theknot Real Weddings

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Each year, I submit a handful of weddings to various magazines for publication consideration. My work has appeared in Modern Bride, Brides Boston and theknot Magazine. But often, I get busy with editing and designing albums and don't submit as many weddings as I should.

I didn't realize it, but you can submit your wedding to the Real Weddings section of theknot.com on your own! A bride from last year emailed me today to let me know her wedding has been selected! If you're interested in this and would like to see your wedding photos in print click here or read the instructions below.

Real Weddings
We write about weddings that have taken place within the past year and publish Real Weddings in print and online. To have your wedding considered, you or your photographer can send color photocopies of a sampling of professionally photographed images to The Knot Real Weddings, Attn: Rebecca Crumley; 462 Broadway, Floor 6; New York, NY 10013. We also accept low-resolution .jpg files and links to web galleries if all associated passwords are supplied. Please indicate favorite image numbers and send this info to photos@theknot.com. Kindly include the location of your wedding in the subject line. Mark all submissions with your name, email, telephone number, the date you were married, and the city and state where the wedding took place, along with your photographer's contact information.

Please note that due to the high volume of submissions, we will contact you only if we choose your wedding and we cannot guarantee return of your photocopies. Weddings will be kept on file for one year from the wedding date.

Cool!

* Brianna and Sam

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The day started out foggy and dark. But literally 15 minutes before Brianna and Sam's morning seaside ceremony at Sebasco Harbor Resort (yup, I was there last week, too), the sun came out just in time!

I had a really fun time with Brianna and Sam, and enjoyed the challenge of taking different pictures than the wedding there the weekend before.

Their reception room was flooded in natural light- a dream! I didn't use my flash once!

A few snaps:
Brianna did not take a bad picture all day!

The groom waiting for his bride.

The ceremony scene.
Mr. and Mrs! (I love the way she's looking at her toes)
Guests enjoyed the sea breezes from the reception room's deck.
A clever way to serve fruit during cocktail hour!
A classic Maine blueberry wedding cake (I didn't try it, but it looked like it was lemon poppyseed! Yum!)!
First dance.
A tender moment as Brianna danced with her father.

Thanks so much for having me, Brianna and Sam! And I can't wait to hear about your honeymoon to Thailand and Cambodia!

The reaction:
"Emilie - thank you so much for sending some pictures already -- they are so fabulous and I can't wait to see the rest -- I don't even know what to say! We had so much fun with you -- you are simply amazing and are so talented -- we feel so lucky to have had you photograph our wedding."

Hurricane Katrina anniversary

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An interesting Then and Now picture/video look at New Orleans one year later by AP photographer Mario Tama.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/graphics/katrina_then_now/control.htm

And, From an email I received from Share our Strength:

"Today, on the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we remember the day that changed our country forever. As the rebuilding goes on, we still have work to do. Share Our Strength invites you to share your strength to help the ongoing recovery efforts in the Gulf by doing what you already love to do -- dine out.

Through Share Our Strength's Restaurants for Relief 2, presented by American Express, proceeds from over 1,500 participating restaurants across the country will help rebuild school cafeterias, open summer meal programs, provide assistance for affected restaurant workers, and more.

For a list of participating restaurants, from neighborhood bistros to four-star restaurants and national chains, visit www.strength.org."

bad (wedding) day?

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Ok. So maybe your hair and make-up team got lost on their way to your B&B. Maybe your minister called you by the wrong name. Or your band went to the wrong reception venue. But, thankfully, I have never seen a groom get arrested at his own reception!

Drunken groom gone bad to walk down aisle in court
http://www.whdh.com/news/articles/local/BO26524/

* Katy and Spencer

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Katy and Spencer tied the knot during a garden ceremony at the Sebasco Harbor Estates.

Have you ever seen such cool shoes? Katy had these custom-painted and wore them during the reception.

A sweet walk in the woods after the I Do's.

This is the face of grace under pressure, despite her band being late after they went to the wrong reception venue! Yikes!

Thanks to J Sandifer for shooting this wedding with me. He took a few pictures of me taking pictures!


The reaction:
"Wow, what a real pleasure it has been to have you photograph our wedding! You are so awesome :o) Thank you for everything. We just love love love the photos. We got home from Hawaii last night and spent time together looking at all the wonderful photos. You really captured our day perfectly! Thanks to J too! It was great fun to have him there too. Those pictures of Spencer getting ready are priceless. We are so happy that he captured those special moments. Some of our favorite pics were the ones on the little dock on the backside of Sebasco. Thanks to you both for scoping out some great photo spots.

Again, I just can't tell you how grateful we are to you both. You captured our day spectacularly. Our favorite photos are the ones that captured personal moments. We were happily surprised to see so many of these special moments between us and also our guests. It was great to see our guests enjoying themselves, which is reflected through your photography perfectly. Thanks for capturing my shoes so perfectly too!!! I love those pictures. Gosh, I just love them all!!!

Thank you so very much!

Cheers!"

* Jenifer and Jim

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Jenifer & Jim closed their Nebraska office and flew to Maine with their friends and family for a mid-week wedding (Wednesday nuptials!! I hope this is a trend that catches on!) at the Lucerne Inn in Dedham, Maine.

