Portland, ME Wedding Photographer :: Alan & Heather :: Linda Barry Photography

Late last fall, I had an engagement session with one of my 2013 couples! We did the session at Wallingfords in Auburn, and we had such a great time 🙂 It was the perfect weather for a photo session, and these two just absolutely rocked it! Keeping this one short and sweet so we can get to the good stuff – the photos!!

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These two helped out so much! Not only were they live entertainment, they were also excellent sun blockers!!

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Look.at.this.ring. GORGEOUS!

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Love me some sun flare!

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Heather & Alan, you two are so beautiful, and I’m so happy you’ve trusted me with your big day! I can’t wait to capture all the special moments on your big day!!

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Portland Wedding Photographer :: Alyssa & Brad :: Linda Barry Photography

Alyssa and Brad are the first people I’ve ever taken photos of! That was in September of 2011! It’s truly amazing to see how much I’ve grown since then! I’m so happy I am able to be their wedding photographer and that our session worked out as well as it did! There was a blizzard warning in effect for Sunday, and we still went out to the UMaine campus in Orono to get some photos done! The snow was coming down really hard, and I was hoping that we would’ve been able to have the soft fluffy snowfall from the day before. We weren’t that lucky. Just on the short walk from our cars to the area by the library, we decided it WAY too cold to do them outside! The warmth coming from the windows of the library was all the convincing we needed to go and do them inside! It was my first time doing photos in a library, and these two absolutely rocked it! Take a look at this beautiful couple 🙂

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Her ring is so beautiful! I love how curvy it is.
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Does she not have the prettiest smile?!Portland Wedding Photographer

AND the best outfit! These two look so adorable!
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Isn’t “marry” such a funny word? When I was taking this photo, I was telling Alyssa & Brad that I thought “marry” is one of those words that just looks incredibly weird after you look at it long enough, haha. Portland ME Wedding Photographer

You can never have too many ring photos!!

Alyssa and Brad, thank you so much for braving the weather for your engagement session! I had such a blast, and I simply cannot wait for your wedding in October! It will be just as beautiful as the two of you.

❤ Linda

Portland ME Wedding Photographer ; Tips for your wedding day ; Linda Barry Photography

I was a bride once. I get it! Planning a wedding can be super stressful, and you want everything to be absolutely perfect! I had no idea how to plan a wedding, and no idea how I was going to get everything done in just three months. Here is what I did know – I wanted beautiful photographs that would capture every moment of my day.

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My wedding photos are easily one of my most prized possessions! This photo ^^ right there, is a photo of me getting ready on my wedding day. My photographer (I’ll actually be teaming up with her this year for weddings!) did a phenomenal job during our wedding, and I often look back at them and get all emotional, haha. I made sure that on my wedding day there was enough time to get photos of each part of the day.

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Your wedding photographs are going to tell the story of your day, and even just a year later when the details are fuzzy, your photos are going to take you back and make your day come alive again. If wedding photographs are important to you, and you want gorgeous photos like you see when you’re searching for wedding ideas on Pinterest, it’s really important that you allow enough time  to do so!

Here are some tips to keep in mind when you’re planning out your wedding day:

Where are you getting ready?

I cannot encourage you enough to get ready with your ladies (and the groom and the groomsmen) in a room that has a lot of natural light! The more windows, the better! Indoor lighting can be really icky, and natural light just adds so much to a photo! I think it highlights all the smiles, tears, nerves, and emotions that come with getting ready to say “I do!” Do you want photos of the groom and groomsmen getting ready? Are there any first looks taking place with family members here?

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Do you want a first look?

A first look is when I arrange a very private, intimate, time for the bride and groom to see each other for the first time before the wedding. The emotions are incredible, and we can get started with the bride and groom photos before the ceremony, as well as all the bridal party photos! I can say with confidence, that this does not take away from the “first look” during the ceremony. If you do not want a first lookthat is OKAY!!! This is YOUR day and it’s important that you get what you want out of it! Don’t let any photographer bully you into doing a first look for the sake of time, because being happy is what is most important on your wedding day. But really, think about it. After all, this day is about the two of you, and in just a year or two, you’re going to want to see those photos of you two more than any other photos.

How much time have you set aside for the formal photos after the ceremony?

It’s really important that you set aside an hour after the ceremony for the formal portraits of the families and bridal party. The most important part of this hour is the time we get to spend capturing the snuggles, kisses, and excitement between the two of you as a newly married couple. Again, if you want those gorgeous, intimate, love photos that you see when you’re surfing on the internet, it’s important that you set aside some time!

What is most important to you?

What are the most important things that you want to get out of your wedding day? Is it the photos? Time with your family?

I know there is a lot more to think about when it comes to planning a wedding, especially with thinking about all the things you need to do for THE day, but these are just some pointers to get you started and headed in a good direction!

For all the brides that I take care of, we set up a consultation meeting about two weeks to a month before your wedding that really gets into the details about what is important for you on your day. We set up a schedule for the day based on your needs and priorities (and make sure we know when everything is happening, and where it all goes down!), that way we get everything you want on one of the biggest days of your life! You are in good hands when you book with me 🙂

Portland, ME Wedding Photographer ; Megan & Eric Become Mr. & Mrs. ; Linda Barry Photography

At the end of January, I had the absolute pleasure of second shooting with a photographer who I’ve been working with on various things over the past year or so. Unfortunately, this was her last wedding that she’ll be shooting at 😦

I went to high school with Megan and Eric, although we were in different grade (thus, different worlds), so shooting at this wedding definitely felt like a reunion 🙂 Their winter wedding was simply stunning! The centerpieces were gorgeous, the cupcakes and cakes were beautiful, and the whole set up was just very intimate and romantic – especially with a fire going in the fireplace! Megan and Eric got married at Bangor Baptist Church, and had their reception at the Bangor Motor Inn Banquet & Conference Center.

Well, let’s get to the good stuff – the photos!

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The cupcakes were courtesy of Cupcakes by Taylor

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Such a beautiful dress!

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I LOVED the lace and buttons!

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It’s not a wedding without some ring shots!

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Tiara or no tiara? That IS the question!

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Love this moment 🙂

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I’m an absolute sucker for sunsets!

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These two boys were absolutely adorable! It was so much fun watching them run around!

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He reminds me of my nephew so much!

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Her speech was so incredibly funny!

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Megan & Eric, I wish you many many years of happiness and love! Congratulations!!