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Meghan & Ryan | A New Year’s Eve Wedding Celebration

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The New Year’s Eve wedding celebration of Meghan & Ryan

How did you two meet?
This question always trips us up and we laugh about it!

Ryan and I grew up in Haverhill, MA and attended school a year apart. That said, we did not know each other in high school. Many people (the best man/matron of honor, Meghan’s Aunt and even a miracle from Ryan’s late father ☺ ) take credit for introducing us. At the end of the day, Ryan reached out to me via good old Facebook in 2014 when I moved back to Haverhill from Northern VA. I said yes!

 

Why did you choose to get married at the location that you did?
We started our venue search along the New England coast line for this is where we spend most of our free time enjoying local eats and walking our dogs. Portland‘s charm and love for food drew us in. Once we stepped foot in The Westin Portland Harborview’s ballroom we were ready to sign. We were confident the foodie town and outstanding customer service at The Westin would be the ideal city to celebrate our wedding with friends & family from near and far!

 

What moment sticks out to you above all of the others?
Our 1st look, standing by my Mom’s side while Ryan and his mother danced, and the dual best man & matron of honor speech

 

Now that the wedding is over, what are you going to do with all of your free time?!
Great question! We will soon be on the hunt for a house however; we are going to take a break from planning for a bit to bask in the enjoyment of married life.


Venue: The Westin Portland Harbourview
Band: Clique
Cake/Florals: Creations by Katie
Lighting: DJ Keith Sherman
Stationary: Paper Potpourri
Hair & makeup: True You Makeup Artistry
Dress: Marry & Tux Bridal
Groom’s suit: Indochino
Officiant: Reverend Father John Delany of Sacred Hearts Parish
Transportation: Atlantic Limousine
Photographer: Julie Surette
Rings: Naser Diamonds & Fine Jewelry

Wish Lantern Ceremony at Jenna & Brad's Kennebunkport Wedding

Jenna & Brad’s Kennebunkport Wedding

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I first met Jenna, Brad, & their entire wedding party (Brewer included!) over a warm Bud Light at Sunday River Ski Resort. It was a snowy March day (Snowy is an understatement… it was one of those days where I pray to Ullr  that my Subaru makes it from Point A to Point B in as few pieces as possible). They had already booked for their September 13th wedding, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get to know them on my home turf. There was something about these two that let me know that their wedding was going to be an absolute blast to film– and they did not disappoint!

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Here’s to holding on.

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I’m not a writer, so I feel as if any blog post that I compose on the subject will fall flat. Nothing I could possibly construct will display the seriousness of the subject. All I can say is that it’s often those with the loudest laughs and the biggest smiles that are suffering the deepest.

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Pretty Purple Snowflakes

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Ski bums tend to have a few characteristics that go with the lifestyle. Generally, they are a laid-back bunch. They know how to have a good time, and they are always looking for a reason to celebrate (Full moon? Hooray! Powder day? First round is on me!) Justin & Caity combined their love for the mountains with their love for each other in a celebration that rang loud through the Sunday River Valley.

Caity grew up skiing at Sunday River, so having a slopeside ceremony overlooking an important piece of her past seemed all too fitting. In true ski bum fashion, she and her father skied into the ceremony site surrounded by friends, family, & the occasional curious stranger. My personal favorite touch to the ceremony: Each bridesmaid was sporting a vibrant purple North Face jacket, as Marvin Gaye’s Pretty Purple Snowflakes rang over the speakers. There could not have been a more perfect song to set the tone of the entire day. The ceremony was short & sweet, officiated by a close family friend. After the “Will you’s” & “I Do’s,” family & friends joined in for a few runs with the new Mr. & Mrs. Jones– In true Ski Bum fashion.

The reception took place at the beautiful Bethel Inn Resort in the heart of downtown Bethel. After taking a horse drawn sleigh ride around the property, Caity & Justin were introduced to a high-energy reception that only seemed to pick up speed as the night progressed. They immediately made me feel like a part of the family, which is a true sign of the love, support, and kindness that these families embody. I didn’t want to pack up my gear at the end of the night– the party was still alive, electric, and showed no signs of stopping! On my way out, Caity & Justin corralled me, one on each arm, and escorted me to the bar. They would not be happy until I had a chance to be a guest, not a vendor, at their celebration. I got a Bud Light & toasted the new Mr. & Mrs. Jones. In true Ski Bum fashion.

 

Photographer: Carol Savage
Ceremony: Jordan Hotel, Sunday River
Reception: Bethel Inn, Bethel Maine
DJ: Alex Sirois 
Florist: Pooh Corner Farm
Cake: Doreen’s Creative Cakes
Additional footage by: Dave Pecunies, Sunday River TV
Music: Landon Austin, Ready for Anything. Licensed from The Music Bed