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Kinza & Andrew | A Moroccan-Inspired Wedding in the White Mountains

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The Moroccan-Inspired Wedding of Kinza & Andrew at the Mount Washington Hotel

How did you two meet?
We met as medical students at Tufts. We were friends first, rotating together on multiple services. We got together in our fourth and final year of med school and then endured three years of long distance during our residencies before finally getting back to the same city and living in Boston together with little Clementine, our rescue pup.

Why did you choose to get married at the location that you did?
My family has been going to the MWH for a number of years for Christmas and I always thought it would be such a special place to get married. We loved the history of the hotel and all the unique spots and it just felt like the perfect fall getaway for our family and friends.

Were there any happy surprises that happened at the wedding?
No real suprises but happy everything went perfectly! The weather was a happy surprise!

What moment sticks out to you above all of the others from the wedding?
Saying our vows in front of family and friends.

Now that the wedding is over, what are you going to do with all of your free time?!
We are going to travel and enjoy time with Clementine!

Photographer: Sweet Monday photography
Band/DJ: East coast soul
Venue, catering: Omni Mount Washington Hotel
Cake: Omni Mount Washington Hotel/ Décor by Flora Fauna
Florist: Flora Fauna
Planner: Blissful Beginnings
Stationary: Rubythefox
Hair & makeup: Hair that Moves, Amanda McCarthy Beauty
Dress: Ines De Santo, L’Elite of Boston 
Groom’s suit: JCrew
Officiant: Couple’s friend, Matthew Mascioli
Rentals: Peak Event Services

Megan & Andy | Elegance at the Barn at Flanagan Farm

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The Flanagan Farm wedding celebration of Megan & Andy

How did you two meet?

We met our freshman year at Bates. Andy lived next to two of Megan’s friends, a few beer pong games and commons dinners later, Megan built up the courage to ask Andy to walk her home on her 19th birthday … 8 years later, we got married!

Why did you choose to get married at the location that you did?

My brother said it best in his officiant speech. Flanagan Farm embodied everything we wanted in our wedding – a space that could bring everyone together, into what feels like our home, for a wonderful celebration. Even though we live in California, we knew we had to get married in Maine… it’s the place we met, where we fell in love, and got engaged. It’s been our place throughout our entire love story.

Were there any happy surprises that happened at the wedding?

Katie and Sarah’s MOH speech was PERFECT! No real surprises but I couldn’t believe how witty and funny they were — especially Sarah who is usually more reserved was hilarious!

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

SO MANY!

  • The first look was really special, which I knew it would be. I was so happy we did it just us two and had that moment of quiet.
  • The ceremony. For me (Megan) was very emotional and raw. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. To walk out, MARRIED, and feeling like I shared my feelings, promises, and future goals with Andy and everyone we love. We designed the entire ceremony ourselves –and with the help of our loved ones, found readings that resonated with us and passages that moved us. We were able to touch upon all the various aspects of our lives, and had representatives from each stage play a role.
  • There was a period of time — after the first look, before the ceremony, where Andy and I sat in the barn (me with my dress to my thighs, cooling off) and splitting a glass of wine. It was such a quiet moment — after the initial excitement/anxiety of the first look and I was SO HAPPY to just have that moment to ourselves.
  • The ceremony — truly amazing — the speakers, hearing andy’s vows. Michael’s speech… our parents advice to us… it was all so special, so personal. I couldn’t have imagined a more intimate way to start our lives together. Oh my goodness, when my brother asked us to look into the crowd of the people who came to support us… TOO much. I could hardly look I was getting so emotional.
  • Before our first look, Andy and I exchanged letters — one of the things he wrote was that I should be my authentic self — and not hold back. As you can probably tell (and watch, in hours of film!) I am an emotional person. It’s just who I am. One of the things that gave me a lot of anxiety before the wedding was how I was going to “maintain composure” and “be a good bride” on the day of the wedding — Andy’s letter reminded me that I need to give myself permission to be myself. And of all days, the one day that you shouldn’t hold back your true self, is your wedding day. So I probably cried a few more tears than I intended, but I also laughed a lot harder, smiled a lot wider, loved a lot deeper than I would have otherwise — I was no one but myself, and I have a loving husband who encourages me to do just that… something I will always be grateful for.

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

Cry? Honestly, it was such an amazing experience. Getting back into the grove of real life is not easy. Maybe start a support group?

