Portsmouth Harbor Events Wedding || Portsmouth NH Wedding Photographer

The best way to spend your wedding weekend is with family and friends.  Steven and Erin have an amazing network of friends and family.  I have had the pleasure of photographing many of their weddings–and I LOVED spending time with them all this past weekend.  Truly the best people ever.  Thank you all for being so fabulous and sweet to me.  Erin and Steve just click–they just work together.  Its pretty incredible when you see relationships like this.  They do compromise well and are generally selfless.  I am so lucky and honored that Erin choose me to be her wedding photographer.  The weather couldn’t have been more beautiful….and the planning couldn’t have gone more perfectly.  Congratulations to Erin and her mom Helen and their team of vendors they did a wonderful job.  South Church is so bright and open it was a sweet ceremony performed by Jo Maden a Life Cycle Celebrant.  The transportation for the guests and bridal party were trolleys done by Seacoast Trolley.  The reception was in the Portsmouth Harbor Events center owned by the Hilton Garden Inn which is where the guests stayed and they are literally just around the corner from each other.  The florals were provided by the Flower Kiosk.  The planning was done by Leslie at The Wedding Belle and she was fantastic.  The music was done by Main Events Entertainment.

How did you two meet?  We met online through match.com

How did he propose?  I caught her totally off guard and by surprise one random Monday night (June 10th). When she came home from work, with all her gear in hand, I had dinner ready, flowers on the table and champagne chilling – I got down on one knee and proposed.

What is your favorite part of wedding planning?  Erin says she likes researching and deciding on the little things for the wedding.  Like embroidered napkins, floral arrangements, and bridesmaid gifts.  Apparently Pinterest and The Knot have been invaluable.

What is the most important to you about your wedding?  It’s the final step of a relationship – to vow to one another in front of family and friends that we will love each other for the rest of our lives.

What is your favorite thing about your fiancée?  We make each other laugh?  To be honest there isn’t enough room to describe everything we love about each other.

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York Harbor Inn Elopement || Maine Wedding Photographer

I met Spencer and her two girls several years ago while they were on vacation in Maine.  She contacted me this winter because she decided they loved their vacation so much to Maine and have a history here with extended family that they were going to get married here too.  They planned a intimate family Monday wedding.  Spencer wanted to have their kids involved in the wedding as well as to capture some quality time portraits of the two of them together.  It was a beautiful afternoon ceremony where Spencer and Mike beamed at each other.    Spencer loves Mikes smile and his compassion.  I hope their wedding was as relaxed and memorable as they had wished:)

Venue: York Harbor Inn || Photography: Kivalo Photography ||  Flowers: York Flower Shop ||  DJ: DJ Fred  || Cake: Confectionary Art


Barn at Flanagan Farm || Buxton Maine Wedding Photographer

Karol and Mark had a destination wedding at the Barn at Flanagan Farm in Buxton, Maine.  Around 80 of their closest family and friends made the trip from many states as well as places from around the world!  What brought them to Maine you ask?  Mark from the age of 10 to the age of 18 would come from the Bronx, NY and stay at least a month with a Maine family…..the same Maine family every year.  He became best friends with their son, they became his other family, and Maine one of his favorite places.  Of course as life went on and he met Karol they came to Maine to visit–and sure enough Karol fell in love with the clear starry nights, and the relaxing feeling of Maine.  Karol is in fashion design in NY, and Mark is an IT professional.  They both have many siblings and both of them are identical twins!  In fact that is how they met….Karol’s twin recently married to one of Mark’s step brothers who is also a twin:) They had a wedding everyone dreams of….fantastic food, crazy dance moves, incredible weather, campfire after party, and love….so much love!  These two wrote the most amazing vows–everyone shed tears at the ceremony….and then everyone laughed as Mark repeated his vows in his best Spanish.  This group of people….is one huge family….full of support and love.  I am so thankful to them as well as God for bringing them into my life.  Everyday I pinch myself being a Maine wedding photographer and working destination weddings is a wonderful life.

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Venue: Barn at Flanagan Farm ||  Florist: Emily Carter Floral Design || Catering: Churchill || Hair: David Young Hair Salon (207-939-1943) || Makeup: Michael Wormwood (207-773-0707) || Photography: Kivalo Photography  ||  Officiant: Rev. Will Saunders

Reasons to hire a wedding planner || advice from a Maine wedding photographer

As a woman who is dreaming of someday in the foreseeable future getting married…..and as a Maine wedding photographer who goes to 35 weddings a year…..Take it from me hiring a wedding planner is worth every penny!  The picture below is the man of my dreams who I hope to someday marry:)

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I myself cannot imagine my own wedding or my stylized wedding shoots without a planner.  They are amazing.  So many of them have been planning huge events and weddings for years.  Experience is huge!  They plan at least ten weddings a year….which means they have a process that works, an order to things, they know what to do.  If it is your first wedding—its hard not to make mistakes everyone’s first time at new things they learn a lot!  That’s why working with a planner is amazing—you still have control and influence and learn a lot but you have an experienced coach to show you the ropes and direct you through.

