Did you know there is a beautiful, airy ballroom with gold painted details and centuries-old artwork just waiting for the Cinderella of brides right smack dab in the middle of downtown, Portland, Maine? Well, now you do. Mechanic's Hall is opening its doors to the public as a wedding venue, and this is seriously such a cool space.
Pumpkins, scarves, engagement rings....you cannot go wrong with this one! We somehow managed to keep this entire plan secret, and boy was Gabi surprised in the best way possible today.
Sneak Peek! Theresa + Chuck's Eastern Promenade and Old Port Engagement Session | Portland Maine Photographers
We all certainly got a workout walking/climbing to the different spots to shoot on this one, but it was totally worth it because: 1. these sneaks are awesome, and 2. we can all skip leg day tomorrow. :) I was shocked to learn this was their first ever photo session together! They totally rocked it out tonight!
Literal blood, sweat, and tears were poured into this venue and this project while getting it ready for the debut. Beth (the owner) and her gang of super-talented, horse-training, carpentry wielding, decorating, mowing, fixing, gardening and cleaning superstars completed an insane amount of work getting this stunning venue ready for presentation
It started off a bit drizzly and overcast, but that turned around and we had the most wonderful, soft light one could hope for on a wedding day. This couple. This venue. This light. Everything was simply amazing.
Then when golden hour came about, the most magical, warm and truly golden light flooded the deck of the vessel, and I knew we had to take advantage of it. I grabbed Chelsea + Derek for an impromptu session on the deck, and OH my goodness....it was just heavenly.
I had a wonderful time capturing photos for Megan and Patrick at their intimate wedding at a private residence in Gray, Maine today. The weather was absolutely wonderful, and spirits were high.
I first remember talking to Nick and Sarah during our first call together, and also when we met at the Cookie Jar in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, after they had already hired me. We had an awesome time chatting together and getting to know each other a little bit, and I felt like we had already been friends for years.
This was such a beautiful shoot - the weather was perfect, the lighting was perfect, and there was even champagne delivered to the newly engaged couple by the amazing staff at the Cliff House Maine resort in Ogunquit, Maine! I had an absolute blast with Joe and Toni for their surprise proposal photo session...
Sneak Peek! Kevin + Alicia's Two Light State Park Proposal Photos | Portland Maine Surprise Proposal Photography
You know it's going to be a great day when it starts right off with a surprise proposal, and with a dog in the mix! I had a blast capturing Kevin and Alicia's surprise proposal in Two Lights State Park this morning, and just love these quick samples of our session together.
I couldn't leave the session without getting a feel for the birthday boy's sense of humor when he asked if my camera was a birthday present for him! Too much fun - no wonder his family wanted to do something so special for him - what a character!
Our adventure started in Biddeford Pool, and ended on Casco Bay, with the ceremony and super fun celebration party on board the ship!
Ben had a few ideas for a location picked out for this special moment to happen, and he finally settled on the perfect spot - the little beach where his grandfather had taken him as a boy to skip rocks while on vacation in Maine. He had made plans with Mary B. to have dinner later in the evening at a lovely restaurant there in Kennebunk, while on their vacation here from back west
Sneak Peek! Leif + Rose's Portland Head Light Surprise Engagement Photography | Maine Proposal Photographers
What a beautiful day it was today! The sun was shining. White, puffy clouds passed in and out over a brilliant blue sky. The hot summer air was cooled with a steady, cool ocean breeze. Just the most amazing backdrop today for Leif + Rose's surprise engagement at Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth Maine!
Wow, what an incredible evening last night! Ben and Mary got engaged last night on a little rocky beach very close to Ben's heart. It was so wonderful meeting these two, and capturing this amazing moment for them!
And this day, the fog was thick and heavy, making the allure and mystery that much stronger for this curious soul. It's definitely like something you would see in a movie. As I came to the entrance of the lonely road, I was overjoyed to finally make the drive ahead into the unknown.
Khrystyna + Chris' Portland Head Light Surprise Proposal Photography | Engagement Photographer in Portland Maine
I texted Chris to let him know I was in position, but that there were quite a few people milling around the very spot where things were to be taking place. So I kicked into crowd control mode and started (politely) informing the visitors of what was going to take place, and so they cleared out. Then came another group.
I've never been on a sailboat before, let alone shot photos on one, so this was an amazing first for me, and definitely something I am looking forward to doing again! Enjoy this sneak peek of our nautical adventures tonight on Casco Bay!
This wonderful photoshoot at The Barn at The Kennebunks has been almost a year in the making. It has truly been a labor of love for me from conception to end. So many wonderfully talented Maine vendors came on board for this project, and just knocked it out of the park - I am so incredibly grateful for each and every one of them.
The Whole Story - Bill + Sarah's Surprise Engagement Day | Portland Maine Surprise Proposal Photography
Once inside, a few of Sarah's co-worker teachers and staff got the kids' attention to reveal the secret to them: their beloved teacher was going to "get proposed to" as one of the kids adorably phrased it, and they were going to help! As soon as they heard, they all just about jumped out of their seats with excitement, eyes glowing, and huge, beaming smiles.