* Alisa and Coley

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Alisa and I have become friends over the course of the year planning her wedding. Phone calls, emails... I've even eaten breakfast at her parent's house. And toasted over a beer in San Francisco together! I feel very lucky to have met Alisa and Coley and I am somewhat sad their big weekend is over.

And what a weekend it was! The festivities took place at the Spruce Point Inn in Boothbay Harbor- a favorite spot. J and I photographed the rehearsal dinner on Friday night. The next morning I had the privilege of joining the bridesmaids for a sail. The weather was somewhat chilly and windy at times, but the rain held off for their most lovely of nuptials on the lawn later that afternoon.

As you can imagine, there are a TON of images (2200!), so treat yourself to a few minutes of this abbreviated, albeit lengthy, slideshow of the weekend (set to a tune featured on their wedding weekend CD). Notice how thorough the coverage is because there were two of us photographing! J is available to photograph with me at any wedding, so if you are interested just ask!

Guests were treated to a fabulous LL Bean tote bag filled with goodies and a hand-written note. Virginia peanuts (Coley is from VA), Stonewall Kitchen's Maine blueberry jam, personalized m&m's and salt water taffy in the wedding colors. Yum!
If you haven't been to the Spruce Point Inn, this is what it looks like after sunset (rehearsal dinner night).
Getting ready!
Alisa's father was very emotional all weekend, especially the moment when he had to give away his daughter (click the image to enlarge).
Just after they walked up the aisle.
The beautiful bridal party. Check out those stunning flowers!
The dock is a favorite spot for portraits. Anyone know what happened to the owl statue that used to perch on the frame?
This is definitely my favorite image of the day. Timeless.
Florist: Alda Stitch
Band: Tony Boffa Band
Stationer: Laura Grant, Peach Designs
Cake: Steve Watts

Thanks again for having us share in your special weekend, Alisa and Coley! Both of your families are so lovely and made us feel so welcome. We definitely enjoyed capturing all the special details of your big day!!! We hope your honeymoon to the Bahamas and your extended honeymoon (let's see if I can get this right) to Italy, Croatia and Africa this summer are amazing! Take lots of pictures!

Thanks, DJ!

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Today, J and I had the pleasure of spending both lunch and dinner with the notable David Jay of west coast wedding photography fame (and the creator of those fabulous online slideshows you have all enjoyed viewing). He was in town to shoot a wedding for the weekend and we toured a few local sights today, pausing for lunch at our fav, the Lobster Shack in Cape Elizabeth, and again for dinner at Fore Street after a drink at the Top of the East. For those of you who haven't met DJ, he's one of the sweetest, warmest people I have met in this industry. I have loved watching, with awe, his race to the top of the market.

Come back again soon, DJ, and next time we insist that you stay with us!

* Kara and Eli

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Wow! A beautiful sunny, breezy and bug-free day was the perfect combination for Kara and Eli's Kennebunkport ceremony and Biddeford backyard reception (at Eli's mother's home).

There are too many pictures from the day to post here, so be sure to check out the slideshow (the music is Patty Griffin's "Heavenly Day," Kara and Eli's first dance).

I was so surprised when I showed up 2.5 hours before the ceremony and Kara was already dressed and ready to go! This was a sweet moment when Eli slipped her a note, without peeking at her (she's giggling because he wrote it on the inn stationery).
The guys getting ready.
Kara, an art teacher, made their program out of a vintage postcard of the church she found on eBay and a love letter Eli's grandfather wrote to his grandmother in the 40's.
Kara and Eli rode from the church to their reception in a '57 Bel Air from Classic Convertibles in Freeport.
The wedding party in one of the beautiful gardens at Eli's mother's home. The bridesmaids wore the neatest wrap dresses from Calypso.
Guests walk to the field for the reception in the gorgeous Sperry Tent. Sperry just opened an office in Portsmouth (hooray!) so be sure to check them out if you are hosting a backyard reception.
A sweet moment as Kara enters her reception.
There are many fun dancing pictures in the slideshow, but I had to post this silly one of the best man playing air guitar. Glad I didn't get kicked. ;)Kara and Eli's beautiful hand-painted save-the-date and invitations, seen on the slideshow, were made by ILEE in Seattle.

Thank you SO much for having me, Kara and Eli. I loved spending the day with you and your family. You all made me feel so welcome and I had a blast! Can't wait to hear all about your honeymoon to Italy (Kara and Eli registered for their honeymoon online at thehoneymoon.com. What a great idea!)!

stationery seminar

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Ellen Knipe and Lauren Watkinson of Signed, Sealed & Delivered hosted a wonderful a wedding stationery seminar at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport this evening. Thanks so much for having me photograph the event!

* Rosie and Andrew

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School teachers Rosie and Andrew were married at Deephaven Camp on Squam Lake (where Rosie worked during her summer breaks in college) in Holderness, NH. It was a hot, sticky day, and we managed to avoid all but a few forecasted raindrops!

Thanks to fantastic wedding planner extraordinaire Kate Parker and her team for her impeccable organization, fabulous flowers and reception lighting, too!

Below are a few images from the day, but be sure to click here to view the slideshow for more.

