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My name is Samantha Warren (Sam will do and is actually preferred) and I am an award-winning Maine-based wedding photojournalist who owns/operates Samantha Warren Weddings out of a colorful cape in Portland where I live with my husband, Kyle, and our two pointers, Alder and Nikon.

I invite you to take some time to explore my blog, which is updated often with good news and great views (usually of people in love but habitually of our hounds). If you love what you see, please do leave a comment, or contact me for my availability.

All my best,
Sam



Angela & Jason, Central Maine Celebration: Hinckley/Waterville, Maine

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Who: Angela and Jason
What: A classic black and white wedding for 200 in central Maine.
Where: Pre-wedding preparations at the amazing Apollo Day Spa in downtown Waterville (where the bride worked as a stylist through last week), ceremony at the Moody Memorial Chapel in Hinkley and reception at the Waterville Elks Lodge.
When: Saturday, July 26, 2008
How: Hair and makeup by the bride's dear friend and longtime co-worker Aaron at the hip Apollo Day Spa, stun-ing! Maggie Sottero gown from Madeline's Daughter Bridal Shop in Portsmouth, NH, transportation by Atlantic Limousine and DJing by Jeff Hunter of Maine DJ.

Why: Right now, it's 92 degrees in Denver, and Angela is there (more than 2,000 miles from home), marching through the mile high city looking for a job with her new husband Jason by her side. Some honeymoon, huh? But despite the oppressive heat, and the fact that they had to catch the plane there to Colorado at 6 a.m., mere hours after marrying, you can be sure they both have smiles on their faces, and a spring in their step. Because that's the kind of love she and Jason have for one another. The kind where you are willing to forgo a honeymoon for two years to move across the country and find a new job, a new apartment and new friends, so your husband can pursue a master's degree at one of the nation's most prestigious architecture schools. And he would do the same for her, a trillion times over.

Having myself moved with Kyle and the kids to Portland from Farmington the day before their wedding, I think I have a small understanding of the strength and faith in one another it takes to attempt such a life-changing journey. It requires respect for each other, a sense of humor and an adventurous streak, and Angie and Jason have those in spades! Later this week (after hopefully finding a new home for the two of them and a great job for Angie), they'll fly back to Maine, load their boxes into a moving truck and hit the road for their return to the Rockies. Wow!

As a result of their major move, Angie and Jason's wedding day was about more than just marriage. One part family reunion, one part going-away party, and one part wedding, the day became a celebration of their past and a toast to their exciting future. There were more longs hugs than I typically see at a wedding, and throughout it all, Angie and Jason looked simply radiant!

What a month!
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Angie's skin is magnificent- I am going to have to look into the Aveda skin care line!
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One of Angie's dear friends, Aaron, did her makeup and hair, which helped keep her relaxed in the hours leading up to the wedding.
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The dress hanging in the hallway at Angie's parents house where she made her final preparations.
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Into the dress.
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The chapel in Hinkley where the ceremony was held was lit entirely by the natural light streaming through the stainedglass windows behind the bride and groom. As a result, the light was very dramatic, making for a stunning silhoutte.
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The wedding colors were black and white, which meant all the girls loved their dresses! Especially the flower girl, who wasn't so sure about being in the formal pictures.
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The best man was so excited about his badge, an EBay score that was inspired from the (very hilarious) movie "You, Me and Dupree."
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The church provided some beautiful backdrops. Love colorful doors!
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Totally in the moment...
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When there is lots going on in the background, I love to shoot my couples against the sky as it adds an air of intimacy. The light is a bit tricky, as the ceremony didn't start until after 6 p.m., so by the time we got around to images of the bride and groom, the sun was setting.
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Angie was very excited about her flowers... they added a nice burst of elegant color to the black and white scheme.
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Check out the bling. Beautiful! Love the cut of her engagement ring!
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There were so many images from the first dance that made me catch my breath. This is one of them. Pure bliss...
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At the wedding, there were many hugs, especially between Angie and her longtime co-workers from the Apollo Salon, who comprised the most stylish table at the reception!
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The cake looked yummy- simple smooth fondant with the couple's new monogram.
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A tender touch while greeting guests during the reception. Photobucket

Angela and Jason, my thoughts are with you as you embark on this amazing journey. I am so impressed by your cool going into all these changes, and I know you will find much success wherever you travel together, especially Colorado!

