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John + Ali are married!

John & Ali
Willam Allen Farm
Pownal, ME
September 29, 2018

+Blog written by Tara Clark of Double H Photo+

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Arriving at the William Allen Farm the air was warm and the sun was shining. It was the perfect day for an autumn wedding in Maine. A large red barn sat front and center surrounded by yellow and orange foliage. We immediately fell in love with the venue
& were anxious to see Ali & John!
We head in to the bridal suite first where we were welcomed by the bride & her best girls! The atmosphere was relaxed and playful- both welcoming and full of excitement.
When asked by one of her bridesmaid’s, “What are you most excited about Ali?”
She responded with, “Cake?"
And after a room filled with laughter, Ali continued with- “I’m just being funny -I’m excited about the vows.”
Ali’s dress was one of our favorite’s this year! The lace and slim fit made for a classic look while the lower back and beading brought a more modern feel.

Close by down the road John and his guys were getting ready at an Airbnb . They were enjoying a few beers and laughs as they teased John about his sock choices.
“I just expected like a caricature or something, you know?”
John explained with a big smile, “Time, you know? I got these like two weeks ago.”
John was ready to marry Ali- he was eager for the first look- as were we!

It was nearing the moment Ali and John were waiting for the most, not the cake, or the vows, but their first look.

John was waiting for her, back turned, in front of the barn. She approached him and put her hand on his shoulder, the smile on his face grew ten times when he saw Ali in front of him. They drank each other in -their hands smoothing jackets and touching lace. We all shared in the moment. Goosebumps in full swing and tears filling anyone’s eyes who looked on. John was overjoyed and couldn’t seem to get enough of Ali’s look. We could tell that John’s reaction gave Ali all she needed to begin one of the biggest days of her life.

“Ali and John, thank you for choosing us for such an important time in your lives. From the very beginning you two have been nothing but accommodating, welcoming and thankful. You allowed us total creative freedom and we appreciate you for putting your faith into our work. We absolutely adore the two of you and your families.” -Hannah


After their first look, it was time for formal photos. John and Ali willingly took off into the woods after finding the most incredible private path. Soaking in the moments, as they held hands tightly, walking along the dirt path surrounded by all the foliage. They were thankful to have had some alone time together before their ceremony.

The ceremony was to take place next to the pond. Perfect spot! Guests gathered on the lawn, taking off their sweaters and shawls to bask in the warm sunshine as they took their seats. In perfect synchronicity, John and the bridal party walked down the aisle to an instrumental rendition of “Here Comes the Sun.”
John’s face lit up when Ali came into view! It was as if they hadn’t experienced a first look at all. A certain level of giddiness that touched his entire face.  Their officiant, Maria (who did the most incredible job), welcomed everyone and began to tell the story of Ali and John. She said they met at the end of the bar at Sonny’s in Portland and gave each other the ultimate chance. These two shared something with each other that night - on a whim, a happenstance; and it brought their entire lives together. They spoke of their love for dogs and Ali’s love for dogs. In fact, the officiant shared a poem called, “Love is like Owning a Dog.” It was perfect for these dog parents.


As we mentioned earlier - Ali’s dress was one of the favorites of the year…as was this ceremony!

The vows held our attention & we couldn’t help but soak up every word.
John began explaining how important family was to him. He wanted someone who was strong and self sufficient; someone who was his equal partner. He found these qualities in Ali. He gazed lovingly at Ali as he told her he looked forward to starting a family and that she would be be an incredible mom to their future kids. He chuckled as he told her that she embraced all of who he was. He promised to work on his listening skills and to get ice cream with her whenever she was craving it. He ended with, “I promise to say ‘I love you’ everyday -because there won’t be a day in my life that I don’t.”

Ali was next, holding her vows and beaming at John. She shared that he was just too good to be true. He embraced the crazy adoration and love she had for her dogs. She thanked him for climbing her walls and revealing her worth. He helped lessen her fear of the future. She confessed that she was a stronger person because of John being in her life. She ended with, “I vow to be yours -always yours for the rest of my life.”

