Mr. & Mrs. James Watson

Mr. & Mrs. Watson
July 21,2018
Kylie and James
Beauty & the Beast
Diadema Golf Club and Restaurant
419 New Portland Rd.
North Anson, Me 04958

 

The sky was clear and the sun high when we arrived at Diadema Golf Club for the big day! We were greeted by Kylie looking gorgeous already in her white silk "Mrs. Watson" robe. She was preparing for detail shots-everything perfectly placed and just so. She had all her accessories, bouquet and shoes ready to go, and her gorgeous gown was hanging front and center. We immediately noticed how gorgeous & elegant her gown was. 
Kylie and James had such a fun theme to their wedding, Beauty and the Beast. It was a blast pointing out all the nods to the story throughout the day-also made for fun photos.
Kylie was all smiles introducing everyone in the suite and pointing out where James and the gents were lounging - outside in their golf gear! Which we would later photograph- and how fun IT WAS!
 From the suites balcony we could see where the ceremony was to take place, in front of a beautiful rock fountain. The arbor was huge and beautifully handcrafted by the groom! There were two ‘W’s’ on either side with a royal purple fabric woven around it. The mini chandelier hung ever so elegantly from the middle.

Photographing Kylie was incredible. She resembled a bridal princess with her sparking crown, long flowing beaded gown and rose gold jewels. We just couldn't get enough!
We're still swooning over how elegant & stunning Kylie was throughout the day. 

The ceremony was short and sweet- filled with laughs and love letters. James wore THE BEST suit we have seen in a very long time! The detailed & textured jacket engraved with his name really put a special look to their wedding. His style is definitely one for the books!
Kylie's great aunt did a fantastic job conducting the ceremony with funny words & examples of the two lovebirds. What perfect weather they had surrounded by family and friends as they became one.

Oh, the formals of James & Kylie! Could those two be any more dashing?! They fell naturally into one another as we captured the moments between them. They lead us into the woods located off the golf course filled with massive tall pines with the perfect amount of sunlight creeping through the branches. We could have spent all day out there doing just that- but it was time to party! 

The newlyweds entered the room with all smiles and excitement flowing! James twirled Kylie on the dance floor like the princess she was. They made a grand entrance in front of the fireplace at their sweetheart table. The table was decorated with odes to Beauty and the Beast: there were crystal goblets and a tea set - Hi Mrs. Potts and Chip! And of course...a single rose. Everything dazzled upon the rose gold sequin table cloth. It was apparent that Kylie and James had paid attention to all the little details for their big day.
A super fun highlight from the reception was when Kylie and James cut the cake! They started out sweet and innocent...and then the frosting flew! Including onto one another's faces! It took everyone by pleasant surprise and they couldn’t help but join in the laughter.
The guests took the dance floor to enjoy the cocktails and music! 

 

James and Kylie,

 We loved being apart of your “Once Upon Watson” story and we wish the best as you continue your fairytale life together.

Your day was magical!
With love,
Double H Photo
Hannah, Robyn and Tara

 

 

+SPECIAL SHOUTOUTS+

Matron of Honor: Lindsay Sands and Erika Darrah

Best Man: Ryan Martell

Bridesmaids: Megan Douglass, Kellsey Grass, Briana Martell, Jen Perigo

Groomsmen: Tobey Cleaves, Thomas Douglass, Michael Perigo, Garrett Sands, Corbin Shufelt

Bridal Party Hair and Make-Up: Cait and Shay of Bangor Hair Co.

Cake By: Candace Martell, Owner of Candace’s Cakes

Floral Arrangements by: Spring Street Greenhouse in Dexter, Maine

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. & Mrs. Helma

Mr. And Mrs. Helma
June 30, 2018
Victoria and James
Sugarloaf Mountain
Carrabassett Valley, Maine

 

