* Tented backyard wedding of Briana and Ben in Bowdoinham, Maine, by Denise

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photographers: Denise and Sharon, emilie inc. photography
venue: Briana's parent's home, Bowdoinham, ME
ceremony: Days Ferry Congregational Church, Woolwich, Maine
caterer: Jennifer Bannis, 111 Maine
florist: Emily Carter
band: Wavelength
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.

* Church Landing wedding of Lauren and Dave in Meredith, New Hampshire, by J

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photographers: J and Megan, emilie inc. photography
venue: Church Landing, Meredith, New Hampshire
officiant: Ed Saling
caterer: Church Landing
florist: Kate Parker Weddings
band: Rare Form
cake: Jacques Pastries
hair and make-up: Cascade Spa, Church Landing
gown: Judd Waddell
invitations: Wouldn't It Be Lovely
honeymoon: Maui and Kauai, Hawaii

Deer Valley, Lake Winnipesaukee, and Kauai. Does it get any better then that?

I met Lauren and Dave this past spring and immediately knew they were going to be a good time. Their engagement story included Deer Valley and skiing, so we immediately hit it off. They have been together for over 9 years, but they both showed such love and affection towards each other all day on their wedding like giddy new sweethearts. A July wedding, almost 90 degrees and as the couple sat for the first time during the ceremony, I saw Dave open a hand fan and fan Lauren without even thinking about himself. That sort of adoration played out throughout the evening.

A first at a wedding was capturing the first hug between father and son. Dave and his dad Bob had supposedly never hugged before though you would have never known it. I was told beforehand and captured them shaking hands and then embracing for the first time. It was a sweet moment between a father, who is his town's chief of police, and a son, who has done tours in Afghanistan. 

As the guests moved inside Rare Form kicked into action and the dance floor was full, beginning to end. The cake cutting found Dave diving into Lauren's dress for icing that somehow made its way there, just another sign of adoration I guess.

Totally jealous of their honeymoon, week on Maui and then a second week on Kauai! Two unique Hawaiian island experiences and a honeymooners paradise! Enjoy, you two!

How they met, in Lauren's words:
Dave and I have been together for 9 1/2 years! (Yes, it's about time!). We started dating as seniors in high school and even though we were far apart, our relationship kept growing stronger. After college, Dave commissioned into the Army and was stationed in upstate New York, so we spent several more years apart. A month before his last deployment to Afghanistan, we took a vacation with my family to Deer Valley, Utah. On the very last day, Dave proposed! We knew it would be a long engagement (2+ years; we certainly take our time with things!), but Dave knew that wedding planning would help ease our time apart. Now we are living together in Boston and are blessed to have such a great life together. Good things are always worth waiting for.

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