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.
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 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...
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!
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
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!