Once they were pronounced husband and wife they shared a kiss- smiles widening as they turned to face their loved ones. They walked up the aisle to the proud clapping and whistling of their family and friends. Ali and John, along with their bridal party and family headed to edge of the field for a few photos. John’s family had everyone laughing with their photo antics. We’re not mentioning any names -cough Susan and Luke cough -father like daughter they say. The Muzzy Clan was lucky to gain one more and it was clear Ali fit right in with Susan, Todd, and John. Once all the photos were finished Ali and John grabbed a drink and headed to mingle and greet their guests.
We loved that they made time before the ceremony for photos so that after they could have more time to spend visiting with guests!

The barn doors opened and guests began heading in for the reception. The dinner had a farm-to-table feel loaded with rich flavors and a satisfying ending. The entire dinner had a family meal presence and we think that’s exactly what John and Ali hoped for!
The speeches began towards the end of dinner.
Michaela, the MOH, spoke of how she and Ali became friends in middle school and had been through a lot of firsts together growing up- which strengthened their bond. Richard, the best man, and John had begun their friendship in fifth grade! He mentioned that even though they didn’t see each other all the time it was like no time had passed and they picked up where they left off.




When the time came for their first dance, they took everyone by surprise with their classical dance moves. It turns out they took dance lessons together in preparation for their first dance as husband and wife! They were so cute as they followed their counts and steps with the occasional slip up which had them laughing.

“I feel as though I took some of my most favorite portraits during their first dance- so much laughter and realness came out.” -Hannah

Ali and her dad had also taken dance lessons together!  We thought this was just the coolest thing. Ali’s father’s presence brought so much light to Ali.
When it was time for the mother and son dance it was immediately playful and fun -in true Muzzy fashion. Susan and Todd joined them on the dance floor and they all danced together. There was not a dry eye in the room :)

Once the dance floor opened, everyone hopped to their feet to enjoy music and dance alongside the Bride and Groom.

John & Ali,

Thank you for bringing us along to capture your big day together!
Rumi said, “May this marriage be full of laughter. Our everyday in paradise.”
We have no doubt you two will spend your lives together full of laughter. May all your best moments be shared together…. and with your dog babies. :)

All the love,
Double H Photo

Hannah, Robyn and Tara


+SPECIAL SHOUT OUTS+

Maid of Honor: Michaela Lessard

Best Man: Richard Munster

Bridesmaids: Lindsay Lindvall, Kara Taliento

Groomsmen: Kevin Mahoney, Justin Phillips

Bridal Party Hair: Caryn Cambra

Bridal Party Make-Up: Samantha Clark

Cake by: Two Fat Cats 47 India St. Portland, Maine 04101

Floral Arrangements: Maine Event Design and Decor




Mr. + Mrs. O'Donnell

Dorothy + Ryan
Hatcase Farm | Eddington, ME
September 1, 2018

+Blog written by Tara Clark of Double H Photo+


Dottie + Ryan couldn’t have asked for better weather to say I do. The sun was shining and the clouds filled the sky creating the perfect backdrop for the day!
When we arrived Dottie and her girls gathered inside- beauty robes & monogrammed glasses filled with cocktails! Music was playing along with lots of laughter and last minute details! The environment was fun and lively! We took THE dress as well as her accessories and florals to head outside! We found so many fun spots to capture the small details of her look. We loved the venue right away!

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+”Dottie, from the beginning, I knew you’d be a radiate bride to capture- so happy & thankful for all your friends and family to share the moments with. You have been grateful and appreciative of our work from day one and this makes for a connection. Thank you for being so warm and kind.”
-Love, Hannah
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Dottie was so full of life and joy! We couldn’t get enough of her happiness and excitement as she got into her gown, placed the finishing touches and out the door she went!

We spent some time photographing the bride & her closest girls- a large bridal party to keep things fun and loving! Then it was time to walk down the aisle!

