Bethany & Dan Photography   |   Photographers based in Portland, Maine

Andrea and Mikes New Hampshire Lake Wedding

I feel like I should reiterate again how we met these two because I think it’s the coolest story. One wintery night in Boston, I went to a book signing for Young House Love. Andrea was in front of me in line  and it’s just that simple. Over the next two years we kept in touch via social media and her blog! When Mike proposed she emailed me right away and we were in! Her sweet bridesmaids were there with her at the book signing too so it was radical to have everyone together again!

Mike and Andrea did something really unique an special for their first look. In the middle of the lake there is a tiny island. They both took boats out to it with Dan and I. Once we were all in place, they had a first look to always remember. First Andrea walked up and hugged him close, then stepped back and Mike turned around to see his bride. It was so so romantic and it was better than anything we could have came up for them for what and where to do it. We loved it!

Once it came time for the ceremony, they again took boats over to the ceremony site. It was a first for me and I was eating it up! What more could you ask for? Boats and a wedding! The ceremony took place right at the lakeshore and then we all walked up to the top of the hill for a tented reception with details to take note of. It was SO good looking under the tent with incredible flowers and a cake to knock your socks off. We loved being a part of this day and we can’t wait to see what the future has for these two.

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Gown: Wtoo Watters Florist: Valley Flower Company Catering: Maple Street Catering Cake: A to Z Cakes

Hair: Just Paradise DJ: Top Hat Entertainment Videographer: BRD Productions

More with Andrea and Mike:

Engagement Session   |   Meet Our Couples   |   Rehearsal Dinner

Kate and Michael’s Southport Maine Wedding

Kate and Michael’s wedding day took place at the Newagen Seaside Inn in gorgeous Mid-Coast Maine, close to Boothbay Harbor. It is actually one of Dan and my favorite spots in Maine! The last time we photographed a wedding in this area it was a hurricane so the weather on this day was really welcomed by us. There were a lot of fun details to this day too, like the fact that they shipped in their favorite ice cream all the way from Ohio and the awesome cocktails they made to pay homage to where the live, Manhattan! My favorite detail of all was her dress. She wore a short dancing dress and then added a skirt over it that was made from her mothers wedding dress. It was super unique and even more lovely.

They did their first look on the rocks overlooking the water, which was obviously stunning. The ceremony overlooked one of our favorite Maine vistas, that we have visited personally more than once. The details we well thought out and the food was out of this world. After dinner and toasts, the dance party began. I loved how the Newagen Seaside Inn up-lit the room and made the photos ever cooler. We love lights like that! Take note. Enjoy this cute Mid-Coast Maine wedding ok?

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Venue: Newagen Seaside Inn Florist: Emily Carter Floral Design

Vee and Mike’s Willowdale Estate Wedding

Vee and Mike’s Willowdale Estate  wedding is finally here to show off on the blog! It was SUCH a classic and classy wedding, and if you don’t already know, we LOVE Tuxedoes so this was right up our alley! Everyone got ready at the hotel and then we did a little non-first look right in the hallway since Vee just couldn’t help from at least holding his hand before the ceremony. The guys headed to a local bar and imbibed in some HUGE shots thanks to being friends with the bar tender. The ladies rode the trolley to the ceremony and waited in the wings for everything to start. There ceremony was much like other ceremonies except for one big unplanned moment when the FIRE ALARM WENT OFF! The priest, although a little confused, continued with the ceremony, although I do think he skipped over all the non-necessary talking. Right before they kissed, the alarm stopped, and we all went outside to find the fire department, all ready to go just in case. It was truly unforgettable. You gotta love a couple who can take that in stride. We obviously took some images with the firetruck because how can you not? Amiright? The “you guys are just too hot,” jokes came shortly afterwards.

We all headed to the gorgeous reception and Dan and I hung out with the bridal party on the front lawn, trying to keep up with the groomsmen and their antics. After a rowdy photo session, we took Vee and Mike for a few of just them, Vee laughing practically the entire time. Then it was dinner and dancing time! Everyone was so fun to be around and we didn’t want to leave, which I can only guess is how everyone there felt that night. We are so happy these two are married and we were there to photograph it.

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Venue: Willowdale Estate   |   Flowers: Evans Flowers   |   Cake: Fredericks Pastries 

Hair: Marc Harris Salon   |   Makeup: Kerri Herlihy   |   Band: Young Love and the Thrills

Lisa and Jordans Culebra Puerto Rico Wedding

Destination Weddings are always and will forever be, a huge honor. The fact the couples want us to be with them for their wedding is already honor enough but add the detail that they want you at their destination wedding location just blows our minds. Lisa Ann and Jordan invited us to photograph their wedding on the tiny island of Culebra, just off the coast of Puerto Rico. If you have never been, or never hear of it, google it now. You should add it to your short list of places to visit. Trust us. BEST. BEACHES. EVER.

They told us to wear flip flops and to come have a good time, which is exactly what we did. Dan hung out with Jordan and best man at the ceremony location (aka: voted one of the best beaches in the world by Trip Advisor… no kidding). I went over to the house Lisa Ann was getting ready in and got to meet her family and closest friends. Once she was ready, we headed across the island for their ceremony. While the guys shared a traditional whisky toast, the ladies clinked champagne… then it was time. Lisa Ann and Jordan’s vows were all kinds of precious as they went back and forth with promises and cute messages of love. It was a heart-felt and sincere ceremony, where the guests (and the photographers) could feel just how much they love one another. After the kiss, and the breaking of the glass, it was party time. Now if you know me, you know I’m a closet Disney-fan, so you can imagine that seeing a wedding reception with hidden Mickey’s all over the place spoke to me. Magic!

This Friday the 13th, full moon, destination wedding was nothing is not a blast.

PS: Don’t miss how much Jordan makes Lisa Ann laugh. It was a JOY to watch.

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Venue: Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico

Catering: Homeless Dog Cafe Hair and Make-up: Lizzie Ibarra Hair & Make-up Artist 

Gown: Maggie Sottero Flowers: M&M Flower Market

Emily and Jason’s Castine Maine Wedding

We love this family. Emily is part of the famous Russell family, through which we have met and photographed some of the most fun couples there are! Remember Lyndsey and Ben? Hillary and Matt? Emily and Kate? All from this family and friends. Emily and Jason’s wedding took place right at the edge of a cliff on the gorgeous coast of Maine. There was a refreshing ocean breeze blowing as she walked down the aisle to marry her (now) husband. It was such a heartfelt ceremony, with many stories, prayers, and reading, including a thank you from the couple themselves. Some of the lines in their vows were so romantic I definitely shed a tear, to happy to see them become husband and wife. They need to be married. All is right with the world now that they are .

After such a romantic ceremony, all that was left to do was party! All their guests headed up to The Manor Inn and we took a few photos before heading up ourselves. Toasts, special dances, cake cutting, and then a dance party not to forget!

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Venue: The Manor Inn   |   Florist: Verona Island Flowers   |   Make-up: The Bride’s Sister Alisa