venue: Briana's parent's home, Bowdoinham, ME
ceremony: Days Ferry Congregational Church, Woolwich, Maine
caterer: Jennifer Bannis, 111 Maine
florist: Emily Carter
cake: European Bakery
gown: Alvina Valenta, Madeline's Daughter
invitations: Letterpress of Cirencester
honeymoon: Cape Cod
When I first saw Briana's family home in Bowdoinham, where the reception would take place, I said "She is one lucky girl to have grown up here!" The home is placed on about thirty acres and is surrounded by fields and trees. There was a perfect spot for the tent and nearby areas for leisurely wandering during cocktail hour. Briana's father told me that getting the property ready for such an affair was a year long process in itself, but it looked effortless.
I found Briana upstairs about to start applying her makeup. I also found out during this time that the officiant at the the church had forbid any photos being taken at the ceremony besides during the processional and recessional. I was upset to hear this news, as this part of the day is what it's really all about. Briana and Ben were ok with it so I was glad it didn't put a damper on their day.
Briana, Ben, and I did get to have a laugh soon after as we were doing some portraits nearby. A very sweet woman offered to let us use her property, which had a nice view of the water. She walked back to her house and then as we were shooting she reappeared with a container and proceeded to shower Briana and Ben with handfuls of rice! Multiple times! They were good sports about it but Ben and I did have to spend some time afterwards picking the small bits out of Briana's hair.
Briana's family home turned out to indeed be the perfect spot for their reception. Kids played badminton, guests wandered about with glasses of wine, and Briana and Ben were truly glowing.
How they met, in Briana's words:
Ben and I met in New York City on New Year’s Eve 2007. He was visiting our mutual friend, Ed, from London. Ben initially impressed as being very handsome, friendly, and exuberant, and was also clearly a gentleman.
Soon after we met, I was required to work in our London office for a month. Ed re-introduced us over email to ensure that I had some friends to spend time with while I was there. We spent our free time during that month as companions: cycling, having dinner with friends and ice skating in London. Soon our mutual attraction became clear.
Several months later, I was asked to move to London indefinitely for work. I seized the opportunity. Four years ago, almost to the day, I packed up my beloved studio apartment in Brooklyn Heights and flew across the Atlantic. I touched down in Heathrow to a life which promised adventure and new experiences.