Yesterday was such a treat for me! Of course the biggest reason was because Cierra and Jason have been so wonderful to work with this entire time, but also I was only 15 minutes down the road from my house! It is SO rare that I have the opportunity to work less than a three hour commute from home!
The day started out with the most perfect weather forecast. It was nothing but blue skies and temps in the high 70s. I arrived at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Houlton, and was immediately greeted by Jason and Rev. Kent R. Ouellette. Rev. Kent R. Ouellette was so kind and helpful! He took me around the church showing the best areas for photos and he didn't have super strict rules for me, which I appreciated so much. I never want to be disrespectful of a church's rules, and I never would be, but sometimes they sure do make my job tough. That definitely was not the case this time, though.
Cierra arrived not long after I did and right away I got to work photographing her details. This little portion of the day went SO fast! I feel like I blinked and it was time for her to walk down the aisle. She walked down the aisle towards Jason with her mom and grandmom beside her, all three of them beaming with excitement. Jason and Cierra's ceremony was lovely, and about thirty minutes after it began they were husband and wife. I heard Jason proudly proclaim, " I got married today!" several times following the ceremony and it was so sweet!
After the ceremony we took a ride to a lupine field in Monticello for some portraits. Cierra really wanted photos with Lupines, so I am forever grateful they were beautifully in bloom on her wedding day. As we started walking through the field toward the large group of lupines I heard, "oh no, look at all the honey bees!" It appears they swarm to lupines, probably equally as excited about their blooms as Cierra was. Guys... immediately panic set in, because I am allergic to bees. I said a quick prayer, notified the bridal party of my allergy "just in case", and worked as quickly and cautiously as I could. Thankfully everything turned out great! Cierra was able to get her Lupine photos and I was able to stay out of the hospital. A win win if you ask me!
Following the Lupine field we headed over to Wilderness Pines Campground for the rest of the wedding day festivities. With only a few formalities left for the evening, there really wasn't much left for them to do but eat, drink, and dance the night away :)
Congratulations. Cierra and Jason!!!
Here are few of my favorites from their day: