Autumn and Wutt
Prospect Golf Club Wedding | Auburn, ME

How did you two meet and when?

I originally went to Thailand in 2013.  My crew member and I who worked on a Schooner together in the Caribbean, heard of a job opening in Southern Thailand for a boat company. We decided that since it was slow season in St. Thomas that why not go and try it out? If all else, we would just travel and come back in a couple months. We made it to Thailand and ended up just traveling instead. Why Not Bar was the first bar we stopped into off the Bus in Pai. I didn’t know it yet, but I my future husband was the one making our drinks. He didn’t speak any English then, and I didn’t speak any Thai. His friend told me that Wutt said I was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. I brushed it off because I was also a bartender in the Caribbean. He wasn’t fooling me with that line. A little over a week went past, stopping in to have a drink some nights. A couple days before we about to leave Pai, my crew member and I ventured to a waterfall with some friends from the hostel we were staying at. I saw very young kids playing off to the side but thought nothing of it. Who knows if it was them or someone else that passed by, but when we got out of the water, my wallet was missing. I planned on stopping at the atm on the way back to get money since I only had about 300 baht left (9 dollars or so). All my money was gone. I only had that card with me. Because of this incident I was stuck in Pai till my new card would arrive. My crew member left, but transferred $150 dollars into my account for me. I had my mom transfer him the money from my account from home. That $150 dollars ended up having to last me a whole month. I spent my days reading in my bunk, one meal a day, and some days to be social, one beer at Why Not. Eventually they started inviting me to spend time with them during the day and eat with them. Wutt and I got to know each other more and more. I eventually got my card, returned the favor by taking them to dinner and taking them out for drinks. I stayed another month then left and it wasn’t until I came back 9 months later that Wutt and I started dating. I learned Thai and he learned English. One day last year before proposing he reminded me of the day we first met and what he had said. I honestly had forgotten till he mentioned it sense I never took him seriously. “Remember when I had Benz tell you I thought you were the most beautiful woman I had seen? I was serious, it wasn’t just me being a bartender. You still are.”

Things do happen for a reason. Having my debit card stolen that day was the best thing that could of happened during my travels.

Bride/partner 1: First impressions?

He made great cocktails. He seemed nice, good hearted, very quiet and reserved. His head was half shaved, and had tattoos on his arm, but he was cute and looked like he was a guy who was pretty shy until you got to know him. He also seemed like he wasn’t afraid to punch someone in the face if they deserved it. Both were true. Found out later he used to be a Muay Thai fighter.

Groom/partner 2: First impressions?

She was the first person I met who wasn’t afraid of me. Everyone I had met since moving to Pai told me they felt intimidated and scared to talk with me at first. It took everyone a long time before they finally talked with me and got to know me. Even my best friends now said they didn’t approach me for so long because of the way I looked. They said they thought I looked mean hearted, but not her. To this day she is still the only person ever who, before getting to know me, wasn’t scared. My first impression of her was that she was kind, good hearted and beautiful. Her friend had asked me one night when the bar was crowded, which girl there was the most beautiful. To me, it was her.

First date details:

He took me on his motorcycle around Pai and took me to the Pai Cannon. He showed me a bunch of really cool spots in Pai I hadn’t seen yet. No idea when this was.

Describe the proposal:

(I’m going to give you two stories..because it happened twice…once was accidental and he wasn’t really ready, it just came out but it’s comical if you want to add it. If you just want one, just put the official apple orchard one)

