Cully and Carson met via mutual friends in Brooklyn. They moved to Maine from New York together to find a more natural, healthier life. They really love exploring Maine, and they wanted their wedding to be in the true Maine spirit, so I was thrilled when they asked me to be their photographer. I arrived at Shady Lane Farm in New Gloucester, Maine, on a mid-August day for their wedding. The sky was grey, hinting at rain; the weather was cool and comfortable, suggesting Autumn was near. The farm was buzzing with activity- this uniquely crafted DIY affair had paintings by a family member adorning the tables with native species to the places the couple has close ties to- Colorado and Maine. Lights were hung, a pig was roasting, and pretzels were being shaped.

I wandered into the main house and met with the beautiful bride Cully with her hair in a braided floral crown- surrounded by her closest girlfriends, sister, and mother. It was exciting and emotional. For the first look, Cully made her way across the fields beyond the barn to meet Carson by an old apple tree where there used to be an orchard. It was an incredibly emotional moment for the two of them. For portraits, we crossed the property to make our way towards the wildflower meadow. It was a very dreamlike session for me because the goldenrod and grass were as tall as I was, and the two of the energy of the day was so sweet.

The guests arrived on buses from Portland, grabbed drinks, and made their way to the ceremony. It was a beautiful processional. The sweetest part was when Cully covered her face with her bouquet to hide her tears. It was one of the most endearing moments I’ve ever captured. The ceremony was lead by two of Cully’s closest friends, so it was personal and full of laughter. Upon their announcement as a married couple, they walked down the aisle, receiving as many high fives as possible. It was so joyous!

The party was just as Cully described it- a laid back affair featuring delicious food with the simple, beautiful farm as a backdrop. There was so much laughter and delicious local foods and drinks! Like many of my couples these two, wanted to have a big low key gathering with their friends, and these two nailed it. Their whole day had the most gorgeous home-grown feel. The piece de resistance of the reception was the NINE CAKES by Brianna at the Tandem Bakery in Portland. Each cake was baked and decorated with distinctive flavors and designs as Cully and Carson are major foodies. As the group gathered in the barn for dinner and toasts- spirits were high, and the lighting was dreamy. I love being a photographer for magical Maine weddings, and Cully and Carson’s Shady Lane Farm wedding was just that. Congratulations, you two!