Lexi & Chris's Summer Wedding in Standish, Maine

While we’re dreaming of warmer days, lets take a look back at Lexi & Chris’s wedding at the beginning of August. The weather… perfect. Just the right amount of warmth. Poofy white clouds dotting a stunning blue sky. Oh, it was amazing. All of their hard work (and that of their family and friends) paid off in spades with a picture perfect wedding at Lexi’s parent’s house in Standish, Maine. The details were spot on in every way. Matching vows cards, hand lettered signs lining the aisle, wildflower seeds for their guests in adorable kraft envelopes, unique centerpieces for each table… they really outdid themselves!

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The "P" Family Portraits in Portland, Maine

Here I am posting the “P” family’s annual session from 2018 just as we’re starting to plan their 2019 session. For this family, they have legitimately been on this ride with me since the very beginning when I first photographed mom and dad as they were anxiously awaiting the arrival of their daughter. And every single time I photograph them, I have a new favorite session.

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The "P" Family Portraits in Waterboro, Maine

Nothing says “love” like time spent with family, right? Surround grandparents with all of their kids and grandkids and you can practically see it radiating around them. Spending the day with the “P” family last fall was the perfect example of that. In fact, they expanded their circle a bit more that day and invited my own family to join in the fun and Alan and Bri came along.

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Michelle & Chris's Spring Wedding at The 1888 Barn

Michelle & Chris’s pretty in pink fairy day has been lurking in the wings here on my blog for a few weeks. But, as I get ready to send along their full gallery to them in the next few days, I knew it was time to relive the day here at last through their sneak peek. And oh my what a day it was! Truth be told, I’ve been looking forward to their wedding for over a year since they first contacted me and even more so since their engagement session last October.

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Lexi and Chris’s Winter Engagement Portraits by Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine

You might not be thrilled that I’m showing you photos that involve snow. In fact, I was hiking Tumbledown Mountain last week and saw a few large swaths still up in those hills. My mind instantly went to Lexi and Chris’s engagement session from this past winter around Sebago Lake here in Standish. We were very lucky to have a relatively mild day when we got together and were able to poke around without being bundled up too much.

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Michelle & Chris's Engagement Portraits at Doles Orchard

You just might have seen Michelle & Chris’s names in the subject line of this post and got super excited to see their wedding photo! Alas, I’m working on their sneak peek and realized that I never posted any from their engagement portraits last fall at Doles Orchard. Opps! So, rather than post things out of order, I opted for a look back at last fall to get you more excited to see their gorgeous wedding last weekend. Looking back, it’s hard to imagine that I first met up with Michelle to talk about their wedding 14 months ago when they were just starting to plan their wedding. That seems like forever ago now!

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Praise from Katie & John

★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)

“Suzanne Simmons Photography is the best wedding photographer in Portland Maine or Southern Maine, hands down. I first saw Suzanne's work 10 years ago at my sister's wedding. I remembered her kindness, attention to detail, professionalism, and humor while on site, and just as important - how GORGEOUS my sister's photos were after editing.”

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The "O" Family Portraits in North Yarmouth, ME

Here I am anxiously watching the weather forecast for tomorrow to see if schools are going to be stuck with another day tacked onto the end of the year. What I would much rather be doing is going back to last fall when I spent the afternoon with the “O” family. Yes, the weather was absolutely PERFECT, but there are so many other reasons why it was the perfect afternoon. Abbey and Matthew were first in front of my camera way back in the early days of my business for their engagement portraits and subsequent wedding in 2011.

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Ali & Lance's Intimate Christmas Wedding

This blog post is coming to you long after the newlyweds received their gallery of finished images, which seems to be my constant “problem” in my excitement to deliver the entire set to them. And, when a couple is as adorable as Ali & Lance, it is downright impossible to chose my favorite images to share here.

Sweet Ali first reached out to me several months ago about their destination holiday wedding here in her home state of Maine and I was instantly taken by her bubbly, positive personality and the romance of her relationship with Lance.

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The Quiet of the Winter

It’s been quiet around here. You might be thinking, perhaps, too quiet. Alas, I am still here. Lurking in the shadows. Taking deep breaths. Enjoying time with my growing up much too fast daughter. And recharging a bit before the first wedding of 2019 next month (yes, a winter wedding!).

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Praise from Emily

★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)

“She makes each experience as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. Susie goes above and beyond to capture everything from the most staged photos to the most candid. She does a fantastic job photographing children, especially toddlers who are very mobile!!”

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The "J" Family Annual Portraits at Randall's Orchard

Engagement, wedding, maternity, newborn, and now on to life with a wandering, curious toddler. To say I feel fortunate every time I get to work with Michelle and Jory would be a complete understatement. Each time we get together is like another chapter in their story. It blows my mind when I think about how far back my connection with them goes!

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The "M" Family Portraits in Wakefield, Massachusetts

You want to know what I absolutely love about photographing weddings? It’s getting together with the couples after their wedding for portraits. Seeing them after the emotional roller coaster of their wedding say and reconnecting is seriously amazing. And seeing Emily & Dale again after their wedding at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport, Maine, was even more special because it meant I got to meet their newborn daughter and see all of Emily’s side of their amazing family again.

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Meghan & Hunter's Fall Wedding in Wells, Maine

Back in August, I met Meghan & Hunter for the first time for their engagement session. Normally a couple might look at the weather forecast, see the rain as just about a definite, and then opt to reschedule. But these two lovebirds decided to roll the dice and opt to go for it. Worst case scenario, they would get wet! But their fingers, and mine, were crossed with the hope that handling the rain for their portraits would result in perfect weather come their wedding day.

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Praise from Beth & Kevin

★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)

“Suzanne is just amazing. She was so much more than our photographer that day! It felt like we had a family member capturing all of the moments on our special day. Somehow she managed to take pictures of everyone and every moment but she was never intrusive in her approach. Our pictures turned out beautifully and our house is covered in them!”

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Keeley & Dan's Fall Wedding in Buxton, Maine

Keeley & Dan reached out to me to photograph their own nuptials over a year in advance of their wedding date. Having worked with me already, it didn’t take long for them to officially crown me their wedding photographer. I love it when that happens! They were planning a backyard soirée at Keeley’s childhood home with their closest family and friends there to celebrate. In fact, the tent was actually set up where Keeley & Amber’s swing set was set up many years ago. I am sure that the weekend was a bit surreal to their parents as the lawn was taken over with lawn games, cocktail tables, an aisle, and a large white tent.

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Lyndsay & Collin's Lakeside Wedding at Camp Wildwood

Fifteen months. That is how long I waited to meet Lynsday & Collin for the first time on their wedding day. Yet that fifteen months of calls and emails made it seem like I was catching up with old friends when I arrived at Camp Wildwood in Bridgton, Maine, for their wedding festivities. I found Lyndsay with her ladies with their preparations well under way in one of the cabins tucked a bit away from the other wedding guests enjoying the beach across camp. The nerves had kicked in for everyone along with the occasional giggle of excitement. Meanwhile, Collin and his gents played volleyball by the main hall before retreating to the lower level of the cabin to tackle their own primping. With their getting ready stage completed, I shooed their lingering family and friends away (sorry, y’all!) to give these two a brief moment of time to see each other. As soon as they locked eyes on each other, the stress melted away and the laughter started again. As I saw them together in one space for the first time ever, it was very obvious to me why they make such a perfect match.

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