We arrived at Sugarloaf with the sun (and the humidity level) high. Vicki and her girls were getting ready in a gorgeous suite-we couldn't wait to see Vicki as we knew she would be stunning! Mimosas in hand, music playing in the background & the room filled with perfume and make up powder we found the bride! Our first thing to do was find her dress and all the accessories to photograph!
 The mountain combined with the magnificent summer weather made for an ideal backdrop for everything! 
Shortly after, it was time to get into the gown! Vicki's makeup and hair looked immaculate- her long beaded braid was a first for us! We loved her look!
When Vicki was ready we head out to explore the grounds for the bridal portraits. Sugarloaf Village made for the perfect location. There were a few flashbacks to their winter engagement photos in some of the same spots! 
Her dress was one of our favorites of the year thus far- soft simple fabric with intricate beading on the straps and back. Vicki was giving off a Princess Elsa vibe-and we all know she loves her Disney :)! If we didn't have a ceremony to get to we could have spent hours posing this drop-dead-gorgeous soon to be Mrs.!

The ceremony was filled with compassion, lots of laughing and beautiful words spoken. Surrounded by so many family members and close friends Vicki & James became husband and wife. 
(side note: their vows were seriously amazing and we all cried). :)

We absolutely adored capturing portraits of James & Vicki- their playful manner, best friend vibes and the romantic way they stared at each other made our jobs easy! Thank you Vicki & James for sharing some time alone with us while we created a photo story for you. We enjoyed ourselves- and YOU! 

We fell in love with the secret paths and bridges along the wooded lines of the slopes... 
However, little did we know the best was yet to come! Vicki and James whisked us away to a secret spot - The Outdoor Center a few blocks away. There was an instant feeling of being transported to tranquility.  It was so calm and quiet. There was only nature and the new Mr. and Mrs. Helma. Nestled along a quaint little pond we began photographing the newly married couple. They were clearly immersed in one another-James stared at Vicki with so much admiration and love.
 We spent time dancing and twirling along a small path guided by sunlight and enclosed trees- this was a fun time had by all. Turns out tight bridal gowns don't always allow for spinning and fast movements.  ;)
 So many laughs shared!

Once the formal photos were finished, we head back to the mountain side where we would load up on chair lifts to begin the reception! Greeted by their bridal party and guests, James & Vicki could't wait for the festivities to begin! And fun was surely had! 

Vicki and James,

We had such a memorable time on Sugarloaf spending such a loving time with you both! Thank you to you and your family for welcoming us and for allowing us the creative freedom to capture your special day. After seeing you both at so many other weddings it was finally your time to be behind our lenses!
We will forever cherish the time spent at the secret portrait location, your incredible vows & Vicki- THAT GOWN! 
We wish you the best in your life- keep that playful manner with one another!

Be well & in touch,
Double H Photo
Hannah, Robyn & Tara

 

 

 

+SPECIAL SHOUTOUTS+

 

Matron of Honor: Lauren Harney
Maid of Honor: Katie Knowlen
Best Man: CJ Harney
Bridesmaids: Michelle Gerry, Sarah Brooks, Keira King, Samantha Leblanc, Brandi Soule
Groomsmen: Kyle Rabe, Josh Voisine, James Nadeau, Eric Mueller, Jack McHenry
Bridal Party Hair: Alisha Lake
Bridal Party Make-Up: Amanda Loubier
Cake& Cupcakes: Got Cake- Winslow, Maine
Floral Arrangements:  Visions Flowers-Oakland, Maine
DJ: Northeast Event Designs-Falmouth, Maine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. & Mrs. Drawdy | Bar Harbor, ME

Mr. & Mrs. Drawdry | Bar Harbor, ME
What a gorgeous location on Salisbury Cove where a tradition of 6 weddings (thus far) have taken place on land that was originally owned by Aryn's grandfather! Aryn has spent every summer on this beach since she was a child so naturally the entire place was stored with love. <3 The wedding was everything we all love about Maine- blueberries, lobsters, a water view, & even a GIANT whoopie pie! I cannot say enough about the elegance of this entire wedding... some of the images taken that day have become favorite's of mine from 2016! 
It was a pleasure meeting you Ayrn & Chris along with your entire beautiful family! Congratulations Aryn & Chris!

