Madison, originally from Tennessee and Travis from Central Maine. Their wedding took place in Dedham, Maine. They have a unique love story and a little piece of it is shared below with Madison's own words.
Travis and I were married on April 29, 2017. Our love story is unique because years ago, we were both hopeless heroin addicts. When we were saved by God's grace, all we knew is we desired to be free from drugs and we wanted to serve the Lord in ministry. I love how our Lord always does exceedingly, abundantly above all we could ever think or imagine. He brought us together after a season of serving Him wholeheartedly and remaining in His Word. We both completed two years of the Calvary Chapel residential discipleship programs in Bangor, Maine and both stayed to serve in the School of Ministry for an extra year as well.
In preparation for the wedding day, we visited our venue and I had a moment alone outside overlooking the aisle I would be walking down. I had a flashback to the broken, abused, addicted girl I use to be.. I was looking out of a window hopelessly and thinking the thought I use to think every day.. "I'll never get out of here." At that moment, Psalm 18:16-19 came to my mind.
"He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters... He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me."
It brought tears to my eyes both then, and on our wedding day to think God so loved us both to not only create and die for us, but bring us both together in freedom and love. I am amazed He allows us to serve Him and be a light to the world, an example of His love for His church.
The Lord has given me to such an amazing man. Not only is he an amazing pastor and shepherd to the church we serve in ministry at here in Hawaii, Travis is an amazing leader and shepherd in our home and family.
They went with a true to Maine woodsy organic theme with decor which went perfectly with the log cabin feel of the venue. They chose to do their first look on a beautiful mountain in Dedham with one of the best views in Maine. This was a true celebration, simple in style --big in heart with friends and family from far and near to gather together before the couple made a big move to Hawaii where they are now giving their lives to help others.
Venue and catering: Peakes Hill Lodge Dedham, ME
Cake: Tina’s Confection Perfection Glenburn, ME
Hair and Makeup: Kim Veillieux Jaqueline Wortmon
Dress: David’s Bridal JEWEL line
Flowers and Decor: DIY
Formal Portraits and Honeymoon suite: Lucerne Inn, Dedham
I am so grateful that Aura was available to capture the valuable moments on our wedding day. She was so present, and though she did a great job of being invisible, she felt like a part of the family by the end of the night. She smiled when we smiled, enjoyed the good times and even helped calm my nerves when I was anxious, giving me great encouragement.
Not only do we now have pictures of the special ceremony that took place, but also great action shots to capture our loved ones enjoying our day. The pictures that were taken are really a treasure to my heart and they tell a beautiful story of our special day.
We will have these amazing photos to look back on and be ornaments in our home for years to come!
This season of life goes so fast!
The days are long though.
We are tired,
and life is crazy busy as it is no longer our own,
there are so many little things to be done each day.
We can easily forget that there is beauty and joy there in the everyday.
They change so quickly from babies to toddlers to mini adults.
I love to capture life as it is, there are so many memories to be had here.
I am realizing how much I miss everyday just because I am simply busy doing life with my kids.
It blesses me to be able to help other moms capture that and see how special their family really is.
I just finished the gallery for this in-home newborn session to capture just that....
a typical summer morning while dad was working.
April just flew by, Its still cold and were still making wood fires at night but spring is here and we are so glad to not e cooped up. Here are some photos from my attempt to take a picture everyday for my year-in-pictures project for my family.
Our sauerkraut finished fermenting and is so good! I've eaten it almost everyday since.
These two made a mini meal completely cooked with mini pans on the wood stove, used mini tea set and ate with tiny toothpicks.
Coltsfoot, my favorite spring flower because its the first to appear... while everything is still brown these pretty little yellow sunshines appear!
Baby rabbits were born this beginning of this month!
I love to see this! Big sister helping little brother to ride his bike!
What did they catch?!!
The most fun these two have had on the trampoline in a long time!
We celebrated Dada's birthday this month...
I love when the bikes come out,
....especially loved spending some time learning how to make a panning photo of one of my favorite subjects for fun.
It was tricky!
For Easter this year we did a passover meal with our homeschool group and prepared homemade Matzah, it was so good!
And the best lamb I've ever roasted and tasted on Easter Sunday!
Our baby rabbits have grown so much since the beginning of the month.
