Life Lately List: August 28, 2015

Well it’s already the end of the month of August, and I am sliding in just under the wire with our monthly life lately list! I cannot BELIEVE its already the end of August! Wedding season is in full swing and we are just trying to keep our heads above water, still pay attention to each other and our life outside of weddings, and eating right. Its a tall order but we are managing 😉

Here’s what happened in July:

We went to mid-coast on the fourth of july and photographed a wedding. Its always nice to be in that part of Maine.

Dan’s mom and one of his brothers came to visit us. We went camping in Acadia and then up to Canada for more camping. It was fun to show off our state to the family and also nice to unplug for a couple of days. I swear this place is truly one of the most magnificent places I have ever seen.

We had one Saturday off in July and went to the Farmers Market here in town. We were both wearing turquoise shoes. I love us.

The Tall ships came to Portland.

I ate a lot of Lobster.

On one drive home from a wedding in Vermont, we listened to the Beach Boys and I broke down listening to that song “God Only Knows” thinking about Dan and how much I adore him.

All in all a good month!

Photos from our life during August 2015

York Maine Intimate Wedding: Valerie and Alex

She visited the Nubble Light and thought to herself… if I ever get married, this should be the place. Years later, she made that thought into a reality, marrying the love of her life on the rocks the light house protects ships from. We were SO excited for this wedding of Val and Alex, having photographed their engagement session not too many days before the wedding itself. We were also able to work with the ever talented and bubbly Events by Jackie M, one of our favorite event coordinators! The chemistry between them is WILD and it was a blast to photograph. Their first kiss was a swoopy dip and swept us ALL away. After a ridiculously romantic ceremony, bringing together two families from two parts of the world, they all dined together in nearby Ogunquit at MC Perkins Cove. This was such a sweet wedding to be a part of.

The groom getting ready The groom putting the finishing touches on The bridesmaids help the bride get ready Just the bride The bride in the window light Having fun on the trolley The bride walking down the aisle The bride during the ceremony The first kiss The couple and the lighthouse The bride and groom on the trolley Snuggling by the lighthouse The bride and groom and the lighthouse Having fun by the ocean Just the couple and the sky The bride and the lighthouse Close up kisses

Coordinator: Events by Jackie M  |  Reception: MC Perkins Cove

Meet Our Couples: Hanah & Colin

Hanah & Colin in Paris

First Names: Hanah & Colin

Hometowns: Westford, VT but grew up all over the U.S. and overseas (Hanah) and Windham, ME (Colin)

Occupations: Hanah is a Senior Strategist at M+R, a DC-based firm that does communications and advocacy for major nonprofits and foundations. Colin is a civil engineer focused on airport engineering.

Wedding Date: October 3, 2015

Location: Windham, ME at his childhood home (which I, Hanah, have spent many years visiting as well)
Colors: Shades of green, earthy tones and the foliage we hope to have all around us
Vibe you are going for: Togetherness and a whole lot of fun. The whole weekend really is about bringing everyone together as much as possible to enjoy the time and celebrate.

Let’s hear your love story!

Colin and I met in college at Northeastern University in 2003 when we both joined the same intramural volleyball team. I was immediately attracted to him when we met for our first team meeting. He was attracted but didn’t make a move since he didn’t think I liked him. Finally, one of our close friends, who is going to be our wedding officiant, got us together.
On our first date we went to see the reboot of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (my choice). It wasn’t romantic but it gave me an excuse to hold his arm in scary moments. The rest of the evening we walked all around Boston talking and getting to know one another. The next day he asked me to be his girlfriend. Maybe a month later we said “I love you.”
That was the first time we fell in love but we’ve been through a lot of life stages together over the past 11 years where we’ve fallen in love/deeper into love again and again in new and different ways.

We moved to Baltimore, MD in early 2012 for work (Hanah) and school (Colin). Packing up all our possessions and our cat Tuna into our old Subaru is still one of my favorite “couple moments.” We were packing up a storage unit with just each other until 2 a.m. and then got about 4 hours of sleep on the floor before we had to get in our car and drive down to Maryland. I think we spent about the first half hour of the drive all crying – Colin, myself and the cat – in this packed to the gills Subaru. And then we just started laughing. We knew it would be okay, even in the most ridiculous moments. We could take this giant personal and professional leap and leave our hometown of almost 10 years because we had each other.

What’s your favorite thing to do on any given Saturday together?

Stay in bed with our two cats for family snuggles then take a long morning walk with our coffee and talk about everything and nothing. If we’re not doing something in nature, we’d rather be flying to lunch. Colin has his private pilot’s license so day trips to good food is a favorite pastime. Little general aviation airports often have amazing diners connected to them and are full of personality and personalities!

What is one trait that you love about in your fiance?

Hanah: I have to pick just one?! There are so many good qualities. A top 5 though is the fact that he can make me laugh anywhere about basically anything. He’s really quick witted. I have cried laughing in the grocery store line more times than I’d like to admit.
Colin: She always assumes the best in people and situations. She thinks positively and expects things to work out but can think on her feet and always seems to handle whatever comes up. Her daily positivity makes just about every day a happy one.

