As you probably know, Dan and I spend a lot of time in the Outer Banks of NC during the winter and spring months. Come to think of it, we really should start marketing down there and shoot some weddings dontcha think??
Emily and Jim are friends of ours and have been for years. They are OBX locals, living that dream beach life all year round. Jim and Dan surf together when we are there and we like to get together for dinners and brunches and general hangouts as much as we can. Since they are the cutest, and we have been friends with them forever, we wanted to take some photos of them so… we did!
For the past couple years I’ve wanted to photograph a red dress vibe on Jockey’s Ridge.. and we finally did it. Big thanks to a local thrift store for a red nightgown, wal-mart for 5 yards of red fabric, and Emily for being our model. Boom!
For their two year anniversary, Michelle and David wanted to have their photos taken to honor the huge step they took in their relationship: Moving from Texas to Maine! It was important to them that there was snow and a rocky coastline since that is pretty far from their previous digs in Texas. We are so happy they are here in Maine selfishly because we adore them and see many double dates in our future. I know Texas must be jealous.
Can you tell from these photos that David was freezing his buns off since he only had on a flannel shirt to keep him warm? Worth it.
We meant to update the blog and let you know that we are taking a little digital detox over here from Social Media but only got to it just now We’ve been away from Insta and FB since late March. While we aren’t updating our social channels, we ain’t just sitting on our laurels. We’ve been doing a few shoots and even some creative concept work we’ve been dreaming of for years. So… there will be lots to see coming your way on May 1 over here so mark your calendars.
There was a lot going on this wedding day. The weather was absolutely nuts, with snow, sleet, freezing rain, rain, clouds, and sunshine. Some parts of the day made it impossible to take photos outside, while other parts of the day were absolutely beautiful for them. Thankfully Shannon and Josh were easy-going all day long, chill and laid-back, and simply over the moon to be getting married. There seemed to be nothing else that they cared about other than each other and making their love story officially official. I adore when couples are this way, and no mud on the bottom of her dress was going to stop her from making the most of the weather that day.
Josh cried when she walked down the aisle to him, a moment I’m sure we all were moved by. They said “Yes,” to each other and they were finally married! One thing I adored about this day was their focus on one another. They ate together, laughed together, and, in a rarely seen event on wedding days, they danced together almost the whole night! It was a PARTY to say it lightly, and they spent almost the whole dance party by each other’s side. You gotta love that. This was a fun wedding to end our 2018 season on.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 100 times. We love photographing couples in meaningful places. Mariah and Roger chose a family property, right on Sebago Lake, to have their engagement session. They upped the ante by bringing along their two dogs, Peaches and Otter. Next, they added lots of laughs and snuggles and love. It was just the right recipe for a really joyful experience.
I felt instantly comfortable around them and had a genuinely good time making these images with them. The session went by so quickly for me, and before I knew it we were into the blue hour, having lost the sun way too early for my taste. At least the moon was up and the light was still fun to work with.
Besides being a wonderful session in the first place, we will never ever forget this one because right at the end of the night, WE DROPPED OUR CAMERA IN THE LAKE! Mariah looked completely horrified and I was more concerned with making her feel better while Dan went swimming to retrieve the camera. Thank goodness for insurance and positive attitudes
Photographing Paula and Russ get married was the kind of experience I seek out. Dan and I both adore photographing couples who are confident and know themselves, feel secure in their relationship, and are getting married because they are wholly and completely in love with each other. Their wedding was simple without being plain. Both of their personalities were complimented within the vibe and design of the day, which is what we dream of being a part of as wedding photographers.
The day started for us with a few minutes of them getting ready and then it was right into the first look. Their excitement was palpable and they were so easy going through the whole process. After a few photos, it was time for the ceremony, just like that! Paula and I rode a boat to the ceremony location, where everyone was waiting for her. I’ll never get over how FAST a ceremony really happens. Within a few minutes, couples go from engaged to married. They walked back down the aisle as husband and wife. After the ceremony, they both got onto the boat for a little getaway, and then it was time for the reception.
There was food for DAYS and lots of super fun and joyful dancing. We stole away for some photos with them in the setting sun and I was vibrating with excitement because the light was INSANE. I love that they were super flexible and we could go out when the sun got stinkin gorgeous.
Wanna talk about a wild planning process? Well look no further than this couple. Reynolds and Bryant contacted us with a lovely plan in place to have their wedding at a NH Brewery. With everything booked and in place, the Brewery closed! They reached out to us with a new plan, a nearby Farm and Apple Orchard. Booked with the same date, everything was all set again. THEN… things had to change again, and the booked the country club ballroom that Reynolds sister had her wedding in. I literally cannot imagine the stress these two went through with that roller coaster of planning adventures. They had their hearts focused on the right thing though… each other.
The wedding day was seamless. You would never think all that went down in the planning process. The weather was absolutely ideal. The whole thing went off without a hitch. They were wrapped up in love with each other and everyone else was adoring of them. What more could you ask for on a wedding day really?
Also, take note of Reynolds dress. It was worn by many women in her family for generations. How cool is that??
A family property on the ocean in Maine… a total dream location for us every single time.
Brianna’s family has had this farmhouse property for generations, so there was no question where she and her love Jake would have their wedding. Overlooking the ocean, they said their vows, in the side yard of the house with all their favorite people in attendance. Right afterward, the four of us went down to a nearby cove to take photos, at the height of that “Just Married” excitement!
Next, it was dinner and drinks, speeches and dancing. We loved the energy on the dance floor at their wedding. There was even a chihuahua in attendance! At the end of the night, we all walked down to the water for a fireworks show in the moonlight. Doesn’t sound like a dream you guys?
Our first blog post of 2019 is a banger you guys! Anna and Kyles wedding was so so pretty, with the teensiest, tiniest hint of chill in the air. They live in California now but Anna grew up in New England so they came here for their wedding. My little sister was actually suitemates with Anna back in college AND Anna’s parents housed and fed Dan and me when we were in Essex on our kayak trip back in 2009 (See dbkayak.com if you are confused about that). All that meant that we were hugely honored and excited to be a part of this wedding. Having not met Kyle until the wedding day itself, we were so stoked when we did because he could not be kinder. He was so attentive to detail and complimentary and caring. I also ADORED his suit… IT WAS EVERGREEN!
Every part of the day was a dream. Perfect light. Good vibes with the people present. Sweet ceremony tears. Delicious food, and of course… groovy dancing. What a joy to be a part of this wedding day.