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Bridget and John's Portland Country Club wedding


During one of my planning meetings with Bridget and John eight months before the big day, I met them at Bridget’s parents’ home.  Three hours later I was still there chatting with the four of them like old friends.  We had more mutual friends than we realized, even between Bridget’s parents and mine, who live in a nearby neighborhood just up the road.  I love finding those connections.  Thankfully I live in Maine, so it happens often!

The next eight months went by quicker than expected.  The wedding day was finally here.  It was a hot and humid one with a chance of rain, but luck was on our side and it stayed dry.  Brigdet and John opted to do a first look and family photos before the ceremony, so when I arrived at Bridget’s parents’ home, Bridget was enjoying some champagne with her bridesmaids and John and his groomsmen were working on their ties.  Emily Carter had already dropped off the beautiful bouquets and the pink and green florals looked fabulous with the bridesmaids’ pale pink dresses.  Bridget was a beautiful bride, and before the formal photos, she had a tender moment with her father Kevin that called for Jessica Candage’s rescue of a touch up right after – happy tears!  A spritz of mom Cheryl’s perfume, and Bridget was ready for the first look.  John was so handsome in his classic Brooks Brothers suit and a trooper with the heat!  Bridget’s sister Caroline was on sweat patrol dabbing the bride and groom when needed. 

After the family formals, we headed to Holy Martyrs Church in Falmouth with Caroline’s boyfriend Tom as our fabulous driver for the day.  The renowned Msgr. Murphy, who has known Bridget’s family since she was a baby, married the couple.  It was official – Mr. and Mrs. Cronan! 

Off to the stunning home of family friends for some private photos with the super fun wedding party and then on to the Portland Country Club to celebrate!  Both Bridget and John’s fathers, Kevin and John, welcomed guests.  Another emotional moment between Bridget and her dad during the father-daughter dance and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room – more happy tears!  Bridget’s cousin wowed guests singing a song a cappella for the newlyweds.  Kate and her team at the PCC were wonderful, and it is always nice to see Revolution DJ.  Between Kate and DJ Luke, the reception festivities went off without a hitch.  The decadent dessert table was to die for and guests ate every treat.  Both John and Bridget’s friends and families were so welcoming and full of excitement and love for the couple – no wonder John and Bridget have an undeniable partnership based on this same kind of love and respect.  John is so respectful; he told me he knows to give Bridget her space on the dance floor.  “She’s a solo kind of dancer.  She needs her space, so I give it to her,” he said with a smile and laugh.  I was honored to witness said dancing – Bridget has some killer moves!  Don’t think I’ve seen a bride enjoying dancing at her wedding as much as her – infectious!

Congratulations, Bridget and John – what a wonderful wedding!  Thanks for allowing me to document it all and spend this time with you and your dearest family and friends.  Cheers to a lifetime of happiness you two! xo

Katie and Richie at The Inn at Diamond Cove


I met with Katie almost exactly a year prior to her and Richie’s wedding day at The Inn at Diamond Cove on Great Diamond Island.  I’m always amazed at how fast a year goes by.  The perception of time changes as the wedding date nears and then suddenly the big day is here.  Even from the meeting when Katie and I met, I couldn’t wait for her and Richie’s wedding day.  She and I hit it off, and I knew it would be a blast. Katie teaches Emilie’s kids Will and Clara in Falmouth, which was a fun connection.  They couldn’t make the trip out to the island on the big day, but their dad and Em’s husband J was at the wedding running the photo booth during the reception.  So many laughs in the photo booth!

I love when my day starts with a boat ride on Casco Bay.  The weather was cloudy with some intermittent rain, but that I welcomed, considering the forecast had called for thunderstorms all day.  After catching the tail end of Katie’s prep and getting in her wedding dress, we were off to do a first look and all the family formals before the ceremony.  Katie and Richie were all smiles…. all day.  Their happiness was contagious and all the guests were as equally happy celebrating with this couple. 

After the chartered ferry, the Bay Mist, dropped guests off, it was wedding time!  I think Katie and Richie will go down in history for the fastest ceremony ever, but it wasn’t short on excitement, love, and maybe a few tears from Richie.  Richie’s uncle officiated and after three minutes of big emotion, I found myself back-pedaling down the aisle for their recessional.  They were married!  Boom.  With a little chill in the air, it was off to the reception tent where guests relaxed.  Emily Carter created some beautiful, simple florals with fiddleheads and ferns, which I loved.  While the East End Cupcakes display was being eyed by guests and everyone patiently waited to dig in until the appropriate time (they were gone after the cake cutting!), the candy bar was not so lucky and guests dove right in – that sugar was soooo inviting!

