5 Tips to Help With a Stress Free Wedding Day!

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It seems like there are always a million things running through your head and a to-do list that’s a mile long as soon as you say “yes” and the wedding planning beings! Use these 5 tips to help keep yourself on track and not let that stress kill the joy of this wonderful time!!

Tip #1. Timeline Planning:
Having a wedding schedule can't always guarantee a stress free day but when you are working with your vendors to create a timeline for your big day there are a few things to keep in mind. Make sure that your friends and family know where and when they need to be places. Nothing throws a timeline off like spending 15mins looking for Aunt Susan who didn’t know she was supposed to arrive early for family photos. You don’t have to have things written out to the minute but giving everyone a basic outline of the day can be very helpful at making sure the day flows smoothly. If you need help with your timeline ask your planner or photographer for help- we do this ALL THE TIME- and are happy to help!!

Tip #2. Delegate:
You have surrounded yourself with your best friends to help you celebrate your marriage… now use them!!! They are there to help, they WANT to help, they are capable!!! Allow your bridesmaids and groomsmen to lend a hand. Be it helping with decorations, stuffing invitations or being a photo wrangler on the day of (really helpful to have someone who knows the family members so they can help us track down that Aunt Susan who went to cocktail hour even thought she had a copy of the timeline). These are your best friends and if you can hand off some to-do items to them they will be happy to help and you can focus on the most important things!

Tip #3. Comfortable Shoes:
I know the big sparkly pretty heals make you feel like a million bucks and trust me they photograph beautifully but by the time you want to hit the dance floor your toes might be ready for something a little more comfortable. You don’t have to go with flip flops or slippers but you can always have a pair of flats with some special sparkles to change into at the reception. You’ll spend a lot of time on your feet on your wedding day so make sure you take care of them!!

Tip #4. Have a Rain Plan:
Nothing throws a wrench into plans like a rain storm. Make sure you’ve got back up plans for what to do if it rains. They say rain is good luck on your wedding day but if you don’t have a plan for where things will be and how they will take place if its pouring cats and dogs outside your stress level is going to go through the roof. We can’t control the weather but we can have a plan in place so that no matter the weather things go smoothly!

Tip #5. Identify Your Priorities:
Unless you have an unlimited budget make sure you make a list or priorities and budget accordingly. Find the aspects of the day that are the most important to you and focus on those. Be it a big beautiful bouquet, a string quartet playing while you walk down the isle, a leather bound wedding album or food that makes your mouth water. Every couple has things that are the most important to them- so make sure you pick what really means something to you two and plan your wedding to focus on those things. The rest will all come together around it!

Bonus Tip #6: ENJOY BEING ENGAGED!!!
You get to be married for the rest of your life but these months of engagement are fleeting so ENJOY IT! Spend some time together doing NON wedding things. Don’t let the planning take over all your free time and remember that above all, this is ALL ABOUT LOVE!

Fryeburg Maine Engagement Session | Jenny & Tristan

Jenny and Tristan are tying the knot is just under two weeks at the beautiful Hardy Farm in Fryeburg, Maine.  We met up last summer to take their engagement photos and were blessed by the most glorious golden light while they danced in the fields.  These two share a love that is both quite and sweet as well as fun and full of laughter.  They were such a joy to photograph and I can't wait to see these guys in a little over a week and celebrate their wedding day!! 

Hardy Farm, Fryeburg Maine | Nikki & Dan's Wedding

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Nikki and Dan were married on a spring day last June at the beautiful Hardy Farm.  These two have a love so sweet and so comfortable that you can't help but just say "Awwwwww" every time you see them together.  Their day was full of family, friends and so much joy!  Hand in hand they started their lives together and I'm so honored to have been able to document it.

Coastal Maine Intimate Wedding | Kaela and Ryan

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After starting to plan a big shin-dig for 2018, Kaela and Ryan decided that an intimate coastal Maine wedding was just what they wanted to celebrate the start of their forever.  They wanted to be surrounded by their families and keep things simple, sweet and about what really matters- LOVE.  

I was beyond honored to document their start of forever and I can't tell you how much I enjoy shooting these somewhat more low-key, small, intimate weddings.  Kaela and Ryan got ready at The Grand Hotel in Kennebunkport which made for the perfect backdrop for some beautiful getting ready portraits and details before we ventured over to The Scoop Deck for their first look!  **Can I just tell you that anyone getting married and wanting to do a first look at an ice cream shop- please call me!!! Anything ice cream and wedding related makes my heart happy!** 

The ceremony was simple perfection.  Preformed by the wonderful Erika Hewitt and standing under the tree where Ryan proposed they promised forever surrounded by their families.  We took just a few more moments after the ceremony for some family photos and then headed to the beach for one last set of portraits an the beautiful soft blues and grays of the Maine coast didn't disappoint!!!  

Kaela and Ryan's wedding day was a dream.  It was just the sweet and simple, all about love, surrounded by family type of event that speaks to my heart.  I can't wait to continue to focus my business on these intimate weddings and spend more and more of my time with amazing couples like these two!  

** Huge shout out to Nora of SP Films for being my partner in crime for documenting Kaela and Ryan's Wedding day- defiantly check her out if you are looking for a videographers- she's seriously one the THE BEST out there!!** 

 

Photographer: Spring Smith Studios
Venue: Laudholm Farm & Preserve. Wells, ME
Officiant: Rev. Erika Hewitt
Florist: Watershed Florals
Hair: Amanda Reardon
Makeup: Stacia Tetrault
Dress: Your Dream Bridal (Mikaella)
Groom’s Suit: Men’s Warehouse (Calvin Klein)
Rings: Cohasset Jewelers

Whitney's Inn Wedding, Jackson NH || Danielle & Matt

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As I sit here in early October all I can do is wonder where this year has gone.  The days and months have flown by and I've been so busy keeping up with all my amazing 2017 couples that I've totally dropped the ball on sharing my last wedding of 2016 and all the wonderful weddings and shoots from 2017.  So now that wedding season is starting to wind down I thought I'd take a few moments and bring you back to those cold days of December 2016 for one of my all time favorite winter weddings.  

Danielle and Matt have something special.  These two absolutely light up when they are together, their smiles are joy are totally infectious and you can't help but smile when you are around them.  They were graced with beautiful fresh snow just before their wedding which gave us that perfect cozy, winter wedding feel!  I know you will love these images as much as I do so without further ado and only 10 months after the fact - here are some of my favorite images of Danielle and Matt's wedding day.  

Photography:  Spring Smith Studios
Venue: Whitney's Inn Jackson, NH
Caterer: Shovel Handle Pub/Whitney's
Florist: Dutch Bloemen Winkel
Cake: Beth from Sugarmaker Bakery
Dress: Claire's Fashion/Designer: Allure/Tailor: Pete's Tailoring
Band/DJ: DJ Michael O'Neil
Hair/Makeup: Debony Salon and Spa
Video: Matthew Wozney (MXPTV)