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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


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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. Martin

Mr. & Mrs. Martin

July 22, 2017

Todd and Susan

Private Residence

Greenville, Maine

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

 

 

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

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


 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dear Susan + Todd,

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

The Double H Photo Team
Hannah, Robyn and Tara