emilie inc.

Emilie from emilie inc.  tells the story of Ashleigh and Erol’s elegant Maine wedding. She said fun surprises were a common theme of the day. Her favorite surprise was an unexpected toast that led into a well-practiced flash mob to Pharell Williams’ “Happy.” She said, “The energy was on fire!” After the ceremony, Erol prepared a custom app for a scavenger hunt throughout Kennbunkport for the guests. (What a perfect way to keep your guests occupied and having fun while you’re off taking formal photos!) And when the rain started to drizzle the couple had no fear, they lugged out their bean boots and braved the conditions to get some awesome shots at Goose Rocks beach. This couple had the fairytale Maine wedding. We hope you enjoy the lovely story of Ashleigh and Erol’s wedding day through the lens of emilie inc.

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Photographers: Emilie and Lindsay, emilie inc. photography

Coordinator: Jean Marie Finnocchio

Ceremony: St. Brendan’s Chapel Biddeford Pool

Reception, caterer: Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport

Flowers: Fleurant

DJ: Greg Plowman,Entertainment Concepts

Cake: Let Them Eat Cake

Video: Nora McCormack, Softshell Productions

Make-up: Joanne McDonough, Joya Beauty

Hair: Lena Hartford, Hair That Moves

Tent: Sperry Tents

Transportation: Ogunquit Trolley andMaine Limousine Service

Gowns: Bella Sera Bridal, Danvers, MA

Girls: Bella Bridesmaids

Guys: Men’s Warehouse

Invitation: Gus and Ruby Letterpress

Honeymoon: Saint Lucia

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Fire & Co.

L&L: Tell us a little bit about you & your business.

My name is Ryan Carey, and my background has always been in the hospitality industry. From the age of 14 to 27 I’ve worked from the back of the house to the front of the house, worked in a brewery scrubbing kegs, sold beer for a brewery and been apart of hundreds of events and promotions. In all these experiences I found that I love being a part of a team that has the customers’ best interests at heart. Whether it’s been a dining experience, a trade show or a wedding, I really want the client to walk away wowed with their experience.

 Five years ago I started a concession business (Pizza Pie on The Fly) selling wood fired pizza at large outdoor festivals throughout New England. This helped expose my food to tens of thousands of people and that eventually led to a large demand for catering opportunities. Because of this I started Fire and Company. We focus on wood fired comfort food that is presented in an elegant manner.  We like to walk that line between casual and memorable.

L&L: Describe the range of services you offer.

 Many couples see our antique wood fired truck and think all we do is pizza, but we offer so much more. Out of the oven we produce hors d’oeuvres (wood fired meatballs, roasted vegetables platters, oven roasted mussels), side dishes (roasted rosemary potatoes, asparagus wrapped in bacon, fire blistered peppers) and dessert (our signature peanut butter s’mores).

This past winter we had a custom trailer built with two wood fired grills, a smoker and a 3 gas burner. This beautiful trailer is not only a chef’s dream but is a wedding show stopper. With this new equipment it has diversified our menu so that we can continue to do what we do (wood fired comfort food) but takes our main course offerings to a whole new level. Now we’re able to do wood fired lobster bakes, spitfire whole chickens and pig roasts among many other dishes.

L&L: What is one thing you would say makes your business unique in the industry?

Above anything else we specialize in onsite wood fired cooking. Many couples seek us for our antique food and bar trucks or our pizza offerings but I like to think we add a lot of value with our method of cooking. Cooking with wood not only adds a unique and rustic flavor but also creates an atmosphere. The smell in the air, the visual ambiance of the fire and the show from our open kitchen preparation are unlike any other vendors in Southern Maine.

 For 2015 I have also put a lot of attention into our presentation. We’ve had our food platters made out of used bourbon barrels from Allagash Brewing Company and just received our new farm tables (that are included in our service). These custom built tables made from reclaimed wood and metal are a big part of our presentation. I received an email yesterday from a mother of the bride who made a point to mention the platters and tables specifically as an unexpected joy of the day.

L&L: What are some of your favorite venues and vendors you enjoy working with in the area?

We’ve definitely gravitated towards the barns and farms that have popped up in the Southern Maine market. Our services lend itself well to what these couples are looking for and need for a caterer when choosing these venues. The Hardy Farm in Fryeburg and The Barn at Flanagan Farm in Buxton come to mind as venues that work well with our setup.

