Alyssa and Nick wedding weekend: first look and portraits


This was by far my favorite part of the wedding day. It's not often I am able to build in 60 minutes worth of portraits and a trolley tour around the Old Port with a wedding party! And multiple photographers!

With blue skies fading (and temperatures dropping!) we scurried about to meet the guys on Wharf Street for a first look- a private moment when Alyssa and Nick saw each other for the first time. We decided this was a good idea as we would be losing light quickly after the ceremony- when most couples opt for formal photos- and we wanted to be sure to capture a bit of Portland's personality in portraits.

Alyssa was adorably nervous waiting to see Nick. Her mom asked if I would walk her down to meet him, afraid she would topple over in her heels on the cobblestones and from a case of pre-wedding jitters. I was certainly glad to give Alyssa a bit of a pep talk and point her in the right direction, but this was a moment I was definitely going to capture and not be a part of. And what a sweet moment they exchanged, any anxiety gone within seconds and a fun walkabout portrait session soon followed!

We strolled down to the Custom House Wharf next, waving to passers-by and congratulatory onlookers along Commercial Street. While posing on the porch of the Harbor Fish Market, an employee emerged with a prop for Alyssa and Nick to hold: a lobster! And for the first time I asked a wedding party to hold hands for a picture. If you knew this crew you would think it was absolutely fitting, too.

Next we hopped aboard a trolley for more portraits on the Eastern Prom, keeping a close eye on the time. As our picture-perfect day turned gray, we moved quickly from location to location along the beach, dock and pathways, ending with a few traditional line-ups at the top of the hill with family before heading to the church right on time.

photographers: Emilie, Denise, Whitney, J, Steve, emilie inc. photography • flowers: Amber Small, Sweetest Thing Weddings • first look location: Wharf Street, Portland • wedding party and family portraits: Custom House Wharf and East End Beach, Portland • couple portraits: East End Beach and Eastern Promenade, Portland • trolley transportation: Portland Land Discovery

Other posts from this series:
wedding weekend, day 3: wedding day preparation
wedding weekend, day 2: spa day and rehearsal
wedding weekend, day 1: welcome dinner and brew tour
engagement session, part 2: Colby College
engagement session, part 1: Ft. Williams, Cape Elizabeth
planning day 3: wedding party shopping
winners announcement: press conference

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