Sometimes the world conspires to bring you to those that you’re destined to walk the earth with like it did for Jodie + Ian. Although these two grew up living mere hours away from one another in Maine, it wasn’t until they both moved to Tennessee that they met and fell in love. And while the two of them desired to bring together a party on the grounds of the beautiful William Allen Farm, they wanted to do the celebration their way and to honor the things that are closest to their hearts. So even though they sometimes would talk to me about wondering if doing or not doing various typical traditions would be too odd (to which I said what I always do, “do what makes your hearts happy, not what you think you should do”) they put their concerns off to the side and went with their gut – and it was so wonderful that they did!
And I must say that Ian and his father’s handmade (by his father!) kilt, coat, socks, and all was not only beautiful, it was unique and incredibly well made. I knew beforehand that his father was going to be creating his wedding attire but I had absolutely no clue how stunning it would be. Everything but their button up shirts were made by his dad and it all was expertly sewn and designed – absolutely incredible! Ian rocked out his gear all night, even late into the evening when the viking helmets came out for the party which topped the suit off perfectly :)
Jodie’s attention to detail from the unique table crests where guests were to find their “clan”, to each piece of dinnerware that was sourced over the year so every table had a unique and beautiful setting made the day feel even more cozy and reflective of these two. And instead of the traditional father daughter dance, Jodie and her dad did an impromptu dance during the middle of the festivities to Stevie Wonder where they swung each other around and had the biggest smiles on their faces as they celebrated.
From a friend who sang special songs written specifically for them and then another friend who sings for the opera in Knoxville whose voice guided Jodie and her father down the aisle to meet her husband – it was all so loving, so personalized and so exactly what I love about photographing a wedding. Making the day fine tuned to what you hold near and dear to you is what the day is truly all about, so when couples decide to alter what is “supposed” to be done for what makes them happy as a couple, I couldn’t be more pleased.
And then Juno their pup was part of the day too! Oh, she’s the sweetest, softest little girl who was so excited to walk them back up the aisle after they officially said I do! She stayed for the party into the evening too and I couldn’t get enough of this sweet little girl and the love her mom and dad clearly have for her!
It was a wonderful day to be a part of and it featured some of my favorite people to work alongside so it was a great way to spend a warm, late fall Saturday!
Jodie, Ian + Juno, I wish you all the best and I’m so happy we all FINALLY got to meet! You’re a wonderful family and your day was most perfectly you!
Ceremony + Reception: William Allen Farm
William Allen Farm Maine Wedding Photographers: I AM SARAH V Photography (Oscar was my second)
Coordinator: LuLu & Co
Catering: 111 Maine (amazing people and incredible food!)
DJ: Jeff from Rethink the DJ (Jeff is a favorite of mine!)
Wedding Gown: Wedding Wonderland in Knoxville, TN
Cake: 111 Maine
Florist: LuLu & Co
Groom’s Suit + Kilt: His father made it all!
Hair: Sheer Bliss Salon
Maine & New Hampshire wedding photographers, I AM SARAH V Photography, photographs events for wildly in love couples seeking a NH & Maine wedding photographer with a photojournalism & cinematic approach. You can see more of my work online at www.iamsarahv.com or on Facebook. I photograph many locations including being a William Allen Farm Maine wedding photographer in Pownal Maine. If you’d like to contact me directly, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org