nana's 90th

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Our entire family will gather later today for an end-of-summer bbq and birthday party, as we usually do, to celebrate my Nana who turns 90 (!) today. We're toasting at a very special place, Lake Wentworth in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, where she has called home each summer since she was a child (and then continued the tradition with her own children and so on). I was lucky to spend several of my early childhood summers at "the lake" and can't put into words what it means to watch my children make their own memories here.

Last August, we enlisted the help of the very talented Meg and Dave to capture what I can't in photographs with moving pictures and sound. I let my Nana and father know they would likely be asked a few questions. I didn't fuss about what the kids would be wearing. And when the weather wasn't ideal, I didn't stress. I was glad for Meg and Dave to capture the imperfection that is this perfect place. It hasn't changed much over the years, and I wanted them to freeze time so we could all remember it in the years to come. Mission accomplished.

If you have a few minutes and would like to catch a glimpse into a personal part of my world, welcome to life on the lake. And happy 90th, Nana. We love you.
 
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family portrait session at Linekin Bay Resort in Boothbay Harbor

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Sharon and her family hadn’t been together at Linekin Bay Resort in 28 years.  Along with her two brothers, Rick and Rob, and their parents, Jane and Ed, they used to vacation at the rustic Boothbay Harbor destination during their childhood.  This annual family ritual began when Rob was 2-years old, but as the kids got older, Sharon went to school, Rick went to camp in the Adirondacks, and life happened, they drifted from this place. 

Nothing better than celebrating Jane and Ed’s 50 years of marriage to bring everyone back for a week-long retreat at the place where you could say it all began.  Things seem to have come full-circle for this family, now coming to Linekin with three generations.  Pretty special. 

Happy 50th wedding anniversary, Jane and Ed!  Hope you and the family enjoyed your week together!
 

coastal Maine wedding of Stefanie and Bryan at Newagen Seaside Inn

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This was one of those weddings that just flew by!  Whitney and I started late morning and snapped away until well into the reception, but it went by in a blur.   I knew Stefanie was going to be a fun bride already, since we had met, and she did not disappoint.  There's so much energy buzzing around in that tiny body, it just makes you smile.  She looked classically beautiful in her Grace Kelly-esque dress, and Bryan was equally handsome in a tailored blue suit.

The ceremony was at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church overlooking Boothbay Harbor.  Stefanie's father (known as "The Commander) walking her down the aisle in his navy whites was an image everyone there is sure to remember.  After a lovely service, this couple celebrated by having guests blow bubbles as they exited the church, which was followed by a gorgeous boat ride with the entire wedding party back to the Newagen.  Celebratory Cristal was popped and I heard Stefanie whisper to Bryan not to be too heavy on the pours because she wanted them to be able to enjoy a healthy glass. Girl after my own heart!

Guests were treated to cocktails and snacks on the patio which was followed by dinner inside.  "The Commander" took his opportunity to toast his daughter and Bryan thoroughly with many stories of Stefanie's take charge nature and Bryan's attempts at winning over his now father-in-law.

DJ Dan got people on their feet and they danced the night away while also being treated to ice cream sundaes, yum!

Stefanie and Bryan, I had such a great time with you two, as did Whitney! Thank you so much for having us and I hope Spain was amazing!

How they met, according to Stefanie:

Bryan and I both attended SUNY Albany however our paths never crossed until senior year. It was the first weekend back to school of our final year and everyone was out to have a good time. It was by chance that Bryan and I ended up at the same place. I had seen him from across the room early in the night and approached him later at the bar. At first, Bryan had no interest and didn't even offer to buy me a drink but after he took a second look, we were inseparable the entire night. I have been going to Maine since I was seven years old and it was only natural for Bryan to fall in love with it just as much as I had. Every year we try to plan two getaway trips from the fast paced city, New York, and thought why not have our special day in a state that exudes relaxation, peace and love. Having both grown up on the water, myself from Annapolis, Maryland and Bryan from Long Island, New York, we decided Newagen Seaside Inn was the perfect location. Our own private oasis that we could share with our closest family and friends. Everywhere you turned, there were parts of Maine that represented us as couple, lobster rolls, blueberry jams and Saddleback ski trail table names. We tried to make our wedding symbolic for the two us while giving our guests a glimpse to all of Maine's glory.
  photographers: Denise and Whitney, emilie inc. photographyceremony: Our Lady Queen of Peace, Boothbay Harbor • reception: Newagen Seaside Inn, Southport • flowers: Boothbay Region Greenhousesdj: DJ Dan, Northeast Eventsmakeup: About Facehair: A Cut Abovetransportation: Country Coach Chartersgown: Pronovias • groom: Charles Tyrwhitt • gals: Jenny Yoo • guys: Men's Wearhouse • invitations: Minted • honeymoon: Spain

weekday wedding at Newagen Seaside Inn in Southport, Maine

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Nicole and Steve packed up a truck and moved to Texas. For a day. They realized they didn't like the heat, and turned back around toward New York. Such was the case for wedding plans, too. A large, elaborate wedding was in the works for next summer. Unenthused by the stress of the process, they made a pivot and chose a destination wedding at Newagen Seaside Inn. They invited 30 friends and family with one of the most creative and daring wedding invitations I have seen, laser cut by a friend.

Their casual Thursday afternoon celebration was marked by a quick ceremony that included a joint painting, a lingering cocktail hour by the gazebo, portraits around the grounds and then an early dinner on the deck of the inn. Formal dances were on the lawn while guests watched, followed by toasts. It was time for me to head out as the sun was starting to set and dinner was underway.

Wishing these two, together since high school (!), continued adventures together. Adore your spontaneity!
  photographer: Emilie, emilie inc. photography venue: Newagen Seaside Inn, Southport • officiant: Sue McLeod • flowers: Boothbay Region Greenhousescake: The Cookie Jar Pastry Shop, Cape Elizabeth • hair/make-up: Big Day Beautygown: Anna Maier, Saks Fifth Avenue • invitation designer/printer: Stacie Onorato-Nauman • laser cut: Fabhaus Creative Group
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