We met in June 2015 at celebratory cook-out at our great friend Alisha’s house 😊 She got a promotion at work and Seth, who has traveled for work mostly in the Mid-Atlantic since 1999 and was hardly ever home, just happened to be working in New Hampshire for the summer and came to the party. It was exciting for everyone there (old friends and family of his who are also great friends with Alisha and her now husband) because they hadn’t seen him and so long. I was the only new face there and it was nice to meet him, everyone said he was such a nice guy who was so funny (and sure enough he was!) but was just always away for work. We talked some but to me he was handsome, sweet and funny but worked a lot far from home and to him I was pretty and humorously quick-witted but he wasn’t in a place to take on a relationship because of his job. A year later (while planning Alisha and Adam’s wedding!) everyone joked about he and I going to the wedding together. We went on our first date and the rest is history!
This guy has the most genuine laugh I’ve ever heard. He is really listening to me, he asks questions, he makes me laugh and is never missing an opportunity to make me feel beautiful, respected and admired.
I asked him this and he said, “THAT girl is going to go out with ME?” Haha
He said he was “smitten” with me – I was smart, independent, beautiful, hilarious and genuinely wanted to spend time with him. (which he says he still isn’t quite sure why haha)
He came to my house to pick me up and he brought me flowers. I have never, ever had anyone bring me flowers on a first date. They were beautiful and smelled amazing. We went to dinner and stayed there for 3-4 hours talking about what we do for work, our hobbies, our families and our past. I remember he was really amused that I ordered a vegetarian quesadilla with chicken. I explained that you get the good veggies in the vegetarian version that you don’t get in the chicken version (broccoli, zucchini, roasted red peppers, etc.) – he still says he loves how resourceful I am and uses that as an example haha. We then went to this little dive bar in town that I used to go to in college. We had a drink and played ping pong (that is why it was a fan favorite) – we also still talk about how I beat him at 4 games in heels. We had each other in stitches laughing so much, it’s been that way ever since.
It was so special. It was at the top of Quill Hill in Rangeley, ME. At the top of this “hill” you have a 360 pano view of Maine into Canada – gorgeous snow capped mountains and all the surrounding lakes. He had some close friends that live up there and we’d gone up at least once or twice a year to visit. We went up there to visit once and that is where he told me he loved me. We went up to visit one weekend in October in 2017. When we got to Rangeley he suggested we arrived at the right time to go see the sunset at the top of Quill Hill. When we got there, we got out and he walked to me to the same spot he told me he loved me, kissed my forehead and said he couldn’t imagine and didn’t want to imagine a life where we weren’t together. He got down on one knee and proposed with the most beautiful sunset as the backdropped. We popped a bottle of champagne he had hidden in the truck!
For both of us, this is the best relationship we’ve ever been in. When we first met we both had just gotten out of long, unhealthy relationships. If I think of all the qualities that a great relationship should have, we have them all and sometimes I have to pinch myself. It’s not always perfect, life is so unpredictable but having a best friend for always with which you share everything is such an amazing experience. There is always trust, respect, honesty, thoughtfulness, appreciation, communication and so much unconditional love. Life happens anyway, so why not make it awesome by having someone that loves you dearly by your side?
I’m biased but our wedding was the most fun one I’ve been to haha
We had a unique playlist for everything – the reception, cocktail hour, first dances, etc. We listened to some playlist we saw on Spotify or online that others had made and just realized it wasn’t “us”. When I met with Craig, our DJ, I was upfront about our style and when he asked me to elaborate I explained that I wanted our first dance to be to Steelheart. He said, “say no more, this is going to be awesome.” He was so fun to work with and planning the playlists was one of my favorite things to do with Seth.
We also had a caricature artist for our favors – this was amazing. I recommend this to anyone who will listen to me. It was so fun and I still hear about how special it was.
My bouquet was huge! I selected each flower that was in there and hand picked half from local farms. Alisha made it for me and it is actual 2 big bouquets that we zip tied together! 😊
Our cake topped looked like us and our pups!
Also, we got married at such a special place. Not only was this imagined and built by our best friends for their own special day, but we got to pick and plant the flowers for the surrounding gardens ourselves. All of it was so special to us and that meant a lot.
We went to the Samoset Resort in Rockland, ME. We were gifted a week there and we were so incredibly grateful. It was SO relaxing. We spent a day at the spa, a day hiking the local mountains, walked the breakwater and visited the local towns and shops. The most special thing about it though was a whole week together which we hadn’t had in so very long.
Wedding Planner + Design: Alisha helped me plan! My day-of-coordinator was Ariel Thompson.