Georgia & Michael | Engagement Cape Elizabeth

This romantic sun-kissed engagement session with Georgia & Michael makes me drunk with love! Their chemistry & connection throughout the entire evening was inspiring! Congratualtions Georgia & Michael on your engagement!
Two Lights State Park | Cape Elizabeth, ME

 

Mrs. & Mrs. Smith

MRS. & MRS. SMITH
June 2, 2018
Chelsie & Meghan
Morgan Hill Event Center
82 Morgan Hill Lane
Hermon, Maine 04401

 

We knew right away that this wedding would be fun- how many brides wear converse underneath their wedding gowns?! Not to mention how STUNNING & FLAWLESS both gowns were worn. We are still swooning over how incredibly breathtaking they both were. 
When Meghan and Chelsie first saw one another at opposite ends of the aisle; they couldn’t take their eyes off each other. We all felt the immediate fire and passion the two have for each other. The vows took us all on a trip filled with tears and laughter- but mostly tears. By far some of the most honest and heartfelt vows we have ever heard. It was amazing to watch a dream between two people unfold in such a way- this made documenting their love effortless.

We couldn't have asked for a better day (or a more gorgeous venue) -the smell of lilacs filled the air & the plush greenery made for perfect photo spots. But the leaves and fields were no match for these brides. They stood out -gorgeous in white - against the Maine summer day.

The new Mrs. & Mrs. couldn't keep their hands off one another as we guided them from spot to spot. Their gaze never stopped-it was inspiring and gave us all the feels!

During photos there were many opportunities to hear about their love and life together. Their promises and vows all made sense seeing them in front of us. In between shots, these two could be found fixing each other’s hair and gawking at the other with hearts in their eyes like two teenagers. They were so comfortable, the fluidity of their kisses and soft touches led to gorgeous comfortable photographs. Their smiles sparkled and their laughter filled the air.

As Chelsie watched Meghan get a few solo bridal portraits, she spoke in awe of her wife, “everytime I look at her, she takes my breath away.” We couldn’t help but smile with them. Their vows were thoughtful and inspiring. They wanted a lifetime of adventure with their daughters. They promised to never stop loving each other. We saw those promises with each embrace and every whispered "I love you." 


After a super fun entrance into their reception -to the Ghostbuster theme song no less- the newlyweds met in the middle of the dance floor. They wrapped their arms around one another, falling into step as Safety Suit’s “Never Stop” filled the room. Despite a room full of their family and closest friends, Meghan and Chelsie’s eyes were locked only on one another. They laughed together and sang the song lyrics to the other. The smell of blueberry cupcakes filled the air around them and the purple lighting gave the brides a fun glow to dance under. As their song continued, the moment was theirs and theirs alone.

One of our most favorite parts of the whole day (aside from Chelsie & Meghan's vows) was the time spent photographing all the magic that took place during the sunset shots! 
Meghan & Chelsie- the natural romance and chemistry you two share is unmatchable! Thank you for this time spent- these will forever be some of our favorite golden hour images. 

MRS. & MRS. SMITH,

Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us- from the bottom of our hearts. You two were incredibly magical to capture and we were honored to share moments between such beautiful, caring and inspiring women.
We wish you two the absolute best in your life together!

With Love,
Double H Photo
Hannah, Nick & Tara

 

+BRIDAL MEMBERS+
Chelsie’s Matron of Honor: Katie Boobar
Chelsie’s Bridesmaids: Nicole Bishop, Kristi Carney, Andrea Francis
Jr Bridesmaids: Kierra Mckinnon, Aislynn Rae

Meghan’s Matron of Honor: Amanda Lovejoy
Meghan’s Man of Honor: Joshua Osnoe
Meghan’s Bridesmaids: Amanda Cust, Ally Holmbom, Lyndsay Smyth
Flower Girls: Maddison Carney, Kailie McPheters

+SPECIAL SHOUT OUTS+
Bride & Matron of Honor Hair & Make up done by: Ally Holmbom
Chelsie and Bridal Party Hair done by: Ashley Grehoski
Chelsie Makeup done by: Rylee O’Connell

Cupcakes by: The Cupcake Goddess | Lauren Lichaa
Gluten Free Cupcakes by: Frank’s Bakery- Bangor, ME

Floral Arrangements done by: Karen Harling

 

 

Mr. & Mrs. Martin

Mr. & Mrs. Martin

July 22, 2017

Todd and Susan

Private Residence

Greenville, Maine

--------Blog by Tara Clark of Double H Photo--------

 