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A planner is not just someone who shows up on the wedding day, a planner is the woman who makes your dreams come true.   They work to make your visions a reality in a cohesive manor as close to your price range as can reasonably be done.  They see the big picture and then they execute it so you don’t have to worry about it on your wedding weekend.

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In Maine many of the weddings are destination weddings.  Most of the brides I work with I will speak with on the phone but not meet until the engagement session or wedding day.  Having a planner who knows the whole area you are planning your wedding in and is connected to the vendors is going to give you great piece of mind and save lots of time.  Then you can focus on enjoying each step of being engaged and stay stress free.

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There are tons of details to be looked after in planning a wedding…..champagne glasses in the bridal preparation room, working with the photographer and band to create a wedding timeline, making sure the timeline goes as planned on the wedding day, double checking with all of the vendors before the wedding, being sure that aunt Jane who is a vegan gets her special meal, making sure all the gear, linens, equipment, florals etc gets on location and set up where you two discussed.  These are all things the planner works on, thinks of ahead of time, and sees too on the wedding day.

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Did I mention that your friends and family wont be running around the day of, wont be stressed out, or put to work?  I think that alone is worth the planner—you want your bridal party, and family to have a wonderful time be talking about the party of the decade not how they remember how crazy it was or how hard they worked.

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Or as Heidi of Seacoast Harbor events says “If you get help from friends and family there are a lot of opinions coming your way all the time on how to do things—which often creates too many cooks in the kitchen.”  Heidi also says “Nowadays weddings are unique each customized to you and when investing 25,000-60,000$ for a wedding you want a professional to oversee that just like you would invest with a professional on the stock market or at a bank.”

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Nonantum Resort Wedding Photography || Kennebunkport, Maine Photographers

The remnants of the Hurricane ran through Kennebunkport Maine on the 4th of July.  The wind wasn’t bad but it rained and rained and rained.  What was to be an outside ceremony on the water became an inside ceremony, what was to be an outdoor cocktail hour became an indoor cocktail hour, and what were to be sunny photos became photos on the porch.  The wedding party however, didn’t miss a beat.  Everyone came to enjoy the marriage of Kim and Sam not the weather.  So everyone had just as much fun as they would have if it didn’t rain.  There was still the perfect amount of dancing, cake and ice cream, and Photo Booth fun to fill the Nonantum with love and joy.  I had the pleasure of getting to know Kim’s parents because she was planning from California.  They surely couldn’t be any sweeter, smarter, or more pleasant to be around….and then meeting Sam’s parents these families coming together is just perfect.  I am looking forward to photographing their trips to Maine for many years to come:) Being around such amazing people makes being a Maine wedding photographer the best job ever:)

How did you two meet?  We met through our friend Mickey when we were in Washington, DC—we were friends for almost four years prior to dating, so we don’t really remember meeting.  Romantic, I know.  Our first date was to Hot N’ Juicy Crawfish in Woodley Park, DC.

How did he propose?  He proposed in the mission gardens at Santa Clara University where we were both graduate students.  It was very private.

What is your favorite part of wedding planning?   Favorite part of wedding planning for me was getting to talk to my parents more frequently.   For the two of us, it was hands down the cake tasting Gayle Forte sent us in the mail.  Even making the cross country trip, the cakes she sent were amazing and we seriously savored each bite.

What is the most important to you about your wedding?  Having everyone we love in the same spot at the same time.  It’s really the most incredible day because everywhere we turn we’ll see someone special to us.  We are also so excited for our wedding to be on the fourth of July!  To top the night off with a fireworks show is the perfect way to end the evening.

What is your favorite thing about your fiancée?  He makes me smile like no one else can.  His goofiness and his amazing heart make me very happy!

Venue: Nonantum ||  Florals: Blooms Flower Shop ||  DJ: Jeff Rockwell  || Cake: Let Them Eat Cake  ||  Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung  ||  Hair & Makeup: Big Day Beauty ||  Dress: Maggie Sottero  || Photo Booth: Kivalo Photography ||  Rehearsal Dinner Location: The Community House  ||  Rehearsal Dinner Catering: Kitchen Chicks

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