Meet Dempsey Challenge Team Cuppa member, Sarah!!! Sarah was one of the very first people to join our team this year and I am so excited to have her on board! She has such a generous and giving heart…last year she raised money for cancer research through Tri For a Cure, completing a triathlon while she was at it! This year we’ve recruited her to work that hard for the Dempsey Center and wanted to share her words about why she joined us {bear with me as I blush just a little bit, but these are Sarah’s words!}:

I was inspired to be a part of The Dempsey Challenge by the captain of Team Cuppa, Cindy Giovignoli! I wanted to be a part of her team & help a cause that is near and dear to so many. I met Cindy a couple years ago, and right away I sensed this awesomeness to her. As I got to know her better, I have learned much about her past and all that she has overcome. She is a thriving survivor who does so with great ease! I really want my daughter, Danica to see that helping others and doing something good and healthy for yourself is a win-win. Danica inspires me to be a better example in life!


Photos courtesy of Sarah Pleu

Photos courtesy of Sarah Pleu

To support Sarah’s Dempsey Challenge run, visit her fundraising page here!

To join or support Team Cuppa, you can visit the team page here!

To learn about how and why Cuppa is involved (and how you can earn product credit by joining us!), read this!

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for all of your support!!!!!!!!!

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Goldie & Johnson were married last month at the gorgeous French’s Point! Despite hurricane-force winds and rain the day before, the weather held for their big day and the cloudy sky made for an absolutely stunning sunset!! Their seacoast inspired details were a perfect nod to Johnson’s multi-generational lobstering family and their tight-knit group of friends made for one heck of a party!


Congratulations, Goldie & Johnson!!

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We are a mere FOUR weeks away from this year’s Dempsey Challenge and I want to share a little with you about each of the amazing people who make up this year’s Team Cuppa! As many of you know, Team Cuppa was able to raise more than $5000 last year in support of The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing, an integrative medicine and support center that offers a vast amount of services to ANYONE affected by cancer absolutely and entirely free of charge. It is a truly amazing and inspiring place and I am so proud to have Cuppa be involved! This year, I’ve asked our team members to share a little about what has motivated them to take part in The Dempsey Challenge and how cancer has touched their life. Shelley so beautifully wrote the following:

Running is typically a solo endeavor for me. It is a way to wake up and get focused at the start of a new day. I use it to clear my head at the end of a stressful day. And sometimes it becomes sacred time and space where I can work through thoughts or problems.

On Saturday, September 27th my run will become our run. I will be running together with hundreds of others to remember loved ones, celebrate successes and to raise money and awareness for The Dempsey Cancer Center. The thing that impresses me about this organization is that it was started by one Maine family experiencing the challenges of fighting cancer and recognizing a need for support in their community. It is amazing to me that their vision has touched and inspired so many to take part in this event.

My partner, Peter, and I lost some dear friends, Rick and Cheryl, to cancer. We think of them often. They were a couple who truly knew how to enjoy life and cherish family and friends. One of the things that Rick and I shared was a love of plants and gardening. Each time I saw him he had some new tidbits of information to share with me. He would send me home with catalogs marked by dogeared pages and hand written notes. We shared knowledge and memories that I will forever carry with me when I step into my garden.

I am grateful to also have friends who have battled cancer with positive outcomes. We celebrate their success and hope that with continued support of organizations like the Dempsey Center there will always be access to the resources that patients need for successful results.

Photo by Shelley Snodgrass

Photo by Shelley Snodgrass

To support Shelley’s Dempsey Challenge run, visit her fundraising page here! {She is also auctioning off a piece of her incredible artwork to donors, so be sure to check it out and donate a few bucks!}

To join or support Team Cuppa, you can visit the team page here!

To learn about how and why Cuppa is involved (and how you can earn product credit by joining us!), read this!

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for all of your support!!!!!!!!!

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Have you ever noticed how there are some folks out in the world that just sort of nail it all around? Like when you find out that the winner of the Hawai’i Ironman is also the head of neurosurgery at some prestigious hospital after graduating valedictorian from Harvard. Well, these two might just fall into that category of all-around-awesome!! World travelers (they call Hong Kong home for the moment!), insane talents (Tess sings for her supper…literally!), and two of the most genuine, wonderful people ever. We were able to meet up for a quick engagement session in Kennebunkport before their wedding this weekend and I am just so excited to share these with you!!


Seriously…how drop-dead are these two?!?!?!


Thatnk you so much, you guys!!! Can’t wait for this weekend!!

