Bethany & Dan Photography   |   Photographers based in Portland, Maine

Abbie and Tanner had a backyard wedding in Yarmouth Maine. Tanner’s family owns Maguire Construction and you should have SEEN all the handmade elements that were a part of this wedding. Tanner made all the tables, the dance floor, the table numbers, any other wood detail you see, and of course the arbor they were married under. It wasn’t just DIY, and we have seen some amazing DIY in our day. It was handmade Maine artisan high quality wood working and we were so in love with all of it. They intentionally chose to have their wedding the weekend of the Clam Festival, an iconic Maine event. Abbi is the sister of one of our past grooms, Thad! It was wonderful to capture another wedding for this family that we have grown to love over the years. It’s a HIGH compliment when a family invites you back again for another event and we are always honored by that gesture. On the wedding day we went to their separate getting ready locations and then we met up and took photos all around town with the Bridal party and then it was off to the ceremony. One moment that I loved was Tanner calming Abbi down right before the ceremony. Like many brides, Abbi was really nervous about the ceremony and all the attention and fuss being made about her. She was getting overwhelmed and Tanner swooped in with his flask of Bushmills and calmed her right down. He told her all she had to do was get out there and marry him and that was all that mattered. She tipped the flask back, kissed her man, and walked right down the aisle after him. It was so romantic and loving and just what I want from any of our couples: to be madly in love with one another and not just in love with a wedding. The reception was full of laughing, dancing, and DAMN good food. There was brick oven pizza and reese’s smores. Thank you and YES PLEASE! They even got the perk of Clamfest fireworks at the end of the night!!

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Coordinator: Events by Noelle Lee  |  Catering: Fire and Company

 Band: DC Project   |  Makeup and Hair: Ariel Johnson

Kate and Emily were married in July in the backyard of their Aunt and Uncles house on a lake in East Orland Maine. We started the day with them nearby at the home of Verona Island Flowers, also a family member! They had their first look by a small pond and then we hung out with the whole bridal party taking pictures and laughing. If you have not noticed yet, we have a pretty close connection to the Russell family and their weddings. We have photographed Emily’s brothers wedding, (Lyndsey and Ben) one of the Russell cousins, (Emily and Jason), a super close friend of Lyndsey (Hillary and Matt). They were ALL there on this day and I felt like we were surrounded by people we love. I can’t imagine a better environment to photograph in, a place FULL of love.

When we headed to the ceremony site, we were witness to one of the most joyful wedding ceremonies we have ever been witness to. As each member of the wedding walked down to the ceremony, there were cheers and yells! Everyone was SO excited! The energy was palatable. Kate watched Emily walk down the aisle from her hiding place and everyone watching her watch Emily was crying. It’s hard to put into words just how much fun the ceremony was, while still holding the importance of the moment with respect. It was unforgettable. After they were LEGALLY MARRIED in this great state, we headed to the dance party! It was one of those receptions where it really seemed that all the guests we best friends having the best time. We felt welcomed by everyone and from the Mothers Dance, to both the Father Daughter Dances, there were streams of tears and smiles.

In true Russell style, the dancing was out of control and we had a blast with everyone. It was, and always is, an honor to be a part of weddings full of love.

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DJ: Todd the Rocket Catering: The Good Kettle Flowers: Verona Island Flowers

Ice Cream: Darlings Ice Cream Desert: MarKel’s Bakehouse

I feel like I should reiterate again how we met these two because I think it’s the coolest story. One wintery night in Boston, I went to a book signing for Young House Love. Andrea was in front of me in line  and it’s just that simple. Over the next two years we kept in touch via social media and her blog! When Mike proposed she emailed me right away and we were in! Her sweet bridesmaids were there with her at the book signing too so it was radical to have everyone together again!

Mike and Andrea did something really unique an special for their first look. In the middle of the lake there is a tiny island. They both took boats out to it with Dan and I. Once we were all in place, they had a first look to always remember. First Andrea walked up and hugged him close, then stepped back and Mike turned around to see his bride. It was so so romantic and it was better than anything we could have came up for them for what and where to do it. We loved it!

Once it came time for the ceremony, they again took boats over to the ceremony site. It was a first for me and I was eating it up! What more could you ask for? Boats and a wedding! The ceremony took place right at the lakeshore and then we all walked up to the top of the hill for a tented reception with details to take note of. It was SO good looking under the tent with incredible flowers and a cake to knock your socks off. We loved being a part of this day and we can’t wait to see what the future has for these two.

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Gown: Wtoo Watters Florist: Valley Flower Company Catering: Maple Street Catering Cake: A to Z Cakes

Hair: Just Paradise DJ: Top Hat Entertainment Videographer: BRD Productions

More with Andrea and Mike:

Engagement Session   |   Meet Our Couples   |   Rehearsal Dinner

Kate and Michael’s wedding day took place at the Newagen Seaside Inn in gorgeous Mid-Coast Maine, close to Boothbay Harbor. It is actually one of Dan and my favorite spots in Maine! The last time we photographed a wedding in this area it was a hurricane so the weather on this day was really welcomed by us. There were a lot of fun details to this day too, like the fact that they shipped in their favorite ice cream all the way from Ohio and the awesome cocktails they made to pay homage to where the live, Manhattan! My favorite detail of all was her dress. She wore a short dancing dress and then added a skirt over it that was made from her mothers wedding dress. It was super unique and even more lovely.

They did their first look on the rocks overlooking the water, which was obviously stunning. The ceremony overlooked one of our favorite Maine vistas, that we have visited personally more than once. The details we well thought out and the food was out of this world. After dinner and toasts, the dance party began. I loved how the Newagen Seaside Inn up-lit the room and made the photos ever cooler. We love lights like that! Take note. Enjoy this cute Mid-Coast Maine wedding ok?

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Venue: Newagen Seaside Inn Florist: Emily Carter Floral Design

Vee and Mike’s Willowdale Estate  wedding is finally here to show off on the blog! It was SUCH a classic and classy wedding, and if you don’t already know, we LOVE Tuxedoes so this was right up our alley! Everyone got ready at the hotel and then we did a little non-first look right in the hallway since Vee just couldn’t help from at least holding his hand before the ceremony. The guys headed to a local bar and imbibed in some HUGE shots thanks to being friends with the bar tender. The ladies rode the trolley to the ceremony and waited in the wings for everything to start. There ceremony was much like other ceremonies except for one big unplanned moment when the FIRE ALARM WENT OFF! The priest, although a little confused, continued with the ceremony, although I do think he skipped over all the non-necessary talking. Right before they kissed, the alarm stopped, and we all went outside to find the fire department, all ready to go just in case. It was truly unforgettable. You gotta love a couple who can take that in stride. We obviously took some images with the firetruck because how can you not? Amiright? The “you guys are just too hot,” jokes came shortly afterwards.

We all headed to the gorgeous reception and Dan and I hung out with the bridal party on the front lawn, trying to keep up with the groomsmen and their antics. After a rowdy photo session, we took Vee and Mike for a few of just them, Vee laughing practically the entire time. Then it was dinner and dancing time! Everyone was so fun to be around and we didn’t want to leave, which I can only guess is how everyone there felt that night. We are so happy these two are married and we were there to photograph it.

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Venue: Willowdale Estate   |   Flowers: Evans Flowers   |   Cake: Fredericks Pastries 

Hair: Marc Harris Salon   |   Makeup: Kerri Herlihy   |   Band: Young Love and the Thrills