 

Maid of Honor: Emily Vining
Best Man: Damien Lally
Bridesmaids: Jenna Chase, Iris Guimond, Keisha Mundy
Groomsmen: Chris Martin, John Muzzy, Alex Rosenberb
Flower Girls: Nola Mason, Mya Muzzy
Ring Bearers: Owen Overgaard

Ushers: Matt Johnson, Liam Mason
Bridal Party Hair done by: Bre Graffam
Bridal Party Makeup applied by: Bre Graffam
Cake by: The Bankery
Dinner Catered by: Eric & Ashley Nelson
Floral Arrangements & Fairy Houses created by: Pat Huckins
Musical Performance by: The Jim Ciampi Band


 

 

    Susan and Todd had a unique rehearsal dinner experience. A festive taco bar was set up in the family barn for their friends and family courtesy of Simi De Salgado. Todd’s dad, Chris, presented a beautiful video as a special gift for the couple. It was a mix of photos of Todd and Susan, some from their adventures together, some of their engagement photos and all the special moments in between. Todd and Susan were so surprised and appreciative of  the gift -it moved Susan to tears. It was in this setting that they chose to hand out gifts to their bridal party. The gifts were thoughtful and everyone loved them! The girls were given glass jewelry boxes with gold lettering that held bracelets tucked around plush moss- the couple’s favorite green! Todd presented his best guys with plaid ties & pocket squares to be worn on the wedding day, as well as a bottle of their favorite Irish Whiskey and daggers! After the festive meal was finished and the gifts were given, the party moved to The Katahdin- Greenville's very own steamboat. At 6 o’clock Todd, Susan, their friends, and family, coolers in hand, boarded the boat for a rock n' roll cruise. They spent the night together listening to live music, sharing drinks, dancing and celebrating the upcoming wedding! What a fun celebration of love these two had, saying good-bye to singlehood in style!

The morning of July 22 began with clear skies - a beautiful day to get married! Todd and Susan got ready together in Susan’s grandmother’s home as they prepared for the big day. They wanted to enjoy their whole wedding day together from start to finish. When we arrived at Susan’s grandmother’s house, Susan was getting her make-up applied. She had the biggest smile on her face, “guys, I’m not a fancy person but this is fun” she exclaimed explaining her excitement! Her make up was perfect for her- light and simple to accentuate her natural beauty. Todd was glowing with excitement and always close by his soon to be bride.

The elements that Todd and Susan added to their wedding attire were the perfect touch. Susan wore pearls that, while simple, were elegant. They were a gift from her parents given on her sixteenth birthday. Todd (and his groomsmen) had on ties and pocket squares revealing his family’s Scottish tartan. It seemed, throughout the day, that even the smallest facets told a story about Todd and Susan. Susan shared with us a stack of notebooks explaining that each one was full of love notes that she and Todd had written to each other every morning. We even found pages where Susan practiced writing Mrs. Susan Martin! The latest one was written the previous night –sharing her excitement at becoming Todd’s wife.

           Todd and his groomsmen finished getting ready before Susan and her bridesmaids. This meant more time for photos and fun! They all made their way to the backyard where the sun was shining and the wind blowing. Todd’s groomsman, Alex, helped everyone tie their ties. They laughed, joked and sipped on small glasses of Jameson as they shared memories and inside jokes.  With the attire in proper positioning, it was time for photos. Each of the groomsmen took a photo with Todd. It was hilarious what they came up with –funny faces, silly poses and even an interesting yoga pose shared between Alex & Todd!

Once the gents were set with photos they took the time to relax, while we caught up with Susan who was getting ready to put her dress on. Her parents- Laurie & Luke- came in dressed to the nines sporting large smiles and pride. Laurie put her husband’s boutonniere on and he returned the favor by slipping her corsage on her wrist. They made prom jokes before Luke scooted out so Susan could get into her dress. Laurie, Nola, Mya and Susan carefully placed the dress and accesories. As she turned to reveal herself as a beautiful blushing bride, her brother John entered the living room smiling as he looked at his sister, “well you look good,” he said. With her wide smile Susan jokingly replied, “thanks -just getting married.” We laughed so much alongside this family all day! It truly was a gift for us to be there.
It was now time for family photos with the bride- and of course the “Core 4!"
 The Muzzy’s refer to themselves as the Core 4--Mom, Dad, John and Susan, but with Todd they're now the "Fab 5!"

