Lauren and Alex walked over to Portland City Hall arm in arm, then we quickly took portraits for ten to fifteen minutes. The authenticity in their smiles and embraces was remarkable to witness. As we went inside and family got in formation to ascend the gorgeous spiral marble staircase and head to the State of Maine Room where their ceremony took place. Again, I have never seen a couple beam like these two. Alex stood at the altar with a brilliant smile as the ring bearer and maid of honor walked up the aisle, followed by Lauren and her father. There was so much emotion in the room; the officiant, Justice Gorman teared up as the two were joined at the altar. The ceremony was eloquent, short, and sweet. These two were married by someone they love, surrounded by people they love, in the state they fell in love- there’s nothing better than that.
Everyone joined together in the lobby for celebratory hugs and photos, then proceeded back to the Press Hotel for an elegant cocktail hour in the art gallery. The space was warmly welcoming with accents of candlelight. Lauren and her mother made beautiful succulent and air plant terrarium center pieces that accented the cocktail reception tables. The signature cocktail of the evening was The French 75 – juniper, fresh lemon, and bubbles- a divine celebration of winter. The bar was accented with book sculptures and succulents. I just loved the cohesive modern aesthetic of the night.
Inside the composing room, there was one long, sophisticated table adorned with greenery, white florals, and of course candle light. Every floral detail by Yellow Twist Design was wildly refined- just like Maine. Their cake lay atop a gorgeous book sculpture stand, and the accent black wall of the room made everything glow. Guests were welcomed in and the Dapper Gents duo began playing. Food and drink flowed, followed by cheerful, thoughtful toasts. After the last glasses were lifted, it was time for dancing and although it was a small group they were fully spirited! I will look back on Alex and Lauren’s wedding day with deep fondness. I am so grateful to have met them, and so grateful they chose me to be their Maine wedding photographer. Congratulations Lauren and Alex!