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Every single person, man or woman, has their own idea of what is really important to them about their wedding. They have some vision, whether they realize it or not, of the moment that will make it feel like their wedding day, that will bring it all home. For Justin and I, it was actually saying the words to the traditional wedding vows out loud, the utterance of “I do” that really made it click that this was it. I think it is so so important for each couple to figure out what their thing is, so that they can decide which traditions to keep and which traditions to toss so that their wedding fits them exactly right!

For many couples, seeing each other for the first time when the bride walks down the aisle is less important to them than having the opportunity to connect with one another prior to their ceremony. This is where the First Look comes in. Still rife with all of the drama of seeing each other for the first time, it also provides some time apart to savor the connection and the anticipation of the day privately (okay, semi-privately since I’m there!).

Louie and Mary Elisa chose to share a First Look!! In keeping with their edgy rock-and-roll feel, we found a fabulous gritty grey wall in a parking lot to use as our backdrop and let the magic unfold!

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

And of course, the other great thing about a First Look is that it creates time before the ceremony for fantastic photos!! Rather than trying to squeeze as many portraits as possible into the time alotted between the ceremony and reception (you know, the time where all of your guests are waiting for you and you are ready to get to the partying!), doing a First Look allows you to have time to do some portraits of just the two of you, and then bring in the wedding party, all before the ceremony! Louie and Mary Elisa rocked out the grey wall a bit longer and then we were off to find some fantastic New England foliage! Are they not insanely gorgeous!?!?
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

We found that amazing foliage at a local cemetery! I know, I know, but it was totally gorgeous and not remotely morbid (though it was impossible to resist cracking a few “’til death do we part” jokes!) and the light…OH the light!! Scrumptious to say the least!
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Before you ask, yes- they did, indeed, look this good in real life!
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

I love this alternate angle that Emy shot!
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Um, New Hampshire fall foliage, anyone?
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

SO gorgeous!!
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

The fellas always get neglected in the glamour that IS the bride, but we just couldn’t deny Louie his limelight when he was looking so dapper!
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Melt!
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

I just can’t get over our good fortune in finding a building with Louie & Mary Elisa’s initials on it…so fun!!!
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Wedding party time at the fab grey wall!! I absolutely LOVE that Mary Elisa had bridesmen and well as bridesmaids!
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

When there is time scheduled in for portraits, there is time to have a little fun and mess around…
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

LOVE!!!!
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

A few last shots at the church (we even had a little fun there!)…
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, St Joseph chapel, Hilton, Art Institute

…and it’s ceremony time next!!

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  • TomDecember 23, 2010 - 9:32 pm

    you rawk, cindy! these are darn amazin’!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah GoodwinDecember 23, 2010 - 3:44 pm

    What a fun couple and group?! Great photos!ReplyCancel

  • KathyDecember 23, 2010 - 12:33 pm

    These are great! Everyone looks amazing…better than in person;)ReplyCancel

  • LibbaDecember 22, 2010 - 2:00 pm

    YOU are my favorite photographer! These pictures are fabulous. I can’t wait to see Frances and Carlton’s wedding. Merry Christmas! LibbaReplyCancel

  • AliDecember 22, 2010 - 1:11 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the bride’s bolero! Fabulous shots Cindy!ReplyCancel

  • KristinDecember 22, 2010 - 11:04 am

    I concur Justin. Amazing.ReplyCancel

  • JustinDecember 22, 2010 - 10:32 am

    Simply awesome.ReplyCancel

I’ll bet you all thought I’d been buried under that snow I wrote about last, eh? So sorry for the long pause between posts…it’s been seriously hectic getting all of this year’s last minute Christmas orders together!!! But here we are, at last, ready to begin the blog-a-thon of scrumptiousness that is Louie and Mary Elisa’s Manchester wedding!! I want to thank the fabulous Emy Fleck for her mad second-shooting skills…you’re awesome, Emy!! I’ve kept you all waiting long enough, so I’m going to dive right in!!

I absolutely LOVED Mary Elisa’s J.Crew dress…simple but sophisticated and easy to add fun accessories to! Oh, and if I could go back in time, I would definitely wear a dress with pockets!!! So fantastic!! And her bolero is yet one more reason to shop etsy! Love!

