Treasures of 2018

My most beloved choices + treasures from 2018



2018 OVERALL CHOICE ELOPEMENT
CAM + JENNA CANALE

-Experienced & captured by Hannah-

Jenna + Cam! Your elopement in Boothbay Harbor, ME at the Linekin Bay Resort was simply divine. The simplistic -yet extremely exciting and romantic vibes- made for the most loved elopement of 2018. I simply adored the way you allowed for the landscape and the company surrounding you to be the vision of what was most important to you both. Some of my most favorite photos of the year were taken on your big day & I will forever cherish them. Thank you to you & your family for welcoming us so kindly and allowing for total creative freedom.

OH! And how special were the readings from both of your mom’s?! I felt honored to share the space.
Cheers!

2018 TREASURED GOWNS
VICKI HELMA + CHELSIE SMITH

-Experienced + captured by Hannah, Nick, Robyn & Tara-

Wedding gowns are one of the most exciting parts to a wedding day for us!
We love showing up and being some of the first to see THE DRESS :).
I remember how sleek and perfectly fitting Vicki’s dress was. The low dip back with a stream of buttons was to die for! The detailing on the cap sleeves were incredibly romantic and just subtle enough to tie in the dramatic flow of the train. The dress alone was a pleasure to photograph and then Vicki wore it…runway material she was. I remember wanting more time to take her portraits because I just couldn’t get enough of how stunning it was and how well she wore it.
Chelsie’s dress was a perfect balance between boho and classic. The long sleeves with lace and sheer fabric stole my heart immediately. Chelsie was such a humble bride- soft spoken & calming- BUT her dress spoke volumes and took a stand. My favorite part were the sleeves! I personally visualize myself wearing a gown made of sheer lace sleeves so I was instantly in love. The dress fit her well and couldn’t have been more perfect for her.


2018 CHOICE SUIT
JAMES WATSON

-Experienced and captured by Hannah, Robyn & Tara-

The Watson wedding was a very creative & visually pleasing wedding! James and Kylie decided on a Beauty and The Beast theme. James was the first groom I have photographed wearing white. I loved this look- so chic and classic. Something else I had never gotten the chance to shoot was a groom’s name sewn into his suit (only noticed on Pinterest and in fancy bridal magazine’s of course- but never in person). The little details made for such an eye-catching appearance for James on his big day. Right down to his rose gold W cufflinks!
He was a very fashion forward groom- and you know me- anything fashion forward count me in!

2018 BELOVED VOWS
JAMES HELMA
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KATHERINE + LAURA

-Experienced + captured by Hannah, Jen, Robyn, & Tara-

James Helma! You wrote some of the most heartfelt, detailed and loving vows we have ever heard. The way you gave examples of your love and brought us all together to share the warmth and reasons why you were meant to marry Vicki was tear-jerking. Everyone there witnessing the ceremony cried- including us. We could see it in Vicki’s eyes just how much she was proud of you and loving you a little extra in that moment.


Katherine + Laura,
Hands down (dating way back to the beginning of weddings for us) your vows to each other take the cake. You spoke of true love and friendship. You truly inspired all of us and we know we speak for everyone (who attended) when we say those vows were perfect. You reminded us of our WHY. You reminded us WHY we love what we do and WHY it’s incredibly special to capture those times. Our hearts were so very full after hearing the two of you confess your truest thoughts to one another.
We sure did love your wedding! :)

2018 CHOICE MAKE UP
KYLIE WATSON- Cait Raven of Bangor Hair Co. | Bangor, ME
DOROTHY O’DONNELL- Courtney Hill of Main Street Salon | Calais, ME

-Experienced + captured by Hannah, Nick, Robyn & Tara-

We chose Kylie and Dottie’s make up for the 2018 CHOICE MAKE UP because of how glam yet natural they both looked! The way Cait and Courtney managed to pop their eyes without having to apply too much was simply stunning.
We highly recommend both Cait & Courtney!
Find them on instagram:
CAIT- bangorhairco
COURTNEY- courtneyebhill

OVERALL TREASURED 2018 WEDDING EXPERIENCE
KRISTY + MICHAEL
-Experienced + captured by Hannah-


On this day I had the most incredible spiritual & creatively awakening moment. One after another, actually. Kristy and Michael came from Texas to one of the quietest parts of Maine to say their vows and make things official. From the seed library to spread growth, to the butterfly cards that hung from the walls reminding us of how precious life can be, to the small details that made incredible moments to capture, to the private words read by Kristy straight from her journal -of all things honest- to the view and how perfect the sun fell- this day will be my OVERALL TREASURED 2018 WEDDING EXPERIENCE.
I could go into great detail here but to perfectly sum up this elopement I would say it was romantically magic- so real & authentic. This ceremony made me decide to offer more of my time towards elopements!
Kristy + Michael- you know how much love I have for you. I cherish meeting you and now enjoy knowing you.

2018 CHOICE VENUE
THE WILLIAM ALLEN FARM | POWNAL, ME
www.williamallenfarm.com

-Experienced + captured by Hannah, Nick, Robyn & Tara-


This venue was one of the most versatile venues we photographed all year! The land is made up of so many spots for formal photos and loads of inspiration! From the pond, to the trails, to the open space and wildflowers we had plenty of places to photograph our couple. We also loved the bridal suite- it had a home feel- even a friendly farm cat to snuggle that roams the property. The space allows for many options for a ceremony spot, a cocktail hour and a reception. We loved the inside of the barn- it was classy and open- perfect spot to place your personal touch!
And! The owners of the venue live on the grounds. We saw them many times that day as they walked the area making sure all was perfect and to lend a helping hand when needed.
We highly recommend this venue!

