Ahh, The Newagen. I just love shooting here. Patty and Greg obviously saw how wonderful this spot is when they attended a friend's wedding, and I was so happy to be back with such a great couple.
First of all, her dress was amazing and like no wedding dress I have seen before. Layers of tulle formed a voluminous skirt that was both stunning...and hard to maneuver in. But Patty was a trooper, even when we hiked down a narrow path to a rocky outcropping so she and Greg could have a private first look. Some of that skirt did not make it back with us, but this bride was not going to sweat it.
This day was the first one of the season that I broke out the sweater because it was a blustery, cool afternoon with rain in the forecast for the evening. The ceremony was able to be held outside, which I was so thankful for because it's really all about the view at this venue. Patty and Greg were all smiles throughout and I just loved witnessing how joyful they were together as they said their vows and exchanged rings.
We traipsed around the grounds as it got chillier and chillier (and as Patty lost more of her dress) but the rain held off until dinner had started and everyone was tucked into the tent. Toasts were made, glasses were clinked, and a delicious dinner was enjoyed. And their band, Eye to Eye, seriously rocked the house and had people dancing from before dinner to the bitter end.
Patty and Greg, I had such a lovely time with you and hope you had a great time in Hawaii!
How they met, according to Patty:
Greg and I met as many couples do… at a bar (in San Francisco), about
seven and a half years ago. He was working with a friend of mine from
college (Cam). Cam and I met up at a bar called the Royal Oak one
Friday night in San Francisco with a bunch of our other friends. I
happened to see Greg across the bar wearing a Boston Red Sox and
promptly asked Cam “who is your cute friend in the Red Sox hat?”. Cam
immediately laughed and since then has imitated me asking that question
many times. That was in January of 2007, and the rest is history. We
spent the first couple of years dating in San Francisco and falling in
love with the city and its many outdoor adventures. I then moved to
Boston for medical school and we did long distance for 3 years - the
first year Greg was in San Francisco and then he went to business school
in Chicago for 2 years. Finally I dragged him back to his home state
of Massachusetts where we finally moved in together in Boston and Greg
proposed 10 months later. He proposed in Newport, Rhode Island, where
he planned a one night getaway for the two of us prior to my good
friend's birthday party in Rhode Island. It was completely unexpected
because after 7 years of dating, you never know when the engagement is
going to happen! This year we are embarking on more new adventures. I
recently moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to start my residency,
which is where Greg and I have wanted to return since leaving. San
Francisco is not only the place we first met, but a part of the country
we have fallen in love with - from the surfing in Santa Cruza, to the
mountains in Lake Tahoe, to the red wine in Napa and Sonoma, to the
great friends we have in the Bay Area, we love it all. Greg is coming
out to join me in California after our wedding, so it has been quite an
adventure for the two of us with the several moves back and forth across
the country, and periods of long distance. It some ways these
hardships and being apart has made our relationship stronger and has
made us realize how much we cherish the time we spend together. Among
the many things we have had to do in the past several months, wedding
planning has kept us sane and looking forward to our future together. We
are particularly excited about the Newagen because the venue is very
fitting to Greg and I's personality. Greg and I created the concept and
theme of our wedding and with the help of many of our close friends and
family, have tried to individualize it to us, which was a top priority.
Everything from the invitations designed by our close friend, the
wooden accents all handmade by Greg's dad, and the cocktails made from
Polish bison grass infused vodka brought by my grandmother from Poland,
and the custom corn hole set with both of our alma mater's, we have
tried to make our wedding symbolic of the two of us.
photographer: Denise, emilie inc. photography • venue, caterer: Newagen Seaside Inn, Southport, Maine • officiant: Ken Barnes • flowers: Little River Flower Farm • tunes: Eye to Eye • pies: Two Fat Cats Bakery • makeup: About Face • hair: Bonnie's A Cut Above • tent: Sperry Tents • transportation: Country Coach Charters • gown: Marchesa at Madeleine's Daughter, Portsmouth • maids: Two Birds • groom: Blank Label • guys: Suit Supply • invites: designed by Jenny French, printed at Cat Print • honeymoon: Kauai