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 get so excited when I talk about Relevant Workshop! I just never know where to begin! My co-captain in planning this event, Meg Simone and I just wrapped up year two of Relevant Workshop a few weeks ago and I have been trying to wrap my head around a blog post since that day. We created this workshop as a way to bring wedding businesses from our Maine and New Hampshire communities together for a day filled with learning, inspiration and engagement, and to be totally honest, had no clue if it was going to fly. You know that feeling you get when you put your creation out there? When you whole heartedly share that you think something is fantastic and important? And you hold your breath for just a second because you hope so deeply that everyone else thinks the same thing?!?! Well, that happened again this year and after holding my breath for just a second we saw the most fantastic group of speakers, sponsors and attendees make year two of Relevant Workshop even better than we could have imagined! I love this event, not just because Meg and I pour our energy into it in such a personal way, but because our community needs this. We all crave connecting in a more personal way. Sharing our ideas, our love for what we do and the struggles we ALL have in running our small businesses. Year two of Relevant Workshop filled me right up with all kinds of excitement for what lies ahead, not just for my own business but for this entire community! Can’t wait for next year! 🙂

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Relevant Workshop 2016

You know when you get an idea stuck in your head and you think it is a good one but you have that pause… that moment of wonder… will anyone else think this is as cool as I do?!?! Ya so, Relevant Workshop was that idea for us and it was an idea that totally came to life this past April. Meg Simone of Meg Simone Wedding Films and I have been talking about putting together an educational experience for our community of wedding professionals for a couple of years. We would talk about it, put it on the back burner, then revisit and so on. Until this year. Sometimes you just have to jump in and go for it… especially when it feels right!

We are both so lucky to have a strong network of colleagues and workshop opportunities and have heard time and time again that other wedding professionals wished they had the same thing for their crafts. So why not build that for our community? Why not create our own community for all wedding professionals?!!

So we created the Relevant Workshop. A place for wedding community members to come together for a day of inspiration, education, and engagement which would elevate our wedding industry and strive to keep us relevant in our craft.

We started to gather a dream team of speakers to cover content that would go back to the core of what Relevant Workshop is all about: staying relevant in our crafts, building our community and getting inspired. We found the perfect location at the Barn at Flanagan Farm where it would feel cozy, inviting and have space for people to feel at home. Meagan Gilpatrick and her team at Maine Seasons Events were there to cross the t’s and dot the i’s making the space everything we had hoped it would be for all who attended; who knew she’d create such an amazing back drop and sign?! She’s got some serious skills! The website was launched, registrations came in and then it happened. We sold out! To say we were blown away is a major understatement. In the end we registered about 70 people for the workshop! Had 10 awesome presenters, 4 hours of networking and 8 hours of relevant education!

You guys. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. For having faith in what Meg and I created, in the education that our speakers offered up and for jumping in with both feet to build your businesses, your community and have a bit of fun doing it! The energy you all brought to the barn was something I had never experienced before.

We are both still digesting all that has happened with this idea that we brought to life and hope to have more Relevant Workshop events in the future (yes this is a plug so go sign up here to get e-mails about future happenings). Thank you to our amazing team of presenters, panel members, helpers and sponsors for making this day what it was, it wouldn’t have been this awesome without all of your efforts! Cheers to saying Relevant!

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One word comes to mind when thinking about Jamie and Johanna’s wedding day and that’s laughter! Their day started with a first look out on the beach in Kennebunkport and from that point on the couple just couldn’t stop smiling and laughing together. As guests sat in anticipation of Johanna and her father’s walk down the aisle the crowd erupted with laughter when the flower girls made their entrance. The two girls got a bit nervous right before heading down the aisle and Johanna’s brother in law saved the day, doubling as “flower dad” throwing petals as he carried his daughters down the aisle. It was truly a laughter filled moment!

As guests gathered inside the Colony Hotel for dinner, toasts kicked off the evening with the perfect amount of laughter (and dash of tears) to reflect the newlyweds fun loving relationship. I think the whole building could feel the joy coming from that room! But once dinner concluded it was time to hit the dance floor. Everyone, young and old, danced until the final song. Jamie and Johanna we hope this laughter and joy follows you throughout the years ahead and we wish you many more laughs together! Cheers!

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Bald Peak Colony Club in Moultonborough, New Hampshire was the setting for this stunning lake side wedding. Having spent years growing up on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee Megan knew this was where she wanted to celebrate with family and friends. After photographing there for two days with their families I can see why! Their rehearsal dinner took place at Megan’s family home on the back patio overlooking the lake and the ceremony took place in a glade of trees on the same property. Guests were treated to an amazing dinner at the clubhouse, with touching toasts, lots of dancing and a surprise fireworks show! Megan and Ben we wish you both many more special celebrations on the lake in the years ahead! Cheers to you both!

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Last spring we teamed up with some of our amazing “friendors” (vendor friends) and work together to bring this elegant bohemian inspiration to life at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport, ME. We are excited to share a few of the images that grace the current pages of Seacoast Weddings!

Inspired by a specific room in the Colony Hotel, Kate Martin of Beautiful Days created a table with details and colors inspired by the elegant details found within the room. Ellen’s beautiful, one of a kind stationary perfectly accented the tables and complimented the vision with its colors and free flowing design. The hair and make-up dream team of Lena from Hair that Moves and Joanne from Joya Beauty created a natural free-feeling beauty that worked perfectly with the stunning dresses from Bella Bridal Shop. Wild Orchid Baking created a dramatic cake which utilized the beautiful pattern found on the wallpaper and linens as well as golden accents that could be found throughout all the elements in the shoot. As usual it was a blast to be able to work alongside Meg Simone to document the great ideas that came together with this team. Be sure to check out Meg’s amazing behind the scenes footage of the shoot found below!

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Learning never ends. For me when it comes to staying inspired, being on top of the best technology, knowing what products to offer my clients and fine tuning my shooting skill set I look to conferences and workshops. I prefer a smaller more intimate setting and in the past couple of years I have searched for those that offer a fresh approach to the standard hotel ballroom base camp. When I found Field Trip I knew this was just the place for me! Of course I was a bit nervous about having to apply to go to this intimate adventure in learning … would they even accept me to attend?!? How elite is this group?!? What am I getting into?!?! But all those nerves faded away and I was quickly registered and bunking with my pal Meg Simone. (phew!)

I left cold and snow covered New England for Santa Barbara and the El Capitan Campground. Now, this is not a New England style campground. In fact, I have a hard time even calling it a campground! (the Real Housewives stayed here!!) Adorable yurts, platform tents and cabins dotted the hills near the California coast at this “campground”. I had hopes of sunshine on my face as I sat in a field learning. But, it rained. Hard. Really hard. Except for the last night and the morning we left, I ran from tent to cabin to cabin to yurt in my L.L. Bean boots! But looking past all the rain this trip and conference was pure magic. I learned a lot. I opened my eyes to new ideas. And I met some really talented, smart and fun people. A worthwhile trip in my book, rain or no rain.

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