Nick spent the morning with the gentlemen! He explained the environment to be much the same as the girls! Fun and lively- beer drinking and laughter- the way it should be! Ryan & his sons were happy and excited for the day- anxious to get to the venue to see Dottie! The bus ride over was a blast to photograph! Ryan looked sharp in his suit- he wore it so well. We loved the blue!

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+”Ryan, thank you for making things so easy! You have been a pleasure to photograph alongside Dottie. I have seen a connection in the two of you since we began this photo journey. I know you will live a happy life. All the best to you!”
-Hannah

It was time for the ceremony! Dottie’s mother walked her down the asile- clenched to one another- filled with love and some tears they made their way to Ryan. Ryan stood happy with an eager look in his eyes as he watched his soon-to-be wife walk towards him. Ready to say I do and kiss her! The ceremony was short and sweet, presented by Jillian Benson who did a perfect job.
Dottie had the largest smile- so happy and (of course) filled with laughter while she spoke her vows. Her light was incredible and inspiring.

After the ceremony was complete we brought the family, wedding party and newlyweds together for some photos! We had a blast getting to know so many new people and bringing together friends from different places for memories they’ll have forever!

Ryan & Dottie, like their engagement session, were very easy to photograph. They are connected and relaxed around one another as well as playful. We adored how Ryan plays along with Dottie’s humor and embraces her silliness! The two of them really compliment one another so naturally! Photographing them together was a piece of cake!

Reception time!
This reception was a fun party for all! We had a ton to photograph and loads of happenings to capture! We felt as though both sides of the families, as well as all of the friends, become one in the celebration! Everyone sincerely enjoyed the time had and couldn’t get enough of the dance floor! Looking back, Ryan and Dottie will KNOW their guests had a blast that’s for sure!
AND! Let’s not forget about when Kori Dionne rapped- “None of Your Business”
by Salt N Pepa! That was pretty awesome.

Ryan & Dottie’s first dance was shared with their children. This was such an incredibly special moment to capture for them. The vibe during this dance was genuine and emotional. We loved how connected everyone felt.
Dottie then shared a dance with her mother which left very few dry eyes in the room.
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+”Dottie, I MUST tell you- I LOVED that you shared a dance with your mom. I think that was one of the most special times I will capture this year. The photo of you kissing her cheek literally brings tears to even my eyes! You should forever cherish that moment.”
-Love, Hannah
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The reception started off immediately with a party! Very few left in their seats! There were lawn games to be played, a fire pit to surround with friends and lots of awesome music to dance to! We never ran out of things to photograph! Such a fun time!

To round of the night Dottie and Ryan shared fireworks with their guests! It was incredible! One of the best firework sets we’ve seen at a wedding actually! And how gorgeous it was to capture the two of them looking on!

Dottie + Ryan,
May you forever cherish your wedding photos and each other. Remember to encourage and inspire the other every chance you get. Be friends as well as lovers. Share in your children’s play together- be silly and present. Forgive because you can and forgive quickly- life is too short. Enjoy your lives!
We look forward to following your journey. Congratulations you two- you deserve all the best things and all the best love.

Cheers!
Love,
Double H Photo
Hannah
Nick
Tara

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+SPECIAL SHOUTOUTS+

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE: Mary Cameron
MOTHER OF THE GROOM: Marilyn Brunette
MAID OF HONOR: Eileen Cameron
BEST MAN: Scotty Cray


BRIDESMAIDS:

Donna Acevedo

Kelly Downes

Lauren DiFrancesco

Brittanni Giamo

Theresa Casey

Kathleen Alfano

Alexandra Huffman

Kori Dionne

Megan Duval

Terren Allen

GROOMSMEN:

Travis Dunton

JT Davis

Jeremy Allen

Nate O’Donnell

Drew O’ Donnell

Corey Cushing

David Walker

Tristan Strout

Travas Thibault

Justin Hatch

OFFICIATING THE CEREMONY:
Jillian Benson

The Beauty Team:
Courtney Hill from Main Street Salon- Calais, ME
Bangor Hair Company

