair That Moves (Lena), and Joya Beauty (Joanne)
Catering: White Apron, The Marshmallow Cart (rehearsal dessert)
Dress: Santina by Watters
Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss
Transportation: In Town Trolley

Mac & Jack | A Coastal Maine Celebration

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How did you two meet?
Jack and I met in our high school statistics class. We had always had mutual friends, but never had a friendship of our own. This all changed on that fateful day when he walked into that classroom the first day of our Senior year and chose a seat directly in front of me.

We spent that semester constantly in trouble, as Jack spent most of his time turned around whispering across to my desk. I always thought he was so handsome, but considered him a pipe dream. Turns out he felt the same way 🙂

Flash forward to second semester; neither of us had any classes together, so we naturally grew apart…until our Senior Year Prom. Like I had mentioned, we had a group of mutual friends. This group decided it would be fun to all go to prom with each other as friends, so the boys asked the girls in adorable ways (I got asked through a Taylor Swift song that was retitled on an iPod “Will You Go to Prom with Me?”), but no, Jack is not the one who asked me. We both went with friends and had a great time all together tearing up the dance floor, taking silly photos, owning the night and feeling infinitely invisible.

However, as fate would have it, Jack’s Prom Date fell asleep at our table that night (she’d been up all night writing her senior paper), so when it came time to move the group over to our friend’s house for the after prom sleepover, Jack and I spent the first part of the night talking. And then the second part of the night, and then the rest of the night. We spent all night whispering about ourselves, our life dreams and our life fears. And well…here we are 🙂

Why did you choose to get married at the location that you did?
We chose to get married at my parents’ house on Southport Island not only because it is simply stunning, but because it is special to both Jack and I for several reasons. It is where we spent the first summer we got together, where we realized this was it. The real deal. It is where we would reunite during those 1.5 years apart – Jack went to University of Maine Orono at first, so I would fly back from Kentucky during breaks and Mom would make us delicious home cooked meals while we snuggled on the couch rotating who got to choose the movies 🙂 And it was in the same barn that all the wedding guests spent dancing the night away that Jack asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. And in that barn I said yes.

Were there any happy surprises that happened at the wedding?
Sam (“The Wedding”) being the musician to walk down the isle too, a groomsman, AND our Minister was all a surprise to our guests. His entire officiant speech was a complete surprise to Jack and I. It was hysterical and beautiful all wrapped into one 🙂

What moment sticks out to you above all of the others from the wedding?

  1. Jack completely loosing it as I walked out
  2. Our first dance – I didn’t realize I was crying until I felt the tears running down my cheeks
  3. All the camera angles I saw being captured! Me walking down the stairs, Adam capturing us walking in for our first dance, me getting my makeup done, us standing by the “best day ever” sign in the front yard with the bistro lights – all of it 🙂

Now that the wedding is over, what are you going to do with all of your free time?!
We will be spending this next week enjoying each other’s company with my family up in Maine, at the same house we fell in love, the same house where he asked me to marry him, and the same house we vowed the rest of our lives to each other.

Photographer: Darling Photograpy
DJ: DJ Corey Young
Additional musicians: Sam Dingle (Upright Bass), Julian Shore (Piano), Sean Pentland (Bass), Ian Carroll (Drums), Albert Rivera (Saxophone)
Venue: The Old Southport Inn – A Private Residence
Cake: Cakes for All Seasons
Lighting: Event Lighting Concepts
Florist: Marigold Floral Studio
Planner: Seacoast Harbor Events
Stationary: Minted
Hair & makeup: A New Leaf Salon and Spa
Dress: Romona Keveza
Groom’s suit: Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers
Officiant: Sam Dingle, brother of the bride
Rentals: Exeter Events and Tents, Sperry Tents Seacoast, A Family Affair
Catering: Fire&Co
Lodging: Ocean Gate Inn

Alicia & Nick | A Cape Cod Celebration at the Popponesset Inn

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How did you two meet?
We went to high school together. Nick asked me to go to Senior prom and we have been together ever since!

Why did you choose to get married at the location that you did?
We both grew up going to the cape (Alicia- Falmouth and Nick in Hyannis) in the summer. We both created a lot of memories over the years at the cape together and both always dreamed of one day getting married there.

Were there any happy surprises that happened at the wedding?
Before the wedding we both loved receiving notes from one another. Reading the letters was so sweet and reminded us how lucky we were to be getting married. We were both blown away with how the day turned out. It was better than we could have imagined. I was so happy with how the venue looked and how all the little details that we planned for so long came together. Also, so happy with the weather! Couldn’t have asked for a better day.

What moment sticks out to you above all of the others from the wedding?
The vows of course! Also, when we walked down the aisle exiting the ceremony and saw how happy everyone was. Also, we were blown away with how much fun everyone had dancing all night. We were so pleased with the Boston Common Band.

Now that the wedding is over, what are you going to do with all of your free time?!
Enjoy each other and relax!


Photographer: Kelly Dillon
Band/DJ: The Boston Common Band, DJ Shyne
Venue: The Popponesset Inn at New Seabury
Cake: Delicious Desserts
Lighting: SocialLights
Florist: Beach Plum Florals
Stationary: Wouldn’t it Be Lovely
Hair & makeup: Steffany Colleran and Danielle Gasbarro
Dress: Romona Keveza
Groom’s suit: Joseph A. Bank
Officiant: Father Tim Goldrick St. Tomas Chapel
Transportation: Rockstar Limo

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

 

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