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Jen and Mike: Puerto Vallarta Wedding Photography

Ahhhh, I loved this wedding.  Jen and Mike may be the couple that gets the “quickest to laugh” award of the year– they smiled and laughed through the entire day, which I loved capturing!  I also had the opportunity to work with one of my favorite designers– The Dazzling Details– who ensure that every wedding is simply stunning.

I asked Jen and Mike to tell me a bit about how they met.  It’s a great story!  Jen said:

We met in 1993, when we were both first year students at Gustavus Adolphus College.  In the summer of 1994 we dated briefly (I stress briefly). But Mike wanted to talk about his feelings, and I wanted to party, so it was doomed from the start.  The three years of college that followed involved little, if any, interaction or conversation between the two of us.

In 2004, I had moved downtown where Mike worked. One day I was walking home from work and heard “Gallus” screamed across Nicollet mall. We went out for dinner.  Mike had a girlfriend, and, frankly, was still heartbroken from the horrible summer of 1994. But I had fallen and was persistent. 

Eventually, I wore Mike down, and we started dating…and then we got a dog…and then we moved in together…and then we got another dog…and then…nine years later…

Here are a few of my favorite images from the day:

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I wanted to know more of their story, so I asked Jen to tell me a bit about their engagement.  She said:

We like to travel…a lot. Together we have been all over the US and to Canada, Mexico, Belize, Puerto Rico, Curacao, St. Lucia, England, Thailand, Virgin Islands, and Dominican Republic.

In 2013 our good friend, Elaine Peik (also a Gustie), was hosting a trip to Sweden to run a half marathon.  We thought it would be a great opportunity to travel with friends.  Mike was not so keen on the half marathon thing, but he went along with it (and, despite not training, completed it with a pretty impressive time).

The day after the half marathon, we walked through a park in Stockholm.  Mike wanted to walk across the park to sit down for a bit.  I, being my usual stubborn self, thought that was a waste of limited time in a foreign country.  But, he pulled me across the lawn as I complained the entire time (again, those who know me are not surprised).  Then he stopped.  And I almost had a heart attack.  Because, honestly, after nine years I was actually surprised.

I asked them why they chose to have a destination wedding (honestly not a surprise after the bit about loving to travel), and Jen said:

I lasted about one week trying to plan a wedding here before I decided that I wasn’t enjoying it…like at all. We had thrown around the idea of a destination wedding in the past. When it came right down to it, I couldn’t trust my wedding day to some random event planner at a random resort in a random location.  I was lucky enough to have gone to college with Kristin Crawford, owner of The Dazzling Details. So, Puerto Vallarta became the destination based on that.  After that decision had been made we worked with Kristin and Michelle to pick out the right venue.  It worked out well, because most people stayed at Dreams or the condos associated with Dreams, which both are just a short walk down the beach from the venue.

Of course, my favorite question is what Jen/Mike’s favorite part of the day was.  They said:

We wrote our own vows and had no idea what the other was going to say.  I loved that we each mentioned the same things!  I also keep thinking back to our first dance with those beautiful sparklers around us!
That day was simply perfect.  It was amazing to have friends and family celebrate with us over the week in such a beautiful location. We adored the games! And the bar.  And all the perfect lights. And the food…oh my god, the food!  I’m still a little upset that I never managed to eat any desserts or crepes. 
Congratulations, Jen and Mike!  It was a stunning day and I loved every minute of it!
Post by Michelle Turner, Puerto Vallarta Wedding Photographer.


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Victoria and Marc: A French’s Point Wedding on the Coast of Maine

I met Victoria and Marc last year when I photographed their engagement session in Acadia National Park.  I had a blast working with them last year, so I knew that their wedding would be nothing short of touching, fun, and (of course!) gorgeous.  Victoria and Marc held their wedding at French’s Point (one of my very favorite venues), and we had a beautiful day with blue skies.  Victoria and Marc were surrounded by their closest friends and family, who had traveled from all over the world to share their day with them.

I love to share the couple’s story in the sneak peek post, so I asked Victoria and Marc to share their story.  Victoria said:  We met June 22nd, 2007. So the day after our wedding day was our 7th anniversary.. We chose our wedding date June 21st, because of our anniversary and the summer solstice. It just seemed right.  

I graduated Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine and was visiting a friend from college that had moved to Acadia. While I was exploring Bar Harbor, my friend’s boyfriend (I had set them up) organized a blind date for Marc and me.  (Marc told me this later, but we organized to meet across from Marc’s apartment on Main Street. He saw me, thought I was pretty and called me to see if it was actually me who he was meeting. I picked up the phone then he walked towards me and introduced himself.)

