I was so excited for Rebekah (the younger sister of one of Emilie's childhood friends) and Zac's wedding. I might have been the only emilie inc. team member who hadn't yet been to French's Point in Stockton Springs, Maine. Just over a two hour drive from Portland, the road off Route 3 spits you out onto a private peninsula where the venue overlooks a breathtaking Penobscot Bay. Arriving early, I checked out Sandy Point Beach on the north side of French's Point and I was pleased to recognize the Penobscot River Bridge (it reminds me of the Zakim Bridge in Boston, MA). Last year, I visited the observatory and neighboring Fort Knox, which are both a fun tour, if you haven't checked them out yet.
The river and ocean seemed to offer no relief for a much desired offshore breeze. The heat was crazy this weekend! Rebecca and Zac were a dashing bride and groom -- and troopers for being all dressed up in the hot, hot weather. My cameras were slipping out of my hands, that's how hot it was! The brief downpour we had -- of course, while I was out taking some portraits of Rebekah and Zac! -- also didn't seem to cool the temps. The French's Point crew were cool as cucumbers though, hosting this wonderful wedding, and grabbing every fan on the property for the reception room to help keep guests comfortable. They run a tight ship and everyone was so professional and friendly. Judy from Flora Fauna saved the day with her beautiful floral arrangements, last minute after Rebekah and Zac's original florist went M.I.A.! Rebekah's talented friend Niki who works in Boston at M.A.C., did her hair and makeup. Her wedding dress and estate wedding band both came from Portland and Zac's wedding band was custom made in Ellsworth. A photo booth with a bounty of props and costumes, and a huge buffet of cupcakes from East End Cupcakes rounded out this Maine-grown celebration for these Portland newlyweds.
The celebration was lovely and low key, with no first dance or parent dances. The toasts and the mere presence of everyone was enough to suit Rebekah and Zac's needs. It was so nice to meet their families. To learn that Zac and I stand on that common ground of adoption, and have a chance to speak with his mother and father about how special that is. I loved meeting the grandmothers who powered through the hot weather with smiles on their precious, wise faces. I enjoyed talking to his god parents, Joelle and Jayson who came all the way from Hawaii (with leis made from dollar bills!). I laughed at the pose Rebekah and her sorority girls struck when they asked me to take a photo of them. And I was pleasantly surprised to run into an old friend, JD, who is Rebekah's cousin!
Rebekah and Zac, congratulations on your wedding! It was so lovely and thank you for allowing me to document it for you. Enjoy your honeymoon, where ever you end up choosing! I know Zac mentioned maybe Hawaii? I'm sure Joelle and Jayson would vouch for that so they could snag a visit with you two! Regardless, have fun and enjoy your newlywed status!
photographer: Whitney, emilie inc. photography • venue, catering: French's Point, Stockton Springs • officiant: Ken Barnes • florist: Judy, Flora Fauna • cake: East End Cupcakes • hair/make-up: friend, Nikki Neal • gown: Maggie Sottero at Andrea's Bridal • shoes: Gucci • rings: Pyramid Studios, Ellsworth and Stonehome Antiques, Portland