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  • David ShinnOctober 7, 2014 - 5:59 am

    Really lovely set of photos that capture your obvious happiness.ReplyCancel

  • Lise CollinsSeptember 15, 2014 - 10:59 pm

    Wow! Cindy really captures how much the two of you are meant for each other!ReplyCancel

  • Sam CollinsSeptember 15, 2014 - 2:08 pm

    Amazing pictures! I cant wait to see all the wedding photos…talk about photogenic! Love, DadReplyCancel

  • AlisonSeptember 14, 2014 - 10:55 am

    Wonderful photography, Cuppa! What gorgeous models you hadReplyCancel

  • Laura CollinsSeptember 14, 2014 - 10:54 am

    Absolutely stunning! Cannot wait to see the wedding photos. Love you both xxReplyCancel

  • Debra CollinsSeptember 12, 2014 - 5:34 pm

    What else can you say but BEAUTIFUL!ReplyCancel

  • Bob GreeneSeptember 12, 2014 - 5:11 pm

    Wonderful pictures of a wonderful coupleReplyCancel

  • BenSeptember 12, 2014 - 2:05 pm

    so beautiful wish i was there.ReplyCancel

  • EmilySeptember 12, 2014 - 7:39 am

    Beautiful xxReplyCancel

  • jakeSeptember 12, 2014 - 7:12 am

    Yeah you two brush up alright ey…..ReplyCancel

  • NatalieSeptember 12, 2014 - 1:02 am

    Tess as always stunning! You two look great together!!!ReplyCancel

  • AjaSeptember 11, 2014 - 11:03 pm

    Ahhh!! You two make such a gorgeous couple!! These photos are phenomenal!

    Love you both!ReplyCancel

  • Ronnie HainesSeptember 11, 2014 - 9:53 pm

    Georgeous couple!ReplyCancel

  • KatieSeptember 11, 2014 - 9:49 pm

    Absolutely stunning pictures Tess and James! You guys are such a beautiful couple inside and out. Wishing you both all the happiness in the world.ReplyCancel

  • Maria PadillaSeptember 11, 2014 - 9:39 pm

    Tess & James,
    You guys look so unbelievably happy and of course gorgeous! Love your photos!!! Wish you both the best <3 <3ReplyCancel

  • Chris PadillaSeptember 11, 2014 - 7:05 pm

    Congrats Tess and James! Beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • LeelaSeptember 11, 2014 - 4:13 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous… obviously!! <3ReplyCancel

  • LauraSeptember 11, 2014 - 1:41 pm

    Gorgeous photos guys. XxReplyCancel

  • GrandmaSeptember 11, 2014 - 1:31 pm


  • Clara CollinsSeptember 11, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    WOW!! Great pictures!! Can’t wait to see more!!! Love you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Geoff CullSeptember 11, 2014 - 10:08 am

    What a collection of pictures and memories for summer 2014! Good luck to you both for the future.


  • Nate TSeptember 11, 2014 - 9:36 am

    You guys look great and the pictures are beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • GrahamSeptember 11, 2014 - 9:26 am

    Great pictures in a stunning location! I always like a bit of rocky shoreline and it looks like it’s been very good to you both.ReplyCancel

  • CherylSeptember 11, 2014 - 9:06 am

    Beautiful photos- wishing you both a very happy future together.ReplyCancel

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  • Lilian CullSeptember 11, 2014 - 8:58 am

    Great photos and great models! So proud to be James’s mother and Tess’s mother-in-law, (friend)! What a lovely couple you make.

    Enjoy your life and savour every moment.

    Love you always,
    Xx Mum/Lilian xXReplyCancel

  • Jo CullSeptember 11, 2014 - 8:56 am

    Amazing pictures – huge congratulations and lots of love xxxReplyCancel

  • Kat WoodwardSeptember 11, 2014 - 8:53 am

    These are beautiful! Congrats to you both.ReplyCancel

  • Tess CollinsSeptember 11, 2014 - 8:52 am

    Cindy! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! What fantastic shots! We had an amazing time not only photographing with you but hanging out! You are a gem! Can’t wait to see the wedding photos xoxoxReplyCancel

  • Paula MichaudAugust 23, 2014 - 11:10 pm

    God Bless the both of you and may you have a long loving and fulfilling marriage. Be kind to each other and never forget what brought you together. Always hold hands when you walk together and have date night one a week no matter what. Hold on tight to each other this is going to be a great journey.ReplyCancel

  • Missy Byrne AyotteAugust 21, 2014 - 9:17 am

    WOW! Gorgeous photos of a STUNNING couple!!!!! :o)ReplyCancel

    • Mike CollinsSeptember 11, 2014 - 9:07 am

      Great pictures, nice jobReplyCancel