There is just something so special about celebrating with family and friends on Nantucket. Emily and Gavin were married on island last fall and guests were treated to all the couples’ island favorites! A seaside ceremony complete with their adorable dog, the traditional cannon fire to mark sunset, New England raw bar and of course, Downyflake Doughnuts late night! So fun! We loved hitting all their favorite island spots for portraits and of course, the docks at the Great Harbor Yacht Club make for a breathtaking backdrop!

Emily and Gavin we hope the years ahead bring you all your favorite things both on and off the island! Cheers to you both!

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There is no denying how much we LOVE beach portraits but it’s even more exciting when the family has a special connection to the beach where we photograph! Generations of this family have gathered right in this very spot, at this very beach cottage and we were thrilled to capture just a glimpse of this moment in their family time at Wells Beach. And what a night!

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A Peaks Island wedding at Jones Landing during the Summer is such a treat! Guests get to enjoy a ride through Casco Bay on the ferry, water views during the entire celebration, and the Sunset is absolutely breathtaking. Jordan met Meggan and Chris for a first look on the docks in South Portland and then traveled over to Peaks via water taxi with Meggan and her father. The celebration kicked off with a gorgeous ceremony on the lawn at Jones Landing. Guests were then invited to ride to the far side of the island on golf carts Meggan and Chris had rented for everyone and enjoy a champagne toast at one of their favorite island spots. Once the fleet of golf carts returned, the party started! The evening was filled with lots of laughs and dancing and ended perfectly with sunset photos on the dock. Congratulations Meggan and Chris and cheers to many more Summer sunsets enjoyed together!

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Following up our post from last week on Catherine and Brian’s wedding weekend events we wanted to bring you their gorgeous wedding day! No couple ever dreams of a rainy day for their nuptials but there is something so cozy and romantic about snuggling in together under an umbrella! We started the day with the ladies getting ready at Catherine’s family home on Prouts Neck. They guys prepared right down the road and made their way to the house for the couples’ first look on the staircase in front of family and friends. Such a fun moment for all!

Their intimate ceremony was held in the charming St. James Church right on Prouts Neck. Guests then made their way to the golf club for a cocktail hour filled with hugs and delicious appetizers prepared by Dandelion Catering. Capturing the toasts from their family and wedding party was a highlight for us. Laughter, tears and more laughter is always a great moment for candid photos. The tent was filled with love for these two, you could not only hear it in the toasts but you could feel it as well. Catherine and Brian we wish you years filled with this kind of love and laughter surrounding you! Cheers!

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Catherine and Brian treated their wedding guests to a weekend of what Prout’s Neck is all about! Both sharing a love of outdoor activities and time with family and friends their Prout’s Neck Wedding weekend was a true weekend of fun! It’s always a treat when our couples opt to have us cover more than just their wedding day. We get a chance to get to know their family and friends and learn more about them as a couple too! We started our coverage the day before their wedding, capturing a fun afternoon at the beach that included a group swim, paddle board, kayak adventure off Prout’s Neck Beach. That night we met up with family and wedding party for their rehearsal dinner at the Prout’s Neck Yacht Club, while guests attended a welcome party just down the street. Toasts filled the room post dinner and were followed by a walk down memory lane with a slideshow put together by Brian’s Mom. We LOVE photographing nights like this with lots of candid laughter and all the excitement of the next day to look forward to.

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I am so excited to be sharing this GORGEOUS York, Maine wedding. Spring fever has us dreaming back to this day! You can just feel the warm sun and smell those beautiful flowers. Tyler and Sarah live not far from York, Maine but it was a destination for many of their family and friends. And they were treated to one of the most beautiful days that Maine had to offer! Sunshine, blue skies and just the right amount of ocean breeze. How good is that?! It’s what you cross your fingers for when planning a wedding at the Hartley Mason Reserve.

Tyler and Sarah took a very relaxed approach to their day with plenty of time to soak it all in and spend time with guests. But we loved that they sat off to the side at their very own little sweat heart table to sit back and enjoy dinner together! We hope that these two carve out time like that in all the years to come!

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Yay! Let’s talk family group photos! It sure does seem like this is always an area of stress for couples and a concern for the wedding timeline. We know that these photos are so super important to you but we also know that they do not need to be the main focus for your photography. We thought it would be good to share how we approach family photos so our couples and families are never feeling stressed or missing out on the celebration!

Step 1: We communicate with you BEFORE your wedding day!  We talk about who your family is (by first name of course), all the different groups we will be photographing and where your photos will take place; minimal walking and a non distracting background in the shade is always our favorite. So on your wedding day, you don’t have to worry or try to remember any of this and we can be super efficient.

Step 2: We have a system. We organize our photo list in advance so there are minimal moving parts. This keeps us all moving quickly and gets everyone off to the celebration quickly. We like to keep our family group portraits to 10 minutes or less. Sounds good right?

Step 3: Keep it simple. Let’s talk about what photos you will actually want. Don’t use that check list you found someplace! Your wedding isn’t a checklist kinda event! Who are your people?! What photos do you want to display in your home or include in your album? Are you (or your parents) sending a holiday card or thank you cards and want a photo? You do not, I repeat, you do not need to do a million different combinations of groups. Let’s focus on what is most important and get to the celebration! Because that right there is where we get to capture all those candid moments and where you get to have a cocktail.

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We absolutely LOVE when a couple infuses so much personality into their wedding celebration! Jordan had the pleasure of working with Jesse and Geoff and upon learning of their plans for their big day was immediately excited…who wouldn’t be?! The couple talked about wanting to give their guests an authentic Portland, Maine experience and cruising around Casco Bay on the Bay Mist for their wedding ceremony was just perfect. The whole day was sprinkled with such fun details: a vintage taxi, fire engine to transport the wedding party, food stations including Asian street food and mac and cheese, a donut wall….a donut wall!!! Jesse and Geoff we wish you many more happy years together filled with good food, good company, and donuts of course!

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