Beth & Tim – the day before {Orlando, Florida and Boothbay, Maine Wedding Photographer}

So since I know that the Mother of the Bride has been stalking this blog waiting for a post from the Wild Wedding Weekend in Boothbay (as I affectionately like to remember it) – here’s the post from the day before the wedding.  Instead of a rehearsal dinner, Tim & Beth opted for a BBQ at an adorable little cottage on a lake.  We followed that up with the rehearsal and then back to the Newagen Inn in Southport for a portrait session, a bonfire with s’mores, and a super-secret “raid.”  What is it about bonfires that always makes me want to burst into a rousing chorus of Kumbaya?!

On a side-note – if you’re visiting Maine in June from out-of-state, factor in double the time you think you’ll need to get anywhere.  Because, guaranteed, if you’re used to manicured city parks and marching lines of highways, you will be swept away to distraction with all the glory of the blooming Maine countryside.   I made my friend, Amy, who came along to assist me for the day, stop her car several times so I could get out and take pictures and just breathe it all in.  I’ve enjoyed several Maine summers, but  each time, the riotous wildflowers and scented evergreens simply overwhelm me.  There’s something about all that wild beauty that just makes my heart sing. It’s like the earth is declaring the majesty of God!
Look at how overgrown this apple orchard is…

I don’t know what it is about wind-blown hair but I just LOVE IT!
Beautiful, unsuspecting Beth… she has no idea that sly Tim is making wiggly eyebrows at me as he prepares to squash a fat mound of cake into her face.  That cake was no joke, by the way… I believe it was made by Beth’s aunt and let me just tell you, I would welcome anyone to stuff fistfuls of it into my face it was THAT good!  It was all I could do to drag myself away from the table.  You know, I think it’s possible to get drunk on good cake.
I soooo enjoyed chatting with this gentleman, Tim’s grandfather.  He was a photographer in the service and has all kinds of interesting stories to relate.
After the rehearsal, Tim, Beth and I took off for some portraits down by the ocean.  Sweet Tim has an internal signal that tells him to stop.turn.freeze.aaaand.SMILE whenever he sees a camera pointed at his face.  It took Beth and I some work to get him to loosen up.  Actually, it wasn’t much work for me, I just told Beth to whisper sweet somethings in his ear to distract him and …well, have a look.

After the portrait session, the family had planned an evening around a bonfire making s’mores.  I took this photograph of Beth’s parents, Troy and Anita.  I loved how it looks like Anita is thinking sweet tender thoughts.
During the bonfire, the ‘girls’ snuck off to the boys’ cabin take their revenge on the guys (well, actually, mainly on Tim for cake smooshing stunt at the BBQ.)  The girls intention was to steal underwear. The guys had commandeered an enormous, Papa-bear sized tub of left-over banana pudding in their cabin and the promise of getting some of it for myself was the driving force in my joining the girls on their raid.  The girls had just managed to steal away the boys’ underwear and were stuffing their pretty little faces with pudding when the boys came home. As the girls jumped out of a back-room window, and I stood there claiming my innocence and asserting that I was just there doing my duty as the photographer.  Boy was my heart pounding so fast, you’d think I had just been found guilty of armed robbery.  I have discovered I do not have the spine for undercover work.  These pics are from just before the guys got home and the girls deserted me for safety.  Pffft!  

Check back tomorrow for the full Wedding day post. And don’t forget to leave the newly wed some love in the comments!

Shipra Panosian Photography ~ Engagement and Wedding Photographer serving Southern Maine, Orlando, Tampa, Buena Vista, Celebration & Central Florida

Facebook comments:

June 21, 2010 - 9:38 pm

Erin Lassahn - This set is so fun and loving, you can just tell that everyone is having a good time and everyone loves everyone! Love the cake smash shot!! And the portraits of the two of them are fabulous….especially the last sunset shot!

June 22, 2010 - 12:54 am

M. D. Lee - Great work! Love that opening setting shot and the cake shot…are you kidding me! Amazing.

June 22, 2010 - 1:42 am

brooke - I love your work! these are truly beautiful, Shipra.

June 22, 2010 - 1:47 am

Kyle - Shipra, this post made me want to be friends with Beth and Tim and their families AND move to Maine. I think that’s the mark of a good photographer :)

June 22, 2010 - 8:58 am

Anita - You took my breath away with the sunset shot!!!!!!!! The cake shot is a classic but I”m sure Tim will be paying for that one for a while :-)
The lighting, exposures, wind-blown hair, smiles and love – you nailed it all!

June 22, 2010 - 9:10 am

Amy - Incredible! The sunset shot was beautiful, the cake shot a hoot….each one has its own unique wonderfulness…..and for the poster named Kyle – yes, please DO move to Maine! It’s the only place I’ve ever lived where you actually see those postcard moments on a daily basis ~ and Ship, you captured them all :-)

June 22, 2010 - 9:11 am

Cassie - LOVE these, Shipra! Fun, candid, loving, beautiful, and just perfect!

June 22, 2010 - 9:28 am

Jenni - WOW – awesome photos Shipra – just beautiful!
Jenni C (Gabs) X

June 22, 2010 - 10:03 am

Vicki - Oh my SHIP these are incredible. I LOVE them. YOU ARE JUST AWESOME!!!!

June 22, 2010 - 10:29 am

Kat Braman - fabulous work Shipra. that big vertical one with the ocean behind them and the silhouette shots are my favorite.

June 22, 2010 - 10:30 am

Natalie - Shipra, I absolutely love your work! Artistic & elegant. Beautiful couple!

June 22, 2010 - 10:39 am

Grammie - Great photos! That sunset picture is gorgeous! And the ones of them on the rocks also!

June 22, 2010 - 10:48 am

Joanne - More, more , more!!!! I can’t stop looking at them!! Beautiful moments. Thank you!!

June 22, 2010 - 3:45 pm

Jared Tseng - I LOVE the cake in the face shots!!!

June 24, 2010 - 2:50 pm

Lara Eichhorn - Gorgeous scenery shots. I love the one of the silhouettes at sunset.

June 24, 2010 - 4:42 pm

J Lloyd - The silhouette is knock out Shipra – steals the show for me!

June 24, 2010 - 5:24 pm

Jay Hoque - I agree with the above comment..the silhouette looks awesome!

July 1, 2010 - 6:14 pm

Jonathan Roberts - Now that’s a lot of cake! Great capture!

July 17, 2010 - 8:55 pm

Joey Chandler - Wow – awesome shots. Love all the story. Great job.

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