Portland, Maine wedding of Cecile and Michael


Cecile and Michael's day was like being on a tour of some of the Portland area's best spots.  We started at The Portland Regency Hotel for preparations, then hopped on a trolley to do some formals and portraits at Portland Head Light.  Once we finished up with some classic lighthouse shots, we boarded the trolley again to then disembark at the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad.  This adorable train took us and guests to Fish Point along the Eastern Prom for the ceremony.  After some very touching I Do's, everyone boarded the train again and enjoyed some beverages, with the happy couple sipping on Cecile's very favorite champagne.  Guests then took the trolley to the reception location, Grace Restaurant, while the three of us got to take a horse and carriage ride through the Old Port!  As a horse lover, this was one of my favorite parts of the day.

Delicious food and wine was partaken at Grace, which was carefully selected by this couple.  Cecile is French, so the wine list had to be just right.  They also treated us all to a tango as their first dance, which was such a spirited way to start things off.  Their band, The Waiters, supplied lovely music the entire night, and a friend of theirs also played the piano during dinner.

I had zero doubt that this couple, and their friends and family, would party hard and dance like crazy, and they did not disappoint.  I had such a blast with this crew, and looked forward to this wedding for a long time.

Michael and Cecile, congratulations again! Good luck with wedding number two in France, and if your French photographer sadly can't make it for any reason, my passport is ready ;)

How they met, in their own words:

Cecile and Michal met at the after party of the annual Phillips Gallery Gala at the Anderson House, in Washington, DC. She was wearing a bright orange cocktail dress and Michael had one a white linen jacket with fedora (it was a 50's Havana Nights theme), and they caught each other's attention right away. Luckily, they had a mutual friend there (bridesmaid Emily) that could make the introduction.

At the same place that they met, in the ballroom to the Anderson House, 1 year, 1 month, 3 days and 21 hours later, Michael surprised Cecile with a private dance followed by a proposal, and they decided to spend the rest of their lives together.

photographers: Denise and Lindsay, emilie inc. photographypreparations: Portland Regency Hotelceremony: Fish Point, Portland • reception, caterer: Grace Restaurant, Portland • music: The Waitersflowers: Sarah Lapine, Watershed Floralmake-up: The Regency Hotel spa • hair: Dathan Huntertransportation: Portland Discovery Land and Sea Tours, Narrow Gauge Railroad, Rockin' Horse Stablesgown: custom by family member in Paris and altered by Diana, DC • maids: Wtooguys: custom with Vineyard Vines bow ties • invitations: designed by the couple and printed in Cambodia • honeymoon: chartered sailboat in the Mediterranean

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