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Happy Birthday, Mat!

I’m back! I apologize for the bit o’ silence, but I have all sorts of fun planned for the week, beginning with my little brother’s visit to Maine last week! When his girlfriend, Bianca, e-mailed me to plan a trip here with Mat for his 30th birthday surprise, I couldn’t have been more excited! I am so lucky to have a special relationship with family, and my brother and I have always been super close. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, where he owns and operates The Three Legged Monkey and The Crazy Ape (both bars…be sure to check them out if you find yourself in SA!) and between the distance and our crazy schedules, I hadn’t seen him since my wedding nearly two years ago! We had such a fun, laid back visit, enjoying the absolutely INCREDIBLE fall weather we’ve been having and just generally catching up! I can’t begin to put into words just how good it was to see Mat! My Mom will make the trip next month (before she and I head to Scotland for a week to celebrate her 60th birthday…I’m SOOOO excited!), so if I could just get my sister up this way, my happiness would be complete!! (Hint, hint, Karissa!!):)

Mat was excited to catch some of the foliage before it disappears for the season! Aren’t he and Bianca cute?
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, Mat Rapp
And we had to walk down to LL Bean for a late night visit! (The aquarium is one of our favorite things!)
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, Mat Rapp
Wolf’s Neck State Park was next on the agenda…such a fun day in perfect, perfect weather!
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, Mat Rapp
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, Mat Rapp
My cute hubby!
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, Mat Rapp
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, Mat Rapp
Pickle!!
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, Mat Rapp
Justin grabbed this shot of Mat and I…I love it!
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, Mat Rapp
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, Mat Rapp
I don’t know why, but I think this shot is hilarious!
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, Mat Rapp
Mat grabbed this shot of our little family…thanks, Mat!
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, Mat Rapp
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, Mat Rapp
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, Mat Rapp
We headed over to Wolf’s Neck Farm after our hike to say hi to the animals!
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, Mat Rapp
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, Mat Rapp
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, Mat Rapp
Then it was off to Wealden farmstand for some locally grown apples, cheese, and carving pumpkins!
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, Mat Rapp
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, Mat Rapp
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, Mat Rapp
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, Mat Rapp
Over hot spiced cider and a roaring fire in the woodstove, we carved Halloween pumpkins! I decided to make mine an a-la-Martha-Stewart house number…
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, Mat Rapp
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, Mat Rapp
…while Justin kep up his Boston sports theme with the Bruins logo!
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, Mat Rapp
And Mat carved a wolf (who was, sadly, munched on by a small animal that night!), while Bianca chose a heart!
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, Mat Rapp
We had to make a stop at the Lobster Shack before heading to Fort Williams Park and the Portland Headlight!
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, the Lobster Shack at Two Lights, Fort Williams Park, the Portland Headlight
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, the Lobster Shack at Two Lights, Fort Williams Park, the Portland Headlight
Mat!
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, the Lobster Shack at Two Lights, Fort Williams Park, the Portland Headlight
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, the Lobster Shack at Two Lights, Fort Williams Park, the Portland Headlight
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, the Lobster Shack at Two Lights, Fort Williams Park, the Portland Headlight
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, the Lobster Shack at Two Lights, Fort Williams Park, the Portland Headlight
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, the Lobster Shack at Two Lights, Fort Williams Park, the Portland Headlight
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, the Lobster Shack at Two Lights, Fort Williams Park, the Portland Headlight
Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, family, the Lobster Shack at Two Lights, Fort Williams Park, the Portland Headlight
Such a fantastic visit!!! Thank you so much for making it happen, Bianca! Happy birthday, Mat!! I love you like crazy!!!

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bianca lopezOctober 26, 2010 - 12:59 am

i love it . i just relived the whole experience all over again lol. thank you so much cindy for showing us so much while we were there. i hope you and justin can make it down this way soon. these pics are amazing !!!!
-bianca

RoxyOctober 31, 2010 - 5:26 pm

That looked like a very fun trip. It makes me so excited for when I come to visit you guys next!!

ejackNovember 3, 2010 - 9:01 am

Looks like a great visit, thinking ski trip this winter???!!!

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!

[...] functions of looking gorgeous AND protecting your album from dust and moisture! You may remember Ali + Cesar’s Biddeford Pool wedding, complete with it’s ice cream truck! If you’d like to see more of the 12×12 [...]

[...] 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