* Sarah and Hawley


photographers: Emilie and J
venue: Spruce Point Inn Boothbay Harbor, ME
coordinator: Becky Beam
officiant: Rabbi Lev Baesh
florist: Judy Bourgeois Flora Fauna Designs
band: Tony Boffa Band
pie: Steve Watts Sweet Sensations
dress: Rivini
hair: Bonnie Jellison
invitations: William Arthur Papier Gourmet
honeymoon: Costa Rica

I met Sarah and Hawley a year and a half ago by way of emilie inc brides Karen and Kelsie, all of whom live locally. It's very rare that my couples live in town, but very common that I befriend them all. So lucky us, J and I have grown quite close to Sarah and Hawley! We've had dinners out and dinners in, golf tee times and even toasted New Years together. So when their wedding day finally rolled around, we felt as much a part of the wedding as the guests and were overjoyed to capture their nuptials.

How they met, in Sarah's words:
We met through a mutual friend while living in New York City. When we met, Hawley was in his last year of law school and had already accepted a job in Portland. We dated for about 5 months in New York and then did long distance for just over a year before I finally up and and moved to Maine. While I knew I wouldn't stay in New York forever, I was not at the time planning on ending up back in Maine. It's very ironic and fateful that I met a man in New York who would being me back to my home state and close to family again.

Sarah spent quite a bit of time in Boothbay Harbor growing up, so therefore it seemed the perfect venue to treat their mostly out-of-town guests. I can't tell you the number of times we've photographed at Spruce Point Inn but it never ceases to amaze me how the weather plays such a major role in the overall feel of the day. On this day, it was something I had never seen before: thick fog and sunshine, all at once, but without even a glimpse of the beautiful ocean beyond the inn grounds.

Sarah got ready in Admiral's Quarters, my favorite room for dressing at SPI.

Her something borrowed, held by her mom.

Elsewhere on the inn's campus Hawley was getting ready, here speaking with coordinator Becky. Next door, his friend heads out for a pre-wedding jog.

Sarah's mom and maid of honor adjust her train while she adjusts her father's tie.

After signing their katubah prior to the ceremony, their parents and bridal party each shared a private blessing that only the couple could hear while holding a bottle of wine. Then, they poured a bit of the wine into a glass, to be sipped by the couple during the ceremony. I think this was my favorite, most touching, part of the day. I wish all couples could take a few moments to do this, and collect their thoughts on what they are about to do.

See? Fog! Crazy, crazy fog with hot sticky sunshine. I've never seen it like this there before.

They were married under a friend's chuppah who has embroidered the names of those who were also married under it.

Crazy about these lush green and white bouquets against the navy dresses. Perfectly preppy nautical color scheme.

A favorite image of the day, so carefree and happy!

Doesn't this look like a cutout? Or a sexy romance novel cover?

Beautiful tall centerpieces graced the soaring ballroom, with grapes!

Guests signed antique skis instead of a guest book. They will hang in Sarah and Hawley's house!

I have a worksheet I have couples complete before their wedding day to help me prepare, learn the players, the schedule, etc. This is the last question:
Q. What is the ideal image you hope to have hanging on your wall from your wedding day?
A. Wow, how do we answer this. A photo where anyone who looks at it, can immediately feel the enormous amount of love that I feel when Hawley looks at me!
There are so many images from the day that I feel capture the love I see in Sarah and Hawley, but this one nails it!

Take a peek at their album design below:

SO happy for you, Sarah and Hawley! We love you both and are so proud of you! Can't wait for you to get home from Costa Rica and learn of all your adventures for when we venture there in December! xo

* Tara and Yuri


photographer: Whitney
venue: Greystone Manor: Cape Neddick, ME
officiant: Father Tom Greene
florist: Abby Chic South Berwick, ME
band: Lex & Joe The Night Lifes
cake: Ceres Bakery Portsmouth, NH
tent: Marshall Tent Rental Kittery, ME
dress: Ulla-Maja Couture of Suky Admore, PA
honeymoon: Cambodia

Currently living in DC, Yuri grew up in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and loves the ocean. Together, Tara and Yuri really enjoy the outdoors and spent several summers working at a camp in Maine. On a rare beautiful summer Saturday, Tara and Yuri were wed before nearly 200 guests on the water at the grand private estate, Greystone Manor, in Cape Neddick.

How they met, in Yuri's words:
We met at the College of William and Mary, fall of 1999, almost ten years ago. We were both on the track team and I asked Tara to go to a bonfire with me. We've been together for almost 10 years, and we're good playful friends.

Whitney did a fantastic job capturing their sweet seaside ceremony and tented reception! Enjoy the photos below!

I'm dying to know the story behind this image! :)

View their 10x10 flush album design below:

Congratulations, Tara and Yuri! Thank you so much for choosing emilie inc! Whitney really enjoyed working with you both! Have an amazing honeymoon in Cambodia!

* Nicole and Andy


photographer: Whitney
venue: Wychmere Harbor Beach & Tennis Club Harwich, MA
officiant: Pastor George Woodward
caterer: Wychmere Harbor Beach & Tennis Club Harwich, MA
florist: Katie McConnell Wild Bunch Studio
band: Urban Renewal Band Mattapan, MA
cake: Montilio’s
hair/make‐up: Oasis Salon & Day Spa Chatham, MA
gown: Madeleine’s Daughter Portsmouth, NH

I love how this job has allowed me to reconnect with people from my past. Andy's father Ken was my mother's boss at the SAU where my mom worked for most of my childhood. His jovial, kind personality was always a warm welcome when I would stop in after school. Fast forward several years to a phonecall I received from his son, Andy, inquiring about wedding photography. Although I wasn't able to photograph the wedding, I loved editing the images and seeing the happiness and pride as Ken watched his son tie the knot. Well done, Whitney!

How they met, in their own words:
We met in 6th grade and sat across from one another in a U shape. Nicole was a ‘V’ and Andy was a ‘D’ so we sat directly across from one another… never saying boo. We went to all the same schools thereafter. We knew each other but didn’t share the same social clicks… occasionally saying “hey” to one another in the hallway just because… 1999 we both happened to live in San Diego 2 streets away from one another. We bumped into each other at the acclaimed Ocean Beach street fair. Known for its eclectic surfer scene (however neither of us surfed) we became friends. Nicole moved in 2001.

Sweet Nicole.

There's something so telling about pre-ceremony hands.

Here's Andy.

The beautiful flowers.

Pretty perfect backdrop, no?

Mr and Mrs!

The bridal party.


Reception introduction.

Guests adore photo booths in lieu of a traditional guest book, especially seeing what other people write in their entry.

And last but not least, dear Ken and his wife Sue. So great to "see" you two! xo

View their 10x10 flush album below:

Best wishes to the lovebirds! So happy Whitney was able to document your special day!

Snapshot Studio debuts at Roots


Snapshot Studio is the brainchild of Roots mentor and longtime friend Jennifer Domenick of Love Life Images in Columbia, Maryland. She's engineered a portable studio set-up for self-portraits for use at the weddings she photographs, and now for purchase by professional photographers! She was kind enough to sponsor a happy hour on our celebration Thursday at Roots Workshop. After a few Cape Codders, we were all happy to hop in the booth and snap away. For more information on this party in a bag, check out Jenn's blog here.

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