1. The first time was at his bar. (I honestly had no idea he was the bar owner till like 6 months after we started dating) We had been dating now for 3 years at this point. I was out with a couple friends and he was working. Him and a couple buddies kept laughing and looking at me from the bar. For a while I thought it was nothing but then it just didn’t stop. I started to feel a little self conscious. Was my outfit weird? Did I have food on my face? Was I sitting weird? I eventually went up and asked him what they were talking about since they were clearly talking about me. He said nothing, his friend said “no nothing,” and I went back to my table. They kept looking at me and talking. I eventually went up again and asked, “What!? Do I have something on my face? Is there something wrong with my outfit? What????” Again, both of them just laughed and said it was nothing. They were just talking about something but it was nothing. I walked back, sat down and kept talking with friends. AGAIN, I could see them looking, talking, laughing. I eventually got up one more time and more sternly asked, “WHAT. WHAT IS IT. I can clearly tell you’re talking about me. What is it. Seriously, what?” Wutt then laughs and says, “no hun it’s nothing. You know..I want to buy you the ring.” That wasn’t at all what I thought they could of possibly been talking about. Me, “A ring?” Wutt, “Yeah you know, like a diamond, to marry, you know, wedding.” I stood in shock trying to process what he had just said to me. Me, “You want to buy me a wedding ring?” “Yeah you know to ask you to marry me.” “Do you want to marry me?” I probably looked as dumbfounded as I felt. He had just told me he wanted to marry me, that he wanted to propose and pretty much just asked me if I wanted to marry him. I had always imagined a surprise..you know, like you see in movies. Unexpected, down on one knee, ring in hand. Starting to laugh my initial response was, “You’re not suppose to tell me that! You’re suppose to surprise me.” Wutt, “oh! opps!” Me, “Well when you have the ring just make sure it’s a surprise.” Replaying what had just happened I slowly walked back to my table. I sat down and my friend from England and she asked me what the weird look on my face was all about and asked what they were talking about. “I’m pretty sure Wutt in a weird way, just asked me to marry him….” She almost spit out her drink. “What!!? Just now? Are you serious right now..what did you say?” Well I just told him when he had the ring to surprise me. Her mouth dropped then she bursts out laughing… “Well then… cheers!”

2. We had been together for about 5 years now and he was visiting the US. We were at Ricker Hill Apple Orchard in Maine. It was family tradition to go apple picking every year there, have a donut and have some cider. This year though we were leaving after just picking apples and getting donuts. Wutt asked me if I wanted to stay a little longer and have some hard cider. I said sure. My sister felt like hanging out too but my mom had to drive some friends of hers back home to their car. Wutt was suddenly concerned she was leaving which was odd, but he didn’t say anything about it after she left. The three of us went back and sat down to do the hard cider tasting. I called my mom to see if she wanted to come back and join us since we only lived 15 minutes away and we weren’t leaving any time soon. Wutt asked if she was coming back and seemed relieved. She came back, and we were all having cider together. Wutt kept getting up to have a cigarette more than usual. I figured it was because he was drinking. Eventually he says, “I want to ask you.” Me.. “Ask me what?” “Well I want to ask you to marry me..” Me almost laughing and shocked he was telling me what he wanted to do, told him he doesn’t tell me he is going to ask me, or ask me permission to ask me, he just does it. “oh okay..” So then he got up got on one knee, told me he loved me and asked me to marry him. I of course said yes. Apparently he had wanted my mom to be there which is why he got concerned when she left and his frequent smoking was nerves.

What makes you special as a couple?

At first we didn’t speak the same language. We communicated through friends, gestures and translators when we first met. We somehow fell in love anyway and have grown even more so as the language barrier keeps crumbling. I think having the initial language barrier helped us learn how to truly listen and be able to better recognize when something isn’t worth fighting over.

What are some unique aspects of your wedding day?

We were able to have a lot of international friends attend. His niece from Switzerland was also able to be there. We had the honor of my Captain from working on the Schooner Nathaniel Bowditch, marry us.

Wutt used to be a banquet manager. He was the only one who knew how to decorate the linens. He was the one who tied all the chair bows, folded all the napkins into their special design, and did the decorative, elaborate wrap settings for the head table and the and cake table.

Our guest book was a map for people to sign. The frame was handcrafted and put together by my Aunt Jen Smith and Tony.

