Puerto Rico Wedding Photographer/ Kirsti and John

Maine Destination Wedding Photographer

I'm so excited to be sharing my first ever destination wedding, the wedding of Kirsti and John! I met Kirsti years ago when we both worked at Pat's Pizza. I've loved watching her journey online since then, while she moved away, found her dream job, met her dream man- John, and got engaged. I was insanely happy when she contacted me regarding photographing her wedding in Puerto Rico! I obviously said yes and before I knew it we were making travel plans. I got to meet John during their engagement session a little over a year ago (here). From that experience I knew we were going to have a great time working together. For the wedding they had their closest of friends and family fly in from all over the country to witness and celebrate their big day. A lot of guests made a vacation out of it and arrived and left a few days before and after the wedding. We did the same and I'm so glad we did. Not only to experience Puerto Rico, but getting the chance to meet and hang out with their guests was really fun. My family and I explored the rainforest, went kayaking, and spent many hours at the beach with Kirsti and John's families. Everyone was so nice and hospitable that it made me appreciate even more knowing the couple and the opportunity to travel. After a few beach days it was wedding time! Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day. 

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Kirsti LOVES the Choco bar in Puerto Rico so a trip to grab coffee to sip on during the getting ready portion of the day was a must. 

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Kirsti and John opted to do a first look to see each other and get a lot of the family formals out of the way before the ceremony. We did it at their ceremony spot which was perfect! Out of the wind but with those gorgeous palm trees in the background. 

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After pictures it was ceremony time! Kirsti had told me that her favorite part of a wedding is seeing the ring bearer and flower girl walk down the aisle. Since she was the bride this time she was bummed she wouldn't see it! So, I had to squeeze these two in. I love how cute their flower girl was and how confident their ring bearer was. I also love how you can see the ring bearer's mother looking on at him in the background. 

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A really sweet moment when I think about the day is Kirsti walking into the ceremony with both of her parents. 

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Kirsti made her vows into a stick figure picture book. The page where she confessed she loved many things about John, including his abs, got a lot of laughs. 

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After the ceremony we snuck off for a few portraits on the beach. 

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And then it was time to party! John and Kirsti's wedding toppers were velociraptors dawning a veil and John's true-to-life glasses. I loved them.

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See those name plates? Kirsti HANDMADE everyone of them. They also put pictures of the couple together at each place setting with a note to each guest on the back. 

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After dances and toasts they opened the floor to what was a night of FUN dancing. These people know how to move. 

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These three were easily found around the whoppie pies for a good part of the night. 

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Thank you so much for having me Kirsti and John! Here's to your long happy fun marriage!

Orono Maine Couples Photographer/ Kendra and Andy

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Photographing couples at the University of Maine is one of my favorite things. Photographing a couple that I've worked with before, days before their graduation, at the start of Spring at UMaine might even be better! I worked with Kendra and Andy years ago at Kendra's brother, Jesse's wedding to Alyssa (here). When they wanted to commemorate their four years at the university of Maine with some photos they contacted me and I was so happy they did! I had it on my calendar months ago and looked forward to it to kick off my 2017 season.  

On the day of we watched the weather very closely. We've been going through a slew of rainy days here in Orono and it looked like we would have nice overcast skies for our session. As our time to meet drew closer though we noticed a few rain drops and then one heavy shower. These two were such troopers about the less than ideal weather and decided to go for it! I'm so glad we did because the weather actually ended up being ok and we shot for the amount of time we planned on anyway! We shot at the Union, University Mall, and Folger library. I love finding new corners and arches of this campus I hadn't noticed before. Thank you so much for having me take your pictures Kendra and Andy! Congratulations on graduating! Here are a few of my favorites from their session. 

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Celebrating Maine's Seasons: Spring

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The birds chirping, the flowers blooming, and even the may/april rain showers have me in a mood to celebrate Spring! It always takes it's sweet time to arrive, that finkey season. Here in Maine we finally get ours about half way through and then we blink and it's summer. It goes so fast and you want to soak it in as much as possible. To celebrate the season I put together a few of my favorite images taken in Maine's beautiful three month period (but really more like 1 1/2) of Spring! Here's a look back at some sessions and weddings I've photographed during Maine's most short but gorgeous season! 

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Published: Real Maine Weddings January 2017

I'm excited to share that in the past year some of my work has been featured in magazines! For this post I'd like to share the multiple images that Real Maine Weddings decided to feature in their January 2017 issue. I'm so thankful that the Maine wedding industry has a publication such as Real Maine Weddings. Having this book that celebrates Maine weddings, Maine wedding vendors, and just Maine in general is really special. I always look forward to receiving my copy in the mail and going through it, recognizing my work and the work of my friends. Here are the images of mine that were used in the latest issue!

I was very happy to see the below photo from Caitlin and Ryan's Bangor Maine engagement session selected to represent the Bangor region in the destination pages! This is the second time a picture of mine was used to represent Bangor and I have been so happy each time. I love this area and the weddings and sessions that I photograph here.

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Two of the photos that I took for the Alice and Wonderland themed styled shoot were used in the trends section. The sweetest macaroons from Cake Concoctions and our bride's blue dress from Blush Formal and Bridal

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And for the second time in a row Katie and Hannah's portrait from their Rockland Maine Wedding was used to represent the midcoast region. 

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Thank you Real Maine Weddings for featuring some of my awesome couples in your magazine! I love getting to see them in print :). 

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For the first time ever, my work was featured on a wedding website! Real Maine Weddings decided to share Caitlin and Ryan's Bangor Maine engagement session on their blog a little while back. It was so fun to see their images shared with an even larger audience. I love the pictures that they ended up choosing to post and the chance to revisit their session again. It was a really fun one that I got to work on with hair and make-up artist Dana Bement. Thanks Real Maine Weddings for the feature! To see the full post that includes a deeper look into their sweet love story, visit their website here. I cannot wait for their wedding this August which I will be attending as a bridesmaid! 

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