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