Lisa and Sam's wedding at the Samoset Resort


Fourth of July weekend was a scorcher and a busy one for emilie inc.  After Rebekah and Zac’s fun wedding at French’s Point in Stockton Springs, I drove that night to the Samoset Resort in Rockport for Lisa and Sam’s wedding the following day.  Aside from being able to meet really cool people on a really important day in their lives, another perk to photographing weddings is being able to travel and see new places.  Like French’s Point, the Samoset was a venue I had yet to photograph at, so I was excited for their wedding as well.  Arriving in the pitch dark, I had no idea what the view was, but the morning light revealed another beautiful coast of Penobscot Bay, south of where I was at French’s Point.  It was still steaming hot, but didn’t seem as hot as the day before – really I think I might have just been used to it at this point! 

I met Lisa at our studio a few months prior to the wedding date.  We had a great meeting, chatted about the big day and she even called Sam to see if he had any questions for me.  He was unable to get the day off from work to come for the visit, but I thought it was so sweet she called him and I was happy to “meet” him that way at least.  Learning about what Lisa did for work, teaching at some tough city schools in Queens, I could tell she loved her kids and her career, despite the challenges.  She had a caring soul and loving heart.

When I finally got to meet Sam on their wedding day, I saw the same – caring soul and loving heart.  After being together for nine years (whoa!), it is more than evident that these two are made for each other.  There was an ease between them, a genuine kindness, and appreciation for every single one of their guests. 

Lisa and Sam are a creative, thoughtful pair.  Sam made the stained glass roses that were gifts to guests. Lisa wrapped the books that were also guest gifts (Sam’s mom made book marks), and the books were published literature actually written by Lisa’s dad and other family members.  Lisa made the centerpieces of old books that the flowers sat atop of.  Lisa and her mom scoured flea markets for antique tea cups with saucers, using them to hold homemade candles for each table.  Lisa and Sam had our photo booth, Maine Snapshot Studio, at their wedding and my boyfriend Ed helped out as the attendant for the night – there were even place cards for both of us.  I usually end up eating quickly off to the side of guests so I can get back to shooting, but it was so thoughtful and it made me smile to see our names up there.

Their ceremony was just as thoughtful, with family giving readings.  I was pleasantly surprised to see Captain Ken again – he was the officiant at both weddings I photographed that weekend!  Sam’s creativity was evident in his custom wedding band design, made by one of the guests who was a jeweler – a hefty ring of silver, malachite, and included engravings from three different video games – talk about creative and original! 

The first dance and parent dances were sweet.  Guests got down on the dance floor and thoroughly enjoyed the photo booth – Lisa and Sam had some fun props for guests to don.  Will from the Samoset was a pleasure to work with.  He has lots of ground to cover shuttling folks around the resort and making sure the day runs smoothly.  All around, the day was a wonderful one that Lisa and Sam were more than deserving of for celebrating their nuptials.

Lisa and Sam, thanks so much allowing myself (and Ed) to be a part of your big day!  We couldn’t be happier for you two!  (We’ve got our roses hung together on my wall with some family photos and I think of you two when I see them.  They make me smile!).  All the best and keep in touch!
photographer: Whitney, emilie inc. photographyvenue, catering: Samoset Resort, Rockport • officiant: Ken Barnes • florist: Alda Stitchdj: Jerry Bazata, DJ Jaz Entertainmentcake: Sweet Sensationshair/make-up: I Do Spastent: Atlantic Tent Companyphoto booth: Maine Snapshot Studio • gown: Vera Wang at David's Bridalinvitations:

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