Getting ready in one of the cottages.
Rosie wore her great-grandmother's dress (center) and it was also worn by her mother (right). Her great-grandmother got the idea from the cover of Bride's Magazine (left).
The ceremony setting.
There was a funny moment just before the ceremony started where a few raindrops came down. Click to view this series of images where one guest's umbrella was turned inside-out. Oops!Rosie makes her way down the path w/ her parents.Both Rosie and Andrew's fathers married them- a very special touch!
Many congrats, Rosie and Andrew! Looking forward to seeing you again in Portland, and perhaps J will join you surfing soon, Andrew!

I've been blogged

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Blogging has become hugely popular in the wedding industry. Each week, I visit more than 200 blogs for inspiration and for fun. I recently stumbled across Weddex, the new blog for wedding and honeymoon consultant Rebecca Grinnals of Engaging Concepts based in Florida. It has quickly become one of my favorite blogs. And today, she featured my new liveBooks website. Thanks, Rebecca!

Trashing Vera Wang

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Very excited to see a recent trend finally make the pages of the New York Times today: trash the dress! It's very popular for destination and west coast locations for brides and grooms to have a photo session the day after the wedding (or later) in their wedding formalwear for some unique photos splashing around in lakes, streams, fountains or at the beach. Popular opinion is that having these creative portraits hang on your walls is much more valuable than having that dress just hang in the closet for years to come. I offer these sessions, so if you're interested please inquire for rates and availability!
Check out the slideshow from the making of the picture above by del Sol Photography.

contest- results!

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Congratulations to Amelia for winning the Father's Day Top Pop contest w/ 49% of the 875 votes cast! I'm looking forward to meeting this 10-month old cutie and photographing her with her great dad. Thank you all for taking the time to vote!

Passports

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Planning your honeymoon or vacation to someplace outside of the US? Be sure your passport is current. And if it isn't, apply for a new one early!

Carolyn and Todd missed their Dominican Republic honeymoon after their April wedding because new passport laws have clogged the usual routine w/ more applicants than employees to process them. Even tho they submitted their paperwork three months ahead of time, their passports still didn't arrive in time! As of today, lawmakers have temporarily waived some of their passport requirements hoping to ease some of this travel frustration.

invitation seminar

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Friends and talented invitation vendors Ellen Knipe and Lauren Watkinson of Signed, Sealed & Delivered are hosting a wedding stationery and reception seminar at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport on Thursday, June 14th at 6p. The free seminar will include presentations on current trends in the invitation industry, wedding stationery, etiquette rules and tours of the inn.

Current prospective brides and grooms are encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Call 207.504.6603 to register.

emilie inc. will be there, too! Hope you can make it!

Emilie on TV

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I woke up this morning to a phone call from Jim Keithley, friend and reporter for Channel 8 in Portland, excitedly asking if he could pass my contact information along for a NECN story on young business professionals in Maine following an article published in Kiplinger's Magazine about the city's appeal to those in my age bracket.

So, New England Cable News reporter Elissa Burnell and her photographer Dave came over to interview me about living and working in Maine. I have no problem giving a glowing review of Portland, why I moved here on purpose and why it appeals to me and my business! The story is slated to run on the 6:30p news tonight across New England, so tune in if you can (Channel 42 locally).

Watch the video from a soggy day in Portland by clicking here.

* Trish and Jason

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The theme of the day was music for Trish and Jason's wedding. Their Portland wedding ceremony at the State Street Church featured soloists and a choir and even a sing-a-long at their Portland Club reception. It was a pleasure to witness such a thoughtfully planned day and the obvious affection Trish and Jason have for each other.

Getting ready at the Eastland Park Hotel. Trish's sister made her wedding dress!
Checking her eye make-up... my favorite preparation image of the day!
Trish gets a sweet kiss from her dad in the limo on their way to the church. Too cute!
Looking down on the ceremony.
Trish and Jason wanted to go for a quick stroll on the Eastern Prom before the reception.
Sweet emotion at the reception.The best man, left, and groomsman gave one of the more interesting toasts I have ever seen. Here they are pretending to be Care Bears. Really.
Glow sticks livened up the dancing at the reception!
Thank you, Trish and Jason! I hope you both had a fantastic getaway to Canada!

Green weddings

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In the spirit of all things green, check out this article from A Fresh Squeeze in Chicago for suggestions on how to plan your wedding and not have an impact on the environment.

Want to calculate the CO2 emissions from your event? Click here.

bridal confessions

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This website is a little, um, different than the usual wedding site, allowing brides to post comments anonymously. Some are quite funny, others are a little more disturbing (and use some colorful language, beware!). What do you think of this?

* Erin and Craig, online

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Awwww... Erin and Craig are featured on theknot.com Real Weddings section online. Exciting! I am not a member, so I can't tell if the vertical images are cropped into squares? Hope not!

(Their September wedding is featured on my new website, too, the mountaintop slideshow).

got cake?

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I stumbled across the blog of a cake maker, Margaret's French Bakery, in California who posts pictures of the different cakes she bakes each week on her blog. What a great idea! Even if you aren't in California, this site is a great spot for inspiration if you're still looking for that perfect wedding cake.

(click on the image to view larger)

A few other fun wedding websites and blogs:
Here Comes the Blog
Weddingbee
Style Me Pretty
Something old, Something new
Indiebride
Bridesclub.com
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