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Gilsland Farm Maine Audubon Wedding

Another beautiful summer wedding…

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The bride and groom both got ready off-site. Kate was at a home near the venue with me, while Peter got ready with second photographer, Kelly Anne, at his parents’ home in Cumberland, Maine.

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This wedding was all about florals. Kate’s dress was beautifully embroidered with a floral pattern, and their invitations were adorned with flowers.

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Kate and Peter’s first look was held at the venue, the Maine Audubon, in the peonie garden.  The flowers were in bloom just in time for their wedding. It was very romantic!


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I captured the whole wedding party with a rustic barn as the backdrop. The group were easy to capture smiling because they were laughing the whole time.

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At one point during the portraits, the guests all arrived on a bus. One of the groomsmen opened his jacket to hide the bride so that none of the guests would see her before the ceremony. Everyone cracked up!  It was a good, fast reaction to hiding the bride.

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The littliest ones were camera shy, to say the least…

25-falmouth-maine-audubon-weddingThe ceremony was held in a partly shaded field under a wooden arch.

26-falmouth-maine-audubon-weddingMy favorite moment was when the bride’s father shook Peter’s hand at the altar and said, “Please take good care of her.”

27-falmouth-maine-audubon-wedding 28-falmouth-maine-audubon-wedding 29-falmouth-maine-audubon-weddingThe couple’s friend Noah performed the ceremony. There were also two very unique and funny readings, which made the couple both laugh and cry.


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37-falmouth-maine-audubon-wedding 38-falmouth-maine-audubon-weddingBecause the pair are both geologists, they chose to have a special seating chart based on different rock types. Guests were given their rock type and had to match it with the stone in the centerpiece to find their table.

39-falmouth-maine-audubon-wedding 40-falmouth-maine-audubon-wedding 41-falmouth-maine-audubon-weddingThe reception was held in a tent overlooking the property. The kids got to play around outside and the breeze kept everyone cool while they enjoyed cocktails and food.

42-falmouth-maine-audubon-wedding 43-falmouth-maine-audubon-wedding 44-falmouth-maine-audubon-wedding 45-falmouth-maine-audubon-weddingKate and Peter’s first dance was very sweet, and the toasts made everyone laugh.


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One of my favorite shots is from the end of the night. Though it’s taken from far away, you can still see Kate and Peter embracing under the reception tent. See if you can spot them!

Details to know…

Second Photographer: Kelly Anne Original Photography, KAOP | Dress Designer: Yoana Baraschi | Bridal Boutique: BHLDN | Groom’s Attire: Brooks Brothers | Wedding Coordinator: Wendy Caron, Dragonfly Services | Hair and Makeup: I Do Spas | Officiant: Noah Petro | Caterer: John Merry | Flowers:  Leslie Otto, Marigold Floral | Rings:  Jewelry by Designs | Entertainment: DJ Fred Pappalardo | Bar: The Bar AssociationInvitations: Magnet Street | First Dance Song: Johnny Cash, “Rose of My Heart”

Thank you Kate and Peter for being such a wonderful couple to work with. I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!

xoxo . . .


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