Everyone helped set up. Everyone helped take everything apart. Everyone picked a song to add to the music playlist. My family, bridesmaids (Nichole, Desiree, Sage and Sarah) and friends Alexandra, Samantha, and Franziska helped with set up, errands, sanity and the bar. We would of never even had a bar menu if Samantha hadn’t stepped in and helped.

 

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Our honeymoon has yet to happen. We will probably go to Switzerland.

Vendor List

Wedding Planner + Design: My matron of honor Sarah Nickel, Wutt and I.

Wedding Dress Shop: Formal Image

Wedding Dress Designer: Alfred Angelo

Bridal Shoe Designer: Alfani

Groom’s Suit: Formal Image

Wedding Rings: Day’s Jewelers and Gold Works

Engagement Ring: Day’s Jewelers

Bridesmaid Dresses: Formal Image

Groomsman Suits: Formal Image

Ceremony Venue: Prospect Hill Golf Course

Reception Venue: Prospect Hill Golf Course

Event Rentals: Prospect Hill Golf Course

Photographer: Joshua Atticks Wedding Photography

DJ: Sage Landry. She helped put the playlists for the reception and ceremony together. Either her or my Captain Davis from the Caribbean would change the song, if needed. The music equipment/sound system used was brought in by Davis Murray aka Barefoot Davis. He is a captain, a compass adjuster and a musician.

Band: We made a playlist with spotify.

Hair/Makeup Stylist: Ashley Bellefluer

Invitation Design: Vistaprint

Floral Design: Jean Rabon

Caterer: Great Scotts Catering

Wedding Cake/Desserts: Front Porch Bakery

Wedding Favors: Handcrafted wooden coasters with elephant designs from Thailand.

Allyson and Seth
Wedding at the Evergreen Chapel | Gorham, ME

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How did you two meet and when?

We met in June 2015 at celebratory cook-out at our great friend Alisha’s house 😊 She got a promotion at work and Seth, who has traveled for work mostly in the Mid-Atlantic since 1999 and was hardly ever home, just happened to be working in New Hampshire for the summer and came to the party. It was exciting for everyone there (old friends and family of his who are also great friends with Alisha and her now husband) because they hadn’t seen him and so long. I was the only new face there and it was nice to meet him, everyone said he was such a nice guy who was so funny (and sure enough he was!) but was just always away for work. We talked some but to me he was handsome, sweet and funny but worked a lot far from home and to him I was pretty and humorously quick-witted but he wasn’t in a place to take on a relationship because of his job. A year later (while planning Alisha and Adam’s wedding!) everyone joked about he and I going to the wedding together. We went on our first date and the rest is history!

Brides: First impressions?

This guy has the most genuine laugh I’ve ever heard. He is really listening to me, he asks questions, he makes me laugh and is never missing an opportunity to make me feel beautiful, respected and admired.

Grooms: First impressions?

I asked him this and he said, “THAT girl is going to go out with ME?” Haha

He said he was “smitten” with me – I was smart, independent, beautiful, hilarious and genuinely wanted to spend time with him. (which he says he still isn’t quite sure why haha)

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First date details:

He came to my house to pick me up and he brought me flowers. I have never, ever had anyone bring me flowers on a first date. They were beautiful and smelled amazing. We went to dinner and stayed there for 3-4 hours talking about what we do for work, our hobbies, our families and our past. I remember he was really amused that I ordered a vegetarian quesadilla with chicken. I explained that you get the good veggies in the vegetarian version that you don’t get in the chicken version (broccoli, zucchini, roasted red peppers, etc.) – he still says he loves how resourceful I am and uses that as an example haha. We then went to this little dive bar in town that I used to go to in college. We had a drink and played ping pong (that is why it was a fan favorite) – we also still talk about how I beat him at 4 games in heels. We had each other in stitches laughing so much, it’s been that way ever since.

