seaside wedding of Lizzie and Ben in Cape Elizabeth


This was one of those days in Maine where we have one kind of weather in one spot and an entirely different scene 30 minutes away.  When I left my house it was bright and sunny. A half hour later I was in Cape Elizabeth surrounded by fog.

When I saw Lizzie at Wentworth Lodge she was definitely watching out the windows, hoping it would burn off and leave us all in some sun.  However, the 10 day forecast had said it would rain, so we were all thankful that wasn't still in the mix.

Lizzie did her own makeup and her dress was made by her mother, Joyce.  It blows my mind that anyone who isn't a professional can do this! My mom used to make my Halloween costumes, but geez.  This bride looked stunning as we all loaded into a school bus to head to Spurwink Church for the ceremony.

The sun was finally coming through as we arrived and Lizzie and Ben said their I Do's at this most adorable, New England church.  Guests lingered outside to blow bubbles as the couple exited and got into a bright yellow, vintage VW Beetle.  It was a super fun way to get to Kettle Cove for some formal photos.

This was the place to be for wedded bliss! We came across one wedding in progress and another couple having portraits done when we arrived.  The sun was still with us, but the fog was rolling in. Halfway through photos I warned everyone that we might have to finish them elsewhere because there was enough haze between the wedding party and me that it was getting tricky to see them clearly. Wild.

Lizzie and Ben rolled by their guests enjoying cocktail hour in the Bug to a huge round of applause back at Wentworth Lodge.  Nautical touches were everywhere, from the buoy place markers to the navy and white stripes on the linens.  Churchill Caterers provided the yummy food that was thoroughly enjoyed as toasts were given and this couple waltzed through their first dance.

The fog was with us for most of the night, but as the sun was setting we could all see the line of the front moving through out over the ocean.  I don't know that I've ever seen anything quite like it. Dancing and merriment followed and the celebrating continued on after even I left, I'm sure.

Lizzie and Ben, thank you so much for having me and thanks to Andrea Simmons for second shooting!

How they met, in their own words:

We meet while at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Ben was an Emergency Medicine Resident and Lizzie was an Emergency Medicine Fellow. We are both finally done with all of our training and are currently working and living in Norfolk, Virginia. We are hoping to be moving back to Virginia Beach, closer to the water next year. 

Lizzie grew up in Maine (Raymond) and spent we summer on their family boat in Casco Bay. She loves being on the ocean and everything nautical, some much so that she spent a semester in college on a tall ship sailing from Cape Code down to South American. Ben grew on on the water in Virginia Beach and summered with his family in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. He too loves the water and boating. We choose Wentworth Lodge for its location on the ocean and relaxed environmental. Lizzie's father grew up in Cape Elizabeth and it only seemed appropriate to stay close to home for such a big celebration.
  photographers: Denise, emilie inc. photography with Andreaceremony: Spurwink Church, Cape Elizabeth • reception: Wentworth Lodge, Cape Elizabeth • caterer: Churchill Caterersflowers: Studio Flora, Windham • tunes: Doug Alford • hair: Janet Morrell • tent: One Stop Event Rentalstransportation: Hudson Busgown: made by MOB • maids: Weddington Wayguys: JF Ferrar • guys shoes: Helly Hanson • invitations: designed and printed by bride • honeymoon: South Pacific

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