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Mr.& Mrs. Ellis

TRAVIS & ERICA BROWNELL
MARCH 23, 2019
MORGAN HILL EVENT CENTER
HERMON, MAINE

Oh Erica + Travis, your wedding could not have been any more enjoyable to photograph!
You two brought out all the stops to ensure that not only you had the best time, but your friends + family did as well!
Erica, I have always adored the heck right out of you so I had looked forward to your day for months. The day came and you were the bride I knew you’d be… drop-dead-gorgeous and carefree. Thank you from day 1 for always putting the trust in my creativity + profession to capture your day the way we were comfortable doing. We simply could not appreciate more the fact that you + Travis welcomed us so wholeheartedly and with love- this makes photographing such intimate times all the better.
Travis, what a ball you are! Jen mentioned on a few occasions how accommodating + easy you were to photograph. All of your thank you’s spoke volumes to your character + we appreciated you. Not to mention! How much fun you + your groomsmen made the day- never a dull moment! :)

We could carry on + on with all the love we have for you + how much fun we had!
We truly mean it when we say- keep in touch! We wish you all the love.

Could Erica’s shoes be anymore AWESOME?! We want a pair.

BOMBSHELL- am I right?!
Ally for the win on the hair + makeup!
Erica you seriously made for a stunning bride- all looks aside- you were happy + glowing!

THE WIND! Oh boy, the wind was out to play this day! However, we knew the best lighting was outside- so off we went! I have never laughed so hard photographing a bride the way I did with Erica in this wind storm! What a blast- and so very worth it.

The ceremony was so authentic! We loved the fact that your ceremony was so tailored to the two of you! You had us all laughing and crying at the same time.

Ohhhhh all the gushing. The editing process was one filled with,
“they are so connected- look how effortless they are here.”
+ tons of
“oh my word, this one”
Travis + Erica, we can all agree that the connection + romance that stands in your relationship is never left short. You two have so much play + laughter, love+passion.
I could have spent all day capturing you both- you truly made its easy.
But, again, THAT WIND!
So back inside we went to watch you dance as husband + wife for the first time.

THE RECEPTION!
We all remember it. So many of us side by side enjoying such a fun + lively night! You two surely lived up to the idea of wanting your reception to feel like an event we were all attending! There were times it felt as though we were shooting a live dance off - OR better yet- the most anticipated event of the season ;).
Your wedding was one to remember.

Be still our hearts. GAHHHH this light!
I am 99% sure these photos will go down as some of our favorites this year. We caught that sunset light at the most PERFECT time + nailed it!
We couldn’t resist adding in some black + white love for the moody effect!

Dear Erica + Travis,
We adore you
We will cherish your day
We look forward to watching your marriage grow
We love you.


All our best,
Hannah, Jen + Tarah

Shoutout to the Bridal Party!

SUSAN BROWNELL, Mother of the Bride
LLOYD BROWNELL, Father of the Bride
SAMANTHA BROWNELL, Maid of Honor
DANIELLE PARTRIDGE
RACHEL HEITMANN
ERIN LOGAN
KASEY CONLEY

PEGGY ELLIS, Mother of the Groom
TORREY ELLIS, Father of the Groom
CHRISTOPHER BROWNELL, Brother of the Bride
MIKE WESTON, Best Man
KYLE GERO
TYREL ELLIS
TJ ELLIS

Showing extra love to:
MIKE TOWLE, Officiating the ceremony
DJ BILL LYONS, Music & announcements
ALLY HOLMBOM, The Bride’s Hair & Makeup | Wedding Party Makeup
AMANDA CUST, Wedding Party Hair
SWEET’S COOKIES, Whoopie pies & whoopie pie cake
ALINA BOONE, Florals


Mr. & Mrs. Whitman

Mr. & Mrs. Whitman
July 15, 2017

Lindsay and David

Causeway Club
10 Fernald Point Rd.
Southwest Harbor, Maine

 