Having only been in the industry a relatively short time I’ve found that everyone has been great to work with. One of the first questions I ask couples who want to book Fire and Company is what other vendors do they have in mind for their wedding. My objective for every wedding is to not only put out great food but to put on a great show. Having likeminded vendors involved helps tremendously as we are all working together to make a memorable day.

L&L: How far in advance to couples usually book you for their wedding day?

What used to be a year in advance has sped up tremendously over the past 3 months. Our 2016 calendar has filled up much quicker than anticipated to the point where we may want to look for another truck to build out. At this point I just want to focus on 2015 and make sure we are giving couples the best experience possible!

L&L: How do most clients find you?

 I’m so thankful that most couples have found Fire and Company through referrals. Whether it was someone who attended one of our events or an industry vendor we are always appreciated when we hear this!

L&L: What is the most memorable wedding you’ve worked at and why?

We catered a wedding last year for 175 people at Marianmade Farm in Wiscasset that was absolutely amazing. The weather, the beautiful backdrop and the attendees combined for an amazing day. Both our trucks were onsite and set up at opposite ends of the reception that created a very open and inviting atmosphere. Our couples tend to be amazing and thus so do their wedding party and guests. This translates to an overall vibe of the day and this wedding day was picture perfect.

L&L: How can couples get in touch with you?

It’s best for couples to reach out via email at Booking@fireandcompany.com. I encourage prospective couples to follow us on our social media platforms (Facebook and Instagram) to gather a sense of what we do and email us with any questions. I try and respond to all emails within 24 hours.

Thank you so much Ryan from Fire & Company for answering our questions and giving us some insights on your awesome and delicious business. I think my mouth is watering a little bit for those peanut butter s’mores!

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Kelly Cronin

When Doug and Alex got engaged there was no need to venue shop! These love birds met back in the summer of 2006 at the Chatham Bars Inn Summer Orientation where they were starting their college summer jobs. Alex, the bride, said they became instant friends and after working many days side by side began dating by mid-July. She says, “It was the best summer of our lives,” explaining exactly why there was no need to look around for a venue. The couple wanted to go back to where it all began and marry at the place that first brought them together. The evening was full of romance as the wedding party and guests enjoyed the views overlooking the ocean as the sun went down. The celebration continued by dancing the night away. Alex says, “It truly was the best day of our lives at our favorite place in the world which will forever hold a special place in our hearts.”

We hope you enjoy this real wedding love story captured by Kelly Cronin Photography.

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Photography: Kelly Cronin 

Venue: Chatham Bars Inn

Bridesmaid’s Jewelry: Margaret Elizabeth

Band: Stardust Band

Hair: Priscilla Collins

Makeup: Katrina Hess

Invitations: Parchment Nantucket 

Bridesmaid’s Dress: J Crew

Wedding Dress: Amsale 

Cake: Chatham Bars Inn

Floral Design: Designer’s Touch

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Today we welcome Patricia from Kivalo Photography to share five things about Pinterest with us that wedding photographers want to tell you, but can’t. In the words of Patricia:

Pinterest is an amazing site–who doesn’t love using it?  It is visually stimulating, and it gets you inspired and excited about things.  It is a wedding Mecca….you can spend hours and hours admiring and pinning wedding images.  There are millions of them….truly a dangerous place for people who are engaged or people like me who LOVE wedding photos!  But how many of you have seen those Pinterest fail sites?  I am here to tell you how to curate your Pinterest self in a way where your wedding will not be a Pinterest fail.  I am going to tell you what every wedding photographer out there wants you to know because we have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest.  We love using it–we love that we can communicate and be on the same page about images with it, but we hate doing the same things over and over again because they became popular on Pinterest. Follow me here on my Pinterest page: Kivalo Pinterest