That weekend he took me strawberry picking, sailing and to Havanas which is a lovely restaurant in Bar Harbor.

We started dating straight away. I still lived in Portland so I commuted up on weekends, and he came down to visit too.  Eventually I moved up to Bar Harbor, then a while later we bought a house in Southwest Harbor.

Marc proposed March 24th, 2012. We were visiting my family in London where he asked my dad’s permission. Then we went to France and visited Versailles. We were in Versailles for about three days and we stayed at this gorgeous hotel the Trianon Palace Hotel right next to Marie Antoinette’s entrance to the palace. Marc rented a row boat and rowed me around the Grand Canal at Versailles, we explored the gardens each day, France was having a heat wave so it was perfect. 

Marc proposed at night.  After dinner we went for a stroll around the hotel grounds. The sheep were falling asleep under a willow tree, it was magical.   When we got back to the hotel steps, Marc got down on one knee. He said this looks like a good place to propose! And it was.  He gave me an estate ring that’s from 1910. The diamonds are in an infinity shape -I love the intricacy and the fact it has so much history.  Then the next morning we hopped on a train and went to Geneva to visit his family. It was the most beautiful, romantic and delicious week! I love French food!

Here are a few of my favorite images from their day:


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I asked Victoria and Marc to tell me a bit about their lovely details.  Here’s what Victoria said:

My dress was designed by Monique Lhuillier. I love the halter neck.

My hair was done by Ashley Robedee. She did finger waves which is a hair style from the 1920′s. I wanted a hollywood glamour look and some vintage flapper elegance thrown in.

My veil and head piece I had hand made Erica Elizabeth Designs out of Callifornia. I consulted with her and she made it custom for me.

My shoes are Stuart Weitzman.

Judy from Flora Fauna included anemones in my bouquet, which were special for me as my grandmothers bouquet was made up of anemones of all different colours.

The bridesmaids wore satin pink skirts from BHLDN and ivory silk camisoles from Natori. I wanted them to feel pretty and be different at the same time. I’ve been a bridesmaid several times and I wanted to outfits to be a bit more fun than your usual bridesmaid dress.

We both wanted to get married on the ocean in Maine. We visited French’s Point and stayed overnight in the bridal suite. As soon as we saw the place we knew it was perfect. It is elegant, simple and mind bogglingly beautiful! We also loved the idea of renting the farmhouse and the oceanfront cottages on the Point.

It just seemed a perfect fit for us as our business Anna’s Quietside Cottages is building and renting vacation rentals on our 8 acre property in Southwest Harbor, on Mount Desert Island. We love that our guests could have a mini holiday as part of our wedding. And we love the care that goes into every detail at French’s Point, you can tell it is a family run business -he love they put into the place really shows.

The gardens at French’s Point are magical. My mum being from England is a huge gardener and the grounds are gorgeous. During our wedding the air was filled with the perfume from the lilacs and wild roses that were in flower.  We loved that we could have our rehearsal dinner a traditional Maine Lobster bake on the beach.

When Marc proposed we were in France so I wanted to incorporate something french into our wedding day. So we used macaroons as our escort cards. Erin at Wild Orchid Bakery made raspberry macaroons and I made little tags to go in each to tell people where to sit.. Delicious and sentimental at the same time!

Our guest book table was a labor of love!

I found a old typewriter from 1910 on Ebay and Marc and I picked it up in Belfast, Maine.

I had Velvet Raptor hand make our velvet album and emboss our names on it.
Then a vendor from Etsy who hand makes paper, made miniature envelopes. These I glued in the album underneath photo corners, so people could take a polaroid photo and either type or hand write a little message to us.

It was vintage chic and fun. The end result is awesome.

On one mantle place we put a bunch of family photos from our parents and grandparents getting married and some family photos. It was really fun to look through and display all those memories.

My maid of honor Sarah also made a slideshow of photos of Marc and I from our childhood up to the present day. The music playing in the background was a friend of mine from England that couldn’t make it on the day, but wanted to be there in spirit. Jodie Reynolds sung Adam Sandlers ‘I wanna grow old with you’ from the Wedding Singer.

Marc and I are movie buffs so it was a great choice.

Our two signature cocktails were Pimms cup, which is a traditional English drink, and Mojitos, which is the drink we had when we first met.

We had our Just Married photo on Marc’s vintage Scout, he loves that car, and the photo you took is awesome!


Congratulations, Victoria and Marc!!


Post by Maine Wedding Photographer Michelle Turner.



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