Maid of Honor: Kelsey Tulloss
Best Man: Jordan Belmont
Bridesmaids: Erica Connors, Casey Ellis, Bailey Fitzpatrick, Sarah Heywood, Kaitlin Murphy, Kristen Van Meter & Amber Whitman
Groomsmen: Kyle Whitman, Richard Folsom, Andy Jackson, Tom Mason, Tyler Muzzy, Rory Owens & Brody Towner
Flower Girls: Kaia Tulloss and Kinlee Tulloss
Bridal Party Hair done by: Jenna Richardson
Bridal Party Makeup done by: Taelor Bowden
Cake by: Celebration Cakes
Floral Arrangements done by: Queen Anne’s Flower Shop

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

 

Saturday started out cloudy -but beautiful- as Lindsay and David began their morning preparing for their 3pm ceremony at the Causeway Club in Southwest Harbor. Lindsay and her girls were getting ready at one of the most prestigious hotels in Bar Harbor-Harborside Hotel. They were enjoying champagne and laughing as their make up was applied with a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean. The girls enjoyed each other's company and laughter as they excitedly awaited Lindsay's big day! They played “Strawberry Wine” by Deana Carter as a throwback to their cheerleading days- which sparked some memories! Little sister, Bailey, kept Lindsay company as she sat in the make up chair. The two kept each other busy with laughter and traditional sister chit chat! Lindsay and her mom looked more like sisters than mother and daughter! We enjoyed photographing the two of them together as they share the same ice blue eyes. 
We had the pleasure of seeing a sneak peek of Lindsay's dress when she first made the purchase last year...we were immediately in love and could not wait to see it in person! The time came for Lindsay to take her gown out of the bag and just as we had thought it was perfect! Even more gorgeous in person! It was off-white and with exquisite detailing. She had beautiful beaded cap sleeves that hung delicately off her shoulders. The back of her dress was lace with beads and gem detailing along the ruffles. 

Her bouquet was one of favorites of this year so far! The gorgeous plush white roses alongside the soft green succulents went perfect with the dress!

Dave and his groomsmen were just down the road from Lindsay and her girls, enjoying their cold Bud Lights as they reminisced about the previous night and the escapades they had while growing up. Dave sported a huge smile and lots of laughter alongside the closest men in his life to help celebrate his big day. Anyone who knows these boys knows all too well how playful and rowdy things can get- this lead to some fun candids for Robyn!

Once the guys were ready they gathered in the limo and headed to the Causeway Club to set up chairs for the ceremony. They set up the table holding bubbles and programs before lining up the chairs. All of the little details were perfectly planned and admired by all. The weather couldn't have been more perfect for the ceremony. The sun and clouds provided the best light along the water to marry all the summer decor just right.

The ceremony began with David and his groomsmen lined up at the alter. Bailey was the first to walk down the aisle, and the rest of the bridesmaids followed. Lindsay was shielded by both her father and stepfather to ensure the guests would not see her until the timing was right. When it was Lindsay's time to walk down the aisle we all couldn't help but notice David becoming emotional as he saw the love of his life walking towards him. One of our favorite moments! 
Once they were joined at the alter, Lindsay’s aunt and godmother read a marriage blessing. The couple then completed a sand ceremony, choosing blue and white colors, pouring the sand into a glass box combining their love as one forever.
The couple sealed their vows with a kiss and made their way up the aisle as they were pronounced “Mr. and Mrs. Whitman.” The light on Lindsay's face and the excitment in her eyes were very apparent as she made her way arm and arm with David!

 

    As all of the guests headed to cocktail hour, the Newlyweds and their wedding party went to have their formal photos taken! And oh boy the view!! Hannah mentioned several times about how incredible the lighting was and how perfect of a backdrop it was making for the images. 
Once all of the family photos were done it was time for just Lindsay and David. They clearly were enamoured with one another. So playful and in love! Lindsay had the most beautiful smile and Dave brought that out in her. He made her laugh the entire time and we loved that! It was easy to capture the kind of natural love Lindsay and David shared.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Whitman, along with their wedding party, were announced into their reception with Justin Timberlake’s “I’ve Got The Feeling”. They danced their way through the crowd! Such a fun group of people!
Once dinner was finished it was time for more of the formal pieces of the wedding reception to begin. Lindsay’s dad, Steve, and her step-dad, John, gave welcoming speeches for everybody. There were laughs shared and some tears shed. Lindsay & Dave were glowing with happiness to hear all of the kind words and support given by her father and step father. 
Lindsay’s Maid of Honor, Kelsey, spoke of their adventures together growing up and how she felt they were more like sisters than anything. She said that today their wedding was “not only a celebration of where you are now, but the road ahead.” 
Jordan, David’s best man, explained that he and Dave had been best friends forever. He spoke of their time growing up together and that as adults they shared annual fishing trips. He also shared Dave’s nickname - The Maine Atlas - for his vast knowledge on the State of Maine. He said Lindsay was the sweetest girl he has ever met and he was very happy for Dave. 

