I have been feeling super mushy lately about the entire concept of gratitude and, more specifically, about how over-the-top insanely grateful I feel for this life I get to lead. That gratitude has been welling up in me all day as I wrap up the edits for this wedding. I mean, this is MY JOB! First I get to meet amazing people. Then I get to hang out with them throughout their incredible wedding day and see them absorb the truth of all of the love they have in their lives. THEN I get to sit in my office at home, “cuppa” coffee in hand, and review that love over and over as I edit the images. And then I get to share it with the world. I mean, seriously- what’s not to be grateful for? It’s pretty dang awesome.
And speaking of pretty dang awesome…THIS WEDDING!
So…there’s backstory here. Rochelle and Mike live and work in Las Vegas (did you know that people actually LIVE there? Indeed they do!) and hail from opposite ends of the country. They decided on a destination wedding and began booking and planning their dream oceanside beach wedding in Cabo. Until a HURRICANE BLEW DOWN THEIR VENUE. What?!?!?! Seriously. That’s what happened. No joke.
Rochelle’s grandmother was one of the founders of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, so when they began considering new venues, it was a natural choice full of connection and family roots. To the garden’s natural beauty, they added a little Vegas sparkle and a whole lot of love and this incredible wedding was born!
Without further ado, Rochelle & Mike’s Boothbay wedding!
Sculptural Vera Wang gown + sequined bridemaids dresses? Yes, please!
Boothbay Region Greenhouses did such lovely work on the floral design!
Mike is one of those guys who seems perfectly comfortable and perfectly natural in a tux…like he totally wears one every day.
The ceremony took place at the quaint Wilson Memorial Chapel overlooking the sea…I just love this little stone chapel!
Can I get an AMEN for this sparkle?!?!? Give me a sequined table cloth and glitter numbers any day of the week!
Stretta Ensembles created the most beautiful background music for both the ceremony and cocktail hour…
When your Mexican venue blows down, there is no better way to honor it than with a tasty round of margaritas!
Ken Lund is an amazing artist who created a one-of-a-kind piece of art reflecting Rochelle & Mike’s wedding day right there at the reception…it was amazing to watch him take this canvas from sketch to finished piece over the course of the day! One of the most unique things I’ve ever seen at a wedding!
Rochelle & Mike, thank you so much for making us part of your dazzling day!
The dream team:
Ceremony Venue: Wilson Memorial Chapel
Reception Venue: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Day-of Coordination: Cairn Events
Hair & Make-up: Aura Salon
Gown: Vera Wang
Floral Design: Boothbay Region Greenhouses
Caterer: Sea Coast Catering
Live Event Artist: Ken Lund
Videographer: Heirloom Pictures
DJ: The Music Man DJ Service
Ceremony Musicians: Stretta Ensembles
Tent Rental: Marshall Tent & Event
Reception Rentalls: Wallace Events
AV: Headlight AV