For the 2014 wedding season, I will be taking a creative sabbatical. It is time, however bittersweet.
To my fabulous Blush clients, my loves, you can still reach me at 207-899-5585 or email@example.com anytime. I am always here for you.
For well over 20 years now, I’ve made my living from my photography work and specifically for the past 13 years my wedding photography work. I started real jobs in photography at 16. Worked at newspapers by 19. I started my own business at 24. I am now 37. Ahhhh, a lifetime!
After 406+ weddings, my eyes need a rest and I want a whole Maine summer off to be with my family.
So, OMG, I am on a break! But what will I do all week other than enjoy my Saturdays off?
While life unfolded, I self-funded another company to bring more weddings to Maine’s shores— The Maine Wedding Company. I grew this online publication on the side but it became a mad affair quickly; sneaking off to see it— like a mistress. It has unlocked a whole boatload of skills in me that I want to explore. I love the development, coding, working with members, creating content, public speaking, marketing…wow, just all of it. And I believe in it and its members too. I have to do it full time. I started a publishing company called MaggPress LLC that I am CEO starting Feb. 1. The Maine Wedding Company is its flagship site. I am beyond excited to indulge in this 100%!
I am not leaving photography.
In the past, I studied to be a Shakespearean, left to complete an MFA, tinkered with an MBA and even took all the classes needed to be a property appraiser. I always found a way back to photography and to this business. I do love it. My life, my friends, my identity and my community is all photo-saturated. I still teach photography too! But alas, being a mom, shooting and running two businesses is getting tough— even for on this type A. So, off I go to take some time to figure out what I will do in 2015 and beyond.
AGAIN: To my fabulous Blush clients, my loves, you can still reach me at 207-899-5585 or firstname.lastname@example.org anytime. I am always here for you.
If you need a great Maine wedding photographer for 2014, please visit The Maine Wedding Company’s amazing photographer directory linked here.
* To view Lindsay and Justin’s entire wedding collection, please visit: http://pictage.com/1450877
How he proposed…
Lindsay and Justin decided to go up north to Quebec CIty for The Winter Carnival – an amazing chilly weekend in the historic city. With strategic planning, they decided to drive half way up on a Thursday night, so they could drive through Canada in the daylight.
They booked a room at the Moose River Lodge & Motel, and tiny B&B in the middle of no-where. With frozen pipes and a snowstorm pounding down, they enjoyed their “rustic” stay. Early Friday morning after an amazing breakfast of french toast, sausages and strawberries, they finished up the trip and found their adorably tiny dwelling, Hôtel le Cavalier du Moulin, right in the center of the old city.
Lindsay and Justin quickly unpacked, and loaded on the layers. It was known that the city was cold and windy that weekend, but that wasn’t even close to a proper description. They layered on around multiple shirts, jackets, snow pants, full head masks and ski goggles so not an inch of skin was showing. Mittens, boots, 13 layers of socks and a hot beverage in hand, and they were off for a day of exploring. They found ice luges to sled down, skating rinks, a tiny corner bar to sip a beer and play Yahtzee! and hot tubs to relax in – outside hot tubs!! Everything was coated in icicles!
That night for dinner, they found a delicious restaurant, and immediately made friends with the people sitting next to them – he was from Cali too – their high schools had played water polo against each other, and they discussed all the interstates and exits that North Cali had to offer. After an amazing dinner, Lindsay and Justin made their way winding through the old streets – deserted of all cars and people, surprising on such a HUGE weekend! Walking down one particular European street, they passed a large window front, elaborately adorned with every kitchen gadget one could ask for. Reverting back to a childhood game, they faced the window and Lindsay asked “if you could pick anything in this window, what would you pick?” And Justin confidently mentioned that he could see her in the reflection, and claimed “So I would choose you!” and got down on one knee to propose.
After a happy break dance in the middle of the street, Lindsay and Justin both promised to make each other happy for the rest of their lives, and got themselves together for a celebratory cocktail at the amazing Chateau Frontenac.
