As I mentioned in their sneak peek, Kelsey and Matt’s engagement session one was of the most laughter filled sessions I’ve ever shot! Maybe it was a coping mechanism considering that it was freeeeeeeeeeezing out (especially at Fort Williams Park!), but I got a pretty strong impression that these two laugh this much whenever they’re together! We had such a great time wandering around Portland’s Old Port for a bit (we even saw a seal- yaaaayyyyyy!!) and then moseying on over to Fort Williams Park and the Head Light for a few quintessentially Maine shots, since these two born and bred Mainers are currently calling Texas home!

We began by heading over to the waterfront in the Old Port where fresh seafood abounds and the landmark Porthole Restaurant is tucked down a little alleyway…

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I absolutely melt at every single image of Matt looking at Kelsey…there is serious love going on here!
Maine wedding photographer, Old Port, Portland, Fort Williams Park, Head Light, engagement photos, snow

Maine wedding photographer, Old Port, Portland, Fort Williams Park, Head Light, engagement photos, snow

One of my favorites from the day!
Maine wedding photographer, Old Port, Portland, Fort Williams Park, Head Light, engagement photos, snow

Maine wedding photographer, Old Port, Portland, Fort Williams Park, Head Light, engagement photos, snow

LOVE!!
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Maine wedding photographer, Old Port, Portland, Fort Williams Park, Head Light, engagement photos, snow

Maine wedding photographer, Old Port, Portland, Fort Williams Park, Head Light, engagement photos, snow

Maine wedding photographer, Old Port, Portland, Fort Williams Park, Head Light, engagement photos, snow

Maine wedding photographer, Old Port, Portland, Fort Williams Park, Head Light, engagement photos, snow

Ummm…GORGEOUS!!
Maine wedding photographer, Old Port, Portland, Fort Williams Park, Head Light, engagement photos, snow

Maine wedding photographer, Old Port, Portland, Fort Williams Park, Head Light, engagement photos, snow

I can’t get enough of the expression on Matt’s face in this shot as he looks at Kelsey…melty, melt, melt, melt!
Maine wedding photographer, Old Port, Portland, Fort Williams Park, Head Light, engagement photos, snow

Maine wedding photographer, Old Port, Portland, Fort Williams Park, Head Light, engagement photos, snow

Maine wedding photographer, Old Port, Portland, Fort Williams Park, Head Light, engagement photos, snow

Maine wedding photographer, Old Port, Portland, Fort Williams Park, Head Light, engagement photos, snow, LL Bean boots

Maine wedding photographer, Old Port, Portland, Fort Williams Park, Head Light, engagement photos, snow

Swings!
Maine wedding photographer, Old Port, Portland, Fort Williams Park, Head Light, engagement photos, snow

Maine wedding photographer, Old Port, Portland, Fort Williams Park, Head Light, engagement photos, snow

In case you were wondering why Matt looks at Kelsey so adoringly…’cuz his girl is HOT!
Maine wedding photographer, Old Port, Portland, Fort Williams Park, Head Light, engagement photos, snow

Maine wedding photographer, Old Port, Portland, Fort Williams Park, Head Light, engagement photos, snow

Maine wedding photographer, Old Port, Portland, Fort Williams Park, Head Light, engagement photos, snow

Maine wedding photographer, Old Port, Portland, Fort Williams Park, Head Light, engagement photos, snow

I have to give a crazy gigantic shout out to Kelsey…she’s running the Disney Marathon tomorrow (you know, in the middle of planning a wedding and moving to Texas, because she’s awesome like that!)! GOOD LUCK, Kelsey!!!!! Rock that 26.2 mi!!

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  • [...] first experience with Kelsey and Matt was their December engagement session in the Old Port area of Portland along the waterfront! It was my first introduction to their super [...]ReplyCancel

  • JustinJanuary 10, 2011 - 1:08 pm

    I love how you capture them mid-laughter, like I can hear it in your photos.ReplyCancel

  • StaceyJanuary 9, 2011 - 8:57 pm

    So totally Maine adorable! I love your coloring on these too. These definitely look worth baring the cold?ReplyCancel

  • JessieJanuary 8, 2011 - 1:02 pm

    You took the most fabulous pictures of my favorite couple!ReplyCancel

  • KelseyJanuary 8, 2011 - 12:46 pm

    Cindy!! I LOVE YOU AND THESE PHOTOS!!! Thank you soo much!ReplyCancel

Okay, so we definitely didn’t take part in any major battles for independence from a tyrannical king (or even manage to make it over to Stirling Bridge or Bannockburn!), but I just couldn’t justify posting about Scotland without taking advantage of the opportunity to do my best Mel-Gibson-as-William-Wallace impression!!

It’s not often that I get the opportunity to really demonstrate to my Mom how much all of the millions of sacrifices, large and small, known and unknown, that she’s made for me and my siblings are so so deeply appreciated. Beginning with folded pieces of paper with crayoned “I love you, Mom” messages as a child and various objects constructed with paste and popsicle sticks and progressing to gift cards for pedicures, every attempt at “thank you” just seems so pale and scrawny next to all of the swim meets and PTA meetings and warm meals and tight hugs and sleepless nights that only begin to scratch the surface of all that my Mom put into my childhood. And while a trip to Scotland still doesn’t begin to make a dent in the debt that I owe her for all that she’s contributed the the incredible life I am living, the opportunity to say thank you in a slightly bigger way was one that I just couldn’t miss!

