Bethany & Dan Photography   |   Photographers based in Portland, Maine

Bethany & Dan Photography   |   Photographers based in Portland, Maine

If you want to know what a natural beauty looks like… look no further than the new Mrs. Thompson! Sarah is 100% gorgeous, complete with lashes that go for miles and a smile that just wont stop. It is all kinds of heart meltingly good times to watch John, (JT) gush over his bride. The two of them together are so cute it hurts my teeth. F’real.

We started the day at the Harborside Hotel where they were both getting ready. One funny thing that happened was that my camera bag was sitting next to Sarah’s bags so when her girls took Sarah’s things to the honeymoon suite… my blue camera bag went with them. Talk about a heart attack!! Luckily it was only a few rooms away and was completely gettable… but still. Whew! We all headed to the trolly and then the church where they exchanged vows and made it official. (That’s what this is all about after all). I loved Sarah’s long exhale right before she started her walk down the aisle. Keep your eye out for the photo.

The party started and was up and going until the last song. I loved watching the girls singalong with the band, on the mic no less! All in all, it was a wonderful day and we were glad to be a part of it.

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Venue: Sheraton Harborside Hotel  |  Florist: Dahlia Pom  |  Gown: Madeleine’s Daughter 

Cake: Jaques Fine European Pastries  | Band: Big Party Orchestra

Makeup: Sonja Jacobson Skin Care  |    Hair: Bliss 360


More from Sarah and JT: Engagement Session   |   Meet Our Couples

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Guests at a wedding we photographed last summer, Karen and Roshan and Dan and I go way back! Ok that may be an exaggeration, but it was fun to look back through Mara and Will’s wedding photos and see these two, crazy in love then, and crazy in love now. Back at the very beginning of this season, we met them in Newport Rhode Island for their epic engagement session. After photographing them that second time, we felt like we were definitely prepped and wedding for their wedding day: Cape Cod Meets India, (as they describe it). Well, when I came into the room where Karen was preparing… I was taken aback by her beauty. I swear it was good I had an hour to soak it in before we went to their first look because if I didn’t have that time, I may have been making the same face Roshan made.

The Baraat had me crying tears of joy because it was so stinkin’ FUN! Dancing all the way to the ceremony should be done at all weddings. For sure. The ceremony itself was very rememberable and meaningful to me to witness. This is our first indian wedding to have the honor of photographing. We were able to learn about many of the meanings and symbols that were included in the ceremony and I.loved.it.all! My favorite part was when Karen and Roshan switch seats, signifying the fact that they are now a part of each others family, sitting closer to their new parents. YES! I love the focus on joining families that is emphasized in the day.

O yeah… then they changed into new outfits and began a dance party that has me seriously considering signing up for Bhangra dance lessons.

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Venue: Wychmere Beach Club  |  Florist: All About Flowers  |  Cake: The Casual Gourmet

Hair and Makeup: Artworx  |  DJ: Dhoom Events


More from Karen and Roshan: Engagement Session   |   Meet Our Couples

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We headed down to the sunny south for this wedding. It took place in Virginia, near Richmond. Ginny actually worked with Dan back when he was a kayak guide on the Outer Banks of NC in 2007. Right when she become engaged she emailed and said “Um, I’ve been Facebook stalking your kayaking trips and wedding photographer careers for a while.” Now it was time for her and her fiance to be in some of those photos!! Ginny is a scientists who spends months on ships in the poles studying sea ice. Yes… you read that right. Ryan just passed the California BAR exam so they are headed in good directions career-wise!

One of the most notable and wonderful parts of their sweet wedding day, was that Ginny wore her mothers wedding dress. The had it altered in a few areas but it really was very similar to the original dress. I loved seeing how she interpreted the look. The wedding was simple, sweet, and full of…. DINOSAURS! They used dinosaurs for lots of the decor, paying homage to her scientific outlook on life. The letter Ryan wrote her prior to the ceremony was even in a recycled envelope. You gotta love that.

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Venue: The Highlands Country Cub  |  Florist: Designs by Janice  |  Cake: Pearls Cupcake Shoppe

Hair and Makeup: Faces by Joy  |  DJ: Sound Enforcement  |  Gown: Julie Ireland Dressmaking 

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It had been over a year since we had seen these two at their Ogunquit Maine engagement session. They live in Colorado and planned this wedding as a destination for family, friends, and honored guests. It was a vintage camp theme, held at not one, but two camps: Camp Eastwood and Camp Manitou. In my humble opinion, they nailed the theme, complete with lanterns instead of bouquets and groomsmen pocket watches! The girls got ready in the camp dance studio and the guys in a cabin nearby. When they had their first look in the soccer field, Rhett was tearing up even before he was his beautiful bride. It was so sweet to witness.

For the ceremony, the guys rode a boat across the lake to the other camp, arriving to the “Flight of the Valkyries,” a very nice touch. Kristen walked down the aisle to the same song I did in my wedding, “Come thou Fount of Every Blessing,” so I was crying along with everyone else. Sounds hard to top eh? Well they topped it when they walked back down the aisle to a shower of Marshmallows (!) in place of flower petals. I told you they nailed the camp theme! The reception was held in the dining hall of the camp, with BBQ catered and an ice cream truck serving up homemade ice cream instead of the traditional cake. One of my personal favorite part of the evening was when a group of family and friends gathered around the couple (who met in Chorus by the way), and sang a song to them. It was an adorable wedding that we loved being a part of!

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Venue: Camp Eastwood  |  Florist: Flo’s Flower Cart

Catering: Famous Dave’s  |  Desert: Stone Fox Farm Creamery

Gown: Madeleines Daughter   |   Veil: Sara Gabriel

More from Kristen and Rhett: Engagement Session (also featured on Borrowed and Blue)   |   Meet our Couples

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I don’t really know what to say. Im going to try though.

We adore these two human beings. I swear from the moment they walked into the Waban Starbucks to meet with us we loved them. After spending an evening with them for their engagement session we were counting down the days till the wedding day, right along with them. We were SO excited to be their wedding photographers and we were absolutely not wrong in our anticipation of the wedding’s fabulousness. It was incredible. Besides all the gorgeous details, fabulous location, stunning bridal party, classy everything(!), this wedding was 100% focused and the right thing: L-O-V-E! Kelsey and Char are crazy about each other. It is infectious and every single person at this wedding was SO happy they were getting married. It was a palpable the whole time we were there.

A few of my favorite moments of the day:

  • The first look complete with private tear jerking vows.
  • The way Chad looked at Kelsey all. day. long.
  • Kelsey’s sister’s toast… if there is a perfect sister version of a toast, it was this one. There was not a dry eye in the tent. I wish I could bottle that love up and take it around with me everywhere.
  • During the sunset photos were were out on the beach right in front of the tent. I think every person at the wedding made their way to the edge of the tent and watched. It was so cute! We would turn around and look between shots and everyone would wave!
  • Their friend Brendan took a table cloth off one of the tables and made it into a jump rope during the reception. ’nuff said.
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Reception: Breakwater Inn  |  Coordinator: Azalea Events

Cake: Let Them Eat Cake  |  Hair: Fringe Hair Art   |  Makeup: Laurel Makeup

DJ: Maine Platinum DJ  |  Videography: Ready Set Film  |  Gown: Cristinas Bridal


More from Kelsey and Chad: Engagement Session   |   Meet Our Couples

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