    Next was time for the Bride and Groom shoe game! This had the entire tent in roaring laughter! They disagreed on some things - in a playful manner - but did agree that Dave was better with directions. He is, after all, the Gazetteer. :)

Lindsay and David had a beautiful, simple cake- white with a few succulents to tie in their bouquets and theme. They sliced into their cake and despite shouts of “shove it in his/her face!” the duo sweetly fed each other bites, followed by a kiss.

 

David, along with many of his friends from the class of 2004, were excited to gather for a group photos! What a special photo for all to have.
Lindsay was excited to introduce us to her old college roomate and all friends who came to support her on this day! It was fun gathering all their loved ones for group shots- so many awesome people in attendance! We really enjoyed seeing some we knew and meeting those we did not!

 

The newlyweds united on the dance floor for their first dance. One of our favorite parts of the whole day! The couple danced like they were the only people in the tent. They pressed their cheeks against one another swaying to what would be their forever song. They laughed and shared kisses while enjoying an intimate moment together.

 

Once the cake was served, and the special dances were done, everyone hit the dance floor! Guests jumped up onto the floor excited to dance with the new bride! Lindsay was having the best time! We love seeing the bride dancing in her white gown- there's something so fun about it! Not to mention she was sporting white glitter Keds ;). 

As you all know, Lindsay is one of the nicest people in the world. She was one of the most amazing brides we have ever met and had the pleasure of working with. From the moment we showed up into the end of the night, she was overjoyed to have us and that made the entire experience with her memorable. Hannah grew up with Dave so she was eager to be the one capturing one of the biggest days of his life. We really enjoyed our time spent.
Thank you to all family and friends for accommodating us!

 

Lindsay and David,

Thank you for sharing your special day with us! Jane Austen wrote, “My heart is, and always will be, yours.” It is clear that the two of you are meant to be. We enjoyed seeing you two together and the love you share!

Congratulations!
Double H Photo,
Hannah, Robyn and Tara

Mr. & Mrs. Smyth

Mr. & Mrs. Smyth
April 2, 2016
Lyndsay and Thomas
Italian Heritage Center
Portland, Maine


Matron of Honor: Brooke Tenney
Matron of Honor: Morgan Leger-Ouellette
Best Man: Sean McDonnell

Bridesmaids: Kaelee Fletcher, Kristin Brissette, Kayla Willigar, 
Meghan Leonard, Miranda Bowker
Groomsmen: Jesse Arkebauer, Michael Closson, Josh Shaw, James Dubay, Arvid Tenney, Adam Ouellette

Ring Bearer: Connor Ouellette

Bridal Party Hair done by: Susan Hanson and Michelle Boomer
Bridal Party Makeup done by: Sadie Piva
Cake done by: Libby Cakes
Floral Arrangements done by: Helen Leger, The Bride’s Mother

 

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Entering the Bride’s hotel suite we were greeted with laughter, hugs and “good mornings.” The ladies were all clad in purple silk robes, except for the Bride who was in a white one -declaring her title in glitter on the back. They were already getting into hair and make-up. Lyndsay was in a massage chair in the center of the suite getting massaged by one of her Matrons of Honor. The suite was made complete with clouds of hairspray, flute glasses brimming with Mimosas, 2000’s tunes and Lyndsay’s gifts to her bridesmaids. Clothespinned to each box for her Bridesmaids were small chalkboards that said, “To have & to hold in case you get cold xoxo” each box contained: a throw blanket, a candle, a hanger for their dress and a silk purple robe. The gifts also included having their hair and makeup done for the wedding. This was extra special as Lyndsay was able to have one of her favorite YouTube vloggers, Sadie Piva, do her makeup. Sadie has 31,507 subscribers to her YouTube channel. Lyndsay emailed Sadie asking if she’d be interested in doing her wedding, and luckily, she was!

