Ryan and Chelsey decided to have a small intimate wedding before Ryan is deployed for a year. They traveled back up to Maine, where they are both from originally, and were married on a rainy monday afternoon. It may not have been a large, extravagant wedding it was defiantly beautiful. They even had the churches Easter flowers from the day before for extra decoration.
Ryan's father couldn't be at the wedding so they had a lap top set up in the front row and were Skyping the wedding for him to see.
With the rain falling we kept portraits simple and under the cover of the church's entrance. Good thing the church has pretty shingles :)
There were two small special touches with Chelsey on her wedding day. A wedding gift of a bracelet with their initials on it and her grandmother's pin that held her bouquet ribbon in place. Ryan wore a pin from his younger brother's army unit in honor of his brother who could not be there because he is currently deployed in Afghanistan.
These two are just so stinkin' photogenic!
Before heading to the reception dinner one of Chelsey's brothers painted their "get away" car.
Ryan and Chelsey finished their wedding day with a family dinner at Ri Ra's in Portland.
Their private room was so warm and cozy with that fire place going.
When Ryan was little he made a sign telling the world that he loved his family and everyone in in the world. The night before their wedding he added another special name to that list. Now the sign reads "and now I love Chelsey too". The best part is his hand writing hasn't changed much ;)
The view out the back windows of their private room look out to Portland Harbor and sitting at one of the docks was the boat "Island Romance".
With a small wedding, almost everyone got up to offer a toast. It was a wonderful day and I am so honored to have been a part of it. Ryan and Chelsey you two are the sweetest couple and I wish you all the joy in the world. Please be safe Ryan while you are overseas and Chelsey - if you ever need a shopping buddy give me a call :)