Ogunquit, Maine, morning family beach portrait

by Anonymous

The saying goes in Maine, if you don't like the weather wait five minutes.  Well, for my portrait session with Cory and her family we wisely decided to wait a little bit longer for some torrential downpours to pass through.  That two day wait was worth it and gave way to beautiful sun.  We met early on Father's Day in hopes of avoiding a super crowded beach for some photos.  I had a meeting in the afternoon and my own Father's Day plans, but the early start rewarded us with a nearly empty Ogunquit Beach! 

Cory's family has been vacationing in Ogunquit for years.  She has come every summer since she was a toddler, and her parents Judy and Arnie have been coming for 40 years, including the three years before they were married! Cory met her Aussie husband Michael while they both worked in NYC.  Sparks flew and they moved to Australia seven years ago.  Lucas, two years-old, and Aiden, four years-old, made the long trip back to Ogunquit with mom, but Michael unfortunately had to work.  While we were thinking dearly of dad Michael back in Sydney, it was nice to be able to see Arnie celebrate Father's Day with his daughters, Cory and Jen, who flew in from Chicago.  Arnie has been diagnosed with advanced stage cancer, but his positivity and the light shining from him is infectious.  However, he did put his foot down and only don the lobster shirt for a few minutes :)

Cory, Judy, Arnie, Jen, Lucas, and Aiden - thank you all for allowing me to document your family portrait.  I'm not certain I'll ever get it right - "pinkyponk"? (Aiden's word for the day) - but I certainly won't forget it!  I wish you all the best and please say hello when you have Michael in tow on your next Ogunquit visit!

Newagen Seaside Inn wedding of Katherine and Joe in Southport, Maine


I was so happy to see Katherine and Joe again, as I had photographed her sister Laura's wedding to Bob at Migis Lodge in 2012.  These two opted for the seaside feel at the Newagen Seaside Inn in Southport and save for a quick rain shower after the ceremony, it was a gorgeous day.

The entire day felt very relaxed, with no rushing from place to place, last minute decisions, or stressed bridal parties.  I think the laid back personalities of both bride and groom set the tone for everyone else to just relax and enjoy the event.  It was also Katherine's parents' 35th wedding anniversary, so there was definitely a lot to celebrate.

Katherine and Joe, thank you for being so lovely to be around from the first minute to the last.  I hope you have an amazing time in Saint Martin!

How they met, in their own words:

We met after college in 2009 when we were both living in Boston. We were both at a bar with a group of mutual friends. We started talking and the rest was history. Katherine was drawn to Joey's easy going nature, sense of humor, kindness, and charm. Joey loved Katherine's confidence, smile, and adventurous spirit. Fast forward two years later when Katherine got into graduate school in California and Joey said he had no choice but to go with her. So we drove across the country together and aside from one minor car issue when we broke down on the side of the road in beautiful Swanton, Ohio, the trip was awesome and brought us closer together. In December of 2012, we went to Maine to be with my parents for Christmas and Joey asked their permission to marry me. We went down to Boston on December 27th and made the last minute decision (or so I thought...) to stay in a hotel rather than staying with friends before our flight to San Jose, CA (Joey's hometown). We went out to our favorite restaurant, Neptune Oyster, for lunch. The whole time, I was trying to make dinner plans with our friends and didn't notice that Joey was sort of on edge and never took his hand out of his jacket pocket where he was hiding the ring. After lunch, we went for a walk along the Boston Harbor and as Joey was going to propose in a smooth, spontaneous moment, he realized that the ring was not placed correctly in the box. So he made me close my eyes, at which point I figured out what was happening, and when I opened them, he was on one knee with the ring box open and asked me to marry him. The first words out of my mouth? "Holy crap". Then I proceeded to cry and, of course, said yes (which was a relief to Joey since "holy crap" was all he had to go on until then). Since then we have been working hard at graduate school and work, and planning our big day. I always wanted to be married in Maine because it's the most beautiful place with so many happy memories from my childhood, and ever since Joey lived in Boston, he has loved the northeast as well. We wanted our wedding to be as authentically Maine as possible so all of our vendors are from Maine, our rehearsal dinner is a Maine lobster bake, and we chose classic desserts and beer from Maine.

photographers: Denise and Lindsay, emilie inc. photographyvenue, catering: Newagen Seaside Inn, Southport, Maine • officiant: Sally Bullard, A Maine Wedding • flowers: Sarah Lapine, Watershed Floralband: Time Pilotssweets: Labadie's Bakerymake-up: About Facehair: Bonnie Erskine, A Cut Abovetransportation: Custom Coach Limousinegown: Maggie Sottero • maids: J Crew • invitations: minted.comhoneymoon: Saint Martin, French West Indies

gray and navy Flanagan Farm rustic wedding of Meaghan and Tobin


Meaghan and Tobin's wedding day felt like one of the first true days of summer, with temps in the '80's and bright sunshine.  It was a treat to just hop in my car for the quick trip to Flanagan Farm and be there in under ten minutes.  I had photographed several dinners there, for Flanagan's Table, but I was excited for my first wedding.

I walked into the barn as it was just getting its finishing touches and it looked stunning.  Long tables graced the space, filled with sumptuous flowers and milk glass.  The sweetheart table had two adorable chicken figurines, which spoke to me as caretaker of a new flock at our farm.

The ceremony was tucked away down a long boardwalk in a wooded area, and included a ceremonial planting of a blueberry plant that I thought was such a sweet, Maine take on the traditional pouring of sand.

Guests lingered on the patio for cocktail hour as we did family formals and some portraits, then were invited into the barn for a delicious dinner, courtesy of 111 Maine.  The toasts were definitely a highlight of the day, with one of Meaghan's bridesmaids revealing a trip they had taken to Thailand years before, unbeknownst to her mother.

Joe Farren did a fantastic job both performing live music and DJing, and this crowd danced late into the evening.  They even broke out some glow sticks towards the end of the night!

Meaghan and Tobin, I hope you had an amazing time on your honeymoon in Florence!

How they met, in Meaghan's words:

We actually met online. We were both working a ton, and it seemed like a good way to meet. We have been together a little over three years, and we merged our dogs and cats into a big family pretty quickly. Tobin proposed to me on my 29th birthday on a staycation in at the Regency hotel in Portland.

photographer: Denise, emilie inc. photographyvenue, catering: The Barn at Flanagan Farm, Buxton, ME • coordinator: Lani Toscano Planning and Eventscaterer: Jennifer Bannis, 111 Maineflowers: Judy Bourgeois, Flora Faunamusic: Joe Farrencake: Cumberland Baking • hair/make-up: Fabu Salonlighting: The Event Light Prosguest transportation: Custom Coachgown: Vera Wang by David's Bridal • groom: Black by Vera Wang by Men's Wearhouse • invitations: Beacon Lanehoneymoon: Florence
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