I feel like I had been preparing for Kristian and Meghan’s wedding ever since last year. On a rare but highly welcome date night out with my wife Carisa in Portsmouth last year (afforded to us by my parents who took the kids!), we walked the streets of Portsmouth, sampling the food, beverages, and cool evening air. We happened down Chapel Street on our way to the docks at Prescott Park and came upon St Johns (the same church Kristian’s parents were married in).
Realizing I had a wedding there the following year, my wife watched and smiled as I starting location scouting and previsualizing shots around the rich brick and interesting architecture (she frequently humors me in this way).
I actually had already spent an evening at Prescott with Meghan and Kristian a month before as part of their engagement session. We followed with a panoramic sunset view at Wagon Hill Farm in Durham, photographing on the same spot of ground where Kristian dropped to one knee to ask Meghan to marry him.
When June 28 of the following year arrived, it felt familiar to walk the same paths and photograph at St Johns. Carrying tradition and colonial history, St Johns bears rich brick architecture, ornate interior, and of course the signature Episcopal red door (my affinity to red doors precedes me as you may have seen from other posts).
Above and beyond the beautiful building, the clergy and staff at St Johns were kind, warm and accommodating.
The Red Barn at Outlook Farm in South Berwick, ME stands atop a skyline hillside capped by open space and broad skies.
As a side note, I might also say they have the best climate control system of about any venue I have worked at. Even with heat, humidity, direct sun, and the large lofted ballroom filled with wedding guests and celebration, the air conditioning system kept us comfortable and cool. (At some venues, the AC can’t keep up as well and the room gets a little stuffy.) My gear bags were strategically arranged around a floor grate.
Exposed post and beam construction, earthen tones, and elegant country styling echoed throughout the venue’s main ballroom and surrounding foyer and veranda.
I was joined by Andrew Davis who lent his eye, talent, and creativity as second shooter. It was great to work together again.
Andrew met Kristian and the guys at The Hotel Portsmouth for getting ready shots. I think you’ll enjoy these shots.
Kristian works in education. That made this shot in the study at the Hotel Portsmouth even funnier to me.
I can’t look at this shot and not smile. Groomsmen Brian, Robert, Taylor, and Dominic join best man Alexander and Kristian.
Ok, I am definitely smiling now 🙂 So funny…
Back at St Johns, Kristian and the guys awaited.
As I entered Meghan’s suite at the Residence Inn in Portsmouth, I was delightfully greeted by Meghan’s sister and maid of honor Kayla, mother Karen, and the bridesmaids.
Someone (I think Kayla maybe?) wondered what it would look like to hang the bridesmaids dresses from the kitchen light strip so up on bar stools, we decided to find out. Answer? Pretty good! I added the shoes to the counter edge to create a shot of the beautiful, elegant, and summery color scheme together. (BTW: thank you Kayla, for your help here!)
Meghan’s wedding dress and shoes I placed in the window around the glass table in the living space. Apart from her sister, Meghan’s bridesmaids had not seen her dress and really had no idea what it was like.
Meghan wanted to surprise them so the girls left the room while Kayla and Karen assisted with the finishing detail.
The girls returned for the reveal.
The gorgeous lace gown from Madeline’s Daughter did not disappoint.
Meghan joins bridesmaids Collette, sister and maid of honor Kayla, Emalee, Emily, and Ariel for a moment before heading to St Johns.
In the foyer, Ralph awaits with his daughter, relishing a few moments together before the processional begins and he gives her away.
The red door!
The evening light outside the Barn was soft and pleasing. The landscaped grounds set the scene where family portraits were created.
Kristian and Meghan are joined by her father Ralph, sister and maid-of-honor Kayla, mother Karen, and brother Michael. Richard and Meredith join their son and new daughter in law along with Alexander, best man and brother of the groom.
Meghan, Kristian and Alexander join sisters Heidi and Heather.
Outside in the parking lot, Meghan had arranged a childhood picture gallery of she and Kristian in the school bus waiting to escort guests back to the hotel later in the evening. Creative idea!
Kristian and Meghan: It was such an extraordinary pleasure spending this day with you, your family and closest friends. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as we did creating them.