Maine PUG January agenda

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Happy New Year, photographers!!

Given that I may be in the hospital during our January PUG, Beth Fitzgerald of Blush Imagery has offered to host the PUG for a few months so I can get settled with baby.

Join the group for a gismo and gadget share on Wednesday, January 19th at 7pm at Beth's Blush Imagery Studio, 28 Maple Street, 3rd Floor, Portland, Maine. 207-899-5585. Drinks and snacks provided. Beth will lead a fun discussion on favorite camera equipment, studio equipment, gadgets and gismos to excite you for the New Year. Bring your favorite thingy-ma-bob for show and tell. Let's share our best and worst photo purchases with each other to avoid spending too much in 2011.

Please RSVP to this event at beth@blushimagery.com. Open to all Maine photographers.

* Sandy and Jim marry at Caneel Bay on St John, USVI

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emilie inc. photographers: J and Whitney
venue: Caneel Bay Resort St John, USVI
officiant: Pastor Samson
caterer: Caneel Bay
florist: Felipe Ayala Roses Too, Inc.
ceremony musician: harpist Jesus Zamora
cake: Caneel Bay
hair/make-up: Michelle, Grapevine Salon Cruz Bay
gown: Pallas Athena by Venus Bridals
invitations: Lady Jae Designs by Wedding Paper Divas
groomsmen: kilts

Ah, St. John. The place J and I were married a year and a half ago... the place with crystal clear water and lush greenery emblazoned in my memory... the place everyone from New England wants to be right about now! But, mama can't fly and so J and Whitney volunteered to make the trip to photograph Sandy and Jim's wedding this month. Lucky them!

Sandy is the sister of one of my favorite couples from my days living in Washington, DC: Lawrence and Pam. Fiercely loyal and fun friends, and now parents of a little luv of their own, Margot, it pained me not to be able to visit with them but was fun to see them as I edited!

With a sweet ceremony at Caneel Bay's Turtle Point (if you don't know about Caneel Bay, it's worth a spin around their website. Founded by Laurance Rockefeller and situated on 170 private acres, it's truly an amazing experience. Exclusive resort to the stars and those with impeccable taste, it's where J and I splurged for our mini-moon and loved every minute), these long-time sweethearts were surrounded by 28 family and friends as they exclaimed their vows and celebrated under the stars into the evening.

How they met, simply put, in Sandy's words:
Jim and I met through mutual friends. Our first date was a Monday night Patriots Football game at Foxborough Stadium in November 1999. 10 years and many dates later we decided to tie the knot.

Enjoy their album and a few of our favorite images below.







































Happy congratulations, Sandy and Jim! So very happy emilie inc. was able to document your island I Do's!!

And with that, our 2010 wedding season has officially come to a close. What a wonderful year!

Moving, Part 2

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Following the decision to close the studio space in Portland in October, we put our South Portland house on the market and sold it in just two weeks time! After a real estate hunt that took us from Freeport to Kennebunkport and everywhere in between, we have happily landed in Cumberland Foreside in a spacious contemporary home nestled in the woods near the water, good schools and with plenty of room to accommodate the emilie inc. office and meeting space. Just 10 minutes north of Portland, we truly feel lucky with how everything fell into place (we closed on both houses on the same day!) and look forward to sharing photos of the new space soon (painting is done, new lighting and wall art goes up this week). Better yet, come visit!

Prepping for baby

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My mom treated me to a beautiful baby shower at the Black Point Inn in Scarborough over Thanksgiving weekend in anticipation of our little guy's arrival (due just 4 weeks from now!). Surrounded by family and close friends, I loved every minute of this sweet occasion which included a tasty brunch, pretty blooms by Kate of Kate Parker Weddings, sumptuous cupcakes in a jar and brownie pops from Jessica Parrot at Nothing Bakes Like a Parrot, and beautiful invitations, menu and favor cards by Whitney and Samantha at Gus & Ruby Letterpress. Joanne McDonough of Joya Beauty and Lena Hartford of Hair That Moves sat me down ahead of time to get me feeling pretty (despite being quite large these days!!). Thank you all so very much! Your kindness, warmth and love is unmatched and I am so fortunate to have such wonderful friends.