The rest of the celebration was filled with hugs and hellos, cocktails and conversation, glow sticks and dancing.  And a cigar-smoking, chicken finger-eating, barefoot bride who was giddy and glowing all day – the best day of her life, she said.  Really, Katie glowed an extra amount when she was with Richie.  The two of them just light up when around the other and the rest of the world seems to fall away.  They’re on the same wavelength.  They love and live in the moment.  The Jim Ciampi Band kept everyone on the dance floor all night.  Paul Simon covers were a crowd favorite and the classic “Shout” made the Roger Williams alumni go crazy.  The rain didn’t stop Katie and Richie from taking some photos that night, just before we all hopped on the boat back to town where the party continued at Rira!

Katie and Richie, you two rock!  I am so, so happy for you.  Thank you for allowing me to document your wedding day!  I’m sure the Bar Harbor Inn was a fun mini-moon, but your cross country trip and big move out to Colorado next month will be even more fun!  Me and Maine will miss you!  Congratulations you two!!

photographer: Whitney, emilie inc. photographyvenue: The Inn at Diamond's Edge, Great Diamond Island • florist: Emily Cartermusic: Jim Ciampi Band cupcakes: East End Cupcakesbeauty: New Leaf Salon and Spatransportation: Casco Bay Linesgown: Maggie Sottero from Andrea's Bridalmaids: Bill Levkoff from Andrea's Bridalguys greens: Peter Millar • invites: bride's uncle • mini moon: Bar Harbor

tented private estate Kennebunkport wedding of Morgan and Kevin


Almost exactly 10 years to day that Morgan and Kevin started dating, did they wed.  These two were sweethearts at 16 and 18 years old.  I asked Morgan if she knew then that she would marry Kevin and with all her heart she said “yes,” followed by a smile and little laugh, “but I didn’t know it would take this long.”

During the ceremony, Kevin gave Morgan the very ring he gave her – a promise ring – when they first got together.  The rainy ceremony felt almost like a christening of sorts for their long awaited wedding.  Guests were troopers and donned umbrellas and ponchos, not minding the rain, and just happy to be there to witness these two tie the knot.  Morgan looked stunning in her long-sleeved backless dress by Berta.  Kevin’s Ted Baker suit was slick and he dressed it down by foregoing a tie.  Both of them were full of smiles for the ceremony, such a big moment finally happening.  Even through the raindrops, I spied some teary eyes of joy.  They have already been family for the last 10 years.  Now it was just official.

Since the rain was still falling after the ceremony, we moved the family photos to the patio with a little coverage, where the cocktail hour would have been.  Instead guests made their way to the tent to relax.  Morgan and Kevin were amazing – they rolled with the punches the rain threw at them and they decided to stick to couple portraits on her parents’ property.  It was extra special, Julie and Al opened their beautiful home for the wedding, but seeing how close these families were, it only made sense for this celebration to be hosted at such a personal place.  The rain even cleared for a bit when I ducked out with the two newlyweds later in the eveing for a few more portraits together.

The reception was full of laughs (and some tears) from the toasts, a surprise dance for Morgan’s mother Julie (Al asked his wife to join him in a dance to honor their recent 40th wedding anniversary), a sweet first dance, and two adorable parent dances.  The White Apron kept everyone well-nourished as usual.  Minka designed some romantic, lush florals.  The Smoking Jackets band got people grooving on the dance floor.  Audrey and Leslie of Azalea Events tied everything together and beautified it beyond belief.  Josh of Media Northeast captured the day in moving picture.  It was truly a pleasure to work with so many great people for this gorgeous wedding – 10 years in the making and well-deserved for such a sweet couple.

Morgan and Kevin, thank you so much for having me and Lindsay document your wedding day!  We loved being a part of it!  No doubt you’ll enjoy your St. Lucia honeymoon in December when those Maine temps drop!  So, so, so happy for you two – congrats!  xo 

photography: Whitney and Lindsay, emilie inc. • plannerAzalea Events • caterer: The White Apron • bloomsMinka • band: The Smoking Jackets • videographer: Media Northeast  • beauty: Spa at River's Edgegown: Berta from L'Fay, Manhattan • groom: Ted Bakermen: The Black Tux
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