2 years ago Jessica reached out to me to photographer her fall wedding, she mentioned she was the sister of Sarah (who was a colleague of mine at Cape Elizabeth Schools as the PE teacher) from that moment I knew we were a perfect fit. Jess also told me the connection of her main squeeze Conor who was the son of my old boss. I love when photography collides with my personal life becuase it is an advantage when you know people at the wedding esp. key players.
We had fun sending emails about their location, details, and their engagement photos, until one day I had a message from Jessica telling me they had to post pone her wedding due to breast cancer diagnosis. We soon became virtual friends, some passed pen pal notes and I began to follow her heroic and positive journey through her social media. As time passed their plans for a 2017 wedding started happening, everything stayed the same same weekend, same location and thankfully same photographer 🙂 .
Guys… this woman fought a heroic battle. Jess became the top fund raiser for Tri for a cure in memory of her mother who recently passed away. Watching this woman stand up to cancer and all of her families hardships the one thing I noticed was the calm and loving pretense of Conor always supporting her with a watchful eye. This is love, in sickness and in health.
Needless to say their wedding day was bigger than marriage it was a joining of two families who were meant to be together as one, it was a day of celebrating life, and memory for loved ones who passed. Every detail in their wedding had meaning and thought behind it. The day was a beautiful foggy autumn day in Maine and couldn’t of been more perfect for this lovely couple. We even got to debut our second camper Ricky with a pink backdrop to add to their day guests were lining up to get their pic snapped in there. This wedding had a few tears, but it was overwhelmingly out numbered by smiles and laughs.
Thank you so much for asking me to capture your day.
Love & Joy
What was your favorite moment/ memory of your wedding day?There were so many! The photo booth was so much fun but my favorite moment was when we were swept away to the bright red tree right after the ceremony. Having that time together in the field alone with the fog rolling in felt like a magical fairy tale. It also provided us with a few private moments to share together to take everything in.
How did you guys meet?We knew of each other growing up as we went to the same school. I actually had Conor’s father as my 7th grade math teacher! We met later in life through mutual friends who secretly arranged a get together to set us up.
Any word of advice/ wisdom for couples?Marry someone who will shave your head, give you shots and medicine, cook for you when you are weak, take care of you through surgeries, comfort you through loss, and managed to make you feel more beautiful every day.
If you could redo 1 thing what would it be?To have met Conor earlier in life.
Engagement Story?We went for a run on Scarborough Beach the day after Christmas and he proposed when we finished.. He wore this purple 80’s wind breaker which I thought was so odd. Little did I know it was because it had a huge pocket to carry the ring during the run.
Favorite part of wedding planning? Most stressful part of wedding planning?I loved every moment of planning my wedding and including things that were meaningful. Every time I got stressed I would step back and remember how lucky I was to just be alive to plan it.
Any other fun details you want to share?Include things in your wedding that are special and unique to you as a couple.
Are you going on a honeymoon? If so tell us!!! It gives couples ideas on where to go!After the year we have had we are planning two honeymoons. One in the US and one abroad. We also took two days at the lodge to unwind, open gifts and reminisce.
Each of you tell me your favorite thing about one another and your biggest pet peeve of one another 🙂Conor-favorite thing? There are too many! Jess-how Conor can make us all laugh during the toughest times. We must be in marital bliss because neither of us can think of a pet peeve!.
What was one of your favorite things working with the Maine Tinker?How creative Siobhan is with her pictures and how supportive she has been through my diagnosis. They were like family to us and I just loved having them be a part of our wedding. If they hadn’t been our photographer they would have been a guest!
Venue- The Wentworth Lodge in Cape Elizabeth
Photography : Maine Tinker Photography
Photo Booth: The Maine Photo Camper (Ricky)
Makeup-Makeup by DanaFace
Food/Drinks/Set Up-Kitchen Chicks
Additional Flowers: scattered around the venue were from my great Aunt and Uncle-Audrey and
Lester Jordan (they are well known local farmers and my great aunt recently passed)
Bridal shop-Madeleine’s Daughter
Bridesmaids dresses-by Sorella Vita
Jewelry-necklace for bridesmaids were hand stamped by “Becoming Jewelry” and the bride and junior bridesmaids jewelry was from D.Cole Jewelers (my sister wore my mothers wedding band around her neck and my mothers ring and my niece wore my mothers emeralds in her ears-they were from her wedding band and I made them into studs). My necklace was my mothers diamond from her engagement ring and was my something old. They dime that I kept in my dress was from my sister that she believe she found from my mother and was my something “borrowed.” The handkerchief had a blue “M” for Mary for my something blue.
Dress-by Stella York
Gifts-were handmade ornaments by the bride using treasures found on our beach in honor of my
mother, Mary Lee Jordan
Ties-were from “The Tie Bar”
Signature Cocktail-Irish Mule, in honor of Sean Casey (Conor’s brother)