wedding vows | wedding reading

"I will love you forever; whatever happens. Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I'll drift about forever, all my atoms, till I find you again..."

"I'll be looking for you...every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we'll cling together so tight that nothing and no one'll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you...We'll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pin trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams...And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they won't just be able to take one, they'll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we'll be joined so tight..."

-from Philip Pullman "The Amber Spyglass"

2014 wedding trend predictions

i predict that weddings in 2014 will include some of these trends. the overall vibe for 2014 will be simple, effortless, comfortable, earthy and clean. 

inside out cakes

via Le Magnifique Blog | photo by Daniel Cruz Photography

simple wedding jewelry

via Gunnard Jewelry

bouquets with mostly one flower or color

via Style Me Pretty | Anita Martin Photography 

simple silhouette wedding dresses

Gwendolynne bridal designer 

wood, rock, glass, and fibers: raw materials for wedding decor

via Burnett's Boards | Photo by Leani Holmes Photography

creative wedding favors: handmade soaps, special teas, homemade jam

via Style Me Pretty | OneLove Photography

live bands will make a comeback

Photo via Cozmik Zombies | Maine wedding band

camp weddings will continue to be a big thing, especially here in maine

Angelica Glass Photography

guest blog: how i met my husband


by Beth Fitzgerald
Editor, The Maine Wedding Company

Brian and I worked for the East Valley Tribune in Arizona as newspaper photojournalist during the late 90's. We barely knew each other when a mutual friend and fellow photographer, Samantha, asked us to pose for a freelance job she was working on for a national photography magazine. Her assignment: Taking natural couples portraits. 

The three of us went to a nearby playground to take the pictures. Samantha set us up in various positions from snuggly to silly. It was super awkward at first but Sam worked her magic — wearing us down shot after shot. Twisting arms, moving hands. Changing our embrace until nothing was left but sweet vulnerability. 

What can you do? You're just wrapped up with a complete stranger! You're forced to let walls down. You're forced to laugh and smile. Your forced to gaze and breathe and connect in way that I can only explain as human.

Then it was over. Got the shots. Great. Everyone went off to other things — separately.

Now, I can remember my face feeling red and how bright it was that day. I remember Brian's white shirt. I remember thinking that the images were cute when Sam showed them to me just a few days later. She had done a nice job. But that's about it; nothing amazed me at the time.

It wasn't until Samantha brought out those same photographs out two years later that I really saw it.  It was amazing. Brian and I were seriously dating by then and  I saw it. I fit right under his arm perfectly. From my expression, I felt safe. I saw the look Brian that gives me when he thinks I am being adorable. I saw how I touch him in photos. I saw us— our connection. 

Whoa! How we connected with each other before, not knowing each other, was the same way we connected with each other now that we were together. It was a shock to see.

I wish I had those photographs now. I don't. Brian and I have been married over 10 years and have daughter together. What would I be able to see now? Our bodies and faces have changed, but our connection has not. 

things i'm thankful for

this is a bit of a twist on the "things i'm loving" post in honor of thanksgiving. herewith my list:

my kitty cats - check them out on instagram (pretty much the only place i subject you to endless pics of my cats)

my sweet, intelligent, thoughtful, hilarious husband

my little riverside town - damariscotta, maine, baby 

my full time job - they allow me to take time off in the summer so i can perform weddings and match my 401k!

my photography teacher/mentor/friend - i love you erin

window inserts - non-sequitor

my mom's rutabaga casserole - this isn't my mom's recipe (or blog) but it's the best i could find

club med in cancun - it's where i met my husband almost 9 years ago

fun things to do in winter - or else i'd go insane

warm wool socks - trust me, if you live in maine you need like 50 pairs!

the lincoln county animal shelter - for taking care of all the pets who are looking for a home

what are you thankful for this year?