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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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Holly and Brian: Philadelphia Wedding Photography

Holly and Brian were married outside of Philadelphia– it was a day that called for rain, but we had beautiful blue skies and warm weather throughout the entire day!  They held their wedding in one of the prettiest churches I’ve ever seen on the east coast– check out the ceiling!

I asked Holly and Brian to tell me a bit about how they met and got engaged, and Holly said:  We met at a bar named Guppy’s in the town where we both live, Conshohocken. Both of us were there with a group of friends and Holly was the one who struck up the conversation with Brian:)

We got engaged in Seattle. We were on a ski trip with friends in Vancouver and had planned to extend the trip so we could see some of the Pacific Northwest. We were taking a walk along the coast and I noticed a pier that I wanted to walk down to check out the view. Brian had a couple of ideas of where he might propose but once we hit this perfect spot he knew it was the one. The views from this pier of the city, the water, and the mountains were stunning! As soon as I was done ogling the view and taking several pictures of the two of us, he suddenly dropped down on one knee and produced a beautiful ring! I couldn’t have been more surprised!

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

The Barn on Bridge Wedding in PhiladelphiaI loved the barn that they chose right outside of the city, and I asked Holly and Brian to tell me a bit about how they chose it.  Holly said: When we were searching for a wedding venue we knew we wanted a place that was a little non-traditional. My sister, Jenna, found The Barn on Bridge while internet searching. As soon as we pulled up to The Barn we loved it!

They agreed to share their wedding details:

Save the Dates: Born to Kreate by Kirstyn Bartman
Invitation suite and Menus: Minted
Dress/veil: Elizabeth John’s – Kelly Faetanini
Shoes: Etsy – BeholdenBridal
Jewelry: bracelet – Nordstrom, earrings-borrowed from my sister Amy who wore them at her wedding
Rings: Brian’s band and Holly’s engagement ring – Stephen Singer Jewelers, Holly’s band – Barsky Diamonds
Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse – Vera Wang
Bridesmaid dresses: The Wedding Pavilion at Van Cleve – Watters
Cake: Master’s Baker
Cake topper: Etsy – AntoArts
Cake cutter/server: these were my parents’ set that they used for their wedding
Corks for Placecard holders and hanging Mason jars: a big shout-out goes to my dad!
Toasting flutes: Macy’s – Waterford
DJ: Joe Griffith
Flowers: Village Flower Shop
Favors: homemade wine by Brian with a little help from Holly, labels – MyOwnLabels

I asked them to tell me a bit about their favorite parts of the day.  Holly said: When I got to the end of the aisle and, at last, my focus was solely on marrying Brian. I loved that both of my parents gave me away to him.

Brian said his favorite part of the day happened:  Once the ceremony started and I saw Holly looking beautiful.  Also when we got to the Carriage House at the Barn and I could relax, try some appetizers and have a drink! 

Congratulations, Holly and Brian!  What a gorgeous day!

Post by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Michelle Turner.

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