* Leslie and RJ

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Dodging major thunderstorms and flooding, it was fun to return to the DC area again last weekend to photograph the wedding of musicians Leslie and RJ. A few years ago, I had photographed a wedding they attended. So when they started planning their wedding 18 months ago, they remembered me (the ultimate compliment!).

Their wedding was on the lawn of the State House in the adorable historic St. Mary's City in Southern Maryland, the bride's hometown. Ominous skies held off just long enough for a beautiful riverside ceremony and a tented reception on the grounds.

Some of you might recall a story of a garden wedding a few years back where a LARGE unwelcome snake interrupted the ceremony and caused the onlooking guests to flee (myself included!)? Same place. Luckily, the snake did not make an appearance.

Thanks again, Leslie & RJ! I loved being a part of your special day and really enjoyed your families and guests. Stay in touch!

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The reaction:
"We are THRILLED with our photos! I thank my lucky stars that we were able to have you as our photographer... I can't imagine having wedding photos more stunningly beautiful than the ones that you have taken. You are truly an amazing and gifted artist - RJ and I have been through our album several times now and are hard pressed to choose a favorite shot. Each and every one of them has a unique artistic perspective and perfectly captures that split second in time... add them all up and we have the most breathtaking narrative of our day. You blended in perfectly with our friends and family and really became part of our event. We're so thankful that you took the time out to travel all the way down here to be with us on the journey! If ever you need a recommendation - you know who to call for a glowing one!!!"

Black tie at the movies

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My best friend Kara, a news anchor for the NBC affiliate in Portland, was invited to a black tie grand opening of a new movie theatre in town. She asked me to go with her, and boy, it was- uh- interesting. We were greeted by two local semi-celebs on a red carpet, asking guests about their outfits and their dates (a la Joan Rivers). Those interviews were being videotaped and broadcast live on a screen in the theatre's lobby with flashy graphics and music. Inside, there were mime Oscar statues, movie-themed martinis, a roaming magician, an elaborate ice sculpture, food aplenty and the usual grand opening stuff- speeches, champagne, balloons and tours of the facility. We left with an engraved champagne glass as well as some movie popcorn in a goodie bag, tied w/ film strip (we were secretly hoping for movie passes). And altho it was a bit over-the-top, the vendors did a great job pulling the event together.

Event planning: Brainstorm Events
Catering: Black Tie Catering Company
Camera crew: Catama Films
Audio/Visual: Headlight Audio Visual
Ice sculpture: Jeff Day, Ice Designs
Magic: Paul Smith, Corporate Magician
Fruit carving: Chef Jeff, Portland Harbor Hotel

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Posts with an * in their title indicate a wedding day review, fyi.

Puppy mugs

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My dog, Dakota, whom many of you have met, has gone to daycare since she was a puppy. She's old enough now to stay home during the work week, but boards there overnight most weekends during wedding season while I am working. It's a fun place with spirited employees and plenty of doggie kisses to go around.

I visited with my camera for a few hours last week. I'll post a few of the images here... I anticipate going back again several times over the course of the summer, so will update as I do. Woof!



This is Dakota (we call her D for short), my lab/hound mix. I caught this moment of her, almost laughing, during a game of ball. She's 2 and 1/2, and a whopping 80 lbs (when I adopted her, the rescue thought she might be a beagle mix and likely would be about 40 lbs. Um, not so!)! She has the sweetest disposition and quite an extensive vocabulary. She loves car rides, playing in her backyard, swimming, sticks, snuggling under the covers at night and sushi rolls.

* At the beach

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Surrounded by 80 close friends and family, Joseph's By the Sea in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, was the ideal setting for Laura and Jeremy's seaside nuptials.

The groom's father administered the "I Do's." After the ceremony, we briefly went down by the water for pictures. And later, to the nearby amusement park. Fun!


The reception was intended to be casual, with no formal traditions aside from cutting the wedding cake. After a colorful cake feeding, Jeremy surprised Laura with a first dance in the restaurant's hallway.

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Congratulations, Laura and Jeremy!

The reaction:
"Hi Emilie! The slide show is beautiful! The song is perfect and it was actually one of my favorites from the Seredipity soundtrack...I love it! We are so glad you had such a great time as our photographer. You did an amazing job."

2-for-1 prints thru 6/22!

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Pictage is having its fantastic 2-for-1 print promotion again, but it ends in just a few days! So be sure to log on and order those prints you've been eyeing!

* Rain and candles

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Until today, I had a perfect no-rain outdoor ceremony record (it has rained at only two other weddings I have photographed, but the ceremonies were in a church).

Lisa and Ehren's wedding was still fantastic, despite the fact that we had to move the ceremony indoors. They were married at Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake, an amazingly serene, upscale "campy" retreat in South Casco, Maine.

As if on cue, the rain stopped after the ceremony to allow us time to take the formal portraits on the dock, and a quick boat ride with the newlyweds.


Things got interesting after dinner (which was the most amazing buffet I have ever seen, by the way) when the power went out. But the Lodge staff- friends of the family- put everyone at ease with their professionalism and kindness, rushing to get an impressive display of candles lit. The band, a 10-piece swing band from Boston called Daddio's, played by an oil lantern. And, yes, the cake cutting was done by candlelight as well.


Congrats, Lisa and Ehren! Have a fantastic time on your sailing honeymoon!

On New Year's Eve, I will be photographing Ehren's brother's wedding in Jackson, NH. Can't wait!

* All Greek to me!

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Every wedding is different from the next, and this one was certainly different than any other I have photographed- it was my first Greek wedding!! And it proved to be very similar to the movie (which the bride watched twice her wedding morning because she couldn't sleep!).

High school sweethearts Sheila and George were married Memorial Day weekend in Rindge, NH, at Hidden Hills, a beautifully landscaped banquet facility. It happened to be a very hot day for May in New England, but the outside ceremony was beautiful and rich with tradition.

The reception featured both a DJ ("for the American music") and a Greek band, who made the trip from Washington, DC. The dinner was divine (those rolls were heaven!) and the cake was truly the tallest one I have ever seen. I learned a lot from watching the various Greek dances, especially from the many relatives who made the trip to the States (and who didn't speak any English!). Even the Greek Mayor attended.

It truly was a treat, and I am so grateful to have been a part of it. Thank you, Sheila and George! Best wishes in your new home!

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The reaction:
"The pictures are absolutely amazing. I look at them at least 5 times a day! They make me laugh, they make me cry, they make me want to go back and do it all over again. We truly can't thank you enough."

* Debbie and Sebastian

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Debbie and Sebastian were blessed with a beautiful holiday weekend to be married outside at The Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, Massachusetts. Debbie and Seb are a fun couple and their love for one another made my job easy!

There were many thoughtful details of the day including an elaborately decorated seating chart, a trendy light blue and brown wedding cake, table number signs incorporating their cat in different scenes, a mid-reception change to traditional ethnic dress, and the mother of the bride singing "Sunrise, Sunset."

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Congrats, Debbie and Seb! And good luck with the move to your new place in Providence!
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