Cake + Cupcakes:
Sam’s Club- Bangor, ME

Music:
DJ Bill Lyons

Florals:
Chapel Hill Floral- Bangor, ME

Mr. & Mrs. Lee

Mason + Ashley Lee
August 4, 2018
Bartley Family Event Center
Moosehead Lake

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We awoke to grey clouds and raindrops on Moosehead Lake Saturday morning, but it didn't dampen our wedding mood. We were too excited about the Lee Wedding! We headed over to Ashley and Mason’s house in the early afternoon to capture Ashley and her bridesmaids getting ready. They were all sitting on the couch in their mint colored robes laughing and singing along to music. Ashley was in her white silk robe getting her hair done-she was gorgeous already & her finishing touches hadn't even been made! Who needed sunshine with this crowd? They lit up the whole house-everything was so exciting & everyone full of life! Their smiles were contagious. We loved the bridesmaids immediately! There was a vibe about this entire group of a people- a vibe we loved and appreciate on a wedding day. So relaxed, happy, loving and warm. 
Once everyone’s hair and make-up was completed, Ashley and her soon to be mother-in-law headed upstairs to get into her dress. Her girls stayed downstairs waiting anxiously to see their best friend. 

The room was bright and airy- perfect place for a bride to step into her exquisite white gown. Becky, Mother of the Groom, and Ashley have been very close from the beginning. Becky told us about how much of a blessing Ashley has been to their family and how she adored her more than words could say. It was as if she wasn't marrying her son away, but as if she was gaining a daughter that day. It was clear these two shared a special bond as Becky stood in front of Ashley with a hancerchief that was given to her from her grandmother on HER wedding day. The two shared some tears and hugs as they reassured one another that they couldn't ruin their make up and they needed to get downstairs. One final touch was Ashley's "something blue"- a sapphire ring of Becky's.
We treasure moments where we are a part of such heartfelt and REAL life situations we can capture and FEEL alongside our Brides & Grooms. This moment was one that Hannah shared as being "memorable and so special to have witnessed".

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"I cried right along with them. At one point I forgot to pick up my camera and photograph them. It was just such a powerful time unfolding. I felt so honored to be capturing this for them".
- Hannah
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Next, Ashley would make her grand entrance down the stairs for her girls who were anxiously awaiting her appearance. And oh man- was it emotional! The girls were all taken back by Ashley in her gown- these girls truly love their friend. And she did look amazing- incredible! 

Over to the guys where the atmosphere was a little more playful and less emotional, Mason and his dad placed the final touches before they headed to the Muzzy's property.  Their formals were taken in front of one of our favorite views on Moosehead! The guys were enjoying the day and each other- playful banter and nervous laughter as Robyn spent time capturing the Groom and his closest friends. 

Once all the girls were completely ready we headed out for their formal photos! Hannah's favorite part of the day- when she can photograph the bride! The Blair Hill Inn was beautiful-as always the best spot around for formal photos. Everything was in bloom on the property and the view of Moosehead Lake was incredible. Ashley’s bridesmaids were very attentive and made sure her dress and veil didn't touch the ground. They watched on as Ashley posed for bridal shots- boosting her confidence every step of the way. There were quiet whispers of her looking like a model or a princess! And we agreed! Ashley you sure did pick the best bride tribe! <3

It was ceremony time! Due to the rain the wedding was held indoors at the Methodist Church in the Junction (across from Mason & Ashley's new house- how awesome is that memory for them to hold?!). So much love and support in one room!  We heard the voices and music of Vanessa Springer, Jessie Muzzy & Linda Hamilton who created such sweet sounds to set the mood. 
Ashley came down the aisle all smiles as Mason looked on with a subtle tear in his eye- his love, there she was, ready to say I do. The ceremony was filled with belly laughs and true loving vows. We all felt so happy for Mason & Ashley- their love was apparent and strong friendship
even more so. 

They left the church in Mason's truck that he's had since he was a young boy.
Ashley mentioned, "He even cleaned her out just for me".

We all headed to the lake towards the reception!