After catching up with the Bride and her girls, we headed upstairs to the Groom’s suite. Thomas greeted us with big smiles and an unbuttoned shirt -no really, his shirt was missing it’s buttons. Despite being on the hunt for either buttons or a shirt, he was all smiles and didn’t seem fazed by the minor mishap. His groomsmen were scattered about the hotel getting ready, so the room was considerably more empty and quiet than the females. It was quite apparent though that the gents had a fun night as there were a few stranded and empty Jack Daniel’s and Fireball bottles littering the room. However, our attention was piqued by the rustic wooden crate sitting on the couch. In it were various alcohol bottles, purple ties and small rectangular boxes labeled, “Bottle Breacher.” Thomas told us those were his gifts to the groomsman, and opened the box revealing a 50 caliber bullet molded onto a bottle opener and each one was personalized with the groomsman’s name. The groomsmen were quite fond of them as they found any and every opportunity to use them -especially during their photo shoot.

Thomas and his groomsmen were ready to go for pictures right on time at 2:00. We piled onto the party bus and headed to Downtown Portland. As soon as the doors to the bus closed, The Lion King’s “Hakuna Matata” burst through the speakers. The gentlemen all sung along and popped a bottle of champagne to pass around. There was clear camaraderie between all of these men to support Thomas. We pulled up to Tommy’s Park and made our way to The Portland Hunt & Alpine Club to grab a photo of the gentlemen doing what they like best -sharing a pint. The guys were quick to use their new “Bottle Breachers” and soon after being served, the sound of raining bottle caps filled the air followed by cheers.  After toasting a glass to Thomas, the group utilized a few of Portland’s steps and inlets for photo ops. These guys were troopers through the slight rain. Upon finishing their group photos, the Groom and groomsmen hopped back on the bus and made their way to the venue, The Italian Heritage Center. The venue was decorated with lots of Pinterest inspirations that Lyndsay did herself. “It was always you” was handwritten on a chalkboard and posted outside the door. The guest favors were plant seeds and beside the favors were Lyndsay and Thomas’s engagement photos (which were featured in Real Maine Weddings!) Lyndsay’s mom did all the floral arrangements: the centerpieces, the boutonnieres, the bouquets and the throw bouquet. Everything looked beautifully done and all so original.

With one hour until the ceremony, we made our way back to the hotel to catch Lyndsay and her bridesmaids getting into their dresses. Team Bride had swapped their purple robes for dresses and were eagerly awaiting for Lyndsay to do the same. With the help of her Mom, Helen and her soon to be Mother-in-Law, Anne Marie, Lyndsay slipped into her dress surrounded by her sisters and bridesmaids. Everyone looked on in awe at the beautiful Bride in her wedding dress.The scalloped lace train gathered at her feet as her mom buttoned up the back of her dress. With a few finishing touches and a final sweep of the suite, everyone headed to the bus that would take them to the venue. They burst into song by belting out, “Going to the Chapel” The silliness from the morning slowly dissipated and a feeling of excitement blanketed the ladies as Lyndsay made her way down the road to become Mrs.Smyth.

The ceremony began as “Instrumental Piano Cover” by Randy Newman wafted through the Columbus Room at the Italian Heritage Center. The procession of beautiful bridesmaids headed towards Thomas and the officiant. The crowd stood as “A Thousand Years” by The Piano Guys filled the room. Lyndsay and her dad made their way down the aisle. Thomas awaited his Bride at the end of the aisle with a big smile. Lyndsay’s dad exchanged handshakes with Thomas and handed off the bride for the exchange of vows. The officiant, Greg Hoar, gave some advice to the couple including, “remembering to say ‘I love you,’ even on the bad days.”. During Lyndsay’s vows, as she gazed at Thomas, she managed a little laughter through her joyful tears, “I promise to laugh and cry with you, starting now.” This managed a collective chuckle through the crowd. The highlight however, was when they incorporated their nickname -Tushu- for each other into the end of their vows. It had the crowd laughing along with them. As the couple walked back up the aisle as Mr. and Mrs. Smyth, the large crowd of their friends and family went crazy with applause and cheers for the couple.