How did he pop the question?

Colin planned a full weekend away in Western Maryland last October under the guise of an 11 year anniversary trip. We were in this adorable cabin near a bunch of hiking trails. He made me drive out so I couldn’t be looking at the GPS to figure out where we might be going or what was around our destination. I love hiking and coincidentally enough had bought him a new pair of hiking boots for our anniversary without knowing this plan.
The next morning we got up and went to this awesome diner nearby that was clearly a local favorite. We were the youngest people in there by about 30 years, but we’re used to that. (We’re secretly retired folk who enjoy a good salt of the earth diner and early bird specials.) Then we drove to the start of what turned out to be a beautiful as well as challenging hiking trail. It was so steep in certain parts it took us 3 hours to hike a 4 mile long trail. By the time we got to the top all I was really focused on was getting my Gatorade and my Cliff Bar and enjoying the gorgeous view. It’s a point in Maryland where you can see the mountains in Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania all from one spot and it was especially beautiful because the trees were starting to become dotted with red and orange.
After rehydrating and having snacks he asked to have our anniversary card exchange. I gave him my two cards and then he stood up and said he didn’t have a card but had something he wanted to say. He said a lot of really nice things and then got down on one knee and proposed. I was so focused on taking in the moment that at first I didn’t respond! He had to prompt me to which I said “Of course, YES!” There was much hugging and merriment. To further celebrate the moment he pulled out a bottle of my favorite champagne from his backpack and we toasted and drank straight from the bottle at the top of the mountain. It was perfect. The whole hike down we got to talk about our ideas for the wedding.

Who was the first person you told about your engagement?

We told all our parents the next day once we got reception again.  We were also lucky in that we have some living nearby (Hanah’s Mom and Stepdad) so we could stop in and surprise them with the news in person.

How did you decide where you wanted to get married?

We knew it had to be in New England since that’s where we met and we wanted it to be in the fall so we could be in a place that highlighted the beautiful foliage. We looked at mountain resorts and other facilities but nothing felt meaningful enough. When I proposed the idea of doing it at the Maine house it just felt right and “clicked” for both of us. Thankfully the parents were excited about it too!

What has been your favorite part of wedding planning?

Hanah: Feeling an overwhelmingly wonderful outpouring of love from family and friends – they’re always great, but everyone is in overdrive right now – and all the opportunities the wedding has already afforded to bring everyone together and celebrate. I’m really thankful for all of it and just find myself smiling from feeling so lucky.
Colin: Being able to think back to growing up while planning the wedding at my parent’s house. It always puts me in a reflective mindset and I usually end up thinking about how appreciative I am for the people in my life.

What do you look forward to the most about being married?

Continuing to build our life together and realize shared goals in our lives.

Boothbay Harbor Maine Wedding: Annie and Josh

Annie and Josh came all the way from Arizona to say “I do” in the great state of Maine. After meeting them earlier that week for their engagement session, we returned to the Mid-Coast for their July 4th wedding! After a Catholic ceremony across town, they celebrated in style at the Newagen Seaside Inn, arriving via Lobster Boat! Josh’s dad is in a band, and they preformed for part of the reception. You should have seen the room when he sang and original song to Annie and Josh…. not a dry eye in the house. This was one fourth of July we wont soon forget!

The groom putting his shoes on Everyone relaxing before getting ready A groomsmen making sure his tie is just right Getting the dresses ready Helping the bride into her dress The first look The couple and the rocky shore The couple and rocks The groom helping the bride up the shoreline Waiting for the ceremony to begin The bride waiting for the ceremony to begin The bride and her dad walking into the ceremony The bride walking down the aisle A baby eats the program The bride and groom having fun during communion The ceremony from above Just the bride The bride and groom holding hands Having fun on the lobster boat Drink champagne on the lobster boat Snuggling on the boat The bride and groom and Maine The bride and groom and the harborThe bride and groom and their hands Snuggling by the harbor The reception Boothbay Newagen Wedding 0028 Everyone enjoying the speeches Dancing The band getting ready The dancefloor Having fun on the dancefloor By the fire The venue at night

Venue: Newagen Seaside Inn  |  Ceremony: Our Lady Queen of Peace

Florist: Marianmade Farm  |  Cake Artist: The European Bakery

Makeup: Ariel Johnson  |  DJ: Rockwell Productions

Lili and Gordon’s In Love Session

Recently Dan and I photographed the 2016 Catalog for MTI Lifejackets! While we were there, we found a few moments to photograph Lili and Gordon, just as the sun was setting over Plymouth Bay. They are the owners of MTI and we have known them for a few years now, even prior to becoming photographers, back in our outdoor industry jobs. It’s fun to photograph friends and to be able to share our gift with people even if its just in a 10 minute session on a short stretch of beach.  Photographers: go take photos of your friends!

Plymouth MA Photo Session Lili and Gordon 0010 Lili and Gordon 0014 Lili and Gordon 0025 Lili and Gordon 0029 Lili and Gordon 0038 Lili and Gordon 0043 Lili and Gordon 0052

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