After the ceremony Ashley, Mason, their wedding party and families headed lakeside for photos. The sun had finally poked it's way through the clouds. The family members jumped in for photos -their smiles wide and proud. The bridal party was full of laughter, they were clearly excited and ready to celebrate with their friends. 
The real magic came, however, when we were able to get Ashley and Mason alone together. Their shoulders untensed, their smiles grew less controlled and they slowly loosened up in the presence of each other. They were quick to wrap one another in hugs and share kisses. They took direction well for photos and moved in-tune together. Their love was palpable as they looked at each other in-between shots. We were able to utilize the versatile nature of their location. There were gorgeous pines, a perfectly placed abandoned canoe, and of course Moosehead Lake.
But one of the most delightful ideas they had was to put “I Do” and “Me Too” stickers on the bottom of their boots. They hopped up in the back of Mason’s truck and showed off the bottoms!  It was unique to them -and we love those little personalizations- how fun!
We felt the whole day that both Ashley & Mason really let us into their day and we cannot thank them enough for that. It makes our creative space and thoughts come to life easier.
In fact, we truly appreciated spending this day with you all. Everyone welcomed us so kindly and made us feel like we were a part of the family. We saw a glimpse into the love of two high school sweethearts and our hearts could not be more full editing these photos and writing this blog. 

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"Growing up in Greenville I have always known that the love in a small town is incomparable. Any opportunity I get to spend time on Moosehead surrounded by my people and all that love-I jump on and am grateful for. Thank you Ashley, Mason, Becky, Rex, all the groomsmen and bridesmaids, the extended family and super fun friends for being so awesome and loving. I had the best time".
-Hannah
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After we captured the two young lovebirds in the last photos at the truck, we headed to the reception tent! The details throughout the tent were wonderful-perfectly placed and color coordinated. There were sprigs of lavender at each place setting-our fav! Guests were given mason jars as drink glasses and cozies with Ashley and Mason’s wedding date in mint and lavender. We loved the personalized drinks at the bar - titled “Mr.” and “Mrs.” Their little touches were everywhere and delicately placed.
Special dances were had and speeches were made. Next up was the cake cutting! WOAH! What a super fun twist that took place. Ever so softly and sweetly the newlyweds cut into their cake and then out of nowhere frosting began to fly! The two chased each other until they felt as though the other got even! They had all the guests in hysterics laughing and joining in the excitement! 

To wrap up the special surprises was the Bride Tribe! They had planned a special choreographed dance for Ashley! They gathered on the dance floor as Footloose began to play and Ashley watched on! They danced and laughed in front of their best friend who was clearly very surprised by this! Pulling Ashley onto the dance floor the girls set the tone for an open dance floor for guests!  The rest of the evening was spent with family and friends enjoying cocktails and music by the lake and celebrating a lifetime of love! 

Mason and Ashley,
We cannot express the love and gratitude we have for your special day. We truly enjoyed our time and couldn't have had any more fun! Editing your photos and writing this blog has been joyous for us. We wish you all the laughs, memories, and pure joy life can bring. We encourage you to forever cherish your wedding photos and each other. 

always,

The Double H Photo Team
Hannah, Robyn and Tara

 

+SPECIAL SHOUTOUTS+

Maid of Honor: Kilee Hutchinson

Best Man: Spencer Lee

Bridesmaids: Jenna Crane, Sarah Miller, Kaleigh Pina, Abigail Warner

Jr. Bridesmaid: Nola Mason

Groomsmen: Graham Benway, Danny Brandy, Michael Mace, Trevor Richards

Jr. Groomsmen: Kevin Pina

Flower Girl: Mya Muzzy

Ring Bearer: Ryder Gray

+VENDOR LOVE+
Video: Life in Focus | Nick Eaton
Bridal Party Hair: Ally Holmbom
Bridal Party Make-Up: Aaron Hayden
Cake: Laura Theriault
Food: Diane Bartley | DKB Catering
Floral Arrangements: Leslie Lacase
DJ: Chris Bouchard

 

 

 

THANK YOU FOR THE CONTINUOUS LOVE AND SUPPORT

 

 

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). :)