With the entire bridal party, the newlyweds and their parents on the bus, we made our way to Portland’s Eastern Promenade for pictures. The rain had stopped, but the cold front had settled in and the wind coming off the ocean made for a chilly photo environment. Despite the cold and the goosebumped arms the bridal party managed to get some amazing photos. Lyndsay and Thomas were the center of their friend’s affection and attention as they set themselves up, next to and around them. The groomsmen were absolute gentlemen by offering the bridesmaids their jackets to stay warm. The bridesmaids and Lyndsay took their photos while the groomsmen occupied themselves by jumping and climbing on one of the nearby cannons. Lyndsay and Thomas take beautiful photos. As they were led away for their couple photos, I was in awe of the fluidity these two have in front of a camera. They’re complete naturals. As they made each other smile and kissed between shots it was clear these two were meant to be. They were so comfortable with each other and even better than that, the camera was able to catch all of it. The best moment of taking photos, after watching our breath puff out in front of us, was when the sun splintered through the clouds and provided natural lighting and beautiful backdrop for the gorgeous couple.

Once we made it back to the venue (after thawing out on the bus), the bridal party and Lyndsay and Thomas Smyth were announced. The new Mr. and Mrs. headed to their table, lit with fairy lights and black “Mr. and Mrs.” signs. The crowd broke for dinner before beginning speeches. Lyndsay’s Matrons of Honor, her two older sisters Morgan and Brooke shared a speech they had written together about Lynsday being their youngest sister and how they’d grown into best friends as they became adults. Thomas’s Best Man, Sean McDonnell shared that he viewed Thomas as a brother and looked forward to when Lyndsay and Thomas started a family. It was clear to see the amazing support of family and friends Lyndsay and Thomas have. The couple ventured into a game of trivia and the crowd learned that Lyndsay made the first move and Thomas is the better cook.

The cutting of the cake happened fittingly to Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend.” There were a few gestures of should we smash our cake slices into each other’s face or be good and feed it to each other in a classic sort of way. They chose the latter, although Lyndsay did smear a little frosting on Thomas’s nose, but they were mesmerized with love as they laughed about it while wiping it off. They moved right into their first dance. They made their way to the center of the dance floor and they clung to one another to Ben Rector’s “Forever Like That.” Lyndsay knew all the words and took the time to sing them into Thomas’s ear and at one point tapped him on the nose before sharing a kiss. They were the classic Bride and Groom, despite being surrounded by their loved ones, they only had eyes for each other. They were caught up in their own moment, just as it should have been. Following the couple’s first dance, Lyndsay and her dad shared a father daughter dance to Steven Curtis Chapman’s “Cinderella.” I saw quite a few wedding attendees wiping away tears. Thomas and his mom danced their mother and son dance to “My Son” by Mikki Viereck.

Once all the dancing was complete the Bride and Groom got to one of the most guest anticipated moments of the evening: The garter retrieval, and the bouquet toss. Once the bouquet, which had to be thrown sideways due to the giant, beautiful chandelier hanging above the dance floor, and the garter flung to the sea of men, “Love Shack” filled the room and everyone began dancing. The Bride made her way to the dance floor waving the train of her dress around at her husband, and their wedding party joined them, their hair coming undone with beers and drinks in hand. Soon everyone joined in on the dancing. Everyone wanted to dance and celebrate Lyndsay and Thomas!

 

 

Lyndsay and Thomas or should we say Mr. and Mrs. Smyth
The Beatles said it best, “All you need is love!”
You’ve made that very clear to us.

We, at Double H Photo, wish you all the best in your marriage!
xoxo Hannah, Robyn and Tara