Hello little Scarlette

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It was such a pleasure to recently stop by to see Jessica and Scarlette. Jessica is the owner of Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott in South Portland, one of our favorite bake shops and suppliers of wedding cakes. Her beautiful daughter, Scarlette, was born on January 24th and I was thrilled to finally meet her.

I couldn't believe when I learned that Jessica brings her to work, wondering how she is able to run her business, bake and attend to customers while attending to her new baby. Jessica assured me that she “scaled back” to four days a week, after taking just a week and a half off after Scarlette was born. I am amazed by Jessica's energy and patience. Luckily for her, Scarlette is also self-entertaining. She has a pack 'n play set up in the back room of the shop, and I enjoyed the afternoon listening to Scarlette's quirky baby noises and observing her many expressions.

Aside from oohing and ahhing over Scarlette, it was a rare opportunity for me to catch up with Jessica. We typically wave a quick hello to each other while bustling around on wedding day, so it was nice to talk in a relaxed setting. I can't believe that she has been in her new space for a year and a half already! Jessica certainly knows how to keep herself busy. She is often prepping for a wedding tasting and, as I was leaving, she was diving into her Easter creations. I am in awe of how many flavor combinations Jessica offers. I know it won't be long before I stop in again to say hi and see what delicious new cupcakes she has in the works!

Congratulations again, Jessica!
 

Chelsea and Anthony's Cape Elizabeth winter wedding

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Chelsea and Anthony opted for a small ceremony on a Wednesday afternoon that included just Anthony's two (adorable) daughters, Savia and Nicola, their officiant, two musicians, and me!  The wedding was held in the living room of their house, which has expansive views of Casco Bay.  The whole family looked very dashing, and Chelsea told me that the girls' darling white dresses cost more than her own gown!

Minutes before the ceremony was to start, Chelsea was fixing the girls hair while Anthony anxiously waited for her.  The girls were given instructions on where to walk for the processional (right by the brown chair) and Chelsea followed them, beaming.  It was so special to be part of such an intimate ceremony with this sweet family.

We followed up with lots of family portraits, including some outside even though it was a bit chilly and some of the snow from a recent storm still lingered.  Everyone would come back inside for a few minutes to stand by the pellet stove before venturing out again to the deck.  The girls watched from the living room when it was just the bride and groom, Savia taking pictures with an iPhone and Nicola making funny faces.

As I packed up, the girls changed into their comfy clothes, and Anthony and Chelsea were getting ready to leave the next day for their honeymoon to South Africa.  Just your average Wednesday afternoon, right?

How they met, in their own words:
Chelsea and Anthony met while working at their current company, Cisco. Chelsea join the New England team and became fast friends with Anthony. The two of them have enjoyed the past few years traveling around the states, spending time with Savia and Nicola on Casino Beach, golfing and trying out new restaurants in the Old Port. They look forward to their honeymoon in South Africa and newlywed life in Maine.
 

photographer: Denise, emilie inc. photography  officiant: Will Saunders, Maine Wedding with Will  music: Stretta Ensembleshair: Marc Harris Salongown: Issa London

published: Glamour Magazine online

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Glamour Magazine recently redesigned their website and asked us to contribute a handful of wedding images for their current wedding inspiration gallery. Congrats goes out to Kathleen and Geoff's backyard tented wedding (that's them on the homepage with their pooch Hank), Lauren and Joel's Laudholm Farm wedding, and Sarah and Billy's Peaks Island wedding for being selected. We have more collaborations with Glamour in the works to share in the upcoming months, too!

two weeks

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It's been two weeks since we welcomed sweet Clara June and my, what a whirlwind it's been! We've treasured these early days getting to know our daughter, and watching Will's world expand as he learns what it's like to be a big brother. I can finally say I feel great (c-section recovery is no joke!) and, aside from not being allowed to lift Will for a few more weeks (breaks my heart!), life with our little unit of four is just about perfect. A nurse at the hospital said we have a million-dollar family to be blessed with a boy and a girl. We couldn't agree more.

A planned c-section was SUCH a different experience than when Will was born (two weeks early! quick labor and delivery! no drugs!). Our appointment was for 8a which meant checking in by 6a and watching the sun rise from the windows of Maine Med as doctors popped in and out of our staging room running tests, asking questions, monitoring this and that and making sure I was a-ok. It was calm. Pam Tozier, the ah-mazing labor and delivery nurse who guided us through Will's birth, surprised us by coming in on her day off to help deliver Clara, too. We couldn't- and still can't- believe her generosity and are SO grateful. Contractions, which I had been having for days, were finally increasing in intensity, 6 minutes apart as I walked into the operating room gripping the supportive hand of the sweet and grandfatherly anesthesiologist.

Minutes later (and a bunch of unpleasantness I'll spare this post), I was staring at my beautiful baby girl over the curtain in my doctor's arms. She looked exactly as I had imagined she would and I was thrilled to wrap my arms around her and let her know she was safe.

Later that afternoon Will arrived wide-eyed with a bouquet of purple tulips (my favorite) and my parents. We hadn't yet announced Clara's name as we wanted Will and my mom, June, to hear it first (my grandmother, my mom's mom, is also named June). Happy tears and many group snuggles followed. Big brother Will was cool as a cucumber and mostly curious about the nurses goings-ons and the interesting instruments they were using, all the while stealing sideways glances at me in the hospital bed. Oh, how I wished I could know what he was thinking! I do think, however, it was harder for J and me to be away from Will for those four days than it was for him!

As we've settled in at home since, we couldn't have made it without the help of my parents (mom was here for two weeks!) and the many kind friends who have brought over food and well wishes (especially when J came down with flu. What timing!). I can't say we're close to having nailed down any sort of routine, but we are feeling much more confident in our parenting abilities this time around and find it's more about balance, and taking each day hour by hour.

Below are a few photos from the hospital and a quick session on our bed in between diaper changes. I have long wanted bright white linens for exactly these types of images and can't wait to do it again (and in case you're wondering, the answer is no, we're definitely not taking as many images this time but we're trying!). 

published: the emilie inc. brand by liveBooks

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What a neat surprise to see this video from liveBooks CEO Andy Patrick featuring us! liveBooks, the company that designed and hosts our website (and previously employed my beloved), has long been a supporter of emilie inc. and my branding obsession efforts. Tho some of this information is now outdated since we launched our redesign last month, the sentiment certainly still holds true and we're flattered Andy chose our business to illustrate his points. Thanks, Andy and liveBooks!


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