Loren and Shawn's Drakes Island Maine wedding


When a rainbow was in my first frame of the day, I knew it was going to be a memorable one.

My first wedding of the season (and without being pregnant or having a newborn in four years!), I was thrilled for the opportunity to be out of the office and treated to a creative field trip to Drakes Island. Loren and Shawn's wedding took place at Loren's family's summer home in a darling tight-knit beach community in Wells, Maine. I was actually at Loren's summer house nearly 8 years ago for formal photos after a wedding ceremony of their friends! The reception was a few lanes away under a tent in a neighbor's yard.

Loren and Shawn's families embraced us with open arms and a cool calm that lingered throughout (as was a unseasonal chilly breeze at times!). Each part of the day was full of such depth, emotional substance that had me teary at multiple points. When Loren gave Shawn's youngest son a wave when she arrived at the ceremony, when her father spoke of the moment Shawn asked for his blessing to marry her and they both sobbed, when her sister spoke of her courage and all of the big sister wisdom bestowed upon her, when Shawn's kids hit the dance floor and had all of our mouths agape at their rhythm, the way Loren and Shawn lit each other up and how their love radiated all.day.long. It was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with this pair (they have a Jennifer Garner and Sean Penn thing going, don't they?!). It was hard to say good-bye at the end of this one!

View their full gallery here.

How they met, in their own words:

Loren was living in the North End of Boston; Shawn was living in Newburyport. The first time we met was casually, through a mutual friend at a Red Sox game (technically, it was at the Cask N’ Flagan before the game). Shawn happen to mention that he would date someone just so he could hang out in the North End; his favorite Boston neighborhood. It was about a month later that Loren ran a road race in Newburyport, with the same mutual friend, and Shawn happen to be at the post race event. We talked for a few hours, Shawn asked Loren out at the end of the night. There first date was a light dinner and a drink at a waterfront restaurant in Newburyport followed by an outdoor concert on the waterfront with a nicely packed cooler of wine, cheese, crackers, champagne, and strawberries. The amazing cooler on the first date won Loren over and sure enough, Shawn got his wish, spent a lot of time in the North End of Boston.

photographers: Emilie and Steven, emilie inc. photographyday-of coordinator: Sharon Hardy, Reflections of You Eventscaterer: Kitchen Chicks Cateringflorist: Flour! Events and Sweetstunes: First Class Band, Boston • cake: Confection Artmake-up: Makeup, Then Kiss!hair: Studio 41tent: Affordable Events transportation: Ogunquit Trolleygown: Madeleine's Daughtertuxes: Soiree Prom and Tuxmaids: J Crew • invitations: In Between and Everything Designs, etsy • honeymoon: Riviera Maya, Mexico

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