And last but not least, Wonderful Husband built this pergola for me the end of the month so I can grow grapes.
May is now here, as spring really comes to Maine, let the planting begin.
What are your favorite spring activities?
The past two weeks have been rough with the exception of the first part of the week of the 20th. We had good half week of school; we started a batch of saurekraut, spent time outside, rekindled the love of chess, even did a still life art class. At that point they all began dropping like flies one at a time. There has been this 5 day fever going around, not sure if thats what you would call it but it's been consistently 5 days for each member of my family. I have served up many rounds of chicken soup these last few weeks. We are STILL going through it, with my littlest!! I am praying it passes over me, still haven't got it. We'll see.
So there wasn't much to take pictures of being cooped up in this house. Poor kids have to have a camera in their face all the time, let alone when they are sick. I have had to learn to become very stealthy... For instance; The art class photo (3rd one down), was me holding the camera at waste level, talking to them, acting like I'm not up to anything. I accidentally got my daughter's head stuck in the chimney of the oil lamp, but oh well. I think its bizarrely funny.
I am worn out and keeping track of which days go with which number on this 365 day thing is annoying. I've decided to change the the way I do this, I will still do my best to take a photo every day, but instead of worrying about days, I 'm going to worry about weeks and months, maybe I'll post every 2 weeks maybe once a month we'll see.
Today we went for a walk in the woods there is still over 2 feet of snow in some places, its supposed to snow tomorrow. I know that Spring is coming eventually and we will all feel better soon, hopefully sooner than later. Tomorrow we get to check on our sauerkraut to see if it is ready, I sure hope so!
It was so nice to get to know these two and spend some time with them for their Storytelling Engagement photos. I love capturing people in environments that they go to often, where they are the most comfortable, without the pressure of having to pose... with genuine emotion, telling the story of relationships.
These two enjoy spending time at the local natural food store, Whole Life Market. They have spent a lot of time at Bad Little falls where Cody plays music during the summer festivals, we spent some time at both places for photos. We made a quick stop to get a few photos on their front porch where he proposed to Angleana on Christmas and finally to Roque Bluffs, where they will be married this summer,
What a special couple they are, I am so glad that these photos will not only hold meaning because they represent their engagement, they also will be a reminder of some places that hold some very special memories for them together.
They will have a beautful July wedding. Congratulations you two!
These two are a joy, they are a fun silly- in-love couple. They have a wonderful story full of love and redemption. I wanted to really tell who they are as a couple in their pictures. I was inspired with the idea to go on a mini date. We talked ahead of time to find out what was special and important to them; what they like to do as a couple, some special places they liked to go. We spent some time at Bagel Central, where they often frequent and around Downtown Bangor. We spent some time visiting so we could get to know one another a little, I mostly just let them be themselves as I observed and took photos, we took some time here and there to get some nice relaxed posed photos as well.
I enjoyed this so much I decided to start offering it as a new session; Storytelling Engagement Sessions are one of my favorites to do now, I love capturing genuine emotion, it enabled them to relax and just enjoy the time together, I know they can look back on their photos years from now and truly cherish them.
Congratulations you two, it was a blessing to spend this time with you and get to know you more, I'm looking forward to your wedding next month!!
Its been a month, I really have enjoyed this project of the attempt of taking a picture everyday for the year. You will see I haven't done it very consistently the last month, I have missed days at a time and even a whole week. I am however still glad I challenged myself to do this, I have still be picking up my camera up for my family much more than I have had the last few years. By challenging myself, I have able to preserve some great memories.
I think our month has focused a lot around food. I have been enjoying cooking a lot this month and I love so much when our family comes together around a meal, whether to make it or to eat it. We have a lot of fun, I hope this post doesn't make you too hungry !
We love having a big meal on the weekend together after daddy has worked so hard all week.
I cant get over the fact that i have a little mini me, she's my partner through and through!
Irish soda bread is a very important tradition in our home, as I made my first loaf when I was engaged to my husband. It was a present for him, we were living in different states, I went to visit on St Patricks Day, I'm not Irish but wanted to impress my very zealous Irishman, when it was time for me to return home I left him a loaf of Irish soda bread to enjoy. I try to make it every year, I have changed the recipe a little; when I can't get currents, I use chopped dates instead. Also I now make a Downeast version for my children who dont care for dates, but prefer blueberries instead.