They were married in a gazebo overlooking Phillips Lake and a mountain backdrop.

Check out these photos at 'magic hour:'


a nice detail after Jenifer's walk to the gazebo (Jim was a little camera shy):

their first dance:

Jenifer found a little toy truck in the grass and gave it to the ring bearer. This is an image I would normally edit out, but for some reason I keep coming back to it. The lighting? 70's flare? Semi-eerie swimming pool? I don't know. Click on it to see it bigger and see if you get caught up in the odd moment too.

The reaction:
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! Our pictures are SO WONDERFUL!! You did such an amazing job! What can I say...they are so beautiful!! It's like it is our wedding day all over again. You captured the whole day, every memorable moment!! I can't stop smiling, just like that day!
Everyone has told me you take the greatest pictures, which I knew all along!! I can' t tell you how happy I am about my decision to have you photograph our wedding. It was everything I expected and more! You were so great to work with...you're so sweet and were nice to me from the very beginning! It was like talking to an old friend! But you are also very professional and exceptionally talented. You really are!
You caught some great pictures of Jim (and he didn't even know it!!), which I really treasure, because I can't get him to take any for me! Thank you so much. The pictures of all the kids are precious, just perfect. And thank you for all the lovely pictures of me. You captured how happy I was that day (and still am ;-) ) so I will always be able to look back and see it. Now that is priceless!
I could go on and on and on, so I'll stop gushing! If you ever need a referral, please use me! I really do hope to work with you again someday. You are simply the best! :-)

blogger's anonymous

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Another fun email I received:

"...I was chatting with my sister today about wedding pictures and started talking about your blog. I told her to check out the slideshows (they are fabulous and I am completely addicted). That was the end of our conversation... she didn't pay attention to a word I said from that point on- she was completely engrossed!"

* Ali and Nate

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Ali and Nate hired me for 5 hours to photograph their wedding at the bride's aunt's house in New London, NH. Wow!

View the slideshow!

Just married!

The tent overlooking Lake Sunapee:

The super cute ring bearer, sporting a lovely mustache:

The first dance:

Ali's sister gave a great toast:

And, a very spirited cake cutting!


Catering by Jack's of New London.

bird's eye view

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I went up in a 2-seater plane this afternoon for an aerial photograph as part of an assignment for USA Today (I can't say much about it until it's published next week). While in the air, I spotted my little house and took some overalls of the city (with the wing, for reference!). It was a beautiful day for flying! If anyone is looking for flying lessons, Eric Nevers at Maine Aviation was fantastic!

Calming nerves

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When Laura and Eric hired me for their upcoming April 2007 wedding, they expressed BIG nerves about being photographed. I can relate! Ironically, I don't like being photographed either! An engagement session at Colby College was a great practice run, so-to-speak, of what it will be like to be the center of attention in the spring. They easily warmed up to the camera, and we captured some sweet images in a beautiful setting.

* Leah and Thom

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What a fun wedding!!

The day started at Leah's house for hair and make-up with stylist and friend, hilarious Becky Wilson (info below).

The ceremony was at the Bates College Chapel in Lewiston, a gorgeous church modeled after the chapel of King's College at Cambridge University (I've been there!). Leah's uncle officiated the ceremony.

At the reception, DJ Jeff Rockwell had everyone on their feet (Thom surprised his bride with a costumed lip sync to Bon Jovi).

Jeff used some great colored lights on the dance floor that really added some life to the reception images and eliminated the usual battle with the banquet manager to keep on some house lights to focus w/ some ambient lighting. So if you're in the market for a DJ, request lights!

View the slideshow.

Some images from the day:

Anticipation...

Dramatic afternoon light flooded the chapel.

Walking around campus (the oldest college in New England).

A country first dance.

Yummy cake.


hair:
Becky Wilson, Generations Beauty Salon
Winthrop, ME
207.377.2500

Charitable giving

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emilie inc. proudly supports the following charities and will be donating a percentage of child & pet portrait sitting fees to them from August, September and October appointments:

Happy Birthday, Nathan!

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I attended my nephew's 1st birthday party today. It was a blast... lots of little children, party food, balloons and noisy kids' toys. I am so lucky to live so close to my sister and her family, and have witnessed many important milestones in Nathan's first year.

Nathan did not like the Happy Birthday song (check out the homemade Elmo cake!).


After a quick lesson on auto-focus, my sister handled my camera and caught a few snaps of us before the pre-nap meltdown.


Back to editing weddings tomorrow... :)

* Michelle and Jonathan

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Following a week's vacation, I had the pleasure of photographing Bostonians' Michelle and Jonathan's wedding in adorable Snowville, NH, last weekend. A group of 50 attended the celebration at Snowvillage Inn overlooking the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. The food was fantastic and all the guests enjoyed the beautiful landscape (despite the humid weather!).

View the slideshow.

And here are a few snaps from the day:







The reaction:
"Thanks so much for getting the photos up so quickly! We were so happy to have you as our photographer and love the pics--and the slideshow--very cool. I know our family and friends will love them also!"
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