* Sarah and Hawley engagement

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Clients-turned-friends Sarah and Hawley live just around the corner from the studio in Portland and are to be wed next month. When I wanted to have a show & tell portrait training exercise with my new associate Whitney, this adorable pair excitedly volunteered for an impromptu engagement session on the Eastern Prom. I walked Whitney through different angles, lenses and portrait poses of a typical shoot and here are some of my favorites from her take.



















Society for East End Arts studio tour Sunday

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Join me at the studio on Sunday from 10a-4p for a cupcake and a little conversation as part of the Society for East End Arts annual open studios tour. There are 19 studios participating... get a sticker from visiting each one on your map and you might just win a prize! See you soon!

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entreverge award winner

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I won an electric guitar last night, my trophy from entreverge, for being recognized as a rockstar entrepreneur.

Seriously. How cool is that?!

entreverge is an innovative new model of business organizing that leverages the leadership of greater Portland’s business community to build supportive relationships around local businesses–with a scalable vision and a long-term commitment to the people, place and prosperity of Maine.

There were five recipients (emilie inc, Atayne Clothing, Pemaquid Communications, Topline Marketing and Turtle Love Committee), chosen from 52 applicants. The awards were presented last night after a crowded networking cocktail hour (300 people!) at the Port City Music Hall, followed by some fantastic live music. In addition to the sweet guitar and a pink lei (brilliant attention to my brand), the real prize is to come: face time with the advisory board (look at this amazing list of local success stories to choose from) and pro bono consulting services.

Check out the article in today's Portland Press Herald here.

I'm a little bit stunned to have been selected, and stoked for the introductions to come. Thank you, entreverge, for seeing growth potential in emilie inc!

* Megan and Evan

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venue: Harpswell Inn Harpswell, Maine
officiant: Sylvia Stocker
caterer: Richard Moseley, Pot Luck Catering
dj: David Currier
cake: Tara Louise
photographer: associate Whitney

Megan and Evan met their freshman year at the University of Vermont, and started dating soon after. They were engaged at Orrs Island and returned from NYC, where they are living now, for an outdoor wedding at the Harpswell Inn. It was a classic New England summer day, complete with plenty of black flies to go around for all! Whitney did a fantastic job capturing the essence of the day.

Love this simple bedroom shot... especially the burned out lightbulb and drawn shade. Truly feels like we just happened upon this scene.

Megan.

Evan.

Oooh... no bubbles, celebratory kazoos for the ceremony!







From inside the tent.

Darling cake topper and lop-sided cake.

First dance.








Browse their 10x10 flush album design below:



So happy the rain stayed away for your celebration, Megan and Evan! Thanks so much for having emilie inc. capture your fantastic day!

* Suzanne and Michael

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venue: Beachmere Inn Ogunquit, Maine
officiant: Rabbi Judy Epstein
caterer: Kelly Gendron Kitchen Chicks Catering
florist: Kate Henderson Katherine's Garden York, Maine
cake: Arie Kidder Custom Cakes
dj: Randy Barth
tent: Sperry Tents
hair: Lena Hartford Hair That Moves
dress: Vera Wang
invitations: Kate's Paperie
honeymoon: South Africa
photographer: associate J

After dreaming of marrying at the Beachmere as a little girl on vacation in Ogunquit from New York City, Suzanne finally tied the knot to her longtime boyfriend Michael.

In Suzanne's words, their story:
Mike and I met when we were 17-year-old freshman at NYU. He had a shaved head and an obsession with the Beatles. I was shocked to find out he was already a professional tap dancer who had worked with Gregory Hines and Savion Glover. I had hair down to my waist, pencil thin eyebrows and a nose ring and yet I think he figured out that I remained a suburban bookworm. We were friends for a year or so before we became a couple, officially, at 19. 10 years later and we're getting married (finally!). We really have grown up together.

The Beachmere is a special place for me, too, as it is the location of the first wedding I ever photographed- my cousin Jeff- back in 2001. It has changed a lot since then, but the impressive ocean backdrop along the infamous Marginal Way remains a perfect setting for a wedding.

