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I focus on lifestyle sessions that capture families, couples, and high school seniors. My first love will always be engagements, bridals, and weddings. I've previously spent time photographing in Dallas and Chicago, and currently call the San Francisco Bay Area my home.

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November 9, 2010 in Wedding

Would you believe that this post is full of photos I agonized over in an attempt to narrow things down? This wedding was bursting with details, but due to an upcoming feature on Southern Weddings Blog I decided to let the editors over there take care of showcasing the details and I would instead focus on narrowing things down to my favorite shots from the weekend. This wedding took place on and around an island in Maine, called Isle of Springs, and Kate and Cormac worked hard to pack it full of events that would create a memorable weekend for their guests. I posted a SOOC teaser the weekend of the wedding, and another one with a gorgeous board showcasing some of the details that really set their wedding apart from others I’ve attended, and I wanted to do yet another, longer, post to showcase the photos that really make me smile when I look through their proofing catalog.

These two really have something special.

Wiffle ball got a little competitive with a baseball-playing groom (and several groomsmen too!)

Bunting was everywhere. This was a lucky shot, with a relative leaning out to wave at a friend at just the right moment.

On the right you see the father of the bride. I was giddy when he showed up to the rehearsal dinner looking like I stepped straight out of a sailing magazine! They just don’t dress like this back home on the farm.

Kate’s dad gathered everyone around and presented her a book of all of the drawings she had given him as a child. Through the years he had collected them, dated them, and written a little note explaining what it was supposed to be if it wasn’t obvious. Then arranged them in chronological order. I’m tearing up a little as a type this because it’s such a thoughtful, personal gift for a father to present to his daughter.

I did not take this picture! When I learned the groom would be showering outside on his wedding day I handed my camera over to a groomsmen (it might have been Chip, thanks Chip!) and asked him to please take a picture for me, and not to pull any funny business and give me back something x-rated. Cormac was very good natured about the whole thing.

These are the kind of family pictures I want to give back! With real emotion and no forced smiles. I guess having beautiful homes in the background doesn’t hurt either.

The attire for the guys worked so well for an island wedding.

And no socks!

Kate waving her arms in the air like a plea for help, with her sisters assisting.

Technically imperfect? Certainly. But the emotion here just kills me. I love this family so much.

Beaming, blushing, beautiful bride.

Kate’s sister, Emily, posted on her blog about how important relaxed and natural family portraits were, and so I really pushed myself hard to come up with family portraits that would help them feel like they were looking at photos of themselves as they actually are.

The irony here made me laugh. I think dad wanted to take his underwear down when I said I wanted to pose next to the yellow bikini but I said we should leave it up. I like how it juxtaposes the formality of a wedding with the casualness of spending time on the island.

What gorgeous ladies! They most certainly outshine the men. Sorry guys.

The ceremony arch was made of driftwood collected on the beach. Bunting lining the aisles not only looked cute, it kept people from crouching or standing in the aisle when I was trying to take pictures so I doubly appreciated it!

Someone suggested that we take pictures on this porch (everyone on the island known everyone else, so we were free to go where we pleased), but the light really wasn’t that great. As we were walking away a cloud covered the sun in the perfect way, helping me create my favorite portraits of the bridal party (if only Chip wasn’t looking so grumpy in the background in the one on the left…)

Credit for the picture on the right goes to Meredith, my beyond fabulous second-shooter for this wedding. I’m quite sad that we don’t live closer together because I would love to collaborate with her in the future. Her work is just stunning.

Most certainly THAT SHOT for me (those shots?), I think Kate looks so graceful and straight out of a fairy tale as she floats into Cormac’s arms. I know I’m getting cheesy, but you kind of agree, right?

Beach pictures! I took my shoes off and worked barefoot, that’s how excited I was to be near the sand.

I don’t have many pictures of me at work, so a big thank you to Meredith for taking this for me! It must have been a really good pictures because I’m smiling with excitement.

A few details.

Stripey straws!

Sliders!

(Ribbon drink stirrer which I used as a skewer can be found here.)

The cake buffet! Oh my how I loved this cake buffet.

(Cake flags found here.)

They had a swing set up off to the side (as well as lawn games), and I asked Kate to swing back and forth for me while I got right up in her face trying to take pictures. This caused her to kick me in the gut, which made both of us laugh. I certainly had it coming! Worth it for the picture though, right?

Chip again (I swear I don’t have a Chip bias). He really rocked the tent with his toast.

After the reception I had a short break, and then we loaded up on a ferry and sailed around the island. I imagine it’s nothing new, but I thought putting the life jackets on the ceiling was absolutely brilliant.

This is Emily, she is the one suggested me to Kate and Cormac and I owe her a great big thank you for that. She is one of the big guns at Southern Weddings and I confess I felt a bit  like I was meeting a celebrity when I hugged her for the first time. She knows, and has worked with, a lot of really phenomenal photographers and I’m incredibly honored that she would recommend my services for her own sister’s wedding. Thank you Emily!

Kate and Cormac,

I’ve told you several times how much I love you, loved your family and friends, and loved your wedding. I can understand why you put in so much work to make your northeastern island wedding a reality. I think it was worth it.

Come to Chicago soon, okay? I want to see you again.

Best,

Jenna

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comments (11)
  • Kate says:

    I am SO excited to see this go up. I’m glad people can finally see the amazing work you and Meredith did!

    P.S. I may be in Chicago on Dec. 20th… :)

    (November 9, 2010 at 11:26 pm)
  • Beautiful people, beautiful wedding, beautiful photos! Oh, how I wish I could have been there!!

    (November 9, 2010 at 11:35 pm)
  • Beth Ayer says:

    Jenna – They are all so beautiful. You really captured the spirit of the day and it all comes back so clearly! Can’t hardly decide which one (ones) are my favorite (favorites). You know if you ever get back to Maine, we hope you’ll be looking for us! Or if we get to Chicago, we’ll be looking for you!!

    (November 9, 2010 at 11:44 pm)
  • Gorgeous pictures, Jenna! And this is totally random but the images of the bridal party on the porch steps remind me so much of “Dan in Real Life,” one of my all-time favorite movies!

    (November 10, 2010 at 1:00 am)
  • Oh Jenna, this post is perfect!! I may know some of the “big guns,” but I can’t think of anyone who Kate and Cormac would have enjoyed having document their big day more. I can’t wait to showcase all of this on SW!! Thank you, again, for doing such a beautiful job.

    (November 10, 2010 at 3:11 am)
  • Anna says:

    On the day of this wedding I told Kate that I had been looking forward to this wedding for months because I knew it was going to be so cute and fun. Jenna – your pictures are proof of how right I really was! Fantastic!

    (November 10, 2010 at 3:38 am)
  • Alyssa says:

    What a beautiful wedding and such incredible photos to capture the memories!

    (November 10, 2010 at 4:14 am)
  • Congrats on the upcoming feature, Jenna! That’s super exciting.

    (November 10, 2010 at 2:41 pm)
  • Rebecca says:

    Jenna, these pictures are so gorgeous. (Also, I just wrote “you really captured the spirit of the weekend” and then realized that my comment was pretty much duplicating Beth’s!) Anyway, I love them all, even the pics documenting the shenanigans of the groomsmen. :)

    (November 10, 2010 at 4:37 pm)
  • Peggy Aker says:

    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful wedding on such a magical island. Although I coudn’t attend, the pictures make me feel as if I was there. Simply gorgeous!

    (November 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm)
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    (December 10, 2010 at 8:16 pm)
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