I hope to be able to continue this little personal challenge the hardest part is taking time to organize and share the photos, but it also keeps me going and forces me to organize them all. Spring is on its way, and we will be even more busy with gardening and canning, and finishing up homeschooling....never mind weddings! looking forward to a lot of wedding this year!
With an amazingly special ceremony and fun family oriented time full of rejoicing and love. Its always a delight to meet new couples, hear their love story and then be there to preserve the memories for one of the most important days of their lives. These two's passion for God and each other is inspiring... I run out of words, it is my I hope the photos will speak for themselves.
Melissa shared with me some words about how special it was to be married in the church her husband grew up in and she is now a part of;
"Our favorite part of the marriage was definitely the ceremony. It was special because my husband grew up at the church and was personally trained by Pastor Ken who got to watch him grow up, and then marry us! I loved how glorifying it was to the Lord, and how much of the work of Christ in our lives was brought to center stage. It made all of the waiting worth it."
For their couples portraits they choose to go back to the very place he proposed on the night they got engaged, this made them so very extra special!
God bless your marriage! You two have a life time of joy ahead of you!
"Aura was a great choice to be my wedding photographer! Shes definitely not afraid of the cold or to climb on top of things! She was very good at just going with the flow of things and getting action shots. I loved how natural it was. Since my wedding was at night and we were taking the pictures at night, I thought this would be a problem especially since we wanted pictures outside, but she personally brought all of the right equipment to make that work for me, which I am very thankful for! the pictures came out great, and I love the online gallery and all of the options there are. So blessed by her service!" ~Melissa
My personal project of taking a picture every day for a year is going well, this last week ai missed a few days but thats okay It was bound to happen. These last two weeks we got more snowfall combined than any previous winter we can remember, we are up to our necks in snow and we are waiting for spring. Lots of Homeschooling and snow playing with a birthday and a Valentines Day party these pass two weeks.
She is the bunny whisperer and he loves his "mommy."
We like big breakfasts and reading aloud stories theres a lot of that around here.
I little green to break up all of the white... I need lots of color in winter.
Nachos and Valentine card making chaos!
My rabbit lover girl made such a creative box for her Valentines! We had a super fun party with all of our homeschooling buddies! Its always so fun to get together and see what everyone comes up with.
I love the full moon in the winter. I had to go out and see If I could capture the light and shadows on the snow. This was handheld with my ISO's at 5000, f2.8, 1/5. It took a few tries, not too many came out, focusing was hard, but I got this little gem; a fun little latenight adventure. This was not quite the 42nd day as it was before midnight but who's keeping track anyway?!
My Baby turned 14! we had a big breakfast instead of our usual big dinner since it was on a Monday and was a snow day that day.
My boys are becoming men this year as they shovel and bring in wood all the time, its so great to witness.
So much snow!!!
Have a nice next few weeksas we get closer to March and closer to spring!
Yay, I made it a whole month! What is that about if you do something for 28 days it becomes a habit? Well I still have to purposely pick up my camera everyday, but it is getting easier to remember to do so. Trying to make it interesting from one day to the next is the challenge!
Big sister helping little sister finish her nature house project with a miniature brick path.
I set up the camera to take a self portrait of motherhood...a daily occurrence me reading to the kids, we are currently reading the Green Ember, a nice engaging rabbit adventure story.
Our Birthday Girl! I am naughty and forgot candles...good thing I had two random "8" candles found in the junk drawer...perfect 8x2 =16
When a friend comes to visit it is always a great opportunity to introduce them to our bunnies.
This was exciting! We were expecting this for her for Christmas, she was so happy to receive an autographed record from her favorite band.
These nectarines were so beautiful, I have never seen any citrus fruit with leaves in the grocery store, I was amazed but the contrast of colors and had to buy them. After I brought them home, I just wanted to stare at them, not letting anyone eat them for a few days so I could enjoy them.
A great by product of our citrus fruits, peel candy. The color was lovely in the morning light.
And last but not least, The daily chore of bringing in the wood....
Heres to another week of chores ahead of us :).
Aura Moore has a passion for telling stories through photography and loves capturing real emotion in the moments of life, the special special and the mundane...memories to last a lifetime.