Julie and Sam’s wedding in Boothbay, Maine was everything that I love about this job in general and specifically the couples I get to document. Words can’t even describe how sweet the day was. If I had to break down what makes a perfect wedding and dream couple to photograph in my books it would be- making family a high priority, choosing to let the little details not worry them on the day of, and creating the sweetest but most pared down vision for their wedding so they can focus on the most important things. This was that wedding.
Their ceremony and reception was celebrated in the family’s backyard in Maine surrounded by a small gathering of close friends and family. Julie’s envisioned it as a blend of garden party and the birthday of Bilbo Baggins at the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring- cozy, sweet, and just the right touch of earthy. With the help of family and friends, their dream came together beautifully.
We spent most of the day at the Ferrell home but just before the ceremony, Julie and Sam scheduled in some time for the three of us to take off to the coast for photos of the two of them alone. For almost an hour we wandered around the rocks at Ocean Point on Boothbay Harbor living the collective dream somewhere between Jane Austen, Lord of the Rings, and Anne of Green Gables. Life is better when you hang out with other bookish people. Especially on the best day of their lives.
Having known both Sam and Julie separately before I knew Sam + Julie together, it has been so sweet watching the way that they complement and complete each other as they’ve grown closer. Getting to hear the snippets of updates from Julie as we would catch up every few months was such a fun way to see their relationship take root. From “yeah we’ve hung out a couple times,” to “oh I think I actually like him,” to “you’re texting the official future Julie Ferrell” it never gets old watching friends find their forever best friend.
“I don’t want diamond sunbursts or marble halls. I just want you.” -L.M. Montgomery