As you may remember, my rockin’ Mom ran her first half- marathon on her 60th birthday, just a few days before we left for our trip! Taking her aching legs in stride, she boarded a plane to Maine less than 24 hours after crossing the finish line in order to spend a couple of days checking out our new home before our trip! Obviously, we immediately had to walk over to Starbucks and then LL Bean, since it’s just not a first time visit to Freeport without the boot!!

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(We were trying make it an “action” shot!)

And then we were off!! One 17 hour flight, a mad run through Charles de Gaulle airport, a harrowing tram ride to the world’s smallest plane, and one handing over of keys to a little car with the steering wheel on the “passenger” side of the car later and we were in Edinburgh!! I won’t harp on the driving thing, but I have to say this much…who ever the genius was who thought it was even remotely a good idea to simply hand me the keys to the car and turn me loose on Scotland, especially in an ancient city filled with winding, uber-narrow (2-way!!!), cobblestone streets and a proliferation of traffic circles (that go LEFT!) without the slightest bit of advice on driving on the left or any indication of what various traffic signs might mean should be considered a public menace. We’re going to go ahead and let the girl who accepted said keys without considering the full extent of the potential consequences totally off the hook. Let’s just sum it all up by saying that it took more than 2 hours to get the 10 miles from the airport to our hotel in the city center and there was a fair amount gasps, yells, veers, and fleeing pedestrians involved.

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Lucky for us, we could walk all over Edinburgh from our hotel! St. Giles Cathedral and the Royal Mile were our first introduction to Scotland!
Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

The view from our hotel was pretty awesome!
Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Deacon Brodie was the real-life individual on whom the character “Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde” was based upon! Such a cool story….
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Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

In case you didn’t catch this from the shot of my Mom in the phone booth, we acted unabashedly like total tourists, including taking photos of the taxi cabs!!
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Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Our second night was spent at the super cool Atholl Palace Hotel in the absolutely adorable town of Pitlochry!
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Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

We grabbed tea and toast for breakfast in town at the cutest little tea house and I just had to grab a quick shot of the “morning cuppa” on the menu!!
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On our way up to Inverness, we stopped to check out Blair Castle…so cool!!
Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

We got into Inverness late, but the city was so walkable and cool to check out at night!
Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

We decided it was just a tad too cold to take one of the many boat tours offered on Loch Ness, but definitely wanted to check it out, so we headed over to Urquhart Castle on its banks! So so cool!!
Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

My poor Mom, I shot a lot of photos of her taking pictures!!
Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

From Inverness, we were off to St. Andrews! I know that I said I wouldn’t harp on the whole driving thing, but we ended up having ourselves a little driving adventure on our way to St. Andrews…suffice it to say that, at one point, we drove for more than 40 minutes with the gas light on, in the dark, having seen nothing but stone walls and hedgerows for a very long time, not at all sure we were even heading in the direction of St. Andrews! By the time we arrived at our hotel, we were definitely ready for a glass of wine (or 3!)!
Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

But the next morning we were ready to brave the elements and the roads to check out the Cathedral and Castle and wander a bit around this very Harry Potter-ish town!
Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

It was seriously cold!
Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Okay, just looking at this 3×5 mine shaft careening into the bowels of the ancient castle ruins made me light headed…thanks, buuuuuut no.
Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Once again, we arrived at our destination after dark! It turns out that it’s just as harrowing to drive around Edinburgh at night as it is during the day! Go figure. Once we got settled in, we decided to skip the car and grab a cab into the city center for dinner and to check out the sites after dark! Turns out that the sights are pretty dang awesome after dark!!
Holyrood Palace…we never quite made it there, unfortunately, but it looked amazing from Edinburgh Castle!
Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

We actually decided to turn the car in early and taxi-cab it for our last day…probably a good idea since it was another hour-plus adventure around Edinburgh to get the 7 mi to the airport to turn it in and we had a 6am flight! This is our parked impression of my driving…now imagine it with more terror and whiter knuckles!
Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

We spent our final hours in Scotland checking out Edinburgh Castle, buying gifts for family and friends, and trying to soak in as much as we could before heading out!
Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Maine wedding photographer, travel, Scotland, UK, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Inverness, St Andrews

Full of adventures (and a few misadventures!), it was truly the trip of a lifetime and time spent with my Mom that I know that I will always be deeply grateful for!

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  • Off to Europe!! » Cuppa PhotographyApril 22, 2013 - 6:13 am

    [...] Mom and I made the trip to Scotland for her 60th birthday and I was struck anew by this desire to see more, experience more. I relished [...]ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer BacchiocchiFebruary 5, 2011 - 2:08 pm

    Beautiful! You can see where JK Rowling got a lot of her inspiration. What an awesome place. Definetely on our bucket list!ReplyCancel

  • RoxyJanuary 9, 2011 - 12:47 am

    Favs: Sweeney Tod Demon Barber & the impression of you driving. I think I would have died of anxiety if I had to drive on the opposite side of the car and the opposite side of the road on which I normally drive. Did you at least have an automatic?!ReplyCancel

I can’t even tell you how much fun Kelsey and Matt’s engagement session was last week…laughter! There was SO. MUCH. LAUGHTER. I absolutely loved every second! I won’t give too much away, since I’ll be posting the rest so soon, but suffice it to say that, although they are currently making their home deep in the heart of Texas, these two are true Mainers at heart!!

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A taste of Scotland is up next! See you soon!

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