“WHERE ARE WE?” That’s what I kept saying to Dan as we drive further and further into Maine. I’m still a little confused as to where we actually were but we made it there, wherever “there” was. When we arrived, we got to walk into a welcoming, happy, laid-back, joyful, loving, salt-of-the-earth, Mainer family. As much as a wedding day is filled with sweet moments, my absolute favorite moment was when the rain started, the second they began their processional from their ceremony. It was a bit of magic.
When the pandemic took over the world, Liz and Sam had a big wedding planned with so many people they love and cherish. Instead of canceling, they rescheduled the big wedding for 2021 and then got married this year with a small ceremony, COVID-Safe, and in the same place. While it wasn’t the original plan, it was still beautiful and chock full of joy.
First we all got ready at a nearby estate and then took an open window school bus to the family cabin for the wedding. The weather was a dream and the company was even better. Being a part of little celebrations like this always feels more intimate for us since we make up a large percentage of the people there! Everyone welcomed us as much as they could at a 6ft distance. Thankfully we will be hugging everyone in 2021 for the big wedding.
Also, I’ll be dreaming of being able to photograph in this spot again. What a gem!
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Cassandra is a wedding photographer here in Maine, so I’m sure you can imagine what a big deal it was for her to ask us to be her wedding photographer. We were so honored that a fellow photographer would want our take on her day. Derek is an all-around good dude and we loved being able to spend a little time with him too. In case you missed it, here is their engagement session, which was such a fun time over the summer.
One thing I really really enjoyed about their wedding day was how it felt. There was an overall calm and joyful vibe that lasted all day. Everyone seemed relaxed and happy and generally just taking in the day without stress or nerves. It was just a day of happiness! From champagne-sipping in the bathtub and barefoot frolics in the fields you can see the vibes. The ceremony was fun and silly while also remembering the seriousness that is starting a marriage. The dancing was wild and lots of delicious blue drinks were consumed by everyone. Heck… once I put the camera away for the night, I even had a few.
All in all, it was a banger wedding to be a part of and we are forever grateful to be invited into days like these.
There is always one day a year that is way too hot… way too hot for Maine I mean. Everyone was trying not to pass out AND look cute while we were all “glistening” in the sun. The ladies got to get ready in the air conditioning while the menfolk went fishing on the beautiful Cunningham Farm property. Once we all worked up the courage, we headed outside for the ceremony. As soon as it all started, I forgot about the heat and we got to photograph these two get married! One of my favorite wedding moments of ALL TIME happened during their ceremony actually. Bryanna and Zach had a dog ring bearer who actually carried the rings down the aisle in a basket like a champ! How impressive is that?
After the ceremony and photos, it was full-on party time. We were shocked at how fast these folks got into the dancing even in the daylight. High five for that you guys.
This was only our second time at the NEOC in Millinocket Maine. We were super excited to go back and see another interpretation of a wedding there. Sara and Tommy were so easy to be around and to photograph. To give you an idea, Sara literally didn’t wear shoes the whole day once she put her dress on. She walked around everywhere with her soles connected to the dirt and the rocks and the water and the grass of beautiful Maine. My kinda girl!!!
After the sweet ceremony, full of laughs and smiles, everyone enjoyed cocktails by the lake. It’s such a fun cocktail hour venue because its a stunning view and always so so laid back. We loved photographing the crew enjoying the hanging dock. Dan and I even took the same photo from two angles at about the same time without talking about it. #synchronicity
These two were down for anything… as you’ll see soon. Couples who are adventurous, laid-back, in love, and confident, are all we want in this world. Such a pleasure to hang out with these two, their hilarious and kind friends, and their super inclusive and loving family.