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These two are just the sweetest couple. It’s always such an honor when I’m chosen to document a wedding.

Meg, our lovely bride, wanted one thing…to get married on the beach. The Stage Neck Inn at York Harbor Beach, Maine, was able to fulfill that wish for her. The images below will not only offer you some insight on just how wonderful this venue is, but the gorgeous weather Tim and Meg were granted on their wedding day.

Meg and Tim started out as friends, but over the course of a year, their attraction manifested into a blossoming relationship. It didn’t take long for them to realize that they wanted to marry. They kept their wedding small and intimate, allowing them ample time to enjoy the company of all those who attended their union. As I got to know Meg and Tim and their families, and going through the images I produced, it brings joy to my heart knowing that I love photographing the celebrations of life and love, and that I am able to fulfill this passion of mine.

Congratulations to the newlyweds, and best wishes on your next chapter together!

Vendors

Venue + Catering: Stage Neck Inn at York Harbor, Maine

Coordinator: Dawn Whittemore, Stage Neck Inn Day of Coordinator

Salon: DuDa Spa in Portsmouth, NH

Photographer: Autumn Wells, Autumn Bliss Photography

Floral: Creative Gardens Wedding Flowers, Lee NH

Dessert: Rossi’s Italian Bakery

Officiant: friend

 

 

 

Self Portrait of Owner of Autumn Bliss PhotographyAutumn Wells is an American wedding and portrait photographer, based in Southern Maine.  Her education includes a degree in business and ongoing training in all walks of life through seminars, workshops, community involvement and certifications. When she’s not behind the camera, she’s bonding with her husband and two sons and their rescue pup, along with her extended family and friends.  She’s also hiking, blogging, enjoying craft beer, supporting local and working on her carbon footprint.  Though she is a Maine + New Hampshire based wedding photographer, she happily travels!  Contact Autumn at autumn@autumnblissphotography.com or use the contact sheet.

 

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Romantic Wedding on Lake Winnipesaukee, with a Cosmopolitan Flare

Laughing Loon Estate, Wolfeboro New Hampshire

This June, Fernando and Joe escaped from the city of New York to tie the knot along one of New England’s most treasured lakes, Lake Winnipesaukee.  It was a scorching day with a merciful breeze off the shores.  Guests gathered as far as South America and Europe to celebrate their wedding.  Like myself, Joe spent quite a bit of childhood summers on this lake growing up, which obviously made it kinda super-special.  They held their wedding at the Laughing Loon Family Compound in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.  The Laughing Loon lives up to its name, with its comical signs scattered about the property (you’ll see as you scroll)… you will also see a lot of fun energy throughout this entire wedding celebration, such as a piñata and some dance floor shenanigans.  The waterfront property holds up to 34 overnight guests (and worth mentioning, a 150 wedding guests comfortably), and even has a 100 year old boathouse that has a sleeping loft!!  Making this day seamless and epic included Curt’s Caterers out of Gilford, NH and DJ master Greg of Sowa Entertainment in the Manchester area.  Curt’s Caterers also created the cake, which I’ll talk more about later in the post.

Fernando and Joe were dashing, handsome and inspiring… two souls with ridiculously kind hearts.  It was clear to see how much they are loved by all the hugs endured, and all the laughs that echoed off the choppy waves.  Muchas gracias amigos, amigas y familia de Fernando, and thank you to all of Joe’s loved ones for making this day so unforgettable for us all.

And now the tale of one of Fernando and Joe’s greatest chapters…

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The cake was an old family recipe of Fernandos.  Curt’s Catering collaborated with Fernando on this and blended the traditional recipe with a modern twist of naked – or unfrosted – exterior, and tasted of amazing banana goodness!
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Joe and Fernando danced to “Lava”, which actually made me start tearing up… linked is the cutest short film created by pixar that depicts the search for love between two volcanos (if you watch the linked video, grab tissues!) newlyweds-first-dance groom-and-groom-first-dance sunset-on-lake-winnipesaukee laughing-loon-nh-dusk-landscapes collage-wedding-reception-dancefloor collage-wedding-reception-dancefloor collage-wedding-reception-dancefloor collage-wedding-reception-dancefloor collage-wedding-reception-dancefloor collage-wedding-reception-dancefloor pinata-in-action pinata-in-action hitting-pinata hitting-pinata

A proper fiesta must have a piñata!  Inside were ring pops and only a few faux wedding bands for the first few lucky finders, xo. guy-showing-off-ring guys-showing-off-rings collage-wedding-reception-dancefloor collage-wedding-reception-dancefloor groom-groom-wedding-bands-and-ring-pops collage-wedding-reception-dancefloor guest-shock-reaction-at-wedding-reception groom-and-groom-kissing-on-dancefloor outdoor-wedding-group-photo outdoor-wedding-group-photo laughing-loon-outdoor-reception-wedding-tent

Self Portrait of Owner of Autumn Bliss PhotographyAutumn Wells is an American wedding and portrait photographer, based in Southern Maine.  Her education includes a degree in business and ongoing training in all walks of life through seminars, workshops, community involvement and certifications. When she’s not behind the camera, she’s bonding with her husband and two sons and their rescue pup, along with her extended family and friends.  She’s also hiking, blogging, enjoying craft beer, supporting local and working on her carbon footprint.  Though she is a Maine + New Hampshire based wedding photographer, she happily travels!  Contact Autumn at autumn@autumnblissphotography.com or use the contact sheet.

