Grace Ormonde in Maine

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Today, I had the pleasure of meeting Grace Ormonde, of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style and Marriage Magazines, at a newly opened venue in Stockton Springs, Maine. Local vendors who advertise with Grace were invited to dine at a 4-course luncheon on the patio (until a fast-moving storm chased us inside!), sipping summertime drinks and listening to fantastic music while taking in the breath-taking views.

The Retreat at French's Point is an historic setting that used to be a church retreat in the 1800's. The Brooks family bought the property in 2002 and painstakingly restored it, down to every last detail! The estate's interior is as equally gorgeous. If you're looking to host a destination wedding in Maine, I have a feeling this is going to be the new "it" spot. It can accommodate up to 300, and there is some lodging on the grounds in a restored farmhouse.

The Retreat at French's Point
Jessika Brooks
207.567.3650
gatherings@retreatatfrenchspoint.com

A few pictures of the grounds:






Flowers: Judith Wilbur, Flora Fauna 207.829.2734
Music: Jim Ciampi Productions

* Clair and Matt

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Everything came together perfectly for Clair and Matt's wedding last weekend. Truly. Visually, that doesn't happen often!

The Bostonians were married in Clair's hometown church, Our Lady of Good Hope, in Camden. Their bridal party included 9 nieces and nephews- so cute! Afterwards, guests made the one-hour drive to Boothbay Harbor for a beautiful reception at the Spruce Point Inn.

Here are a few images from the day:

The groom and his father before the ceremony.

Just after the "I Do's."

The receiving line.


Party-time!



Congratulations, Clair and Matt! I hope your escape to Bar Harbor for a few days this week was fun and relaxing!

The reaction:
"We got the proofs!! Yea. Thank you so much and thank
you again for taking such amazing pictures we love
them! Now the hard part is chosing which ones to use!!"

Portland PUG

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PUG stands for Pictage User Group, and they are meetings held regionally throughout the country. Our group of local photographers using Pictage (the online image hosting company and lab) stands at a strong 10+ (go Maine!) and we meet once a month to discuss new trends in wedding photography, good and bad experiences with Pictage, and get advance looks at new products. Our first meeting was at Stacey Kane's studio, but we quickly realized we are much more of a social bunch, and have been meeting at different restaurants since. Last night we met at Flatbread Pizza, a well-known organic hippie pizza house in town. Even tho we are all in the thick of our crazy shooting season, it's fun to take time out and catch up with colleagues.

Procrastinating at work

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Hahaha! This is an email I received from a September bride:

"It all started innocently enough: a fellow summer associate asked how
two people getting married in California, who currently live in North
Carolina and previously lived in DC, had a wedding photographer from
Maine.

One thing led to another and I decided to cruise by the site...checked
the blog, which I hadn't been to in a while, and then got totally and
completely absorbed in the slideshows. So incredibly cool - they look
great. The site, as always, is beautiful.

But I am totally blaming you for my afternoon productivity plunge."

* Katherine and Sam

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Washingtonians Katherine and Sam had a Persian/American wedding ceremony outside at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine. The ceremony included a traditional sofreh (the Persian wedding spread).

A native of Maine, it was important to Katherine to include some "beachy" details.

During the cocktail hour, I escaped with the bride & groom (via golfcart- I was on the back!) for some lifestyle formals. Katherine asked if she could hoist her massive bouquet in the air for a few shots, something I have always avoided on purpose. But, it turned out cute, so I posted it here for you to see.


I worked with some great vendors at this wedding, and thought I would pass along their information to help with your planning:

Videography: Mark Rowe (Yes! I actually found a videographer I like working with! I have also worked w/ his associate Ned).
Florist: Alda Stich 207.342.5796
Band: Tony Boffa Band
Jewelry: custom-made bridesmaid jewelry by Queen Bee Designs, Alexandria VA

Brides Magazine

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Brides Magazine (formerly Modern Bride Magazine) featured one of my weddings from last season in this year's Fall issue. And altho it's always an honor to have my work published, I was disappointed with the layout (random cropping into pictures! No dominant image- or any hierarchy whatsoever). You can view more images from the wedding on this slideshow.



There is also another image used on a subsequent page from a different wedding re: rustic reception settings. Likewise, more of that wedding can be seen on this slideshow.

* Escape to Blue Hill

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Ella and Dicky treated their friends and family to a weekend getaway at the Oakland House Seaside Resort. Guests stayed on site in cabins and engaged in planned activities including an early morning polar dip and an afternoon talent show.

Ella's twin sister and matchmaker Zoya, below left (love their blue eyes!!), is married to Dicky's brother! The two dated long distance from Alaska, where Ella used to live, until she made the move to Maine.


The folks at the Oakland House were very pleasant and the food was fantastic, especially the yummy cake! And the reception band, Tarbox Ramblers, was fantastic and had everyone on their feet.

Congrats, Ella and Dicky!!

The reaction:
"I have died and gone to heaven, seeing all the pictures. I am in awe. You are amazing. Having you photograph my wedding was the best thing I could have done. If you EVER need a reference, PLEEEASSE use me, ok?? I'll give rave, rave, rave reviews. Thanks so much!!!"

need a wedding planner?

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Check out Kate Martin, wedding planner and flower designer of Beautiful Days Events in South Berwick, Maine. Her ideas are fresh and fun, and her love of her work is contagious.
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