Samantha, Jim and Charlotte came all the way from Connecticut to get married on gorgeous Wells Beach, Maine. They brought along their very fun family and friends to take witness and celebrate in their nuptials. They used two rental homes of a family friend as their venue. The homes were a dream to shoot in! So much natural light and nautical details. The outside of both homes had front yards where they put up their reception tents. From there the properties sat right on the sandy beach where the tide couldn't have worked better for us. It came in just close enough to still feel comfortable during the ceremony but still made us feel like we were in it! The sound of the crashing ways just mere feet from us during their ceremony was really something special. Then the tide went out for sunset where we were able to go out on the damp sand for portraits with those beautiful cotton candy skies. My day started photographing Samantha with her bridesmaids while they got ready in one of the houses before the first look. Samantha did her own hair and it was stunning! I told her that she had Ariel hair!
Before we knew it it was time to start getting dressed! Samantha helped her daughter, Charlotte put on her dress before stepping into her own. Charlotte is a champion twirler! Girl knows how to work that dress. I photographed and had so much fun with her showing it off that I later heard her go to her mom, "Mom I think she loves me!".
I loved Samantha's dress. Elegant and perfect for a beach wedding. Her and her bridesmaids also wore foot thongs to walk around in the sand with. They added a lot to the beach theme while making it very easy to walk around in.
Then it was onto the first look! With your venue being on such a gorgeous spot picking our first look location was easy. If you are considering doing a first look on your wedding day HERE is a bit more insight on what they are and why couples opt for them!
After a first look with both Samantha and Charlotte with Jim, we went right into bridal portraits before the rest of the bridal party joined us. Samantha's florist was One Fine Day out of Hartford, Connecticut. They did a fabulous job on her and her bridesmaid's flowers.
After bridal party portraits we hid away inside while guests arrived for the ceremony.
As part of the ceremony Jim gave a ring to Charlotte. After he put it on her finger she rushed back and showed it to the bridesmaids. I love the shot below of her showing off her new bling!
Right after the ceremony we walked over to a shore path a few houses down to give the happily married bride and groom a few moments to breath and to do a couple celebratory pictures before they went back to join in their reception.
Personalized mini champagne bottles! Another trend I've got my eye on!
And now it's time for those cotton candy skies I had talked about. I love the way the sun sets on Wells beach. Every time I go there the light is always so beautiful right before the sun goes down and the colors created in the sky are dreamy.
Charlotte with more spinning :)!
Thank you so much Samantha and Jim for having me! I feel honored to have been at your wedding and lucky to have photographed so much beauty and joy in one spot!