Emily & Liam, Seaside Spectacular: York/Cape Neddick, Maine

Photobucket Who: Emily & Liam
What: A wild wedding weekend for 200 (many from the Annapolis/DC area) with a welcome quintessential Maine lobster bake, a simple Saturday afternoon ceremony and a chic tented reception (with fireworks courtesy of Mother Nature).
Where: Pre-wedding preparations at the Union Bluff Hotel in downtown York, ceremony at the First Parish Church (also in York) and reception at the graceful Greystone Manor in Cape Neddick.
When: Saturday, July 19, 2008
How: Hair and makeup by the bride's childhood hairdresser, Colleen Smith (who won me over the second I walked through the door and she told me I was so pretty I should be a bridesmaid); videography by J.G. from Revel Video (who I must thank for letting me use his Prius to charge my gear when the power went out- more on that later), yum, yum, yum cake from the European Bakery, and a night of serious rocking thanks to Brickpark Entertainment, who had the dance floor so packed, I could barely squeeze my way onto it to get some shots (and I have the bruises this morning to prove it)!

Why: The band was silenced by a several hour long power outage, a river rushed through the tent, and the only light to be found came from the flicker of candlelight beneath the tent and the bright bursts of lighting all around it. She could have cried, she should have snapped, but Emily just laughed and loved. "I just married Liam and everyone in the world who is important to me is right here," she offered as explanation for her ease. And it was there and then, with hail in my hair and my drenched pants plastered to my legs that I knew Emily and Liam would live happily ever after, able to weather any storm no matter how strong or scary.

I am still struggling to put into words what I witnessed yesterday in Cape Neddick. An impromptu dance with father and daughter on the lawn as singing guests gathered around them. A band of Irish brothers playing croquet in flipflops, their soaked slacks rolled round their knees. Newlyweds hand in hand dashing through the drizzle to the water's edge to catch a rainbow. These moments made up a day that was more delightful than what Emily and Liam had planned, which is saying something, because the party they had prepared was going to be off the charts as was.

Liam shows off the gift he got from Emily: the coolest cuff links featuring a map of the Cape Neddick/York area where they would be married just a few hours later.
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Emily's dress hangs in the hallway at the Greystone. I love the colors in there!
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As a wedding day gift, Liam gave Emily a most stunning ring that fit the day's look to a tee. And with it was a very sweet note, which caused Emily, and her bridesmaids and me to cry. Photobucket

A most beautiful bride.
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Saturday was a scorcher, but luckily, there was a nice ocean breeze to cool things down a little bit. Here, it teases Emily's veil, which caused her to giggle. Photobucket

The "ring barrier" as they dubbed him was quite dutiful. Photobucket

Liam's reaction to seeing Emily for the first time when the church doors opened was priceless!
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The church where the two were married had many restrictions on where I could and could not be during the ceremony, which made me a bit nervous. So, I looked for unique vantage points to set the scene while being unobtrusive. This was a favorite shot, because of the way Emily is framed by a guest (I think Liam's grandmother) holding her program.
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After the hail/thunder/lighting/raining-cats-and-dogs storm, we were blessed by this beautiful rainbow over the ocean. Wow! Photobucket

Some shots of the bride and groom... All of these naturally unfolded, without my direction. Emily and Liam were so thrilled that the storm had passed, they couldn't stop smiling. Photobucket

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A favorite for sure!
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I loved that so many of the guests came down to witness our beachside session. It was such a surreal moment with the sun glowing and everyone gathered around, reveling in the light that is the calm after the storm. As Liam (quoting Dolly Parton) put it best "You have to get through the rain to see the rainbows." Photobucket

The best man enjoying a drink and a game of croquet. What fun! Photobucket

Emily was a diva of the most delicious details. She spent so much time coordinating them all, with such great results. After hearing her plans over the past year, I was still breathless when I first saw how she pulled everything together. (Feel free to snag this story board.) Photobucket

I love the colors of these glasses on the bride and groom's table during the toast. Photobucket

I am still working my way through the images, so I expect to add to this post in the coming days. In the meantime: I couldn't be happier for these two, or prouder of the poise with which they fielded the day's many curveballs. A lifetime of happiness to you both, and enjoy Bora Bora (and know that I am insanely jealous of your journey).