I love helping future fiancés-to-be plan their surprise proposals in Kennebunkport, Maine. And I love being a part of the surprise itself when I photograph them. Whenever I photograph them, I usually am able to blend into the scenery so as not to spoil the surprise, but I’ve never had to put on my stealth mode so far like this one! This time, I got to be extra sneaky and play the role of sailing crew on a sailboat! I got the t-shirt and everything. Ryan and I put together a plan that I would pretend to be part of the crew on the Pineapple Ketch, a lovely charter sail boat that docks at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Congratulations to Dakota & Katie! These two were engaged near Portland Head Light at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and I was so happy to help them capture the moment that took place right on the coast overlooking the ocean. Dakota and Katie had a road trip vacation to our beautiful coastal town of Portland all the way from Michigan, and Dakota used the special setting and trip as the perfect backdrop to pop the question. I am always careful not to give myself away for these kinds of photoshoots, and was hiding in plain sight for the big moment. Katie said I was very sneaky and had no idea that I was in on Dakota’s plans. Mission accomplished! :) We had fun exploring a bit of the park together after the big moment and I had a blast with these two. I hope you enjoy this sneak peek from their session as much as I enjoyed creating the images!
Neil and texted back and forth all day to coordinate his proposal to Tayla. We had a slick plan for me to pick up the ring which he left with the front desk staff, and give it to him at the location so as not to tip her off with a big ring box in his pocket.
Oh my heart! I was just with the cutest couple today! Jay & Richa were just engaged at Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine today! We really lucked out with the weather for their special moment, and it just started to sprinkle right after she said YES. We quickly found some shelter from the drizzle from a nearby, blossoming apple tree (*swoon*), and a few more spots with the famous lighthouse in the background before it started really coming down.
The weather was perfection as the wedding began at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in downtown Portland, followed by the reception at the lovely Westin hotel, also downtown. I couldn’t have asked for things to go more smoothly, and these two rocked it out (though, that wasn’t a surprise at all!)!
It was truly an honor to be there when these two got engaged, and to be there on their wedding day! Toni looked like a princess in her stunning and flowing gown, romantic hair, and even down to her amazing nails! The entire day felt like I had stepped into a fairy tale.
Lucky for us Ft. Williams Park has more than one or two backdrops to choose from, and the early spring landscaping made for beautiful and detailed scenes that just aren’t available any other time of the year. Taking a long walk around the park’s walking paths, climbing hills and scaling cliffs didn’t deter them as they excitedly explored cliffside goat trails and hidden paths of the park with me. These two adventurers were total champs during their shoot, and so easy to work with! I can’t wait for their wedding in the Fall!
Marjorie & Amanda's Saltwater Grille Wedding Sneak Peek | Wedding Photographers Near South Portland Maine
The weather may have been a little chilly, but that did not dampen any spirits and everything went smooth as butter. We started off the day with their first look on the docks of the marina next to the venue, and my was it just breathtaking! The skyline of Portland across the bay plus the boats in the marina lent to that most amazing nautical “Maine” feeling you really can’t get anywhere else.
This was such a fun and unique ceremony, and I just loved the vibe these two had with their flannel shirts and hiking shoes, and even more so their sense of adventure! The night before, they had been camping up in Acadia National Park, folioing a long road/camping trip to Maine. Even though they are from out of state, I feel like they encapsulated the Maine spirit 100% with their true appreciation of the outdoors and the natural beauty of our surroundings, and their spirit of adventure.
The light was glowy and soft, there were gorgeous lake and mountain views, and just about everything you could hope for, was Top it all off with a spectacular sunset against the mountains and lake, and it was perfection.
Tyler & Savannah Are Engaged! Their Kettle Cove Proposal Sneak Peek | Marriage Proposal Photographers Near Portland Maine
Tyler and I had planned his surprise proposal to Savannah at Kettle Cove together and I couldn’t wait for the big day! When it finally came, the sky was nice and blue. Then, on my drive there as I got deeper into Cape Elizabeth, there suddenly was a thick wall of fog! It was the craziest thing ever! We’re talking super thick-as-pea-soup fog. It was nice and warm though, so it really was quite enjoyable and fun!
Diana looked amazing, Bayard was happy because he hooked a fish before the ceremony (he is an avid fisherman), and Maddie, their precious pup happily played the role of flower girl. You know I love a fuzzy flower girl or ring bearer!! What more could you want for a Maine camp wedding?? Their day was truly “them” and had all of the elements that showed their personalities, it was just wonderful.
It was the perfect summer day for Alyssa & Derek’s wedding at The View Point Hotel in York, Maine. It was everything you would imagine a coastal Maine wedding to be, including a seaside ceremony with direct views of the Nubble Lighthouse.
Diana + Bayard's Trickey Pond Engagement Session Sneak Peek! | Wedding Photographers Near Naples, Maine
It's not every Friday evening that I get to spend waterside at one of Maine's amazing lakes, but when I do, I take it in as much as possible! I had a wonderful time with Diana and Bayard this evening along with their sweet, sweet pup Maddie (and Diana's wonderful mom, too!). These two absolutely love to fish and wanted to have that theme incorporated into their session.
After a lot of logistics and planning since he hadn't been to Maine previously, Mike chose the perfect spot for the big moment, and for photos afterward. I was delighted to meet both of them in person and capture this super special moment in their lives. We had a blast as we went from jetty to beach to grassy ocean views all during our shoot and I just admired the love and joy these two have for each other. It amazes me sometimes how such a great amount of adventure can be packed into such a small time frame like finding a heart-shaped rock for them on the beach where he proposed, and a rainbow appearing right afterward, friendly visits with onlookers, a giant yacht, a tesla appearance - this trip seemed to have it all!
I had a blast with Marjorie and Amanda the other day as we were running around and exploring Harbor View Park in Portland, Maine. This location has significant meaning to them as this was the spot where they first met, and where they got engaged. So this was the natural choice for their engagement photos! They rocked it during the session and I am just loving how the shots are turning out. I had a blast with these two, and can't wait to photograph their wedding celebreation in October!
A little off and on rain couldn’t keep sprits down and the day was filled with s’mores, corn hole, frisbee, kilts and a Scottish ceilidh! Super fun! I’m telling you if I didn’t have to take photos of it I would have joined in in a heart beat!
I was honored to capture Kati & Nick's fabulous wedding at Mechanic's Hall in downtown Portland, Maine. The day was filled with fun, laughter and love, just like these two wonderful people. They are surrounded by such loving, giving and caring friends and family it's no wonder the day just radiated it all around.
I have gotten to know Ellie and Collin over the last couple of years, since we did their wintry engagement session in Freeport in 2016. We all couldn't believe the big day was finally upon us, and it was just as magical as I had pictured in my mind for it to be. Beautiful venue, beautiful decor, beautiful dresses and food....just incredible. It felt like walking into a fairy tale!
What better way to start the day and weekend than hanging out with super fun people and taking their pictures? My weekend is definitely off to a great start having kicked it off with Jill and Alex in South Portland for their Engagement Session! They love to spend time sailing during the summer (and Alex participates in racing), so it was important to them to have some nautical elements incorporated into their session.