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Meli and Jared - Camp Vega Wedding Photography

Meli and Jared - Camp Vega Wedding Photography

If I hadn't already known Meli was a woman after my own heart, I found out for sure when the morning of her wedding, she heard there was a surprise and immediately assumed her dog was making an appearance.  

And that was on top of her planning a wedding and weekend that would have been anyone's dream, including me!

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Amelia and Max - San Francisco and Yosemite Elopement

Amelia and Max - San Francisco and Yosemite Elopement

After every wedding I get to be a part of, I am struck by how amazing it is that I have been let in to such an intimate and special day in peoples' lives.  It's a level of giddyness I'll never get over and gratitude that, despite my best efforts, I never feel that I've properly conveyed to the people who invited me to be there.  

These feelings get magnified times a million when your friends let you be the only person to witness their elopement.  Then times a bajillion that they chose San Francisco and Yosemite as the backdrop.  And they let you make stops for hotdogs and keychains at the national park gift shop?  Pretty unparalleled coolness.

After their ceremony at city hall, we explored the sutro baths before road tripping out to Far Meadow.  In an epically twisty and barf-inducing (but totally worth it) drive, you are rewarded with a cabin and two a-frames set on a mountain meadow.  Getting ready for the wedding consisted of a quick round of Boggle, a complete breakfast, and heading to the car for the drive to Yosemite.  We came across a secluded part of the Merced river, perfect for a private exchange of vows, and then wound our way up to Glacier Point for a hike for views out over the whole valley.  A perfect, whistle-stop NorCal tour.  

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Holly and Austin - Portland Westin Harborview Wedding Photography

Holly and Austin - Portland Westin Harborview Wedding Photography

My job never really feels like a job, but then there are days when I meet the happiest, most at ease people, and I can't believe I get to hang out with them for the whole day, let alone have it be "work".  I knew these fellow Colby alums were going to be cool, and combined with awesome friendors Meghan (B Merry) and Emily (Emily Carter Floral Designs) I knew it was going to look beautiful and be smooth sailing.

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Bree and Peter - Mexico destination wedding photography

Bree and Peter - Mexico destination wedding photography

Anyone planning a destination wedding?  Can I invite myself?  Bree and Peter and their friends and family met up at the El Dorado Royale for a long weekend of Mexican sun, sea and drinks served in hollowed out pineapples (!!!).  Even if pineapple drinks aren't on the table, this is probably the way to do it.  Everyone has already had a bit of vacation and a few drinks/swims by the time the wedding comes around so there are very few nerves or possible frustrations. The result?  You get a laid-back, tropical, pool-jumping party.

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Kirsten and Zack - William Allen Farm Maine Wedding Photography

Kirsten and Zack - William Allen Farm Maine Wedding Photography

An Allman Brothers cover band-slash-jam-band, one orange farm cat, the brightest most beautiful blooms and two people head over heels happy to get married. It's not part of a great joke (only because I can't think of an appropriate setup?) it was Kirsten and Zack's amazing wedding, a day where everyone attending and working was giddy!

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Provence

Provence

Provence isn't really one of those destinations that you need to convince people is beautiful and worth visiting, so I'll spare you all that and fill you in on some fun things we did and answer some of my own questions I had before leaving.  There are lots of things I just couldn't find out about - a combination of me trying to over-prepare in case my french failed us (a very likely scenario!) and a lack of websites and information online (so french). 

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Alia and Ryan - Ogunquit Maine Wedding at the Cliff House

Alia and Ryan - Ogunquit Maine Wedding at the Cliff House

Iā€™m always thinking that since I grew up in Maine I never really got to spend too much time on the coast because there was always a lake or pond to jump in so the Mainer mentality is why bother driving to the ocean?  This is why you bother!  Alia and Ryan took over the Cliff House in Ogunquit for their wedding, filling the ballroom with flowers and their contagious joy.

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Emily and Chris - Portsmouth Wedding at Wentworth by the Sea

I had never really considered New Hampshire as a possible location for glamour until Emily and Chris (aka the young Kennedy lookalikes) showed me the way.  Having known each other since high school, there was no division between sides of families or whose friend is whose.  They even went to prom together and looked the same then.  Hi, I want your genes.

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