Lauren & CJay's wedding fell a bit outside of my niche of small-scale, intimate weddings BUT when I met them I knew right away that they embodied the values that led me to wedding photography. Their relaxed spirits and genuine warmth made their large soiree feel as connected as personal as any smaller one.
Join me for a look at their gorgeous November evening along the shore in York, Maine.
Venue: Union Bluff Hotel
Flowers: Beautifully Brightened Flowers
Music: Business Time
Cake: Cakes by Alexa Marie
The Union Bluff is a really wonderful venue for a wedding. Not only do they have a huge banquet hall overlooking the ocean and outdoor ceremony location, they have beautiful suites for guests and getting ready.
Clay and his guys were downstairs getting ready together, pal-ing around and trying to figure out the trick to tying their ties just right. They looked pretty darn sharp.
Meanwhile the ladies where sharing easy laughs upstairs in a suite while they sipped champagne and had their hair and makeup done.
This glow followed them all day long. It was such an perfect day.
The couple opted for a first look so that they could share a quiet moment together and then get their portraits finished before the ceremony and reception. They wanted to be fully present for their party and celebrate with their fiends and family.
For their portrait session we focused on capturing genuine emotion, natural movement and connection that would look and feel authentic to their relationship.
OMG, that glow. Look how stunning they look.
We captured family group photos and bridal portraits next.
The ceremony was held on the lawn of the Union Bluff. It was a bit chilly in November but there wasn't a cloud in the sky and folks cuddled up close to keep warm. All in all, we felt pretty blessed for such a cozy evening so late in the season.
Not too many dry eyes left after they finished their vows. It was clear that these two chose to surround themselves with family and friends who deeply love and care for them.
With the vows and rings exchanged, it was time to party. They sure knew how to make an entrance!
Their first dance was both playful and romantic.
The parent dances get me more and more these days. They're a sweet way to honour the parents who loved us first.