Things Your Wedding Photographer Wants You To Know About Pinterest

#1.  A huge percentage of the content that you are seeing on Pinterest wasn’t even a real wedding.  Let me explain….you know all of those amazing detail set ups you are seeing–those elaborately crafted mimosa bars, or dessert tables, or backdrops….many of those were prepared for hours/weeks and were done by professionals.  Then they were placed in the perfect setting, with the perfect lighting, and the photographer had hours to capture the perfect shot of that detail.  We will do the very best with your details–and make them as amazing as possible but please understand the ones you are seeing on Pinterest are the cream of the crop.  The top of the line.  The be all and the end all in wedding decor/dresses/locations.  In addition the weddings that are “Real Weddings” on Pinterest are the best of the world….they have been carefully curated and selected by the industries leading blog editors.  They have been chosen out of thousands because they were extraordinary.  While your wedding will be extraordinary it might not be for the same reasons that those images on Pinterest are.  It will be extraordinary because it is YOUR wedding, they are YOUR memories, and YOUR style….not because you had the best dessert bar.

Top Left stylized shoot ||  Top Right Actual Wedding

Bottom Left Real Wedding from Top Blog  ||  Bottom Right Real Wedding not featured on Top Blog

Bottom left stylized detail  || Bottom Right Same Idea in Action

#2.  Timeless not Trendy…. This is a BIG one.  Say it with me….you want your images to be TIMELESS NOT TRENDY.  While I am not someone who has been in the game for 10-30 years I have been in the game long enough to see trends come and go.  When I was first starting out, and heck, I will admit even once in a blue moon, I still get sucked into a photography trend.  What do I mean by this? Well, I mean styles of editing, or popular posing.  What comes to mind most are things like what I will call the “spiderman kiss” (upside down kissing–one person is laying down and the other kisses them from the other direction), the photo of someone holding a frame and the people in the background in that frame (isn’t it better to just take a picture with all of the people and then put it in a frame?–that is a much more “frameable” and timeless picture than people holding a frame in a picture)   the bride dragging the groom, the groom holding the bride in his hand etc.  If these are really what you love then I say do what you want–but for me I don’t think they will withstand the test of time like the more classic Kennedy photos, or the royal wedding photos, or even some of the celebrity weddings.  A real moment or a beautiful traditional family formal will always win out to the “funny or ridiculous” images.  The timeless images are the ones that will end up on display and the trendy images will get put away or hidden in the years following the wedding.  I think what happens is couples want to be “fun” so they do these photos….but as a wedding photographer I try to portray “fun” in other ways.  To me “fun” is shown in your crazy dance moves, the laughter throughout the day of you and your guests, lawn games, those occasional funny looks people will give each other….that is “fun” and those images you wont look back on and think “what were we thinking”.  Another example is people want the Spider Man image because it is “romantic” but there are so many other intimate photos that can be “romantic” and much more naturally posed on your wedding day.  If you communicate to your photographer the “feel” of the wedding and what it is about these actual images hopefully we can make you even more happy than if you had just copied the trendy image.

Above Trendy ||  Below Timeless

Above Trendy  ||  Below Timeless

#3.  Even though it looks good and easy on Pinterest that doesn’t mean it will transfer well into your wedding.  You cannot do it all, and not everything you like will look good in your wedding.  This is where a planner comes in super handy.  They are able to look at everything you like and then pull out the best and make it all a beautiful, cohesive look.  Cohesion is one of the most important things in your wedding images–if you have things that match it will look fabulous.  If you have a little of this and a little of that it will look like a wedding with a little of this and a little of that.  I guess what I am trying to communicate here is that for many of these photos you are seeing everything just worked out for that photo: the timing, the lighting, the couples’ height and interaction.  Posing is different for every couple depending on their personality, their height, their “photogenic-ness”, their hair, their wardrobe, etc.  If you don’t have the perfect door with great light for the holding hands around the door before the wedding photo then it just isn’t going to look like the ones you are seeing on Pinterest.  If you don’t have the right connection to pull off a romantic and more intimate photo it just won’t look like the one you admired on Pinterest.  You have to not only be able to see yourself in the picture but understand your photo will probably look completely different than the one you saw.  That is a good thing–you want your photos to represent who you are…and be unique to the two of you.