Wedding Dress Shop: Blush Bridal
Wedding Dress Designer: Essence
Bridal Shoe Designer: J. Renee (Finding a size 12 bridal shoe… one of the hardest things I’ve ever done haha)
Bridal Veil/Headpiece: Flowers and a family heirloom hairpin
Groom’s Suit: Kenneth Cole (from Men’s Warehouse)
Groom’s Shoes: Joseph Abboud Oxfords (from Men’s Warehouse)
Wedding Rings: Jared’s Galleria of Jewelry
Engagement Ring: Jared’s Galleria of Jewelry
Bridesmaid Dresses: Andrea’s Bridal and RenzRags Design of CA (Alisha’s Dress)
Groomsman Suits: Kenneth Cole (from Men’s Warehouse)
Ceremony Venue: Evergreen Wedding Chapel
Reception Venue: Evergreen Wedding Chapel
Event Rentals: Party Time Rentals
Photographer: Joshua Atticks Wedding Photography
DJ: Craig Ibarguen
Hair/Makeup Stylist: Hair: Jenna Richardson Make-Up: Elise Pierce
Invitation Design: Pretty Little Papers – Etsy
Floral Design: Alisha! Florals from Boston Flower Market, Ossipee Trail Garden Center, Little River Flower Farm and Broadturn Farm
Caterer: Personal Touch Catering
Wedding Cake/Desserts: Wedding Cake: Our Aunt Sandy Gluten Free Desserts: Bam Bam Bakery All Other Desserts: Cakes by Babbs
Wedding Favors: Caricatures by Melita Lewis of YOUR CARICATURE
I first met Danielle and Andrew at Danielle’s’ christmas tree farm for their engagement session. It was New Year’s Day and about 6 degrees, quite the contrast from their beautiful coastal wedding day in September. They wanted a cozy, fun wedding with their family and friends and booked the Black Point Inn for nuptials on the lawn and then party after. Danielle sent me her answers to my online questionnaire which, under the special considerations area, had that Andrew wanted some images with one of his cars. I was intrigued and wondered which car this could be as I know he had a sweet Audi and pickup truck. And then as I pulled in the the Black Point Inn there it was on the lawn… up it was a Porsche. Perfect!
Their wedding overlooked the estuary that forms Ferry Beach, one of the few areas where the sun sets over the water. Clouds and mist rolled through the area throughout the day making the lighting fluctuate between dramatic and flat. Their intimate ceremony was followed by family photos on the grounds and then cocktails. After dinner is when the party started in the main ballroom at the inn. The playlist was all Andrews as the night progressed and venue changed into full on dance mode. We made it outside to be sure the Porsche was documented too!
Wedding Photographer: Joshua Atticks Wedding Photography
DJ: Joe Dionne
Venue: The Black Point Inn
Food: The Black Point Inn
Hair Stylist: Kristina Moran
Tori and Zach were married at the Woodlands Club in Falmouth in August. It was a warm, sunny day and we began early at the grooms home in Standish for images of the guys. I was very impressed as every one there was ready to go at 10am with coffee’s in hand. After about an hour of groom prep I headed into Portland to meet with the bridal party. The house was buzzing as the girls were celebrating with champagne as the make-up artist (Beauty by Nikolina) made everyone look their absolute best. After some ring and dress shots, Tori put on her stunning two piece dress and then posed for some shots with her two nieces which were her flower girls. Soon the limo was there and we were off to the Woodlands Club in Falmouth.
The groom and groomsmen were greeting guests as Tori and her bridal party had one last moment before the ceremony started. The ceremony was out on the back deck of the Woodlands Club overlooking the green lawn of the golf course. It was a warm summer day and the sun was peeking in and out of the clouds. After a quick 30 minute ceremony Tori and Zach were married and then the celebration really began. Cocktails on the deck, music and a photo booth kept the guests entertained while we did the family photos on the golf courses lawns. Soon dinner was served and the party was on in the the grand ballroom. What a celebration their wedding was!!
Photographer: Joshua Atticks Wedding Photography
Venue: The Woodlands Club
DJ: Music Man DJ, Mike Promp
Flowers: Nancy Danylik
Hair Stylist: Jessica Morse
Makeup Artist: Makeup by Nikolina
Dessert: The Holy Donut
After some time in the wedding photography business your clients become friends and then like family. Being present in such an important day and being a part of the joy and festivities from start to finish creates a lasting relationship. I love this aspect of being a wedding photographer and I couldn’t wait for Stephanie and Eddie’s wedding at Point Lookout. I first met Stephanie and Eddie at Elisha and Sam’s wedding in Vermont way back in 2016. Elisha and Sam are absolutely wonderful people and the love and joy in their day was infectious. Stephanie was in Elisha’s wedding party and soon we were meeting up again for their engagement session with their Golden Retriever at Ferry Beach. I was psyched to be their photographer and their wedding at Point Lookout was simple gorgeous in every way. I feel so lucky to be invited to these events and to immerse myself in documenting their day. Elisha and Sam were there too with a baby on board! Love. A huge congratulations to Stephanie and Eddie on their marriage. Thank you for having me!