Weddings in Maine
Who doesn’t love weddings in Maine? Especially with such a lovely couple! Zanely and Anthony’s wedding Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the Poland Spring Resort in Poland Springs, Maine really could not have been scripted any finer than it was. While the term ‘unique’ is certainly often used, and abused, it really works to describe Zanely and Anthony’s weekend. Starting with a decades dance after rehearsal the night before, and culminating in a Saturday afternoon masquerade ball reception. The cool thing is that classic elements were there, too. For example, the 100+ year old All Souls Chapel on site at the hilltop at the resort lent itself to the lead-in photo shown first below. Weddings in Maine are often an eclectic mix of personal tastes and styles, and we saw a perfect fit this great couple had with their surroundings. Almost all their families and guests were from other than Maine, so this view of Maine’s many charms was one they’ll soon not forget. And don’t miss the sunset photo at the end of this post; scenes like this treat guests to this historic resort all summer long.
The State of Maine building on the grounds at the resort (right image, below) was built for the 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair. Slated to be razed, the Ricker family (founders of many historic Maine inns) sent 19 men to dismantle the gorgeous building, put it on a train (opt 16 freight cars) back to Maine, and reconstruct it in time for the 1895 season opening of the resort. This is just one example of the wonders found on site at Poland Spring Resort grounds.
We love their hand-made rings and band inlaid with bamboo. We mentioned unique, didn’t we?
Zanely’s mom Gloria being escorted in the 11AM ceremony at the All Souls Chapel.
Laughter and tears of joy were the order of the day for the families. At the far left of this image Zanely is walking up the aisle to be handed off to Anthony as mom Gloria beautifully looks on with true emotion.
The chapel was nearly filled to capacity with family and friends.
The image below may hint at, but being there would be the only way to know just how perfect the weather was for this wedding! Of all the weddings in Maine that we as Maine wedding photographers attend, we are pretty safe to say that this will be the one 2014 wedding with the very best conditions of the year. About 71˚ with that dry, pre-fall ambience. A few whips of clouds and a deep blue sky. No one could ask for more.
The bridal party was really fun to work with, enjoying the time with the newlyweds on the grounds of the All Souls Chapel.
A few quiet moments back inside the chapel.
With a golf cart for the bride and groom and another for Liz and I and our gear, and a minute later we were on site at the Poland Spring Water Company Preservation Park, the site of the very world-famous Poland Spring, what we think is the best-tasting water on Earth. The Spanish architectured building in the below-left photo is the site of the original spring, visible behind a window and under a glass viewing portal. Beautiful light shrouds the beautiful couple in the below-right image.
Let the masquerade ball begin!
Zanely and Anthony’s first dance, father-daughter, and mother-son dances led to much love, emotion, and tears of joy.
A dollar-dance unlike most any other we’ve seen. Such fun!
And this was the view as late afternoon and evening transitioned into nightfall. Stunning, like wedding day. Congratulations Zanely and Anthony, we wish you a full and happy lifetime of joy!