Waterfront Private Residence Wedding, York, Maine | Dana and Dan

Al fresco dining in the summer in Maine by the water with 30 of your closest friends? Yes, please! That was just the culmination of Dana and Dan’s wedding celebration weekend, which began with a rehearsal dinner at the newly opened, Walkers Maine, in York. For Dana and Dan, this was a journey to Maine from the midwest with their core group of close friends and family. You know the ones I’m talking about. The people you can always count on to have your back. The people who are always there for you. The people who walk through life with you. In today’s vocabularly, those people are known as your tribe. For Dana and Dan, the most important people in their tribe were the four beautiful kids that they shared between them. Having the approval, support, and participation of their kids, meant everything to these two loving people. As a photographer, I love second chances as much as I love seeing couples getting married for their first time. Why do I love second chances so much? Because you are a little wiser. You appreciate it a little more. You understand yourself a little better than you did before.

For Dana and Dan, their second chance couldn’t have been better. The afternoon began with Dan and the guys enjoying drinks and the view at the oceanfront resort, The Cliffhouse, in Ogunquit, Maine, while Dana and the girls got ready at the private residence in York they had rented on the water. A bagpiper lead off the start of the ceremony and played at its end, as Dana and Dan shared an embrace with their children, a new family of six. Music on the porch was provided by DJ Jon, while cocktails and appetizers were served on the lawn. Walkers Maine catered the family style al fresco meal, which was enjoyed over great wine, much laughter, and spontaneous toasts from friends and family, spoken from the heart. 

When I first met Dana and Dan and their kids at the rehearsal dinner, we were strangers, meeting for the first time. By the time I left the party the following night, we had made a connection. I was more than just a photographer they hired to check off a to-do list. They knew I “got” them and their group of friends. As I walked back to my car under the starry summer sky, I couldn’t help but think to myself, “this is why I do what I do. It’s for people like them.”

 To Dana and Dan, thank you for allowing me to witness and share in your marriage celebration in Maine. We wish you many happy years.

xoxo

Leigh

Photographer: Leigh Doran of Nadra PhotographyVenue: Private Residence, York, Maine | Catering: Walkers Maine| Florals: Minka Fine FlowersHair & Makeup: Esse Studio, York, Maine |Entertainment: DJ Jon Officiant: Julie Draper, York, Maine| Rentals: Savvy Event Rental, Biddeford, Maine