Photography by Blush Imagery, Beth Fitzgerald
Day of Coordinator: Catherine Caswell, Caswell Farm with friend, Jessie
- Dress Alterations: Maria Antoinette
- Hair and Makeup: friend, Stepheney
Ceremony Venue: Caswell Farm
Officiant: friend, Brianne Martin
Music Ceremony: cousin
- Reception Venue: Caswell Farm
Catering: Sweet and Savory Catering
Music Reception: DJ Jim
Cake: Sweet and Savory Catering
- BBQ of choice: TALLYWAGGERS AWARD WINNING BARBECUE SAUCES
Dearest 2013 Blush brides and grooms, (check your email for the full price sheet I just sent out guys!)
I want to thank each and every one of you for a a picture perfect 2013 wedding season for us here at Blush Imagery. We had a blast with you all! I hope all of you are settling into married life well! Now, It’s time to make your wedding album and holiday gifts!
All Blush albums include design, 3 rounds of changes/revisions via online preview, binding and delivery. Order an exact duplicate of any album and receive 30% off that second book. An additonal 15% is taken off your entire order amount for this sale. Yeah!
Steps to complete a Blush wedding album:
1. Make a folder in your Pictage account. Call it “JennAlbum” or something similar. (Yes, we will be extending any Pictage accounts that expired for the album, holiday season.)
2. Send Blush an email to email@example.com
to tell us your album order, tell us your album online folder name. It should be ready to go with the correct number of photos— with pics placed in a desired order. Offer us any other specific instructions or design request needed within that same email too.
3. Blush will send you an invoice to pay for your album, showing with the 15% off sale price, of course!
4. Pay the invoice.
5. Blush will send you a design of your book online and we begin any revisions together as needed.
**** ALL ALBUM ORDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN : 11/20/2013 ****
Now, if you decide to do your own consumer album with you digital files, we recommend using Blurp. And for fun creative products, we love Minted. Also, your Pictage account has a ton of wall art and cards for holiday gifts.
* To see all of Christina and Jonathan’s images when available, please visit: http://pictage.com/1378190
Blush: Why did you choose to wed in Maine?
Christina: Jon’s family has a cabin in Otis, ME and we started going up there a month after we met. Every time we went to the cabin we always took a day trip into Bar Harbor or Arcadi Park and thought it was so beautiful up there. We always said even when we first started dating that when we got married we would do it in Bar Harbor. We both love the how clean and beautiful it is up there.
Blush: What are you most excited about your wedding day? What is your biggest concern for your wedding day?
Christina: I am most excited about marrying my best friend and having our closest friends and family there to be part of it. I just can’t wait to officially be Mrs. Allen! I also can’t wait to be on the dance floor surrounded by loved ones. My biggest concern for the wedding is weather. I am hoping the weather is good so we can have our ceremony outside because the view is worth the drive.
With that said my other concern is people that I really want there won’t make it because of the 5+ drive.
Blush post-wed: Well guys, the weather was amazing and the dancefloor was packed. So I think it was a pefect day. You guys were DREAM clients for me… I adored all your family and guests and loved being with you for this great day! Congrats Christina, Jonathan and baby Samantha! Happy, happy life to you!!! XOXO Beth :)
Maine Wedding Photography by Blush Imagery, Beth Fitzgerald
Event Planner / Coordinator: Christine Brome, Bar Harbor Club/ Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina
Invitations: Nicole Dimarco
Gown designer: Allure
Dress purchased at: Bridal and Gift II
Hair: Leah Sugrue (friend)
Makeup: Leah Sugrue
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jordan Pesce
Florist: Fleurishes Floral & Event Design
Ceremony Venue: Bar Harbor Club/ Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina
Reception Venue: Bar Harbor Club/ Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina
Officiant: Barbara Colby
Music Ceremony: Northeast Event and Design
Catering: Bar Harbor Club
Music Reception: Northeast Event and Design
Cake or Treats: Janice Strout
Event Lighting: Northeast Event and Design