On to the photos...

Clouds gave way to a bit of sunshine in the afternoon, but fog later enveloped the grounds.

Suzanne getting ready. Love her dress and gorgeous smile.

The handsome groom, Michael.

What a wonderful happy recessional up the lawn.



First dance.



Suzanne is very tight with her mom, Joanne.



The fog rolls in.




Please view their beautiful 10x10 flush album design:


J really enjoyed working with you all, meeting in Manhattan and with me at the studio during the course of your planning. Happy congratulations! Can't wait to hear about your honeymoon to South Africa!

* Baby Stella

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Three years ago I photographed the wedding of Stella's mommy and daddy, Cara and Bobby, who were living in San Francisco but married in York, Maine. They have since moved back to the east coast near family and welcomed precious baby Stella six months ago. I spent a morning with them at their beautiful home in Salem, Massachusetts. Photographing the wee ones of my brides and grooms is the most tangible evidence of the love I document. I get giddy doing it and adore the honor of evolving into their photographer for life!


Stella and mommy.







Daddy was greeted with smiles when he came home for lunch.
















Enjoy every minute with your precious little girl, Cara and Bobby! It is such fun watching with you two as parents! xo

* Lisa and Steve

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venue: Spruce Point Inn Boothbay Harbor, ME
coordinator: Becky Beam
officiant: Bill Meyers
florist: Judy Bourgeois Flora Fauna Designs
band: Tony Boffa Band
cake: Steve Watts Sweet Sensations
dress: Paloma Blanca Brides Against Breast Cancer

For the third weekend in a row, emilie inc. photographed at Spruce Point Inn! It was my turn this time, as J and Whitney had been there previous Saturdays. A blanket of clouds and occasional mist blanketed the inn for the duration of the day, sadly, so we weren't able to take advantage of the typical stellar sunset. Like Lisa, I adore SPI in the fog anyway. There was a cozy, romantic feel to the afternoon, peppered with shrieks of joy from Lisa.

In Lisa's words, their story:
Steve and Lisa met the summer before their senior year at Boston College. Lisa was a Research Assistant and worked for three different professors in the Psychology Department. Steve worked in the computer lab and often helped computer-illiterate individuals (like Lisa at the time) do things like burn important lab results on a CD.

Throughout the summer, Lisa would run into Steve at the lab and they would exchange small talk. It wasn't until August that Lisa decided that she really liked Steve and from then on, Steve didn't stand a chance! The two went on a few dates before they decided to be exclusive.

Two days after Steve and Lisa officially became a couple, the two realized that Lisa was to be Steve's Resident Assistant (RA) at college. As dating a resident was a slight "no-no" in the RA world, Lisa decided to take matters into her own hands. Instead of breaking things off, Lisa marched into RA Training, looked her boss in the eyes and said, "I have been dating a soon-to-be resident for two days and I am sorry but I don't plan to break-up with him!"

And the rest, as they say, is history!

On to the pictures...

Lisa catches her bridal reflection for the first time. Priceless (actually, I heard her mutter: "Gorgeous." Love it).

Ring pine cone props I spotted while walking the grounds. Appropriate, no?

Check out the sparkle on Lisa's heels.

Bold, bright flowers looked great against the men's gray suits.

If you haven't been, SPI is a complex comprised of a main inn, condos and rows of rooms- like this one- that overlook the water.

Laughter filled the suite as Lisa readied.

Groom Steve, left, and his brother.

Seriously, how adorable is Lisa's reaction to being pronounced husband and wife?

Married!

Down on the rocks.

Heading to the reception (I was impressed that Lisa kept those heels on all night!).

Mmmmmm.... seasonal splendor by Steve Watts.

Lisa met each and every guest with the same excited enthusiasm.

The Tony Boffa Band kept everyone out of their chairs and on the dance floor throughout the night until the very last dance.

Sweet dreams, Spruce Point Inn.


Please enjoy their beautiful album design below.



Congratulations, Lisa and Steve. I loved working with you and your families on your big day! Good luck with the move to Virginia this week! xo
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