Category archives: Engagement

Cape Elizabeth Engagement Photos

Rita and Nate flew into Maine for the first time and for a whirlwind weekend a couple weeks before their Spring wedding and we were able to get together to get some engagement photos for them! It was rainy and cold but it made this Cape Elizabeth engagement photos look so romantic- it felt like we were in the middle of filming for Pride and Prejudice. I kept checking behind me to see if Kiera Knightly was walking around.

This part of Cape Elizabeth is one of my favorite spots that greater Portland has to offer. It’s full of rolling hills, marsh land, and then Higgin’s Beach– where we also stopped- is close by too which you know I would do every day on the beach if I could.

Rita and Nate are getting married at Kingsley Pines. I don’t often get to meet my couples so to meet Rita and Nate for their Cape Elizabeth engagement photos before their wedding at the end of Ma was definitely lovely.

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Dominican Republic Engagement Photos | Altos De Chavon Fine Art Engagement Session

The Dominican Republic Engagement Photos

Altos De Chavón

Chessa and Chase chose the lovely Dominican Republic to have their wedding but before the big day came they wanted to do an engagement session. We chose the quaint town of Altos De Chavon for their fine art engagement session It was just an hour outside of Punta Cana  via a taxi. The streets of this little town were just as perfect as could be! Someone explained it as like a movie set. Which was incredibly accurate probably because a designer constructed the city. The designer wanted it to look like the historic center of Santo Domingo in The Dominican. The vegetation was lush and covered all the stairs and paths with flowers casually falling to the ground, leaving behind a colorful trail. The town itself looks over a beautiful ravine and the Chavon river that had cattle grazing on the side and vultures soaring above. Flower filled bush’s covered parts of the building that were already beaming of color and texture. The city is possibly the prettiest place I’ve seen- architecturally speaking.

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We didn’t have a ton of time so we missed out on going into the shops and little restaurants but we all did get taco bowls that were out of this world. I would definitely go back to this little village- maybe next time it will be to shoot a wedding in the towns church, St. Stanislaus Church. What an experience it would be to have a wedding in the midst of that little Dominican Republic village with that view and perfect architecture.

Chessa and Chase were beyond easy to photograph and I loved watching them be able to take some time away from the craziness of the wedding week to just enjoy each others company, kiss, play some maracas together with some locals, and take it all in. Some of my favorite photos are now from this engagement photo shoot. Oh, and there was a donkey. So yay for that!

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I’ll be back, beautiful little city of Altos De Chavon. You were such a fun surprise!

Always Piper | Maine Makers Series

I have been following Caitlin of Always Piper on Instagram for a while now. I’m a sucker for quality made, small batch clothes that are more oversized and boxy in shape- they’re practical for every day use where whether that be gardening, meeting with brides and grooms, or chasing after kids. And then put on a pair of heels and a leather jacket and you’ve got yourself the perfect evening outfit. I’m also a sucker for locally made clothes so this Maine made clothing company is on my list of the best of the best! Well, Always Piper fits that bill perfectly. BUT they don’t just make clothes, they make the prettiest textiles for your home! I headed over to Caitlin’s Portland Maine house to shoot her and her Always Piper clothes,  pillows, table runners, and all the other lovely things that I would gladly take! Keep scrolling to see some of my favorite pieces and read a little questionnaire about Always Piper!

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-Tell us a little bit about Always Piper!
    Like many brands Always Piper started because I could not find what I was looking for on the market. In my case it was a beach cover up that wasn’t sheer and could also be worn as a shirt over pants. I remember picking up that first batch of “Island Tunics” just a few years ago with such excitement, I could hardly believe they were mine. In addition to offering women’s garments we have expanded to include a beautiful linen bedding line as well as home decor items including table linens and throw pillows utilizing shibori resist dyeing techniques.
-What sets you apart from other brands?
Our brand offers women’s wear and home goods that strike a balance of both utility and luxury for the earth conscious consumer. We believe working with sustainable fabrics is a big deal. A dress or a blanket is not beautiful if the making of it was harmful to people or the environment. Our quality is notable to the smallest details like; lining up the stripes on both sides of a pillowcase or the pefect placement of deep useful pockets on a dress. We produce our designs right here in Maine which means a lot to us and we believe that is valued by our customers as well. Hearing from a happy customer who tells us they didn’t know what they were missing until they experienced our linen sheets tells us that we are providing something special. I believe we are a “stop and smell the roses” kind of a brand.
-Where are you based out of?
    I have worked from my home right here in Portland’s west end from the start. It was definitely tough at first when I was making large items like blankets here in my dining room. Lint and fibers would settle throughout the house and cleaning up was a constant chore. Now that most of our production is completed by local contract sewers, working from home feels like a privilege. I can easily work on designing, sourcing and small batch dyeing here and I really don’t long for that separation between work and home.

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Maine made clothing again…this jumpsuit and Kaftan are making my world go around!

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-What is your favorite Always Piper piece?
    I am usually the most excited about whatever I am currently working on but our Kaftan from this past season is my dream dress. It is one piece dressing that is effortless and comfortable. It is meant to be casual but there is something special about a long dress, it’s a gown of sorts so I hope it makes you feel a little bit like a goddess.
-What can we look forward to seeing from Always Piper this coming year?
    There will be a couple of great staple wardrobe pieces coming this spring / summer. Adding to our bedding line – linen duvet covers are in the works. We are also very excited about carrying beautifully crafted goods from other makers that align with our brand. You can expect to see ceramics, cutting boards, and hopefully some great bags!

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Elegant North Shore Waterfront Engagement Session | Nicki & Jon

Nicki and Jon chose an elegant North Shore Waterfront setting for their engagement session. We bounced around to a couple different locations including Split Rock Lighthouse and Palisade Head to shoot their engagement photos. Those have been places I have always wanted to visit while living in Minnesota but never got the chance so this was both a wonderful little adventure for myself and a different back drop for engagement photos. Nicki & Jon brought along their little pup and I couldn’t love him more! Just a little squish!

Also, can we talk about Nicki’s outfit choices- perfection!

So excited for their wedding day next year!

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