* Samoset Resort wedding of Blair and Andrew in Rockport, Maine


photographers: Emilie and J, emilie inc. photography
venue: Samoset Resort, Rockport, Maine
planner: Kate Parker, Kate Parker Weddings
florist: Kate Parker, Kate Parker Flowers
officiant: family friend
ceremony musicians: Krysia Tripp
reception band: Flipside, Murray Hill Talent
dessert: Market Basket Rockport, Maine
videographer: Morgan, emilie inc. photography
photo booth: Maine Snapshot Studio
hair: Kim Doll, Exquisite Hair Design, Rockland
make-up: Beauty Mark Spa, Camden
gown: Rivini, Nitsa's Apparel, Charlotte
honeymoon: Kenya and Tanzania

The first thing I noticed when I met Blair and Andrew and started listening to their families and guests was everyone's warm southern drawl. Out of place, but so welcome in Maine, the sweet accents shared stories of how nearly all of their 200 guests traveled to Rockport and their adventures along the way, as well as toasts (and roasts!) about the couple at the rehearsal dinner the night before. It was the perfect introduction to a most fun wedding day.

After the ceremony they scrapped some of the formalities (no dinner toasts or cake cutting) and got right to the fun stuff, including a custom curtained-off section of the ballroom to house our photo booth (this group is known for getting a bit rowdy in photo booths we hear!) with props that many donned throughout the night on the dance floor, right through the "lobster claw" send-off at the end of the evening.

A healthy handful of the day's highlights below!

Andrew and his father, the best man.

L-o-v-e seersucker suits!


Time for cocktails after portraits.

This tugs on my heartstrings!

Stunning modern decor by Kate Parker.

Powering up for the reception. Ha!

Andrew takes his love of Maine very seriously.

* Samoset Resort rehearsal dinner of Blair and Andrew


Although Blair and Andrew both hail from the south, they chose to marry in Maine as it has meaning for both families. Blair summered and spent Christmas in Maine with her family and Andrew's parents met and fell in love working one summer at the Jordan Pond House in Acadia National Park. During the lobster bake on the lawn of the Samoset Resort the night before, Blair's sister shared with me that they had settled on me photographing the wedding before there was even a fiance. My, my! No pressure, right?

More about these two tomorrow, but a few pics from their gloriously perfect wedding eve for now.

Roots 2011- Day 5


From Toast to Trophies! The final official day of Roots 2011 certainly did not disappoint. The Thursday of Roots is always such a bittersweet day with the amazing culmination of the week's learning and shooting coming to a head at the evening's slideshows. Our sponsors this year were incredibly gracious and we adore them and thank them for their impeccable support. Mad props.

toast. made by....

Audra! Our stalwart chef extraordinaire for the week finally got to kick up her feet and relax for a little bit while preparations were being made for the evening's feast.

Rachel, Tracey, and Kelly put some finishing touches on their presentations for the evening. See that fan rocking in the background? Yeah. It was that kind of a week. AC is for wimps.

Across the way in the bunkhouse Whitney is leafing through some last minute details of her presentation piece... I mean, seriously, how could you not smile with an assignment like hers :]

Guests, past participants, assignment subjects, and family joined in together for our presentations out on the porch in the amazing summer evening

and what would Thursday night be without the annual Chubby Bunny championship. Names get engraved on the trophy... added to the list of champions, Jeff. Way to go, man. You can stuff more marshmallows in your mouth then all the rest of us. A skill that will no doubt prove useful in your photographic explorations.

Stay tuned for a full reflective recap, links to student slideshows, and the workshop slideshow!

Thanks, Eric, for blogging the experience for us!

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