For a few years now Stephanie and I have been trying to find a Maine Mountain Wedding to capture up in the Sunday River area. The place in particular that we discovered and wanted to shoot at was called Ski Esta in Newry, Maine. This magnificent destination is tucked away on a hillside opposite the Sunday River ski resort. It is gorgeous to say the least and offers its wedding couples a handful of options for ceremony locations. If a couple wants an autumn wedding during peak season...Ski Esta should be a serious consideration.
When we were approached by Matt and Jess to shoot their wedding we were more than excited about the opportunity. We have had the pleasure of doing a few photo shoots for their family as Matt and Jess grew closer. We were even asked to do a newborn shoot when their baby girl arrived. Matt and Jess are exactly the kind of couple we hope to become lifelong photographers with. We enjoy the love we see with their family and we at DNA Photography get excited every time we get a call from them to do another shoot. It is not about the booking or the money...it is about seeing their family mature into something stronger.
When they approached us to capture their wedding we were delighted...when they told us it was at Ski Esta...we were ecstatic! This couple was different than a lot of the couples out there. The sent us invitations and wanted us to stay up at Ski Esta for the entire weekend with them. They were very concerned and wanted to make sure that we were going to take off our photographer hats at some point and truly enjoy their festivities.
As we drove up to the Sunday River area the sky was grey and it looked like Mother Nature was not going to give us blue skies! Yet despite the weather, the couple stayed strong and we help rearrange their ceremony to take place under the massive deck of this venue. It was a tight fit but their friends and family made it work and they were still able to have the awesome autumn colors as their backdrop.
There were several times throughout the wedding when Matt and Jess had their three children incorporated into the day. Jess got ready with her two girls by her side and Matt had some solid one on one time with their boy wonder. They also allowed the kids to join in with them at the end of their first dance. Every family has their obstacles and this crew seems to make it work despite the challenges that cross their path.
It was a beautiful wedding and we believe we were able to capture the fun and love that this entire network has together. Congratulations Matt and Jess and again thank you so much for allowing us to be part of your wedding bliss. Now here is our largest wedding teaser to date with more than 120 moments from their October 22nd wedding! We hope you enjoy!
Wedding and Reception Venue: Ski Esta
Hair & Make-up: Allure
Photography: DNA Photography
Flowers: Jessica Morin
DJ: Thomas Doucette
Cake: Front Porch Bakery
Caterer: DaVinci's Eatery