The flowergirls stood in awe of Susan as she & her bridesmaids stood in the woods for photos before the ceremony. Mya and Nola, two of the most adorable and playful flower girls ever, carried her dress through the woods to avoid grass stains, sticks and dirt. They were adorable and so excited to show off their job skills as flower girls. Susan’s Matron of Honor and her bridesmaids all wore different shades of blue. The colors all looked so beautiful next to Susan and among the trees. It suited the overall nature wedding theme so well.

The ceremony took place “up back” on the Muzzy’s lot overlooking Greenville. There was a birch arbor atop the hill created by Todd and his friends. Todd, Susan and their wedding party lined up behind large trees just enough to not be seen but so that they were able to sneak glances at the guests and view!  Luke, Susan’s dad, welcomed everyone to the wedding with an opening speech. He gave voice to the symbolism of being wed on this land which has been passed down through the generations.  He expressed that Susan and her cousins had shared many memories “up back” and they were excited to add another wedding to the list of memories. Without further ado he welcomed the bride and groom and their wedding party. Todd’s Aunt Beth, along with a live band played “Love You Tender” as groomsmen escorted the bridesmaids down the aisle. Owen, the ring bearer followed next, carrying the birch tree that held the rings on pillows of moss. Nola and Mya, carrying tins filled with lavender, tossed it in the air as they trekked down the aisle. It gave off the most amazing earthy smell and fragrance for all to enjoy. Finally, Aunt Beth switched to “Simple Gifts” and Susan and her father walked down the aisle. Luke was obviously in tune with how happy and excited his daughter was as she was marrying her soulmate. Susan’s smile was big and bright as she practically ran up the aisle to Todd-she just couldn’t wait to say “I do.” The wedding coordinator and Susan’s cousin, Jenna Overgaard, gave a few words explaining that the rings would be passed around for each guest to provide a blessing or a well wish to the couple. Jenna described to the guests the many adventures that Todd and Susan had together. They had explored many National Parks, Costa Rica, Iceland, and they were spending their Honeymoon in California! She said doing these things together is what is important. Todd and Susan have more than love shared between them -  they're each other’s best friend & travel companions. Together they’ve truly learned the importance of also being yourself. The entire time they were at the altar, the couple could not stop smiling and making heart eyes at each other. And we couldn’t help but swoon over the moments happening either! We cannot say enough great things about the love we experienced between Todd & Susan on that day.

Susan and Todd’s vows to one another illuminated a beautiful picture of their relationship and their life together. Susan expressed that being with Todd brought her “the greatest peace and the happiest soul.” She mentioned that Todd had helped her appreciate spontaneity. She ended her vows with a smile, “I love you now and forever.” Todd was mesmerized by Susan.’s words. He began his vows saying he was madly in love with her, “you make me a better person.” He said he loved every moment they spent together. He spoke highly of Susan, explaining many of his favorite qualities, one being that she’s “a beautiful woman with a heart of gold.” Susan was beaming upon hearing his honest and kind words. They followed their vows with the exchanging of rings, which had made their way back to the alter. Todd and Susan chose to have a unity tree ceremony. Together they watered the tree which signified the roots of their relationship. Todd reminded everyone it was an indoor tree, with the intention that the tree could weather any storm because of its strong roots. And then all things aligned and the earth become an even better place the moment Jenna happily pronounced Todd and Susan as Mr. and Mrs. Martin! The two kissed adoringly before skipping up the aisle beaming at one another.

The couple then had their formal photos taken. We adored that this was time they placed out for just the two of them. It meant for more intimate moments alone and to have that time to soak up their vows stated and the new rings placed. They were all smiles and laughter! They couldn’t take their eyes off one another as they posed for photo after photo, each one more adorable than the last. The more time we spent with them the more it became clear they were one another’s shining light.

