venue: Grace Restaurant Portland, Maine
officiant: Chris' uncle
caterer: Grace Restaurant
florist: Sawyer & Co.
ceremony musician: Peter Albert
band: Bob Charest Band
cupcakes: East End Cupcakes
hair/make-up: Fabu Salon
gown: Marisa at Madeleine's Daughter, Portsmouth
invitations: Paper Source
honeymoon: St Barth's
I was happy to kick off our 2012 wedding season at Grace Restaurant in Portland with Tracee and Chris on Saturday.
I was so impressed with Tracee’s resourcefulness and DIY talents, including finding her adorable J. Crew bridesmaids’ dresses on ebay and making her own gorgeous brooch bouquet. She was totally humble about it all, but it was clear that a lot of thought and care went into planning her wedding day. She’s also beautiful and one of the sweetest people you could meet! She was just a joy to be with that day. And Chris pulled out some serious swing dance moves for their first dance, gotta love that.
I was happy to be joined by Steve as a second photographer at Grace and let me tell you, he came through in a pinch. I walked into the ceremony area, on the bottom level of Grace, and noticed a dumpster visible through a window right behind where the ceremony would be taking place! I mentioned this to Steve and he said “Oh, I’ll go move it”, no big deal. He put down his camera gear and didn’t mind getting a little dirty to help out.
With all of the beautiful Grace Restaurant to themselves, Tracee, Chris, and their guests enjoyed great food and dancing into the night. As I photographed the exterior, many a passersby were oh-so-curious about what private occasion was going on inside. I’m just thankful I was included on the exclusive guest list!