Venue Highlight: Weddings at Josias River Farm

Cape Neddick Maine Wedding Photographer

Weddings at Josias River Farm

In the past year I was introduced to so many new Maine wedding venues. Being a Maine Wedding Photographer means that I have the awesome opportunity to visit all sorts of unique and gorgeous places. It turned out that 80% of the weddings I photographed in 2016 were held at venues that I hadn't shot at before. It's opened my view of the Maine wedding industry even more and has been a great experience to get creative and challenge myself in different settings. To celebrate this and to share the venues I've now put under my belt to potential couples considering me for their wedding I decided to bring back my "Venue Highlight" series. 

Josias River Farm Maine

The first venue from last season that I'd like to talk about is the Josias River Farm in Cape Neddick Maine. I photographed Rory and John's wedding there in September of 2016 and I was floored! Floored by the natural elements, the beauty, the helpful owners, and by a darling goat named Edna, she blew be away quite frankly. I'd like to introduce you to her... 

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and here she is again with the full bridal party...

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In addition to Edna, the grounds are stunning. Just look at the ceremony site! It's whimsical and set up to be easily functional for a wedding ceremony with dramatic arches and paths along to the arbor. The tree coverage is also ideal for shade in case your wedding is on a bright sunny day. Right by the ceremony area is an spot perfect for a tent where you and your guests can dine before heading to the barn for dancing. 

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Another plus to having your wedding at Josias River Farm is that it's very close to the coast! You can have a rustic, woodsy backdrop at the farm and then travel a little ways to get a nautical backdrop. For Rory and John's wedding we did just that and took their bridal portraits near marginal way in Ogunquit. 

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Another couple of perks to Josias River Farm- There is a farm house on site where you can wait and watch through windows as guests arrive, and the size of the barn is a good one to hold all your guests for dancing with a lofted area perfect for a photo booth and a built in bar. 

If you're looking for a rustic, fairy tale like setting in driving distance of the ocean then Josias River Farm is for you! I look forward to the day when I'll get to shoot there again. 

Acadia National Park Family Photographer/ The Colabella Family

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I'm LOVING all these family sessions I've gotten to photograph recently in Acadia. I've said it before and I'll say it again- having professional photos taken of your family while on vacation is such a great idea! The backdrop, the smiles, and the relaxed vacation feel all contribute to a great photo session. A couple of weeks ago I met up with the Colabella family whom were visiting the area and staying Cranberry Island. They wanted to get photos taken of their family while vacationing and I'm so glad they found me! We decided to use the gorgeous Sand Beach as our backdrop and it worked out so well. We got mountain views and rocky shore line, but I think a lot of my favorites were right at the end when they (parents AND children :) ) ran around in the waves. Thank you so much for spending the evening with me Colabellas! I hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip!

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Bar Harbor Family Photographer/ The Mallett Family

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I'm really excited to share some favorites from my family session in Acadia National Park with the Mallett family! They contacted me a little while before their trip to Bar Harbor to set up a time for family photos. They just recently grew in size with little Hank who smiled quite a bit for us. This clan knows the area well and knew exactly where they wanted to shoot. They chose Otter Cliffs and a stone pebble beach a little ways down from the cliffs that I had never been to before. I love learning of knew spots to shoot in from families who love visiting the park. Thank you so much Mallett family! Here are a few of my favorites from our time in Acadia. 

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Portland Maine Wedding Photographer/Nicole and Dan

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Nicole and Dan choose to have their wedding at the Portland Ocean Gateway and after three minutes of arriving I could tell why. The location can't be beat, you have views of the water and also a city/industrial feel, and the staff was overwhelmingly kind and helpful. Not to mention the giant wall of windows that gives great natural light for the earlier part of a reception. I loved getting to photograph the dances and toasts with so much light coming in! A few highlights of the day for me were getting to photograph Nicole with her family, bridesmaids and man of honor at a gorgeous airbnb with lots of character and neat spots to shoot the details in, the gorgeous ceremony spot by the water, all that natural light for dances and toasts, and taking their bride and groom portraits out on the deck with the Ocean Gateway behind them. It was such a treat to photograph such a great couple at a venue that was new to me. You wouldn't have to pull my arm to get me to shoot there again! Here are a few favorites from their wedding day! Congratulations again you two!

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Photographer: Cassandra Henri Photography

Venue: Portland Ocean Gateway

Wedding Coordinator: Olivia Vega

Bucksport Maine Wedding Photographer/Chloe and Mitchell

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I had been looking forward to Chloe and Mitchell's wedding since I photographed their engagement session (here) last summer. I was anticipating it for the opportunity to work with such a lovely couple again as well as the vision Chloe told me of her wedding. She wanted a garden theme with flowers and nature everywhere and she put together just that. From the small touches on the reception tables, to the frosting on the cupcakes, to the detail on her dress, her theme flowed together throughout the whole evening. I had first worked with Chloe at her cousin's wedding (here) a couple of years ago. It's always fun to get to work with the same family multiple times and this clan is really sweet and fun. Some highlights of the day for me were the great bridal party portraits we got at Chloe's grandmother's home, sweet moments between Chloe and her two flower girls, the tearfully funny moment when Chloe and Mitchell both realized they referenced the office in their vows, the gorgeous details at the reception, and lots of small moments in between. Here are a few of my favorites from the day! Congratulations Chloe and Mitchell!

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Photographer: Cassandra Henri Photography

DJ: High Tech Entertainment

Cake and baked goods: Sweets by Sue

Florals: Hampden Floral

Bridal gown: Blush