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Elegant + Quiet Wedding at the Stonehurst Manor in North Conway, New Hampshire

I absolutely love the White Mountain region, which is why I was delighted to document my first wedding in the North Conway region at the Stonehurst Manor in the great state of New Hampshire.  This location is swoon-worthy as it overlooks the mountainous region, and the service at the Stonehurst was delightful.  Danielle and Travis are pretty awesome themselves, as they brought together these two families together and shared many laughs and hugs.  I was super excited about their wedding favors too – handmade soaps by a local crafter based out of Dover, NH.

It was a bit windy that June day, as you’ll see in a few highlighted images, but that did not stop this couple and their loved ones from drinking in the breathtaking scenery and excitement of this very special occasion.  Despite the blustery winds, the North Conway skies were blue and the smiles were everywhere.  Joyful and honored to have documented this day for Travis and Danielle!

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Self Portrait of Owner of Autumn Bliss Photography

 

 

Autumn Wells is an American wedding and portrait photographer, based in Southern Maine.  Her education includes a degree in business and ongoing training in all walks of life through seminars, workshops, community involvement and certifications. When she’s not behind the camera, she’s bonding with her husband and two sons and their rescue pup, along with her extended family and friends.  She’s also hiking, blogging, enjoying craft beer, supporting local and working on her carbon footprint.  Though she is a Maine + New Hampshire based wedding photographer, she happily travels!  Contact Autumn at autumn@autumnblissphotography.com or use the contact sheet.

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Love went down in the east coast version of Portland earlier this month and it was magical.  I’m so grateful to be a wedding photographer and document some of the most intimate moments in a person’s life.  Katie and Tom celebrated their union at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in downtown Portland, Maine, followed by festivities at the rich coastal location of the Ocean Gateway.  Thanks to so many great vendors we were able to help bring life to Katie and Tom’s wedding day.  The Frog and Turtle catering fired up below us, sizzling up a variety of yummy entrées against the open coast of the Atlantic.  Katie’s hair was fashioned in a gorgeous loose braid and adorned with baby’s breath.  Match this to her elegant lace dress and stunning bouquet by Tammy Merrill, all I can say is.. perfection.  As the night progressed, we had our share of tearful speeches, and we even had Tom, and Katie’s dad, join in on the The Delta Knights Band.

Witnessing all these friends and families join together to support two individuals, and the privilege of documenting it, is why I am in this business.  The connection and emotions that we make with one another is one of the greatest reasons that we live… to share these moments with others who love us and support us.  I present to you a smidgen of the photographic works of this special day.  Enjoy, xo

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Ceremony: Cathedral of Immaculate Conception – Portland, ME | Reception: Ocean Gateway – Portland, ME | Day of Coordinator: Brooke Kreider | Hotel Accommodations: Residence Inn – Portland, ME | Catering + Bar: The Frog and Turtle | Dessert: Homemade | Dress: Andrea’s Bridal | Hair + Makeup: Alexandra Green | Fleur: Tammy Merrill of FRESH | Photography: Autumn Bliss Photography, sole photographer |  Band:  The Delta Knights

 

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Autumn Wells is an American wedding and portrait photographer, based in Southern Maine.  Her education includes a degree in business and ongoing training in all walks of life through seminars, workshops, community involvement and certifications. When she’s not behind the camera, she’s bonding with her husband and two sons and their rescue pup, along with her extended family and friends.  She’s also hiking, blogging, enjoying craft beer, supporting local and working on her carbon footprint.

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Wagon Hill.  Pretty much one of the greatest spots on the Seacoast for family outdoor fun.  It’s a 139-acre farm owned by the town of Durham, NH.  It’s so dreamy because it’s super dog friendly, wickedly kid friendly, has lots of trails and even has a shoreline overlooking the Great Bay.  It’s a haven for on location photographers like me.  It gives me a great chance for natural lighting, and allows the kids to burn some energy after nabbing a few posed portraits at the beginning.

The S family and I paid a visit to the farm this fall and enjoyed a casual lifestyle family session.  We played on the wagon, raced after airplanes and got some really great images.  The modern approach that I take has so many advantages.  The typical adult does not generally enjoy posing for portraits, let alone children.  This method encourages kids (and adults!) to relax and express themselves freely.  It’s amazing how cooperative little ones (ummm and again, adults!) can be once a level of trust is founded.

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about-maine-wedding-photographer

 

Autumn Wells is an American wedding and portrait photographer, based in Southern Maine.  Her education includes a degree in business and ongoing training in all walks of life through seminars, workshops, community involvement and certifications. When she’s not behind the camera, she’s bonding with her husband and two sons and their rescue pup, along with her extended family and friends.  She’s also hiking, blogging, enjoying craft beer, supporting local and working on her carbon footprint.

 

 

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