venue: Wentworth Lodge; Cape Elizabeth, Maine
day-of coordinator: Heather Cuzzi, Cairn Events
officiant: family friend
caterer: Craig Williams, Churchill Caterers
florist: Lori Powell
cocktail musicians: Pan Fried Steel Drum band
band: Paul Hogu, The Pulse of Boston
cake: Gayle Forte, Let Them Eat Cake
hair/make-up: J Henry Salon, Portland
tent: One Stop Party Shoppe, South Portland
gown: Paloma Blanca, Spoil Me, Falmouth
invitations: Gus and Ruby Letterpress, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Meryl is the younger sister of Deirdre, who was a bridesmaid in Alisa and Coley's wedding that I photographed in 2007. She was also a bridesmaid in Daphne and Laurence's recent wedding. The daughter of the owner of a fabulous lighting store in Portland, I had a hunch this was going to be a perfect storm of a day (especially after their fantastic island engagement session earlier in the summer).
Light was most definitely the theme of this amazing September day. Bright and warm during the ceremony, soft and playful during portraits, then vibrant as the tent glowed in the night's black sky. Wentworth Lodge, if you don't know it, is part of the 32,000 acre Sprague Estate overlooking Higgins Beach. You have to know someone who knows someone to be approved to host an event here, or you can simply enjoy this awesome bit of earth by renting the rustic cabin for a week's vacation. I can say, without question, if I were to get married in Maine it would be here. Alas, I already did the wedding day thing so I was more than happy to photograph Meryl and Tim's special day and would love, love, love to go back there again and again. I imagine it's just as magical during the other seasons, too.
How they met, in their own words:
We met when Meryl was living and working in London after graduating college. Both of us were working for UBS and met when Tim was over in London for business. It was love at second sight! We did long distance between London and Chicago and then New York in Chicago. Finally after a year and a half of dating, Meryl moved to Chicago.
On to the images!
The gentlemen started the day at the lodge, the ladies were at Meryl's parent's beautiful home in Falmouth.
I especially adore the little orange cufflinks.
Love dad's socks.
Waiting to enter the reception.
Was breathtaking to watch the tide move in and out, and sun set from the hill.
There's Alisa and Deirdre