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Backyard farm wedding of Andrea and Dan in Ashburnham, Massachusetts


This wedding was just THE perfect one to end the season with!  Andrea and Dan are such lovely people and their friends and families were a joy to be around.  I second shot Dan's sister, Sara's, wedding to her husband, Brett, here at their family's home in Ashburnham, with Emilie in 2011. Knowing Dan's side of the family and the stunning location that is this property was such a treat. And they have a horse. And a donkey. And Andrea and Dan's dog's name is Josie, also my daughter's name! Meant to be, right??

Andrea and her ladies were all hanging out in the house getting beautified and sipping on champagne (with gummi bear garnishes) in their matching robes when I arrived.  Everyone was crammed into one bedroom, either getting hair and makeup done, chatting with each other, petting Josie (who may have rolled in some horse manure, made me feel right at home!) or making sure Andrea had what she needed.  This bride was relaxed and cracking people up as she got ready, including having her long hair curled and accessorized with a flower crown.  Andrea mentioned that Dan would LOVE her hair and that it would be the most important thing about how she looked that day.  She does have crazy beautiful long locks, can't blame him!

We met the guys at the church (same one Sara and Brett were married in!) that is what every photographer hopes is darling and is light and bright inside.  The ceremony was so sweet, with several points of laughter, but also several touching moments.  This couple is just one of those that everyone knows is just meant to be together.  They make sense, and they clearly adore each other.

After the I Do's, Dan lifted Andrea into an antique Jeep that his grandfather used to use for tasks around the farm, and these two headed back for the reception (at no more than 20 mph).  I loved that upon arrival the first thing Dan did was wipe oil off his shoes, then went around to carry Andrea from her seat to the lawn.

After some photos and cocktail hour on the side lawn, guests moseyed into the main tent for the reception.  Dan and Andrea impressed with a first dance that included him lifting her up and twirling her around.  Picking up your bride seems to come naturally when you're as tall as Dan and as petite as Andrea!

Toasts were given, dinner was had, and we snuck out as the light was fading for some portraits in the pasture and by the barn.  Everyone was ready to dance after dinner... and boy did they! Getting down was only interrupted by a fun fireworks display, then back to dancing.  I also got to see another couple whose wedding I had photographed, Renee and George, back in 2013.  This wedding just could not have been any better!

Andrea and Dan, thank you SO much for having Lindsay and I photograph your day!  I so loved seeing your family again, Dan, and meeting yours, Andrea.  I hope you are still enjoying your European honeymoon!

photographers: Denise and Lindsay, emilie inc. caterer: Firesideflorist: Leah Harringtonband: Joey Scott and the Connection, Wilson Stevens • video: Media Northeastmake-up: Nicole Vetrano • hair: Sara Duquette • tent: Sperry Tentmen: Men's Wearhouse • invitations: Pinterette Presshoneymoon: Italy, Switzerland, France

Granite Ridge Estate wedding of Lindsay and Austin in Norway, Maine


Western Maine is one of  my all time favorite places.  It's a little off the beaten path, and the views are just breathtaking.  Mountains in the distance, blue skies, and fresh air were all on hand for Lindsay and Austin's big day.

The ladies got ready at the Granite Ridge Estate, with the aforementioned views on display while they primped and prepped.  The lovely Joanne from Joya Beauty was on hand with makeup and Jenn Macek Conway provided the beautiful hair styling.  Several of Lindsay's bridesmaids were pregnant or had recently had babies, so I felt right at home as they rubbed their bellies or cuddled their new ones (we had a daughter, Josie, in April)!

Everyone boarded a stretch limo for the hour long trip to the church in Rumford.  Another great thing about western Maine, no real need to worry about traffic!  Lindsay and Austin do not take themselves seriously at all, so it was fun to watch them sneak a few laughs during their Catholic ceremony.  They recessed out the front doors with guests throwing rose petals from every direction, perhaps my favorite moment of the day.  Lindsay had told me earlier that Austin was very excited about this exit and made sure the petals were ordered and where they needed to be.  Might not have guessed that from a guy from Machias!

We stopped for some photos along the way and then arrived back at Granite Ridge for cocktail hour, with guests sipping on beverages and snacking on treats from Fire and Company.  Drinks are served out of a red, 1947 Dodge truck and the food is prepared over a wood fire built into another antique truck. So cool!

Guests slowly gathered inside for the reception and watched as Lindsay and Austin had their first dance (more laughs between these two) and listened to some funny, and tear jerking, toasts from family members.  The barn looked amaaaaaazing and was designed by the oh-so-talented Lani Toscano and Judy Bourgeois at Flora Fauna.

I knew this crowd was going to be fun and they did not disappoint! The dancing kicked off after dinner and did not stop.  Lindsay and Austin were right there in the thick of it, with big smiles on their faces.  What a day!

Lindsay and Austin, thank you so much for including Katie Baker and I on your big day!!
photographers: Denise and Katie, emilie inc. photographyceremony: Parish of the Holy Savior, Rumford • reception: Granite Ridge Estate, Norway • coordination & design: Lani Toscano Planning and Design • flowers: Flora Faunacatering: Fire and Retrospecticuscake: Nothing Bakes Like a Parrottvideo: Hindsight Wedding Filmsmake-up: Joya Beautyhair: JMC Weddingslighting: The Event Light Prostransportation: L/A Luxury Limousineinvitations: Goosefish Press, Boston • minimoon: Bar Harbor

How they met:
Austin and I met in June 2006 (ten years ago) at the Whale's Tale on Hampton Beach in New Hampshire. Austin was going to be a junior at the University of New Hampshire, and I was entering my senior year at Syracuse University. We both were hired as waitstaff for a summer job during college. We dated for the summer, and parted ways until June 2008. Two years later, he spent his summer in Naples, Maine, where my family has a camp on Long Lake in Naples. We started spending time together again, and the rest is history. We moved to Boston, Massachusetts in January 2009, where we currently reside. We chose to have our wedding in Maine, as Austin's hometown is Machias, Maine, and I grew up spending my summers with my parents on Long Lake. We fell in love with Granite Ridge Estate & Barn as a venue, and wanted a meeting point between both of our families (I am originally from Dover, New Hampshire, where my parents live.) We wanted a wedding in the woods/mountains of Maine, that would be romantic and elegant, but true to ourselves individually and as a couple.
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