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Ali + Cesar: Reception!!

What do you get when you mix 1 Canadian international do-gooder, 1 Peruvian who’s up for just about anything, and all of their family and friends from around the world gathered in a super fabulous tent by the Maine coast? One hoppin’ reception, that’s what!!

Ali and Cesar put so much thought and effort into the details of their Biddeford Pool reception! Beginning with the ice cream truck meeting their guests outside the church after the ceremony, they left no detail un-thought of!! What I really really love is their attention to sharing things that are meaningful to each of them and to who they are as a couple! The music, the food, the drinks…everything reflected their multi-cultural home and brought bits of their travels and interests into their wedding day! I LOVE it!!

With that in mind, I want to start you off with some of their awesome details!

Ali handmade her own bouquet using Peruvian wedding lilies…beautiful!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Can I tell you how much I love a tented reception by the sea?? Gorgeous!! Ali and Cesar rented their tent and tables through Marshall Rentals!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
I’m a huge fan of the recent trend to have flip flops on hand for guests! As someone who wore flip-flops under her own wedding gown, I suppose I’d think all occasions benefit from comfy feet!:)
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
I’m absolutely in LOVE with Ali’s fabulous purple engagement ring! It is made of a stone that can be mined only in South America…so special and utterly unique!!!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Can I get a huge cheer for handpainted signage?!?!? Yayyyy!!!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Justin grabbed this shot of the party from across the Pool…love it!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Ali and Cesar brought in beer from Peru, Canada, and locally from Maine…and can I tell you how much I love the sailboat?
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
The event was catered by Mountain Caterers and the food was amazing (and gorgeous!)!! The ceviche shooters (right) were especially popular! Just another taste of Peruvian influence!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Rather than a traditional guestbook, Ali and Cesar had their guests write messages on the back of assorted Maine postcards that will later be mounted into a book!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
I’m obsessed with these cupcakes!! Seriously- I shot approximately 150 images of them!! They are so fun and colorful!! And the light! Oh that scrumptious light!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Ali’s parents began the toasts!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Told you I was obsessed with those cupcakes!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Cesar’s dad just has the biggest heart!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Yum!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Ali and Cesar impressed us all with a seriously awesome first salsa dance…it was AWESOME!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Ummm…coolest dip ever? I think so!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Their first dance was followed by a pisco sour tasting…a traditional Peruvian drink!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
I’ve never seen a dance floor fill up and get hopping SO fast…it was amazing!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
And, to round out the night, Ali and Cesar hired Rickey Hines to teach their guests some salsa basics to keep the floor bouncing through the night!! So cool!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception
Ali and Cesar- thank you guys so much for sharing your incredible day with us!! I see ice skating in Ottawa together in our (hopefully!) not-too-distant future!!

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Ali & CesarOctober 13, 2010 - 12:18 am

Cindy, your comments make the photos so much more fun to look through and re-live the day! You are so so so talented and I am so thankful to have found you to be part of our wedding!

StephanieOctober 13, 2010 - 5:26 pm

Gorgeous wedding, and you really did an awesome job with it. You’re getting so great at the details!

Hope you’re well. Talk soon.
Steph

Linda BrownOctober 18, 2010 - 10:33 pm

Such a beautiful couple…so much love!! Besos, Linda

Meredith PerdueOctober 19, 2010 - 1:07 pm

Beautiful, beautiful! I love the (relatively?) new background on the blog, Cindy!

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[...] Ali & Cesar came down from Canada for the event. Diana & Luigi came up from Manhattan. Kerri & Phil got their families involved. Josee brought her entire family to be the cheering section for everyone! And donations poured in from all of you who couldn’t make it. Former clients. Parents of clients whose weddings I shot years ago. People I’ve never met. We even had a 2014 couple go through the team roster and donate to each person so that every single member of our team would make the participation minimum and be able to take part on race day, donating several hundred dollars in total even though they couldn’t personally make the event. [...]

Ali + Cesar: Portraits!

I’ve said it before and I am sure I will say it a million more times…scheduling time for some portraits is something I guarantee you will NOT regret!! My two major regrets from my own wedding are (1) not having a videographer and (2) not scheduling portrait time into our day…I didn’t know how much I would wish later that I had those pictures!! So I cannot encourage you enough to really consider how much time you can spare for photos and making every effort to maximize it!!

