We’re always on the look out for great blogs and magazines, especially ones that go hand in hand with our classic photography style… and then we found Classic Bride Blog. If you haven’t heard of it, you must check it out! The blog owner, Sarah, is all about classic weddings and wedding inspiration that will never go out of style – which is exactly what we’re all about!

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Making a grand entrance just as you’ve said “I do” is something most couples think about while planning their wedding, they make good photo ops, everyone is cheering and smiling because they’re ready to celebrate your new union; but have you thought about your exit at the end of the night? Ensuring that the coverage of your wedding photography includes the end of the night is important if you’re planning a fun exit! Sparklers are a great exit option; everyone gets excited, lines up and cheers you on just as they did earlier – what a great way to round out your wedding day! Along with sparkler exits, there are numerous things you could do, but some of our most favorite from the last few years are the boat exits! Sparklers not your style? Perhaps you’re not getting married by the sea? We had a couple this year end the night with a food truck! So fun and so delicious – something that your guests will definitely enjoy!

Here are some of our favorite wedding exits:

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Family portraits are some of the best keepsakes – at least in our minds! We are so lucky to be able to capture all the laughter of families at their Nantucket family beach portraits. Sometimes, we get even luckier and we get the pleasure of seeing the same families year after year! It’s important to document these early years in life, all too quickly babies grow into toddlers, to big kids and then to teenagers.

One of our annual portraits includes this adorable family and their sweet black lab, Lucy. Every year we meet them at a different Nantucket beach, roll around in the sand and laugh so hard it hurts.  With these fun loving parents, super sweet boys and with their sparkling green eyes you can see why we look forward to every August with them!

Here’s a fun look back at the last few years – look how they’ve grown!

And speaking of summer – our summer calendar for Nantucket beach portraits and Maine beach portraits is filling up fast! Contact the studio to schedule your summer family portrait session!

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Here at the studio, we can’t believe April is more than half way over! This means, we’re closer to summer, weddings and family portraits, but it also means that school’s almost out! We’ve started booking summer senior portrait sessions for Maine and Nantucket, isn’t it time you book yours? Booking us for your senior portrait session is fun and very different than the more traditional and posed options most high schools offer. We love on location photography – the beach, a park, the forest, your favorite place – it’s what makes your portrait your own! We’ve also been pinning some examples of our work on our senior portraits on our Pinterest board and we also have a whole board dedicated to Senior Portrait Style in case you can’t decide what to wear! (It can be tough sometimes!) So if you’ve booked your Nantucket family vacation or your coastal Maine summer vacation, give us a call or drop us a line and let’s schedule your summer senior session!

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If you haven’t been reading Matchbook’s monthly online magazine – here’s an excuse to start getting them delivered to your inbox! Based in New York City, Matchbook Magazine is “a field guide to a charmed life,” and they keep their word. Matchbook is all about inspiring women – in business and in life. A big part of what they do is feature successful women in business, from fashion to home design to stationery – like this month’s cover story, Kacy Lubell the creator and designer of Letters Lubell!

Aside from the cover stories, our favorite monthly features include their “10 Things You Didn’t Know” which gives you an inside look at some of the most iconic people and celebrities of our time, the “Just Married” section (of course!), and their team’s style boards. This month we can’t help but dream of Nantucket beach days wearing pieces from Katie Armour’s (Co-Founder of Matchbook) Bohemian Rhapsody board.

In their April issue, online now, our sweet bride and groom are featured in the “Just Married” section! Their intimate wedding took place dockside at the White Elephant Hotel this past May. Soirée Floral designed their florals for the day, drawing from soft seaside colors with pops of purple to complete their look.

We’re so honored to be featured in one of our favorite online magazines – we hope we’ve added Matchbook to your list of favorites, too!

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It may be March but it’s still snowing in New England so why not share a fantastic little winter inspiration shoot, complete with a sled and nordic ski details!

Meagan Gilpatrick’s inspiration came from a family heirloom that’s been passed down in her family for generations – a Scandinavian nativity pyramid. Keeping with true Scandinavian elements, Meagan incorporated details that were both modern and traditional.

The use of red was a common thread used throughout but what really tied the whole look together was the mix of patterns. Meagan added touches of straw details – in the centerpieces and at the place settings. There was a slight woodland feel to it as well, with the use of sliced timber used as risers for the votives and the pyramid.

And those cakes! I loved the detail of each and every “leaf” and the squirrel cake toppers were just adorable.

Parrott Design Studio did a fabulous job on the stationery as well – a perfect mix of  causal and elegance. The envelope liner was such a thoughtful detail!

Shot in one of my favorite places (my wedding venue) here are more images from that fun winter day!


Concept/Design/Flowers: Maine Seasons Events

Cake: Wild Orchid Baking Company

Dress: Spoil Me

Furniture Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals

Photography: Brea McDonald Photography

Venue: The Barn at Flanagan Farm

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Are you pinning, instagramming and updating your Facebook status? Great news, we are, too! You can find us on almost all social media platforms! So don’t forget to keep up with us in your favorite place (or on all of them, we would’t mind that either!) to see what we’re up to!

Our Pinterest page has lots of great tips on what to wear for your portrait session or inspiration for your up and coming wedding. Follow us on instagram to see what we are all up to in the moment (and see some seriously adorable Corgi puppy cuteness). Facebook is the place to get that sneak peek from our recent weddings and hear about workshops and recent press.

We even have our very own YouTube channel so you can watch and share all of our inspiration shoots and collaborations with Meg Simone Wedding Films! Be sure to bookmark it and check back often!

Here’s where you can find us:







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