Enjoy a few pictures from Whitney.



















* Audra and Matt marry in Scarborough and celebrate at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine

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emilie inc. photographers: Emilie, J and Whitney
ceremony: Blue Point Congregational Church Scarborough, Maine
officiant: Dr. Rev. Carol Kerr
reception: Bayside Bowl Portland, Maine
caterer: Louis Simms, Bayside Bowl
tintype artist: Cole Caswell and Jessica George Wearex Peaks Island, Maine
florist: Judy Bourgeois Flora Fauna
dj: Mike Mahoney M&M Entertainment
cake: Jessica Parrott-Robitaille Nothing Bakes Like a Parrot
dessert table: Two Fat Cats Bakery Portland, Maine
transportation: Kennebunkporter
favors: homemade ketchup
gown: Andrea's Bridal Portland, Maine
hair: Bei Capelli Scarborough, Maine
invitations: DIY design, letterpressed by Dunstan Press Scarborough, Maine
honeymoon: Walt Disney World

Audra has a personality that can light up a room. No joke. She's the epitome of that phrase. Recently she attended a photographers networking group, tossing her scarf aside and declaring "I have arrived" when she entered the room and no one turned a nose at her. That's just Audra. She's fun and speaks her mind and laughs loudly, and have I mentioned she also has Roots Workshop Chubby Bunny champion on her life's list of achievements?

Roots is precisely how I met Audra, or rather how Matt introduced me to Audra, two years ago. I received an email from Matt, telling me that he thought his girlfriend should really come to Roots but that she was too shy to do the initial legwork so he was taking it upon himself to find out more (Audra? Too shy? Ha!). Audra, a wedding photographer in town who I had yet to meet, stopped by the studio not long after to talk workshop details, and after an unexpected shared sniffle over the loss of her dog, we were insta-friends. She did indeed attend Roots that year, and came back for a second helping last summer. This coming July she'll return as the workshop cook! She loves the experience nearly as much as I do, and I'm very grateful to her hubby Matt for setting us up.

Deeper than our shared love affair for Roots is an effortless friendship I adore. I loved watching Audra and Matt's relationship evolve, the anticipation of the proposal and the excitement of the wedding plans. And goodness, was I honored when she asked me to photograph the nuptials. A little nervous that photographing a wedding eight months pregnant might be a challenging feat, I enlisted J and Whitney to come along just in case. Turns out it wasn't an issue, but an all-around fun-filled celebration with 50 of Audra and Matt's closest friends and family at their local church and non-traditional reception at Bayside Bowl, Portland's swanky retro bowling alley.

After bowling, friends headed up north to a castle-like retreat at Sunday River, SkiEsta, for the weekend to continue the fun. Being so close to our moving date the week following, J and I reveled in the chance to put down our cameras and relax with their fantastic friends and the stunning surroundings. And have I mentioned the food? Audra and Matt have a very sophisticated palette and treated us all to some very yummy meals!

How they met, in Audra's words:

Matt and I met at work in the fall of 2007. We had both just gotten out of relationships. I was definitely interested in Matt, but each time I went to talk to him, he wouldn't look me in the eye! A mutual friend told me we were perfect for each other but since he wouldn't look at me I was not convinced. Not long after we began chatting Matt left for a three week trip to India. I found myself thinking of him while he was away. When he returned he invited me to see the images he took on his trip. Thing started slowly from there - it was still another month before he asked me out! But once he asked me to look at his India images I knew there was a spark on both sides:)

On to the photos! Enjoy their album and a few images below!





Matt makes amazing homemade English muffins.



























They chose candy accents as part of their wedding theme.















Sweet table details and thumbprint guest book, right.

Homemade ketchup with tomatoes from their garden were the guest favors.











A tin type artist captured the guests outside.





With the formalities taken care of, it was time to bowl!











We went back to where it all began, the park on North Street overlooking the city where Matt proposed.




SO happy for you, Audra and Matt!! Thank you for allowing us to be such a special part of your day. We love you both to bits and are so grateful to have you in our lives. Happiness always! xox
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