Ali and Cesar left plenty of time in their day for photos and we had an absolute BLAST running around Biddeford Pool getting some awesome stuff!! We began with a few formal family/wedding party portraits at the sandy beach (a rarity in Maine!)…

Rawr!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties Restaurant, Pool Lobster Company
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties Restaurant, Pool Lobster Company
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties Restaurant, Pool Lobster Company
Then it was off to the Pool Lobster Company to have a bit more ice cream and play with some lobsters! This is Maine after all!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties Restaurant, Pool Lobster Company
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties Restaurant, Pool Lobster Company
After that, we headed over to the rocky beach to get some classic Maine portraits…this was so fun!! And Ali and Cesar are just fierce, aren’t they!! Totally gorgeous!!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties Restaurant, Pool Lobster Company
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties Restaurant, Pool Lobster Company
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties Restaurant, Pool Lobster Company
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties Restaurant, Pool Lobster Company
I absolutely LOVE this one that Justin grabbed!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties Restaurant, Pool Lobster Company
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties Restaurant, Pool Lobster Company
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties Restaurant, Pool Lobster Company
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties Restaurant, Pool Lobster Company
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties Restaurant, Pool Lobster Company
I think Ali looks like a flamenco dancer in that shot!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties Restaurant, Pool Lobster Company
Those shoes + that backdrop = LOVE!!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties Restaurant, Pool Lobster Company
The reception should be up tomorrow now that I am home from another road trip!! Happy Sunday!!!

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Ali & CesarOctober 12, 2010 - 12:09 am

Cindy, these are great! I can’t wait to see the full set. I love that there are so many where we are laughing… you really captured the fun of the day! And I think we’ll have to submit the 1st one to the JCrew catalogue! haha

Ali + Cesar: Ceremony!

Once everyone was all shiny and sparkly, it was time to head over to St. Brendan’s Chapel in Biddeford Pool!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
Such a gorgeous day!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
I LOVE it when churches let me move around so that I can get close enough to capture the groom’s face when he gets that first peek at his soon-to-be-Mrs! Cesar’s expression fits the bill precisely!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
Ali’s look at Cesar isn’t too shabby either!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
You may remember from their engagement session post that Cesar hails from Peru, so I absolutely LOVE that Ali chose to use Peruvian wedding lilies in her bouquet in tribute to Cesar’s homeland!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
I LOVE this shot of the kiss that Justin grabbed! Oh, the joy!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
Married!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
Ali and Cesar chose to take a moment privately after the ceremony to process and absorb before rejoining the revelry with their guests! I think that these moments are SO important! (And make for some awesome photos!!)
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
A message to all the fellas out there: if you aren’t sure how to tell if she’s “the one,” take note…if she’s looking at you like this, she’s it! Get her off the market quick, ‘cuz that is LOVE!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
How gorgeous are they!?!?!?!? Love!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
And then…wait for it…it was time for the ICE CREAM TRUCK!!! Yes, Ali and Cesar had an open bar, I mean ice cream truck, waiting for their guests as they emptied out of the church! Seriously cool. Seriously.
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
I scream for ice cream!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
I absolutely love this whole ice cream truck idea!! So so so fabulous! Nearly as fabulous as Ali and Cesar!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
And this wasn’t all for show, folks! This truck was there with a purpose! To get Ali and Cesar to the reception! (well, after a stop for some super awesome portraits, that is!)
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, St. Brendans Chapel, ice cream truck
Portraits on the rocky shores of the Maine coast coming your way next!!

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Ali & CesarOctober 6, 2010 - 10:38 pm

We LOVE these shots! It is pouring rain in Ottawa tonight and we are sitting on the couch re-living our beach wedding in Maine. I’m gonna make a ‘cuppa’ hot cocoa and look at them over and over again!

StephanieOctober 7, 2010 - 1:29 pm

These wedding shots are beautiful! I wish you took my wedding photos! I’m positive anybody would be pleased with your work!

RoxyOctober 9, 2010 - 4:05 pm

This couple looks so sweet and happy, they brought happy tears to my eyes and sent chills of hope through my body.

[...] so much thought and effort into the details of their Biddeford Pool reception! Beginning with the ice cream truck meeting their guests outside the church after the ceremony, they left no detail un-thought of!! [...]