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

What do you get when you mix 1 part super-hot-and-sexy with 1 part punk rock? 2 awesome pairs of shoes, that’s what!!!
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

Mary Elisa’s nephew joined in on some of the fun…SO dang cute!!
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

You may recall Louie and Mary Elisa’s super cool hand-letterpressed invitations. Well Mary Elisa, in all of her artistic glory, designed matching EVERYTHING to keep that theme running throughout the day…seriously, everything from the amazing programs featuring a few shots from their engagement session to the signs for coatcheck and the restrooms! Keep an eye out for more when we get to the reception!
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

Can’t. stop. shooting. babies. (ummmm…that didn’t sound quite right…I mean photographing babies, photographing, not shooting!…oops!)
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

Mary Elisa had her talented friend and artist, Yung Bagley, design and make her amazing wedding day jewelry. I love that she had different jewelry for the ceremony and reception…such a great way to shift from the somewhat more serious nature of the ceremony to the big ol’ party that is the reception!
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

I love the clasp on this, and the tiny little guns…so fun!!
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

Last one, I promise…he’s just too cute!
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

While I was hanging out in hair and make-up with Mary Elisa, Emy went to hang out with the guys for a bit…
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

When your hotel room overlooks a baseball field, I think that there is only one appropriate thing to do…Big League Chew!!
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

Too funny!!
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

The essentials…
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

Meanwhile…I loved that Mary Elisa kept referring to the fact that she wanted her hair to be “like a big rat’s nest”! It looked awesome, of course, and the girls from 26th on Hanover rocked it out!
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

And then it was dress time!! Mary Elisa’s mom was such a good sport…she was totally halfway through getting her hair done when it was time for Mary Elisa to get dressed, but she joined the party anyway!!
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

SOOO GORGEOUS!!!
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

One last touch-up and it’s off the the First Look!!
Maine wedding photographer, Manchester, New Hampshire, Art Institute, Hilton, St Joseph Chapel

Louie and Mary Elisa’s First Look and amazing portraits are coming at you next!!

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  • katieDecember 23, 2010 - 10:16 am

    I love them.. the pictures are incredible! ME- you look so gorgeous:)ReplyCancel

  • JustinDecember 21, 2010 - 5:34 pm

    A total blast. I wish there were more pictures of the Murray’s Pomade though. Great job capturing the feel of the evening. Can’t wait to see if they go through with the ceremony too.ReplyCancel

  • KellyDecember 21, 2010 - 9:40 am

    Amazing and beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Mary ElisaDecember 20, 2010 - 6:30 pm

    AMAZING! I’m so excited it is like getting married all over again. And feel free to shoot more babies, you are fantastic at it.ReplyCancel

The Saturday after Thanksgiving each year, the Down East Ski Club holds its annual ski sale in Portland. It’s a bonanza of used and new gear for snow sports from downhill skiing to snowshoeing and Justin and I have been looking forward to it since we moved this summer! We wandered around drooling over everything a person could need to love a good long Maine winter and finally settled on cross country ski gear as this year’s new winter sport! As you might imagine, we walked out of the Expo with our shiny new toys and have been jonesing for snow ever since!!

Well it might not be ski-deep, but today we got our first snow of the season!! I woke up to flurries which eventually turned into those great fluffy giganto-flakes that make me ridiculously happy to watch fall! I immediately lit a fire in the woodstove and decided today would be a laptop day on the couch by the fire instead of upstairs holed in my office! Have I mentioned lately how incredibly fortunate I feel to be able to work from home?!?

Our little, slightly ugly, house with its very first dusting of the season!

Maine wedding photographer, snow, Freeport, Maine

Maine wedding photographer, snow, Freeport, Maine

Maine wedding photographer, snow, Freeport, Maine

I love our silly little shed out back…
Maine wedding photographer, snow, Freeport, Maine

Seriously…with a face like that, how could I NOT hang out on the couch with my computer and pet her little head!?!?
Maine wedding photographer, snow, Freeport, Maine

Maine wedding photographer, snow, Freeport, Maine

She cracks me up…
Maine wedding photographer, snow, Freeport, Maine

Happy Monday!

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  • JustinDecember 18, 2010 - 4:25 am

    I want that snow back! Now I want to drive in the snow. Cuppa rocks!ReplyCancel