This gorgeous wedding took place last July (yes, I am the worst at keeping up with my blog!)
on Deer Isle one of the prettiest spots in Maine I have ever seen. How beautiful it was doesn't compare to the relationship and love story between Emma & Sam and all the special people they invited to witness them join their lives as one on this special day.
I am just going to let the photos speak for themselves, to tell their story. ....
I wish you all happiness as you navigate through life together, God bless your marriage!
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!
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.