Portsmouth Engagement Session

Portsmouth. You cutie little town you. David and I rediscovered Portsmouth New Hampshire about a year ago when we came to Maine to look at houses. This town is filled with charm and old unique buildings that feel so European. It’s the closest you can get to feeling like you’re across the pond while still on US soil. So when Jackie & Nate reached out about shooting their engagement session in their home town, Portsmouth, I was so excited! We walked around and shot at all different locations like Strawberry Banks (also where they will have their wedding in the Fall), downtown roads, Memorial Bridge, and a bunch of different areas for their Portsmouth Engagement Session. Portsmouth is a touristy area in the summer but it seemed so calm while we were there. Watching families skate around the rink in the middle of Strawberry Banks was so iconic. The sun occasionally peaked out and gave us some warm color but mostly we were working with that cool winter light which did look so dreamy against the old buildings.

Jackie & Nate brought along to their Portsmouth engagement session moscow mule mugs that were engraved with their names and wedding date that they will use at their wedding. It was there that I realized I need engraved mugs. I did find a mug recently that said, “Somewhere between Proverbs 31 and Nicki Minaj” and I’ve never heard something more true about myself.

So excited to get back to Portsmouth in the warmer months for some day trips and then for Jackie & Nate’s wedding with Nicole Mower Wedding & Events! Let’s go wedding season!

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Tulum

Tulum. Oh, sweet Tulum. Tulum was a much needed vacation from life and was the best refreshing experience I’ve had. And chilling with some good friends, Shasta & Maria, was also a big plus. Tulum isn’t the biggest place in the world but it hosted some of the prettiest landscapes, yummiest food, and enough activity to keep you busy without feeling overwhelmed. Every day we would wake up at our Air BnB bike down to the beach a couple miles down to the beach stretch. Speaking of our Air BnB- it was fabulous! Our host was awesome, the area of Tulum that it was in is up and coming- there were a ton of condos going up while we were there. Our condo had a shared pool that we dipped in throughout the day and a sun roof where we stayed for a minute or two before being completely fried.

One thing that is fabulous about Tulum is that there are so many unique hotels on the beach that offer a beach club which essentially means you can use all of their amenities for just the price of a drink or lunch.  This was the best way to get to view so many unique spaces, sleep in cabanas, while getting waited on without having to pay the massive costs of some of these hotels rooms.

My favorite restaurant/beach club/hotel that we visited was Habitas. As we came through their gate we were immediately in the middle of the jungle. We walked through some paths of incense and then made it to the restuarant- this very modern, open air structure on the beach. We were seated at a table that was barely hovering over the sand. We sat on cushions and looked out at the crashing waves and infinity pool. I just kept saying “this is the prettiest place I’ve ever been” and it truly was.

We visited a million other spots like Pablo Escobar’s old home that has been turned into a boutique hotel called Casa Malca, the Mayan Ruins (it was super hot and super touristy so it wasn’t the most enjoyable time but maybe next time we’ll go early in the morning and miss the traffic), and our favorite dining spot was Mi Amor. If you ever find yourself at the most perfect place, Mi Amor, where you have the ocean on one side and a swimming moat on the other, floating cabanas, and 5 star food, make sure you ask for Edwin- he was the sweetest waiter I’ve had to date and we all loved him and his service so much! Also, get the Hangover Smoothie- supes yummy.

We planned on doing a shoot while in Tulum but some ends didn’t come together well so we ended up not being able to do it so if anyone wants to do one I still have an itch to shoot in this beautiful place! Especially if anyone needs a Tulum wedding photographer- you know how to reach me!

I’m so thankful for this trip. For the time to reconnect with friends. For the time to get refreshed and reenergized- I was waking up at 5am fully rested and ready for the day! For the time to explore and be inspired by new things…sorry David for me wanting to change my entire wardrobe into mexican style pieces and change all our decor to pom-poms and bright colored tapestries.

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And some iPhone pictures because lugging around a massive DSLR everywhere isn’t always the funnest on vacation.

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Kelly & John

I traveled back to Minnesota for a wedding in March and loved my quick trip back! I was so excited for Kelly & John’s modern winter wedding at Machine Shop with See Jane Plan at the helm because of so many reasons but mostly because Kelly & John are kind and wonderful people. I had so much fun on their engagement session and could wait to spend another day with them. I loved that Jane of See Jane Plan used modern touches to make this winter wedding a beautiful fete. Check out all the acrylic used throughout the wedding! Winter weddings are always tricky with the cool lighting the sun gives off and the early sunset time but we managed to get everything done before the sunset!

Kelly and John’s ceremony was an unforgettable one. The sun was dropping down in the sky as Kelly and John stood at the front- illuminating the white draping behind them. Paired with the hanging greenery installation that was dropped down to cover the head table after the ceremony made this wedding so beautiful! And watching John cry while Kelly walked down the aisle was pretty priceless too!

Though Kelly and John had this classy and modern winter wedding they also made sure to add in some of their quirky preferences- like McDonalds and Taco Bell for their late night snacks. Oh and speaking of late night, once the sun dropped and the dance floor opened John’s awesome (no, really, he was amazing) dance moves hit the floor and didn’t leave for a while. I love watching people dance!

Congrats Kelly & John! Hope it was the best night of your life!

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This modern winter wedding was made possible by some wonderful vendors…

 

Planning- See Jane Plan

Photography- Jaimee Morse

Floral- Forever in Bloom

Invitation Suite- Champagne Press

Venue- Machine Shop

Second Shooter- Laurel Lee Photography

Bridal Boutique- L’Atelier Couture

Videographer- Narrate Studios

 

Abby & Brendan

Abby and Brendan live in California but decided to have their wedding in Minneapolis where a lot of Abby’s family was. Abby got ready with her friends at her childhood home while Brendan was getting all dolled up himself at Martin Patrick3 in the North Loop of Minneapolis. I once photographed a wedding in Louisville and met a barbershop owner who told me that he was hoping to open up his shop for grooms and their groomsmen to get a nice shave and enjoy a cigar before the big day and I remember thinking that was so awesome because the grooms tend to get left out on the day of weddings. Brendan enjoyed a nice shave with a fancy barber while all his groomsmen chilled in Martin Patrick3’s grooms room.

Abby’s dress was phenomenal with the most delicate of details. We found a weeping willow tree down by the lake that was just the perfect location for their pictures. Scroll down to see the magical lighting that happened!

Their speeches at the reception were some of my favorites. Brendan’s mom had passed away and both sides of the family had rallied around him, knowing this day is not the easiest when someone you love can’t be there. The speeches were touching and brought tears to everyones eyes. Such a sweet moment to be a part of.

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Planning- Sally Berry & Co

Floral- Sadies Floral

Photography- Jaimee Morse

Ceremony Venue- Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church

Reception Venue- Loring Social

Dress- Annika Bridal

Jewelry- Che Bella

Decor- Victory Vintage