2018 CHOICE BRIDAL HAIR

-Experienced + captured by Hannah, Nick, Robyn, & Tara-

VICKI HELMA
Hair done by: Alisha Lake of Attitudes Hair + Nail Salon | Winslow, ME

MEGHAN SMITH
Hair done by: Ally Holmbom of Eden Salon | Brewer, ME
Find her on Instagram: hairbyallyh

Both Vicki and Meghan had the most gorgeous goddess hair!
Vicki’s hair in a long wavy unique braid and Meghan will perfectly stunning long wavy locks.
Hands down our picks for 2018 CHOICE BRIDAL HAIR!

2018 TREASURED FIRST LOOK
JOHN + ALI

-Experienced + captured by Hannah, Nick, Robyn & Tara-

John was the most fun to watch as he waited so patiently and anxiously for Ali to step out of the bridal suite to greet him. We could tell John was filled with so many mixed emotions and animated gestures- laughter, tears of happiness, pacing legs and sweaty palms! Ali gracefully walked towards John- slow enough that the suspense was killing her soon to be husband but just fast enough for us to tell she couldn’t wait to tap his shoulder! The two immediately wrapped around each other! They were so in love and wrapped in a bubble we could only access from afar with our cameras. For a few moments John and Ali experienced a moment in time we are sure they’ll always remember! John couldn’t seem to get enough of Ali’s look and she couldn’t seem to soak up enough of John’s embrace! It was truly incredible to be in this moment with them.
We love the images we were able to capture during this intimate time and that’s why John and Ali are our 2018 TREASURED FIRST LOOK.

2018 BELOVED BRIDAL PORTRAITS (one of my most favorite parts of the big day)
JANINE LAWRENCE
JENNA CANALE
ASHLEY LEE
CHELSIE + MEGHAN SMITH

-Experienced + captured by Hannah, Nick, Robyn & Tara-

This was by far the hardest category to choose! I have favorites from all of my weddings and cherish my one-on-one time with my brides during their portraits! However, these are a handful that stand out to me the most and I kept going back to. They all have such a soft, heartfelt and magnetic feel to them.
I’ve always tied in my love for fashion photography into my bridal portraits. I work hard to ensure I am capturing them in a raw form where the realest of emotions come through and what they’re feeling in portrayed honestly. I’ve never bothered with forcing smiles or trying to tell awful jokes hoping for a “real smile.” Infact, it’s the exact opposite. If a smile comes through it’s from an organic place. I focus more on posing and positioning a bride to show her best self. I find honesty and fire in a portrait where a bride is not sporting a cheery smile. The reality of the emotions, the environment and the overall vibe isn’t always a smile. It’s anxiety, it’s slowing down and taking a deep breath, it’s me allowing you to be yourself for those short moments before you become center of attention. You can be real with me- and it’s in that time where I capture the real you. I try to help my brides understand that just because my camera is active waiting for them to open up doesnt mean I am expecting anything at all from them. Just be and I’ll capture you as so.
Don’t get me wrong- I adore a great laughing image of a bride filled with joy- but only if its capture naturally and candid.
That was a lot of wording- phew!
EEEEKKK! I do really love these portraits from 2018.

OVERALL CHOICE WEDDING OF 2018!

ASHLEY + MASON LEE

-Experienced + captured by Hannah, Nick, Robyn & Tara-

Let me just start off by saying WE LOVE YOU ALL and THANK YOU ALL for such an incredible season! We loved ALL OF OUR 2018 WEDDINGS! With that said, Ashley and Mason Lee’s wedding ended up taking the cake (bad wedding pun? yes, but it works here)!
From the beginning of the day to the end of the day these two, their friends and their family displayed the most amazing affection for one another. The friendships we were surrounded by were some to aspire to have and to cherish. The playful manner between Ashley and Mason made our jobs easy- they simply had fun-which made everything light and enjoyable! Sometimes weddings can be stressful and pack on the pressure, but with The Mason’s the important thing was love and remembering why they were there. Ashley had THE BEST bridesmaids we have ever seen. I guess that should have been a category in itself- thats how much they deserve recognition! They were there to support, guide, love and carry Ashley through her day and they did just that! They even had a choreographed dance planned for the bride during the ceremony! Great work girls.
And Mason’s team was nothing short of fun! His groomsmen were high spirited and supportive of Mason- not to mention they were helpful during formal photos and seemed happy to be involved (which is not always the case during formal photos with the guys ).
We were blessed to share a space with Mason’s mom, Rebecca, as she shared passed down gifts from her loved ones with Ashley. These tear jerking moments are some I will always remember- being in the room capturing such a vulnerable time.
The reception was a blast!! The music was great, the food was delicious (DKB CATERING OF GREENVILLE, ME) and the company so lively and welcoming!
Sitting down reflecting on which wedding would hit the spotlight as the OVERALL CHOICE WEDDING OF 2018 was hard! We love them all! However, we kept coming back to the details of this particular day and how incredible it was to see a community come together to create a last minute space for a ceremony due to weather!
Ashley + Mason, you two are the sweetest and we wish you all the best!

That’s it! Thanks for checking out our TREASURES OF 2018! Thank you all for an incredible year! I cannot wait to see what fire and magic comes in 2019!
We hope to see you through the lens.
Be well + in touch,
DOUBLE H PHOTO

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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".
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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.