Describe the proposal:

It was so special. It was at the top of Quill Hill in Rangeley, ME. At the top of this “hill” you have a 360 pano view of Maine into Canada – gorgeous snow capped mountains and all the surrounding lakes. He had some close friends that live up there and we’d gone up at least once or twice a year to visit. We went up there to visit once and that is where he told me he loved me. We went up to visit one weekend in October in 2017. When we got to Rangeley he suggested we arrived at the right time to go see the sunset at the top of Quill Hill. When we got there, we got out and he walked to me to the same spot he told me he loved me, kissed my forehead and said he couldn’t imagine and didn’t want to imagine a life where we weren’t together. He got down on one knee and proposed with the most beautiful sunset as the backdropped. We popped a bottle of champagne he had hidden in the truck!

What makes you special as a couple?

For both of us, this is the best relationship we’ve ever been in. When we first met we both had just gotten out of long, unhealthy relationships. If I think of all the qualities that a great relationship should have, we have them all and sometimes I have to pinch myself. It’s not always perfect, life is so unpredictable but having a best friend for always with which you share everything is such an amazing experience. There is always trust, respect, honesty, thoughtfulness, appreciation, communication and so much unconditional love. Life happens anyway, so why not make it awesome by having someone that loves you dearly by your side?

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What are some unique aspects of your wedding day?

I’m biased but our wedding was the most fun one I’ve been to haha

We had a unique playlist for everything – the reception, cocktail hour, first dances, etc. We listened to some playlist we saw on Spotify or online that others had made and just realized it wasn’t “us”. When I met with Craig, our DJ, I was upfront about our style and when he asked me to elaborate I explained that I wanted our first dance to be to Steelheart. He said, “say no more, this is going to be awesome.” He was so fun to work with and planning the playlists was one of my favorite things to do with Seth.

We also had a caricature artist for our favors – this was amazing. I recommend this to anyone who will listen to me. It was so fun and I still hear about how special it was.

My bouquet was huge! I selected each flower that was in there and hand picked half from local farms. Alisha made it for me and it is actual 2 big bouquets that we zip tied together! 😊

Our cake topped looked like us and our pups!

Also, we got married at such a special place. Not only was this imagined and built by our best friends for their own special day, but we got to pick and plant the flowers for the surrounding gardens ourselves. All of it was so special to us and that meant a lot.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We went to the Samoset Resort in Rockland, ME. We were gifted a week there and we were so incredibly grateful. It was SO relaxing. We spent a day at the spa, a day hiking the local mountains, walked the breakwater and visited the local towns and shops. The most special thing about it though was a whole week together which we hadn’t had in so very long.

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Wedding Planner + Design: Alisha helped me plan! My day-of-coordinator was Ariel Thompson.

Wedding Dress Shop: Blush Bridal

Wedding Dress Designer: Essence

Bridal Shoe Designer: J. Renee (Finding a size 12 bridal shoe… one of the hardest things I’ve ever done haha)

Bridal Veil/Headpiece: Flowers and a family heirloom hairpin

Groom’s Suit: Kenneth Cole (from Men’s Warehouse)

Groom’s Shoes: Joseph Abboud Oxfords (from Men’s Warehouse)

Wedding Rings: Jared’s Galleria of Jewelry

Engagement Ring: Jared’s Galleria of Jewelry

Bridesmaid Dresses: Andrea’s Bridal and RenzRags Design of CA (Alisha’s Dress)

Groomsman Suits: Kenneth Cole (from Men’s Warehouse)

Ceremony Venue: Evergreen Wedding Chapel

Reception Venue: Evergreen Wedding Chapel

Event Rentals: Party Time Rentals

Photographer: Joshua Atticks Wedding Photography

DJ: Craig Ibarguen

Hair/Makeup Stylist: Hair: Jenna Richardson Make-Up: Elise Pierce

Invitation Design: Pretty Little Papers – Etsy

Floral Design: Alisha! Florals from Boston Flower Market, Ossipee Trail Garden Center, Little River Flower Farm and Broadturn Farm

Caterer: Personal Touch Catering

Wedding Cake/Desserts: Wedding Cake: Our Aunt Sandy Gluten Free Desserts: Bam Bam Bakery All Other Desserts: Cakes by Babbs

