* Harpswell, Maine, wedding of Hannah and Tyler by Denise


photographers: Denise and Steve, emilie inc. photography
venue: family friend's home, Orr's Island, Maine
officiant: brother of the groom
caterer: Jennifer Bannis, 111 Maine
flowers: mother of the groom
music: Jones'n
cake: family friend
photo booth: Maine Snapshot Studio
make-up: Cyndi, From This Day Forward
hair: friend
tent: New England Tent and Awning
transportation: Bo-mar Transportation
gown: Amy Kuschel, Flair Bridal in Boston
invitations: minted.com
honeymoon: St. Lucia

This wedding was just chock full of personal touches and family history and was such a joy to photograph.  First of all, what a special spot Hannah and Tyler chose to have their wedding.  Some very generous family friends offered to host their wedding at their amazing house on Orr's Island, right on the water.  Hannah's father, John, actually built the house and Hannah grew up spending lots of time there.  Guests sat and stood in the yard and along the porch, looking down on the couple, their wedding party, and parents who were standing in a small spot of grass closer to the water.  Tyler's brother, Michael, also served as their officiant, and Hannah wore a veil that has been in Tyler's family for decades.  It was purchased in 1922 but then became buried during WWII, and has been worn by every bride in the family since its reappearance.  Tyler's mother, Ginger, was rather emotional as she brought it into the bedroom where Hannah had just put on her dress.  It clearly meant a tremendous amount to her that Hannah continued on the tradition.  Tyler's family also has an album with a photo of all the brides who have worn the veil, and flipping through it I felt the importance of being a part of this history as their photographer.  I always feel honored in my role as the designated documentarian for a couple's day, but seeing this tangible evidence of where one of my photos would be placed for generations of family to view really hit home for me. 

On a lighter note, the entire wedding party and I were able to sneak away for photos on the Cribstone Bridge, which connects Orr's Island to Bailey Island, after the ceremony.  It's a beautiful, narrow, granite structure with a sidewalk that overlooks beach on both sides.  They popped some champagne and all huddled together, passing the bottle back and forth. I loved the simplicity and lines of the bridge, and we had more fun doing portraits of just Hannah and Tyler walking along it as their party warmed up back on the shuttle. 

Everyone tucked into a tent for the reception as the mist turned to actual rain and enjoyed the music from the band, Jones'n.  Our photo booth was a HUGE hit and guests enjoyed cramming into it for every possible combination they could think of.  All the guests were sent home with a personalized pint glass from the couple as a favor, mine now has a spot in my cupboard.  Whenever I pull it out I know I'll think of Hannah and Tyler, how they made their wedding day such a perfect mix of celebrating the love between the two of them, but also of close friends and family too. 

How they met, in Hannah's words:
Tyler grew up in Connecticut and after graduating from college, moved to Boston with two of his childhood friends. One of those people was a friend and coworker of mine at my first job out of college. They had a bbq at their house one day and I met Tyler. We're opposites in a lot of ways but we immediately clicked. We quickly fell into an easy routine and after living together for over 2 years in a 350 square foot apartment, decided we could probably survive anything. Tyler proposed in the most beautiful place on earth -- Acadia National Park. We celebrated with popovers at the Jordan Pond House and spent the rest of the weekend hiking, biking and drinking pumpkin beers. It was perfect.

We wanted our wedding to feel unique to us and one of Tyler's trademark lines is "I could make that myself" so we tried to add as many homemade touches as possible. My dad has a huge collection of reclaimed and local wood, which we used for the bar, beer tables and some of the seating. Growing up on the ocean has been a huge part of both of our lives so we also included some nautical touches, from our save-the-date picture in a dinghy to the rocks in our centerpieces, which were collected from the beach at Tyler's grandmother's house.


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