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
AND
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,
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