Photographer: Jamie Mercurio
Band/DJ: Young Love and The Thrills
Venue: The Barn at Flanagan Farm
Cake: Nothing Bakes like a Parrott
Lighting: The Event Light Pros
Planner/Florist: Lani Toscano Design
Stationary: Steel Petal Press
Hair & makeup: Jill Lopez Hair, Make Up by Dana Face
Catering: Fire & Co
Dress: Modern Trousseau, purchased at Hitched Salon
Groom’s suit: The Black Tux
Officiant: Bride’s Brother
Rentals: One Stop Rentals and Heartwood Essentials
Transportation: Bo-Mar

Ally & Charlie | A Romantic Cliffside Wedding

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How did you two meet?
We met at the University of New Hampshire in Stoke Hall…Ally was a freshman and Charlie was a junior. We knew “of” each other, then realized we were in the same history lecture hall, so of course we became study partners. After dating for a short time we have been inseparable since!

Why did you choose to get married at the location that you did?
Charlie grew up in Kittery just a few miles south of the Cliff House, so the seacoast is in his blood. Ally grew up in Massachusetts but her family always travelled to the Wells, Maine area for vacations. Ally’s parents and grandparents would visit the Cliff House for anniversary weekends and special events, so Ally’s mom recommended we check out the newly renovated resort as a possible wedding venue. Since it was seaside and local, we knew we would like it, but were blown away by how amazing it is there now. We toured the Cliff House in hard hats and closed-toed shoes the first time and knew we needed to get married there. The ballroom tied with the breathtaking cliffs against the ocean made it our #1 choice.

Were there any happy surprises that happened at the wedding?
THE WEATHER! the crazy stormy morning turned out to be the most beautiful moody/foggy/classic Maine weather….the weather I crossed my fingers and dreamed of since day 1. I was so happy!! Other than that, we can’t think of any suprises…but seeing everything come together in one place; our cake (our chocolate pups), our guests holding our signature drinks, dancing to the band….the flowers! Everything that came together so beautifully was a very very happy feeling.

What moment sticks out to you above all of the others from the wedding?
Our first dance, first look, reading each other’s notes, and our vows.

Now that the wedding is over, what are you going to do with all of your free time?!
Living simply and relaxed…we will ski in the winter, read books, play with the pups, have fires, all the good cozy things but also adventure things. Also, learning 500 ways to eat rice and beans (just kidding but really it will be nice to save a bit of cash!)

Photographer: Jamie Mercurio
Band/DJ: The Sweet Beats
Venue(s): The Cliff House 
Cake: Confection Art
Florist: flour!
Stationary: Gus & Ruby Letterpress
Hair & makeup: The Crown Boutique, Makeup: Joya Beauty
Dress: Madeleine’s Daughter
Groom’s suit: Perry Ellis, Men’s Wearhouse
Officiant: Father Bob 😉  brother-in-law of the bride
Rentals: Peak Event Rentals

Jamey & Tom | A Second Chance at Love

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Jamey & Tom reached out to us from Illinois while they were on the hunt for their perfect elopement location. I immediately fell in love with Jamey’s excitement, Tom’s kind spirit, and their combined positive energy and obvious love for one another.

I’m not much of a writer, so here is Jamey’s experience in her own words:

“Has a videographer ever been the starting point for planning a wedding including a location? Well, Nora was for us. We’re from Illinois and we eloped. I saw one video of Nora’s by chance in a national search for where to elope. I cried. I watched it again and cried. I even showed my fiancée and he cried. She captured the feel of the couple and the moment. She told the real story. That’s so much harder to do. We loved her already and we weren’t disappointed. She is absolutely 100% AMAZING on every level. She is so wonderful to know and work with and she is a true artist of love and of character. And she was like our compass through this process. She went above and beyond and we both said of Nora at different moments (me through emails when I was worried about making a mess of things trying to plan from afar) and him the day of the wedding when she walked in the door and told him in her way “to just let it all go and start to have fun and enjoy it all” that Nora somehow through her presence (real and digital) allowed us to relax and remember what really matters at critical moments. What a bonus! Who couldn’t use that through this process?? Her cup of talents overfloweth! Don’t let her get away! We’ve already gotten our sneak peak video and watched it over and over. It really captures and brings back that amazing day. My husband who doesn’t exactly wear his heart on his sleeve at work loves that little video so much that he has shown it to everyone he knows and some he doesn’t. It just cracks me up. If you knew him, you would know that is the highest form of praise.”

Thank you Jamey & Tom for letting us be a part of such an intimate, loving, and warm celebration! We can’t wait to celebrate with you again on your 1-year anniversary!

Hotel: The Gazebo Inn. Ogunquit, ME
Officiant: Rev. Erika Hewitt
Photographer: Kate Crabtree Photography
Hair: Naviinia Salon
Dress: BHLDN
Cake: Hannaford

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