Left Pictures Pinterest ||  Right Picture Actual Wedding

#4.  Wardrobe, lighting, and height…..I see photos all the time that I wish I took–that I fall madly in love with.  As I have aged into the profession a little I have begun to be able to tell you exactly why that photo is so striking.  It is often that the couple is very beautiful, or that the styling of the wardrobe and the color harmony of the background are perfect together.  Sometimes it is just that the light in the photo was perfect.  I cannot recreate that light.  We can try to take that exact same picture and it will not look the same without that beautiful light.  Lighting on your wedding day is going to play a huge roll in what your images look like.  That is out of your control and my control–that depends on the time of day, the weather at hand, and location.  The time of day that is best for photos is 30-45 minutes before sunset.  The location and the wardrobe combination are part luck and part planning.  I say luck because you might pick a location to match your wardrobe, but then the location might have changed since you picked it (repainted wall, lighting is different, different season, the particular boat you wanted in the background isn’t there that day etc).  The wardrobe is key….for engagement sessions and wedding images alike.  The way the colors match or don’t match, the way it fits you perfectly, the grooms details etc.  There are lots of factors that go into the wardrobe.  What looks great on someone might not look great on you.  Another example would be if you are getting your wedding photos done in the summer on a lawn or at a park it is a good idea to have your bridesmaids wear a color that is complimentary to green, as that will most likely be the background color.  If you are doing your photos in the fall and you have orange and yellow leaves around, choose a color that will compliment that background.  I, myself, am drawn to the more neutral palettes as they seem to withstand the test of time….the beige, cream, blush pink, grey, and light blue (periwinkle) colors.

Top Left and Right Pinterest Images for Inspiration ||  Bottom Left and Right How to Shoot Ended Up Looking

#5.  “You don’t hire Van Gogh and ask him if he can paint a little more like Norman Rockwell” said a photographer friend of mine in a discussion about Pinterest.  This sums up why we, as wedding photographers, struggle with Pinterest.  We don’t mind if you want to show us some of the images that you love.  We like seeing that you like work that we like.  That’s the key–we should be admiring similar things.  If am pinning it, I probably want to shoot it.  If you are pinning my work we are for sure a match.  What we “photographers” mind is when you have filled a board with someone else’s style and images and then you ask us to make them for you.  How can I better explain this–if you love Style Me Pretty, you should probably hire a photographer who has been published on Style Me Pretty….if you love Offbeat Bride you should hire a photographer who is on Offbeat Bride.  If you love romantic and intimate wedding portraits you should look to hire a photographer whose portfolio represents that.  If you like laughter and candid moments you should hire a photographer who shows that.  If you like landscapes and bright colors you should hire a photographer who shows that.  If you are like me and like a combination of romantic, whimsical, and fun you should look for a portfolio that shows that.  I know that we probably all look pretty similar to you because you are not in the same industry that we are….but I promise you just as I had to sit and really examine who my clients are….if you really look at two or three photographers’ work you will notice they are different.  Their personalities will come through, their vision of the wedding day, their style…..narrow it down to just a couple people, and then really choose the one whose images you love.  While I wish I could make work exactly like Elizabeth Messina and Jose Villa and Susan Stripling….I can’t.  I can only make Kivalo images.  Honestly, most of us are happy to help you with the big decision….we will advise and recommend, and listen to your likes and dislikes and see if we are a fit or if we know someone who is just like what you are describing.  When we can make “Kivalo” images or “Van Gogh” images instead of “Messina” or “Rockwell” images we are happiest, and if you like what we do you will be happiest too.

Top Left and Top Right Jose Villa ||  Bottom Left and Bottom Right My Shots

A huge thank you goes out to Patricia from Kivalo for sharing some inside details on Pinterest from a photographer’s point-of-view. We love how she incorporated images from Pinterest along with her own images.

 

 

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Jaclyn L Photography

Amy and Trammel’s wedding day was full of love and creativity. Amy, the bride, executed her vision perfectly and did a lot of the work herself! This DIY Bride has this wedding planning thing down. From custom maps and invites to the place cards made of  stones collected from the beach, Amy added a personal touch to each part of their day. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful details of this tented wedding in Little Compton, Rhode Island.

A special thank you to Jaclyn L Photography for sharing the breath taking images.

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Location: Private Residence Little Compton, RI

Wedding Planner: Exquisite Events

Florist:Mimi Whitmarsh

Band:K2 Band

Caterer:Chanterelle Boutique Catering

Videographer: Gary Sleeper – check out their video

Bride’s dress (designer): Christos

Bridesmaid dresses (designer): Calypso St. Barth

Cake/Dessert: Confectionary Designs

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