Wedding Favors: Caricatures by Melita Lewis of YOUR CARICATURE

Danielle and Andrew
Black Point Inn Wedding | Scarborough, ME

I first met Danielle and Andrew at Danielle’s’ christmas tree farm for their engagement session.  It was New Year’s Day and about 6 degrees, quite the contrast from their beautiful coastal wedding day in September.  They wanted a cozy, fun wedding with their family and friends and booked the Black Point Inn for nuptials on the lawn and then party after.  Danielle sent me her answers to my online questionnaire which, under the special considerations area, had that Andrew wanted some images with one of his cars.  I was intrigued and wondered which car this could be as I know he had a sweet Audi and pickup truck.  And then as I pulled in the the Black Point Inn there it was on the lawn… up it was a Porsche.  Perfect!

Their wedding overlooked the estuary that forms Ferry Beach, one of the few areas where the sun sets over the water.  Clouds and mist rolled through the area throughout the day making the lighting fluctuate between dramatic and flat.  Their intimate ceremony was followed by family photos on the grounds and then cocktails.  After dinner is when the party started in the main ballroom at the inn.  The playlist was all Andrews as the night progressed and venue changed into full on dance mode.  We made it outside to be sure the Porsche was documented too!

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Vendors:

Wedding Photographer: Joshua Atticks Wedding Photography

DJ: Joe Dionne

Venue: The Black Point Inn

Food: The Black Point Inn

Flowers: Fiddleheads

Hair Stylist: Kristina Moran

 

Tori and Zach
The Woodlands Club Wedding | Falmouth, ME

Tori and Zach were married at the Woodlands Club in Falmouth in August.  It was a warm, sunny day and we began early at the grooms home in Standish for images of the guys.  I was very impressed as every one there was ready to go at 10am with coffee’s in hand.  After about an hour of groom prep I headed into Portland to meet with the bridal party.  The house was buzzing as the girls were celebrating with champagne as the make-up artist (Beauty by Nikolina) made everyone look their absolute best.  After some ring and dress shots, Tori put on her stunning two piece dress and then posed for some shots with her two nieces which were her flower girls.  Soon the limo was there and we were off to the Woodlands Club in Falmouth.

The groom and groomsmen were greeting guests as Tori and her bridal party had one last moment before the ceremony started.  The ceremony was out on the back deck of the Woodlands Club overlooking the green lawn of the golf course.  It was a warm summer day and the sun was peeking in and out of the clouds.   After a quick 30 minute ceremony Tori and Zach were married and then the celebration really began.  Cocktails on the deck, music and a photo booth kept the guests entertained while we did the family photos on the golf courses lawns.  Soon dinner was served and the party was on in the the grand ballroom.  What a celebration their wedding was!!

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Photographer: Joshua Atticks Wedding Photography

Venue: The Woodlands Club

DJ: Music Man DJ, Mike Promp

Flowers: Nancy Danylik

Hair Stylist: Jessica Morse

Makeup Artist: Makeup by Nikolina

Dessert: The Holy Donut

Stephanie and Eddie | Point Lookout Wedding | Northport, ME

After some time in the wedding photography business your clients become friends and then like family.  Being present in such an important day and being a part of the joy and festivities from start to finish creates a lasting relationship.  I love this aspect of being a wedding photographer and I couldn’t wait for Stephanie and Eddie’s wedding at Point Lookout.  I first met Stephanie and Eddie at Elisha and Sam’s wedding in Vermont way back in 2016.  Elisha and Sam are absolutely wonderful people and the love and joy in their day was infectious.  Stephanie was in Elisha’s wedding party and soon we were meeting up again for their engagement session with their Golden Retriever at Ferry Beach.  I was psyched to be their photographer and their wedding at Point Lookout was simple gorgeous in every way.  I feel so lucky to be invited to these events and to immerse myself in documenting their day.  Elisha and Sam were there too with a baby on board!  Love.  A huge congratulations to Stephanie and Eddie on their marriage.  Thank you for having me!