Point Lookout wedding of Mary and Ryan

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Ryan was an adorable groom with butterflies before his wedding ceremony - not because he was nervous about marrying Mary, but because he hadn't seen her all day when Denise and I arrived.  His Mar-Bear, as he calls her (the first word in his vows that he wrote), is the other half of him.  Together, the two have an undeniable energy that is easily witnessed, if you are around them for longer than a mere two minutes.  You can see the love, passion, friendship, and fun that these two have together.  I think they wear their hearts on their sleeves for each other, their friends, and their family.  Because of that, their day was filled with tons of emotion - laughter, smiles, hugs, tears, funny faces with the ring bearer and flower girls, and wedding cake frosting on the groom's cheek, courtesy of the bride, that he playfully ate off his face with a fork.  And of course, this also meant they didn't hold back from dancing most of the night away.  DJ Aaron Topfer played hit song after hit song, and the dancing got wilder.  Just as we were leaving, Mary, Ryan, and most of their wedding guests were refueling on pizza and drinks, and getting ready to continue their night of celebration with bowling at the eight-lane alley right on-site at the venue, Point Lookout in Northport, Maine. 

Mary and Ryan, your wedding was so much fun to document, so happy for you two!  Thanks for having Denise and I be a part of your big day.  Hope you relaxed in St. Lucia - you needed it after all that dancing!

How they met, in Mary's words:

We met at a friend's birthday party in March 2008. The second that Ryan walked in the door, our friend looked at me, then at Ryan, then back at me and said "Oh my God! You two would be PERFECT together!" It turned out that she was right! Ryan stood Mary up on their first date. Despite being royally annoyed, she trusted her instincts and gave him another chance. They have been together almost every day since. Ryan told Mary on their third date that he wanted to marry her, but it took another five years to pop the question.


 
photographers: Whitney and Denise, emilie inc. photographyvenue, catering: Point Lookout, Lincolnville, Maine • florist: Season's Downeast Designs, Rockport • music: Aaron Topfer • cake: Sweet Sensationsmake-up: Rheal Day Spahair: Elizabeth's Cuts and Styles • gown: Pronovias at Vows, Watertown • maids: JLM Couture at Alexandria's Bridal, Fall River • men: Men's Wearhouse • invitations: Shine Wedding Invitationshoneymoon: St. Lucia

Lakeside wedding of Mallory and Jonathan at the Wolfeboro Inn in New Hampshire

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Mallory and Jonathan were wed at the Wolfeboro Inn on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.  With a deep family history of vacationing on the lake, a waterfront wedding was a given for our bride.  The Inn has the advantage of being fully inclusive, so all facets of the celebration took place in and around the historic inn.  In the bridal suite, sister Kate and all the bridesmaids flitted about the rooms in joyous conversation with the bride to be.  A corner room with a view lent perfectly to peaking out the curtains to see guests filter in, taking their seats on the sloping lawn by the lake.  Down the hall, John and the groomsmen straightened their ties and adjusted their jackets, no shortage of anticipation in the air.

The ceremony was marked not only with the exchanging of rings, but with the exchanging of a pair of unexpected gifts.  Our bride, womens hockey coach at Colby, presented Jonathan with a puck.  Our groom, football coach at that same school, presented his bride with a pigskin.  The light hearted spirit of this couple permeated the entire day, and ran right into the evening under the tent.  Both outgoing and thoughtful, Mallory and Jonathan went to lengths to ensure every guest felt included as an important part of the day.

Mallory and Jonathan: Thank you, thank you for having me on board to capture your lovely wedding day!  Best wishes to you and your new lives together, and I'll be rooting for your teams up there in Waterville!

How they met in their own words:

We both coach at Colby. Jonathan is the Football coach and Mallory is the Women's Ice Hockey coach. We traveled in the same social circles and found we shared a love for not only Colby, but also golf, the outdoors, and generally being active. Jonathan was planning to propose to Mallory in Camden, Maine, one of their favorite little towns. When the ring wasn't ready on time, he asked for an impromptu Boston visit while they were both between camp sessions. Mallory didn't think much of it and went along with the idea. They walked to the North End for dinner, then enjoyed a stroll along the water, where Jonathan proposed. The first words out of Mallory's mouth were, "You're ridiculous!" as she hugged him (and doesn't remember saying that!). She of course then said yes. To sum it up, as one of our players said, "we fell in love in Waterville", to the tune of Rihanna's "We found love".

 
photographers: Steve and Megan, emilie inc. photographyvenue, catering: Wolfeboro Inn, Wolfeboro, NH • flowers: Lakes Region Floral Studioband: Clockworkcake: Jacques Pastrieshair/make-up: Zen Glowtransportation: Molly the Trolleygown: Robert Bullock at Madeleine's Daughterguys: JoS. A. Bank • maids: Lula Kate from Bella Bridesmaidinvitations: minted.com • honeymoon: Greece
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