* Tina and Chris


ceremony: Church on the Cape, Cape Porpoise ME
officiant: Rev. Ruth Merriam
reception: White Barn Inn, Kennebunk
florist: Fleurant Flowers, Kennebunk
cake: Gayle Forte, Let Them Eat Cake
hair/make-up: Bonnie Jellison
dress: Maggie Sottero
invitations: mypersonalartist.com
photographer: associate Whitney

Whitney kicked off the regular wedding season for emilie inc., with an intimate 40-person wedding in Kennebunk. Worth noting, this was Whitney's first-ever solo wedding for emilie inc! The church and reception were both small, dimly lit locations with a host of rules and limitations but she knocked my socks off! I'm so happy to have Whit on board, and look forward to the imagery she will produce in the upcoming months with us!

Clients Tina and Chris found emilie inc as they were planning their destination wedding and I enjoyed getting to know them with Whitney, learning about their watercooler flirting as they navigated the politics of inter-office dating years ago. They planned a sweet event for just close friends and family centered around Kennebunk and specifically Goose Rocks Beach where Chris and his family have long vacationed.

Now for a few of our favorite images from the day...

Tina's stunning gown.

Bridesmaid hair prep.

The beginning of the day started with showers (which fortunately cleared after the ceremony).

Such great emotion as Tina leaves for the church.

Sweet ceremony capture.

Simple flowers from Fleurant, a favorite.


Chris' Porsche made a cool getaway.

I wish I knew what these two teenagers were thinking during cocktail hour, but I have a feeling I already know. :)

Let Them Eat Cake's amazing seaside theme cake!

Some of the guests serenaded the happy couple. What fun!

I adore their happiness. They glow.

Take a moment to enjoy their slideshow below or by clicking to view in a separate window here.

And you may view their beautiful album design below or by clicking here for a larger view.

Congratulations, Tina and Chris! Thanks so much for entrusting us with your most important celebration. And bravo again, Whit!

east coast wedding party


To wrap up our wedding festivities, we had a party at the studio to celebrate with my family who couldn't attend our island nuptials and invited a few close friends, too! Musician Peter Miles entertained our guests, while cupcakes & other yummies from Two Fat Cats and champagne from the Old Port Wine Merchants filled our bellies. We were definitely feeling the love!

We had a slideshow of our wedding pictures from Jules.

Associate photographer Whitney was so nice to attend and take all these fantastic pictures for us (thanks, Whit!).

As was videographer Morgan (thanks, Moe!).

J decided to wear his wedding suit (sans the shirt and tie) from the wedding (here talking with my glam grandma). Um, I think it shoulda been ironed, J? ;)

And I opted for a spring full length dress that I spotted at Banana. My wedding dress needs cleaning and a little sewing, too. I had a blow-out at Fabu in the Old Port.

There were so many special people from my life who shared their Memorial Day weekend with us, my adorable nephew Nathan among them (here with my mom).

Likewise, my grandma traveled from Arizona (seen here with my aunt Suzanne from Vermont, far left, and my mom).

My mom's side of the family requested a family photo (my uncle from California is missing).

My high school art teacher, and the inspiration for my career choice in photography, Geoff Drew attended!

As did my elementary school guidance counselor who helped my sister and I get through my parents' divorce when I was little (my sister Kate is at left).

Again, nephew Nathan.

My mom and her cousin Lassie.

My darling grandparents from NH.

Nana cracking up with my stepmother Paula.

My stepfather Steve's sister Barbara.

Kelly and Judy, center, of Flora Fauna.

My BFF Kara who was in St. John but we didn't get a picture together. We smiled extra-wide for this one!

College friend Erica, her husband Steve and their baby Zoey made the drive from Philly.

David Murray drove up from Atlanta for the fun. Cracking up here, per usual!

J chats it up with Kelsie, far left, and Reg, center, who catered our island dinner with friends.

Photo friends Amy, far left, and Beth with J.

Beth's adorable little girl Maggie!

Friends and emilie inc. couple Hawley and Sarah.

Miles digs in for some sweet dessert after playing. He's such an amazing talent! A party at the studio just wouldn't be the same without him!

The Mr and Mrs. :)

Now that we're done with our own wedding hoopla, we are excited to turn our attention to our clients' weddings for the summer! Let the season begin!

Act II


On Friday, June 5th I will be speaking on a panel at Act II: Setting the Stage for the Next Step in Your Work and Career at USM Osher Lifelong Learning Institute about my experience leaving the newspaper world in Washington, DC, and growing a wedding business in Maine.

Act II is an interactive daylong forum for those in professional transition, either by choice (a desire for something different) or circumstances (a layoff, for example). Unlike a traditional job fair (though it would compliment one), Act II focuses on the head and the heart in transition, covering both the practical piece of transition (with workshops like using social media, tapping the hidden job market, etc.) but also the personal process (with workshops on topics like putting your transition in perspective, a keynote speech on finding your edge by turning worry into action, a panel of success stories and lots of time for guided reflection).

Interested? Contact Wayne at (207) 773-3254 (x 100) or wgriffin@civicleadership.org or visit www.civicleadership.org to learn more and/or begin the registration process.

Indie Biz Award winner!


I won!

Thank you all so much for taking the time to for vote for emilie inc. in the Portland Buy Local Indie Biz Awards. I received a phone call yesterday afternoon from one of the board members to inform me of the great news. Weehoo! My winning category's description:

Many of Portland’s independent businesses operate in a studio, a workshop, an office, a clinic, a garage, a gym, or even out of the home. You can’t swing by for the paper and cup of coffee, but they’re a big part of our economy and our quality of life. When you need to call on them, you always have a great experience, and you’re always glad they’re there.

J was out of town so emilie inc. associate photographer Whitney joined me for the awards celebration last night, an inspirational evening of music, munchies, a silent auction and mingling with other local movers and shakers. I loved it, and left with an incredible sense of pride for my community.

This was my first non-photography award, and I couldn't be more proud to have my business efforts recognized. emilie inc. is in great company with the other winners:

Soul of Portland: Portland Farmers Market

Flavor of Portland: Fore Street

Environmental Hero: Portland Trails

Portland's Best Kept Secret: Micucci's Grocery Store

Community Hero: Coffee By Design

Portland Totem: Becky's Diner

Business With No Front: Emilie Inc. Photography

Global Hero: Portland Museum of Art

Wild Card: Longfellow Books

You can learn more about Portland's Buy Local awards and efforts in an informative podcast by Justin Ellis of the Portland Press Herald here. There are more than 50 cities participating in a Buy Local campaign so get out there and support your community!

* Lizzie & Ronnie


My husband (still feels pretty wild to use that term!) and emilie inc. associate photographer Jason photographed an engagement session for local residents Lizzie and Ronnie earlier this week at Portland Head Light and in Portland's Old Port at some of their favorite haunts. This adorable couple will be wed in Louisiana next spring, but Ronnie deploys for six months in just a few weeks so they wanted to squeeze in some photos together now.

If you would like J to snap your engagement photos, feel free to email him to set up a time: j [at] emilieinc [dot] com.
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