It was time to party! The reception began with Susan trading in her wedding viel for a flower crown perfectly made by Pat. There was beer on tap avaliable for guests with four different types of beers: Long Trail Green Blaze IPA, Peaks Organic Summer, Funky Bow So Folkin’ Happy, and Allagash White. The guests loved this addition to the wedding! Inside the tent, there were fun -handmade fairy houses at every table and string lights hung everywhere. The beautiful decorations combined with the amazing view of Moosehead Lake made for an incredible earthy feel- we couldn’t seem to get enough!

Susan and Todd started the night off with their first dance- some of Hannah’s favorite photos taken. Todd twirled Susan around, and they laughed and sang to one another. They were so caught up in their moment together, enjoying themselves, their eyes never left each other as they moved across the dance floor. Their song ended, and as another one started they invited all their guests to join them. Mya and Nola were happy to join Susan on the dance floor. They beamed up at her the whole time as they twisted, clapped and bobbed to the music.

With everyone seated it was time for toasts from the Maid of Honor and Best Man. Susan’s best friend and Maid of Honor, Emily, took the floor first. She spoke of the first day she met Susan, they were suite mates at Saint Joseph’s College. She joked that Susan taught her that “spontaneity should be scheduled for an hour every friday.” She also said that Susan taught her about “boldly staying true to who you are.” Over ten years, the friends spent time together and enjoyed one another’s presence in their lives. She shared that Todd brought out the best in Susan, and as a couple they “embody the cliche- be the change you wish to see.” Emily was clearly quite happy to see her best friend over the moon in love!

Todd’s best friend and Best Man -Damien took the microphone next. These two had been friends forever and shared a remarkable history. Damien started off by saying, “Todd, congrats to finding the woman of your dreams. Susan. I’m sorry.” This had guests laughing. He spoke of their childhood and adolescent memories together. He brought up how Todd still refers to chocolate chip pancakes as ‘cho cho po pos.’ His stated his friendship with Todd is the “most reliable place I can revisit my youth.” Damien said that Susan and Todd bring out the best in one another, that they laugh constantly. He toasted an Irish blessing, “May you achieve all your dreams but one, so you always have something to strive for.” He signed off by wishing the newlyweds an endless adventure. We all agreed it was one of our most favorite best man speeches we’ve ever heard- and we attend a lot of weddings! ;)

Shortly after more wedding activities, Todd had a surprise for Susan. He put a chair in front of her at their sweetheart table, he pulled out his guitar, and dedicated the song to his beautiful wife. He then proceeded to sing, “You’ve Got Friend.” Susan was shocked, but so in awe of her husband and best friend. It was such a sweet moment enriched by a thoughtful surprise. Susan loved it- we all loved it. Way to go Chris & Pam- you should be so very proud at the man & now husband Todd has become.
 This moment was just another reason we will forever cherish the Martin wedding... for all this heart warming love and thoughtfulness.

In a shout-out to John and Ali on their recent engagement the band invited all the couples onto the dance floor. Todd and Susan were lighting up the dance floor! They were having a ball as they enjoyed dancing with each other as well as their guests.

It was time for another surprise! This time from Luke, the proud father of the bride. With all the guests and the bride and groom outside, the surprise kicked off in the distance... beautiful bright colors burst into the night sky -fireworks! Todd and Susan were amazed as they stood together watching the fireworks go off. They were wrapped up in each other and wonder of their surprise. Guests alike were enjoying the show.

Once the fireworks finale lit up the sky, everyone headed back into the tent for dancing -the live band was incredible and kept the dance floor full. At one point, John got up and sang with the band and soon after so did Keisha. Musical talents on both sides of the family! What a fun experience! Susan & Todd had so many people singing for her! What a fabulous night. The band played on, the guests danced up a storm, and the new Mr. & Mrs. could not stop smiling.

Dear Susan + Todd,

Emily Bronte wrote, “He’s more myself than I am, whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”
You two made us realize what every love song is about. This is one wedding we’ll be talking about for years to come! 
You both have shown us what soulmates look like. For you, we may have photographed and documented the big day, but for us-  you gave us a gift we can never repay...reminding us of our WHY...why we do and love what we do. Forever grateful.

The Double H Photo Team
Hannah, Robyn and Tara