I can't express how much this wedding changed my life. I think sometimes you are put in the right place at the right time and everything unfolds, and becomes a gift.
I meet Chrissy on the day of her trial at Joya Beauty with the owner Joanne McDonough, Chrissy's Makeup Artist and I was her Bridal Hair Artist. We talked about her look for the day. Chrissy wanted relaxed, lived in curls. Half up half down and we added fresh flowers to finish.
Next, she told me about the venue, Camp Birch Hill in New Durham, NH. A sleep away summer camp her Family owns and runs. I never went to summer camp, I always wanted to. I looked up the camp and looked through all the freckled smiling faces of kids without a care in the world, a seed was planted.
On the day of the wedding we set up in the camp recreation room with a view of the pickle ball court. We had a great time with lots of laughing. Chrissy's friend Ferg was officiating the wedding and she wore a beautiful flower crown. After the Bride was dressed and ready to go she made sure that Joanne and myself were invited to the ceremony. We did attend, she made me feel I wasn't someone she hired, I was a guest and a friend.
Fast forward... to being chosen for The Knot's "50 best Weddings in 50 states" AND the wedding was featured in The Knot Magazine! Amazing, I was so excited to be published. See the wedding album
The best part is that last year my Daughter spent 2 weeks at Camp Birch Hill and this summer my Son and Daughter are both going to be yelling Yahoo! at Camp Birch Hill without a care in the world. I don't think I would have let go of my children if I didn't have someone I trusted looking after them.
I loved everything about my Bride Julie. The more she told me about her plans for her wedding, the more excited I was to be a member of this creative team. Her dress, flowers, location and photographer were stitched together seamlessly.
My relationship started with our first meeting for her hair and makeup consultation and she told me all about her details. Her family home was the location, it had the most lovely pond. Her photographer, Erica from Closer North Photography, captured their beautiful moments.
Love Affair did an amazing job with bringing the ideas to life.
I spent the morning with Julie and her friends and family and all of them felt relaxed and joyful.
I left as the guests started to arrive at her childhood home that had been transformed into something different, a new place for a new beginning. A dream of a day, Julie and her daydream wedding.
Seacoast Weddings Magazine published this Real Wedding at Three Rivers Farm in Dover, NH. It was the first time I saw my Crown and Halo name in print! It really was a proud moment to see my work reach the level to grace the pages of a glossy magazine.
Karen, the Bride, was so lovely to work with and the day as you can see was joyful. Nadra Photography, F as in Flowers and Wedding planning by Blissful Beginnings were some of the great professional I had the opportunity to work with.
Spring on the Coast of Maine, 1923...
I was so honored to be asked to provide the hair and makeup artistry to this stylized vintage wedding shoot. It was a beautiful spring morning on Bailey Island and I stepped back in time as I entered Library Hall. Our Bride was easily made into a vintage and modern beauty,the Groom was more challenging, but with a new hair cut and some grooming he transformed. The details pulled into the day were amazing. The books, menu, flowers, jewelry, dress and location...I could go on and on.
I had the pleasure of working with other talented professionals! I had a difficult time picking my favorites, thank you Alexandra C. Daley-Clark for the breathtaking photography.
There is a gallery of the complete day and list of all of the vendors on Alexandrea's Blog http://classicmaineweddings.com/bailey-island-library-hall-styled-wedding-shoot-coastal-inspiration//
I also had an up-close view of this artist, Event Painter Ken Lund http://www.kenlund.com/What an addition to your wedding day.
A wedding day is just another page in a love story that two people are lucky enough to write together. In the past years I have taken care of brides with as many 300 guests and as few as 25.
The invitations are sent, flowers and venues are booked and it is a celebration with music, fanfare and many moving parts. But sometimes, it can be much, much quieter. So quiet, that it is a secret.
I was introduced to Tamrah by the wonderful Joanne McDonough of Joya Beauty. I was so excited to find out it was an elopement, the best kind of secret. I emailed Tamrah, worked out the details and then set our plan in motion.
Her wedding day was our first meeting, I had to make sure it was perfect, first try. It was a warm morning in August, I introduced myself to Tamrah at her home and got started taking care of her Mom, Sister and the Bride. Then it was time to get dressed and get married.
I left that day wanting to be a spectator, attend her ceremony, watch her groom Jeremy see her for the first time.
I knew that was only to be viewed and shared with a chosen few...
I opened an email from a photographer several weeks ago, she was looking for a hair and makeup artist to work with on Boudoir style photography. I took a peek at her work, she captured a softness in her photography I connected with. It was an instant yes, I would love to collaborate!
Her name is Karisa Broadbent and we worked in the Love Grows Photograph Studio in Newmarket, NH. This is our first model and I can't wait to see the images from our second session.
Karisa wanted a casual and more natural feel, she captured the sultriness and smolder.
Always tasteful and well done, qualities that have to be present in this style.
Karisa's vision was well thought out, I was amazed how she gave gentle changes to the model's angles and body position. There would be a complete metamorphoses of the image.
Please visit her site for more of her creative work.
Photos Karisa Broadbent
Hair and Makeup Crown and Halo
Christine and I traveled up to Point Outlook for Stevi and Chelsea's Wedding. The venue and resort are overwhelming in size and beauty, on the Maine Coast in Northport. It was a large wedding party with two Brides and they were full of joy and excitement for their day. I ran around with bobby pins and hair spray to touch up and finish the bridesmaids on one side of the venue while Christine started the other party sequestered in a separate room. I was so happy with all the smiling photos their photographer sent to us. Thank you Lauren Sawyer, for all of the beautiful photos!
I am a hopeless romantic, I cry at every wedding, even the ones I am working. My little sister asked me the day before her wedding, "why do people cry so much at weddings?"
My answer was hope.
This idea that no matter what the future brings you have the faith that you will weather it together.
That is what makes all the married people in the room well up, we know it is possible to love so deeply you can make it, holding each others hand.
What a weekend I had with an great bunch of ladies.
My first bride was Kim and I really just liked her right way. The whole of Saturday morning was just fun and breezy and then I traveled with her to the venue. Her personality was shining through at the River mill in Downtown Dover, NH. The tables were covered in candy and her flowers, bright and cheery. Fun,happy and full of personality, just like the Bride and Groom.
Greg Brett Photograpy
Sunday's Bride was Caitlin. Her wedding was in her backyard, it was simple, lovely and Thoughtful. Two wedding in Dover, NH and I was impressed on the details on making each so personal. No cookie cutters here.
Erika Follensbee Photography