Barn at Flanagan Farm Maine Wedding | Zakieh + Ryan

We had been looking forward to Zakieh and Ryan's September wedding at one of our favorite venues in Maine, The Barn at Flanagan Farm, ever since we booked it! When their rehearsal dinner evening finally arrived there were some ominous looking clouds in the sky and though we met them a few minutes in advance of their dinner the sky opened up and started pouring. Fortunately it was a super quick rain storm and we were ale to go outside and do some quick portraits and saw not one--but two--rainbows in the sky. I think that right there was the sign that the weekend was going to be something magical.

Zakieh's wonderful sister Sherien runs Full Bloom Events, an event planning company in CT where she lives, and she did such an incredible, thoughtful job putting the wedding day together, getting all the details perfect and was an absolute joy to work with throughout the process. We also had the pleasure of working with Flowers by Justine for the first time and she immediately became one of my favorite vendors ever (after 11 years in this business that is saying a lot!). Not only did she do the most amazing job with the flowers and decor but she stepped in as Day of Coordinator too and was so incredibly helpful to us all day. We loved the gorgeous arbor and dreamy set up in the woods for their ceremony, the amazing dresses the bride and bridesmaids wore, the fashionable groomsmen, all of the beautiful little details that came together so perfect and of course--the people! Zakieh and Ryan are so lovely and their friends and family were an absolute blast, especially when it came time for the party! The party went late into the night when guests gathered by the fire to enjoy s'mores and late night food provided by Harvest Moon.

As usual I am always at a loss when I have to just choose a few photos to showcase and there are a ton here, but check out the highlights from the story of their day. So many thanks to all the vendors who made this day possible and to Zakieh and Ryan, thank you for being amazing to work with and trusting us with the artistic freedom to document your wedding day! 

Vendors: Ceremony and Reception: Barn at Flanagan Farm // Planning: Full Bloom Events // Florals & Day of Coordination: Flowers by Justine // Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Shoes: Manolo Blahnik // Groom's Suit: Jos.A.Bank // Groom's Tie & Socks: Tie Bar & Happy Socks // Engagement Ring: Blue Nile // Wedding Bands: Barmakian Jewelers // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box // Cake: Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott // Donuts: Holy Donut  // Catering: Harvest Moon // Calligraphy: Letter & Adore // Bride's clutch: everthine  // Invitations: RSVP // Mr & Mrs Napkins: Kate Spade // Mirror crossword: Made by Sherien at Full Bloom Events // Photography & Videography: Fidelio Photography
 

Newport, Rhode Island Engagement Photos | Colette + Lee

In early October I ventured out on a rare shoot without Lyle to beautiful Newport, RI to shoot Colette and Lee's engagement photos--a place that was meaningful to them. We lucked out with the most gorgeous light and unseasonably warm weather and had a blast going around to a few different spots at the mansions and by the water. Colette is a fellow photographer and wanted a vibe that was a little more casual lifestyle/editorial feel than traditional engagement photography. I have so many favorites from this session it was seriously impossible to narrow it down for a few for a blog but here are some of my favorites! 

2017 Year in Review | Maine Wedding Photographers

We were so fortunate this past year to have 18 weddings and 3 elopements from February to November! Our season took us all over Maine, from an elopement in the stunning Acadia National Park to Camden, York, Biddeford Pool, Buxton and out to islands like Great Diamond Island and Peaks, to venues in Rye, NY, Boston and several areas of New Hampshire. 

As some of you already know we had a pretty tough year with Lyle's dad's many ups and downs with cancer throughout the peak of our season and then his passing in November. One thing that kept is going this summer in the midst of so much darkness in our personal lives was the incredible people that we worked with, their amazing support throughout that time and just being there to document a day filled with so much love and joy. Every year we push ourselves harder to create even better photos and this year was no exception--actually we welcomed the challenge as a distraction! Although we do our share of moody photos and get tons of emotional moments we wanted to showcase a shot from every wedding that showed nothing but joy and love between our clients. Thank you so much for working with us and being so willing to welcome us into your day to capture the intimacy and beauty and love, we consider it such an honor. Our calendar is filling up for 2018 (and already starting to get inquiries for 2019!) and we are really excited to kick off another great wedding season!

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Best of 2017 Maine Wedding Photography in Black and White

If you know or have worked with Lyle and I you know that we both LOVE black and white photography. We both learned on b&w film, Lyle's dad even turned a room in their apartment into a darkroom when he was younger, and we both love the look and moody feel of it. There's just something about black and white--the dreamy and timeless feel, the beautiful grain, the way nothing else seems to matter in the photo but the mood or emotion... So we have gathered some of our favorite black and white shots from 2017 and put them together here. 

 

 

Portland, Maine City Hall Elopement | Alex + Patrick

Last fall Alex called me and excitedly told me about her and Patrick's plans for a fun destination elopement (or as she called it a "fakelopement") to Portland, one of their favorite spots. They were really excited about our beautiful City Hall building and getting portraits in a location that felt like quintessential Maine, as well as a few shots at night of their after party with friends at Arcadia Bar, a fun spot in town with lots of games and old pinball machines. I also had a chance to meet up with her when she was visiting in the winter to hear more about their plans over some food at Duckfat and it immediately felt like I was hanging out with someone I had known for awhile. She has an awesome energy which I think you can also see from their photos. 

When their wedding day finally arrived in early June we were faced with a dilemma that is often a problem with the ever-changing weather here: a storm was moving through. Fortunately they had flexibility with their hair/makeup and plans for the day so we moved a few things around and changed our plans and got so lucky because the minute that we finished up their session at Two Lights the sky opened up and it started pouring. But before that we were able to capture the beautiful, moody Maine coastline for them and I love how romantic the photos feel in that setting. Alex opted for a cute, shorter tulle dress and fun Kate Spade Keds for the portrait part of the day when they were scaling the rocks (and even threw on her favorite J Crew jean jacket for a few shots) and all of Patrick's wardrobe is from J Crew. I love how Alex went a little vintage/classic with her hair and makeup which was beautifully done by Angela Priest at Details Salon in Portland. Alex's mother made her bouquet for her and after their ceremony their friends threw eco-friendly confetti at them from BHLDN which was a really cool, fun touch. We had an absolute blast working with these two and hope they come back to see us (and maybe play some more arcade games! ;) ) the next time they're in Maine!

If you're planning a mid-week elopement in Maine please get in touch with us! We have lots of suggestions for vendors to make the day special as well as stunning locations throughout Portland/Cape Elizabeth/Scarborough/etc that are amazing backdrops for portraits!