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(WEDDING) DAN + ANNE (VENTOSA VINEYARDS) GENEVA, NEW YORK

It’s 4 o’clock in the morning and I’m driving from my home in Camden, Maine to the Portland Airport for my flight to Syracuse to photograph Anne and Dan’s wedding.

Now I’m in the airplane. We’re taking off into a world of blue skies as the sun rises above the Atlantic Ocean. We’re heading towards John F. Kennedy Airport. The pilot comes on the radio and reports of heavy fog and rain in New York.

We do laps in the air and divert to Logan because we’re close to running out of fuel. We re-fuel and take off. Leaving Boston’s blue skies, we land at JFK, I miss my connection to Syracuse by 10 minutes, and I walk around the airport for awhile. I like walking through the airport, seeing so many faces, each one with it’s own story.

I make it to Syracuse 6 hours late, have a quick dinner with my mom and dad that still live in the house I grew up in with a white picket fence and grassy front yard, and make my way to Geneva, New York where I meet Amanda, an old high school friend, on the outskirts of Rochester close to where she lives with her husband, Andrew. We eat pizza, talk about life, her program, relationships, and laugh.

Now I’m waking up in the hotel room that Dan and Anne so graciously reserved for me. The sun is rising over Seneca Lake and I grab my camera as the world and myself begin to awake. In my mind I have this feeling that the day is going to be beautiful, special, unique in it’s own way like every wedding I photograph.

I meet Anne in her room. She’s getting ready with her bridesmaids and is calm as can be. We hug like old friends. You wouldn’t know it has been over 10 years since we’ve seen each other. I walk down the hallway with her to meet Dan. He’s getting ready with his groomsmen and, like Anne, is as calm as can be. We shake hands, have a few quick laughs, and the day begins.

Every wedding is an adventure. I’ll let the rest of Anne and Dan’s speak for itself.

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Music: Gathering Stories by Jónsi

(WEDDING) NICK + ANGELA (MERRYSPRING NATURE CENTER) CAMDEN, MAINE

Nick and Angela’s wedding made me feel.

Different parts of every wedding make me feel in their own unique ways: the way the bride looks at her groom, the way the groom looks at his bride, something that gets said in the best-man and maid-of-honor speeches, the bride’s dance with her father, a story a friend or family member shares with me about the bride and groom, why they’re excited to be there, why it was so important for them to be there, when they fell in love themselves.

For me, being at Nick and Angela’s was like waking up in the morning, looking over across my bed, and seeing the person laying next to me that I love. I saw this kind of love when I photographed Nick and Angela, their friends, and their families. It’s a feeling we can all identify with, I hope.

I met Nick and Angela through two of my great, long-time friends, Kelly and Jenna. Jenna’s father, Leonard, or Lenny Rick as I call him, co-owns The Waterfront, a timeless restaurant here in Camden, Maine where Jenna and Angela work together. It’s nestled into the harbor and tucked behind a building off Bayview Street. Whenever I have friends coming to town that I can’t take out to eat or whenever I met tourists in-town looking for a good place to eat, I tell them to go to The Waterfront. I know the food’s always going to be good and the environment always warm with lobstermen eating alongside hedge fund managers in a day and age when we’re all searching for something raw and authentic.

Raw and authentic. That’s what Nick and Angela’s wedding was. That’s why I feel fortunate to have been a part of their day.

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Venue: Inn at Camden Place and Merryspring Nature Center
Cake: The Surprise Inside
Flowers: Endless Summer Flower Farm and Seasons Downeast
Hair: Friends
Bride’s dress: Dress Me Bridal
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Patricia Buck Bridal
Groom/groomsmen suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Ceremony music: Heath Commeau