Have I mentioned lately that I have the coolest clients ever? I have? Well, let me say it yet again…I have the coolest clients EVER!!! I recently received Louie and Mary Elisa’s wedding invitation in the mail and was blown away by the fact that Mary Elisa letter pressed each invitation by hand. As in every single one. By hand. She’s like an urban-edgy-indie-hipster-meets-Martha-Stewart DIY rock star. And I’m the lucky girl that gets to photograph all that hand-made goodness!! Woo hoo!!

In keeping with their rock-n-roll theme, their invitations are set up like concert tickets/flyers…I told you they are rock stars!! I meant it!

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Mary Elisa even designed their wedding logo…
Maine wedding photographers, letterpress invitations, Manchester, New Hampshire, Chicago IL

…and had it printed on guitar picks!! ROCK STARS!!
Maine wedding photographers, letterpress invitations, Manchester, New Hampshire, Chicago IL

Maine wedding photographers, letterpress invitations, Manchester, New Hampshire, Chicago IL

Maine wedding photographers, letterpress invitations, Manchester, New Hampshire, Chicago IL

Gorgeous work, you guys!!! I just cannot WAIT to see what you come up with for the wedding!!!

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  • [...] dang cute!! 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 [...]ReplyCancel

  • KatherineAugust 17, 2010 - 1:18 pm

    Those guitar picks are after my own heart! LOVE this!ReplyCancel

  • ejackAugust 17, 2010 - 1:07 pm

    Loved the invitations! Unique, creative, exclusive…very edgy yet classy use of black and white! The perspectives in the photographs showed off the invitations well, very rock star!ReplyCancel

  • RoxyAugust 16, 2010 - 9:50 am

    Those are really freaking awesome! Rock on!ReplyCancel

When Ali and Cesar first contacted me about photographing their wedding in Biddeford Pool, Maine, and mentioned that there would be an ice cream truck and salsa dancing involved, I got really excited. Then Ali revealed that they actually live in Ottawa, Canada. And I got even more excited. Then I found out that Cesar is actually from Peru. And I got even MORE excited! Seriously? An international, multi-cultural couple from Canada getting married on the beautiful rocky shores of Biddeford Pool, Maine, with an ice cream truck getaway car and a salsa dance instructor leading the dancing? WHERE do I sign up!?!?! Add to that ecstasy the fact that I got to travel to the insanely gorgeous city of Ottawa for the engagement session, and you understand why I am just counting the days until their wedding later this month!

After a little Cindy-adventure on the drive up (I crossed the border into Canada about 45 min east of where I’d intended to and ended up lost and wandering aimlessly around the stunning French-Canadian countryside admiring the picturesque farmhouses and attempting to translate the road signs with the miniscule amount of French I’ve tried to teach myself from the CDs in my car!), I arrived in what is now, hands down, one of my favorite cities in North America. Over one of the most scrumptious brunches I’ve ever eaten, Ali and Cesar shared their story with me…and what a story it is!! Have I mentioned lately that I have the coolest clients ever? Let’s just say that their story began with Ali renting a room in Cesar’s home in Peru and through years of back and forth between Canada and Peru, their relationship has grown into something truly beautiful to witness. Ali’s work takes her all over the world and I just think that it is so amazing that she found love amidst those travels! I am so so lucky to have as part of my job description the task of witnessing and documenting the tremendous amount of love that exists in this world and this ridiculously fun engagement session is no exception!!

So without further chatter from me, meet Ali and Cesar at home in Ottawa!

Click here for Ali and Cesar’s slideshow!

One of the museums has a sculpture outside that is set up like a living room, complete with chairs, television, and front door…such fun to play with!!

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Then it was down to Ottawa’s famous canal…it was so awesome to see how many people take advantage of the incredible green space along the canal!
Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

Doesn’t Ali have the most incredible blue eyes you’ve ever seen?!
Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

I love love love how Cesar’s eyes are ALWAYS smiley! He just makes you want to smile too!
Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

The bridges and architecture in Ottawa were definitely cool…it’s amazing to me how European the city felt to me!
Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

The locks for the canal were super cool!! We had a little too much fun playing around there!
Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

I love this shot of Ali!
Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

Maine wedding photographer, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, engagement, Biddeford Pool wedding

Ali and Cesar!! Thank you guys so much for showing me around your magnificent city!! Just a few weeks now…I can’t wait!!

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  • [...] were strung across the bridge before the finish.Ali & Cesar re-enacting the bridge shot from their Ottawa engagement session…so [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] may remember Ali and Cesar from their awesome engagement session in Ottawa, Canada. You may also remember how insanely excited I was to photograph their wedding in [...]ReplyCancel

  • jenAugust 12, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    WOW that was totally worth the trip! Can’t wait to see the wedding – it sounds amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Peggy BrownAugust 12, 2010 - 10:49 am

    Hi, Cindy! I’m looking forward to meeting you at the wedding – your engagement photos are lovely. I think it is pretty amazing that you drove up to Ottawa for the shoot!
    Peggy (Ali’s Mom)ReplyCancel

  • AliAugust 11, 2010 - 12:22 am

    These are fabulous Cindy! Thank you so much for such kind words and beautiful pictures! We are so excited for the wedding in less than 3 weeks!ReplyCancel

The big reveal is over. The formal group shots are done. The long-awaited kiss has sealed the deal and now- after months (sometimes years!) of planning- YOU. ARE. MARRIED!!! Is it any wonder that wedding receptions are the wild and crazy shindigs that they are?!?!

Wedding receptions are the epitome of celebration…the beginning of a new family, the public commitment of two lives, the verbalization of love and support and partnership. Cake is cut, food is eaten, and glasses are raised in congratulations to two people who have opened their hearts and lives to one another. They are relaxed and exuberant and I just absolutely love them! And since I’ve kept you guys waiting on this final installment from Kelly and Rob’s York, Maine wedding, I think I’ll stop talking and get to the good stuff!!

Click here for Kelly and Rob’s slideshow!

The reception was held at the Union Bluff Meeting House

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

Yum!! Kelly and Rob had scrumptious cupcakes instead of the traditional cake, courtesy of Clara’s Cupcakes!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

I love love love the first dance!! Kelly and Rob’s was extra special for me because they chose the same song that Justin and I danced to at our wedding!!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

After the cake cutting were the parent dances…I get teary every single time!!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

Then it was party time!!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

Watch out…when Rob gets a conga line going, there’s no stopping him!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

In keeping with their York Beach theme and in the spirit of relaxation and fun, Kelly and Rob provided flip-flops to their guests…a move which even inspired Rob’s grandmother to hit the dance floor!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

To my utter astonishment, at one point during the evening, Kelly and her father busted out with some SERIOUS ballroom dancing (no, not the “Dancing With The Stars” sort…the traditional kind, that can be done in a wedding gown!). Impressive doesn’t begin to cover it!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, York, Cape Neddick, Nubble Light, Union Bluff Meeting House

Kelly and Rob! Congratulations!!! Thank you so much!!

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  • EdAugust 8, 2010 - 2:28 pm

    It looked like a blast. Great shots.ReplyCancel