One thing that I will always love is winter walks on the beach. I mean, nothing is better than summer walks on the beach, barefoot, with the sun kissing your skin but there is something so serene about the calmness of an empty beach all bundled up, watching the waves come in and out. So choosing higgins beach for Sam & Doug’s engagement session just seemed right- especially when winter in Maine can either be full of beautiful fresh fallen snow or dirty snow mixed with a lot of dead vegetation. But the beach never looks bad. Ever.
Sam and Doug live in Boston but made the hike up to Maine for their engagement session. I rarely get to meet my couples in person before their wedding day just because life + wedding planning makes most peoples lives a little bit busier. But I was thankful to get to see Sam & Doug before their big day in September. We chose Higgins beach for their engagement session and then followed it up with a little stop over in a more park-like area.
I have worked with this wonderful lady and her wonderful team for the past few years. Heidi of She Luxe Weddings is one of the best wedding planners that Maine has to offer. I shot some new headshots for Heidi and her team and had her answer a little questionnaire about herself and her business to go along with the photos. If you’re looking for a luxury wedding planner that’s going to listen to you, develop your vision into a reality, and then execute it perfectly- reach out to Heidi! And bonus, both Heidi and I would love to execute a wedding at Boston Public Library- so brides who are wanting to get married there, keep us in mind!
Tell me a bit about you- where do you live, where do you play, etc
I live in Kittery, ME for the past 14 years with my little family; my husband Alex and Siberian Husky, Nieko. We love Maine in the summer and fall, this is also during our busiest seasons. Maine is also the perfect place to explore, enjoy, play…but in the winter, we work remote and we travel to different parts of the world, meet new people, see historic sites, scuba dive in interesting places and always make our annual stop in Aruba to visit friends
Tell me a bit about your business- where are you based, where do you serve, etc
My business is based in Maine and the majority of our events are based in Maine, with additional events throughout NH and Greater Boston. We serve all of New England.
What makes you most excited about your business?
The fact that I can full heartedly say that I’ve been able to blend a passion, with a talent and turn that into a business, which supports my life and my family, that makes me most excited. From a business perspective, this industry is ever evolving. This keeps the potential for the creative juices to continue to flow and keep my job fun, unique, and indeed exciting.
What’s your favorite part of the wedding day?
I love the moment the bride and groom walk back down the aisle together after they have been married. During that quiet moment as they are walking away from their friends and when they look up…I am the first one they see. Their faces filled with joy (which sometimes comes with hugs) is the best moment of my day.
What’s been your favorite venue thus far?
I love working at most venues as we tend to produce most of our events at private homes, estates, etc where need to bring everything in. Working at the venue will always make our life is bit easier. Some that stand out in Maine for us because of their aesthetic and professionalism include: Marianmade Farm, Granite Ridge Estate, French’s Point, The Viewpoint, Hidden Pond, and the BlackPoint Inn
Where is your dream wedding venue?
Ah..that is hard because any day of the week it can change because we love and appreciate the feel and vibe in different locations. But, I would LOVE to produce a wedding at The Boston Public Library.
What does the perfect SHE Luxe Weddings client look like?
Typically they are from out of state and planning from afar. They are also a couple that is jointly excited for their wedding and both share their input. They both appreciate and care about the aesthetic of the wedding and have a sense of style that they wish to create on their wedding day. Food is high on their priority list along with music, and design. They care about creating an inviting and intimate atmosphere to help facilitate meaningful and special memories with their loved ones.
Any tips for engaged couples?
Really discuss what is most important to you. Stress around a wedding happens when you don’t discuss what is important before you jump into planning and set guest lists. If your top priority is to have the best food with an intimate & beautiful dinner party in a garden, with a small band and drinks….then setting a guest list for 200 will change that wedding completely. I encourage you to match your true desires next to your guest list. (because that is what affects the budget) Set a clear expectations before you place down deposits and send out save the dates. It sounds like it is easy, but I would say 60% of couples do the opposite first and then their true desires for the wedding are not met because of budget constraints. It’s your day….be clear on what you want.
Favorite wedding cake flavor?
Anything with coconut!
You can view weddings that Heidi and I have worked on together here, here, here, and here.
Kelly and Kyle moved to Portland and were living just a few blocks from me while planning their wedding in Kennebunkport. It was a foggy Kennebunkport wedding but the sun kept popping out throughout the day. In my opinion fog and sun are both lovely and look fantastic in photos! Kelly got ready in a cottage that jutted out over the ocean while Kyle and his groomsmen where in the main part of Breakwater Inn in Kennebunkport. A lot of Kelly & Kyle’s wedding guests came from out of town so Kelly and Kyle along with their planner, She Luxe Weddings, added some Maine/nautical details to the day- like little buoys attached to the name cards. Why is everything in miniature always so much cuter?!
Scroll down to see how magical Kelly & Kyle’s reception looked with their floating glass bulbs with candles in them. Such a dreamy site to see!
Congratulations, Kelly & Kyle! Hopefully we’ll bump into each other around Portland!
The vendors who made Kelly & Kyle’s foggy Kennebunkport wedding come to life:
This was one of those weddings that I cried a little when I left because it was over. I had been working with Jon & Nicki for a while now and flown out for their engagement session last fall so we had plenty of time to get to know each other. Their wedding day was exactly how I had pictured it- an all white wedding that was beautiful and a great party. They started off their day getting ready at The Depot where they would later have their reception. Nicki’s bridal party was cracking me up with all their getting ready dancing and everything else to get Nicki to laugh. Nicki and Jon chose to forgo having a first look but Nicki and her dad had a first look and man, it couldn’t have sweeter. She also had one with her brother, scroll down to see all that goodness.
They had their ceremony at The Basilica of St Mary’s and then we trotted around Minneapolis for some portraits. Such a good time! And their pup, Teddy made a grand appearance after the ceremony. But one of my most favorite moments of the night was when Nicki’s dad was giving his toast. He explained that Nicki as a child had given him this rock and he had kept it with him for years. And then he passed the rock off to Jon in the most humble of ways. The whole room was wiping tears away from their eyes. It’s moments like those that make me so excited to be able to do this as my job and be a part of photographing couples big days.
The lovely vendors who made Jon & Nicki’s all white wedding day possible…