Mr. & Mrs. Mullen: 4th of July Wedding at Camp Ketcha

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Erin and Chris celebrated their marriage on the 4th of July in Maine! In place of the expected red, white and blue color scheme, Erin chose hues of teals, navy and golds to reflect her personality. They celebrated the 4th and added drama to Camp Ketcha with bold patterns like polka dots and stripes!

A close friend was the officiant for the ceremony at Spurwink Church in Cape Elizabeth, which holds special meaning to Chris.

One of my favorite parts was the way the couple incorporated Chris’  children.   Right before they said their ” I do’s,” they put together a puzzle as a family of 4 to symbolize bringing pieces together to make their new family unit whole. After the ceremony we jetted off to snap some quick portraits  at Ferry Beach and then back to Camp Ketcha for the party!

The Mullen family knows how to party! There was tons of dancing, great food and we had so much fun snapping pics in the photo camper! The night flew by and before we knew it, the couple was off to their honeymoon!

Thank you for asking me to capture your special day.  We had a blast spending our 4th of July with you!
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Venue: Camp Ketcha

Cake: The Cookie Jar 

DJ: DJ Michael

Food: Fire and Co.

Photography: The Maine Tinker and The Maine Photo Camper

Ceremony: Spurwink Church

Officiant: Rebecca Hjelle

Kendra and Max: Nautical Outdoor Wedding at Peaks Island, Maine

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Kendra and Max got hitched at the beautiful Inn on Peaks Island. The outdoor ceremony was celebrated with close friends and family. After their first kiss, Kendra’s parents celebrated their marriage with a family tradition of placing beautiful Hawaiian flower leis around their necks. Kendra paid special attention to details on her nautical inspired DIY wedding, including hand painted buoy ornaments for every guest.  Their nautical decor was something out of a magazine. Bold stripes and pops of navy, white and coral.

The bride and groom are both self-proclaimed “foodies” and offered their guests the best seafood from the Maine Coast, including my favorite; lobster rolls.  Best of all I could hear chatter throughout the day of the out-of-state guests enjoying the ferry ride to Peaks from Portland. Thank you so much for asking me to document your special day.

Congrats and so much love and happiness to you both!

 


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Venue/ Food: The Inn on Peaks Island 

Photographer: The Maine Tinker & Jody Ward

Whoopie Pies: Two Fat Cats Bakery

Wedding Dress: Jcrew

Flowers: Dodge the florist

DJ: Dionne Entertainment

 

 

Jessie and Michael: Outdoor Wedding at Titus Sparrow Park in Boston


Jessie and Michael are honestly one of the nicest and down to earth couples I have worked with.  I photographed Jessie’s sister Sarah’s wedding two years ago in Maine, so it was super fun to see everyone again!

Their wedding was in downtown Boston on a beautiful day!  A traditional Jewish wedding, the event was beautifully orchestrated from the elegant Huppah to dancing the Horah. The couple decided to do a “first look” before the ceremony, we had a blast walking around downtown Boston.  I was their ride (it was funny having a Mainer chauffeur them around big city driving!)  I loved taking photos in an urban setting, and it was fun to incorporate the traffic and architecture-parts of their everyday life in the city.

Side note: there was another Siobhan at this wedding which made my day!

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love and joy and thank you for asking me to capture your day.

Vendors: Ceremony location – Titus Sparrow Park Reception location – Villa Victoria Center for the Arts

Officiant – Bekah Goldman

Ceremony Music –  Alfonso (brother-in-law)

Photographer – The Maine Tinker Studio 

Caterer – The Heritage Truck Catering Co

Reception Music  –  Mark Bloomstein (Boston Party Makers)

Event Planner- Without a Hitch

Mr. and Mrs. Snide: Vintage Romantic Wedding in Claremont, New Hampshire

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Hilary and Mike Snide were high school sweethearts who went their separate ways, but found each other again in their twenties.  On June 13th, they said their vows in the picturesque Trinity Church in Cornish, New Hampshire with a reception at the Common Man Inn.

A romantic color palette of soft pastels set the bride off beautifully.  The bridesmaids wore Blush tones, the mothers to be in gold/silver tones, and the groom and his groomsmen in grey suits. After the ceremony, the bride and groom drove to the reception in Hilary’s dad’s Road Runner-a great photo op!

The reception was filled with personal details like large canvases with photos from their engagement session,  gorgeous centerpieces arranged by the groom’s mom Betty, and an adorable variety of cupcakes made by Vicki Lee’s (some were firetrucks-a nod to Mike’s career as a Firefighter.)  DJ Josh Field of ECF Entertainment kept the music going until late and the guests had a blast on the dance floor! Thank you for letting me capture your special day.

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Sully Fest! Rustic Barn Wedding at The Barn at Flanagan Farm, Buxton, Maine

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Christine and Patrick celebrated their  marriage on June 6, 2015 aka SullyFest at The Barn at Flanagan Farm in Buxton Maine. This super wonderful, laid back, dancing couple already tied the knot in NYC but decided to toss a big old Maine event. The Barn at Flanagan Farm has beautiful New England charm, while all of the modern day amenities and class. Emily Carter Floral Designs were so rich and amazing. Fire and Co killed it with their amazing spread, food was rolling out all night! While the night was topped of with treats from Love Kupcakes. The got their groove on to 3 bands where I got to capture some images of cocktail hour with Jerks of Grass and some memorable grove sessions where Christine’s mom killed it on the dance floor to Velourasaurus.

Christine is an event planner and had a wonderful flow to it, everyone enjoyed themselves, and everything went off with out a hitch, she picked some amazing wedding vendors. She was old school hollywood and simple stunning. Patrick was classic and handsome in a black suit. Thanks so much you guys for asking me to capture your day, it was a night to remember! Here is just a quick snap shot of their day. Be sure to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on instagram. http://www.themainetinker.comuntitled-4331 untitled-4333 untitled-4338
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Yikes! Not All Insurance Plans Cover Childbirth

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Originally posted on The Bump Blog:

Birth control? Covered. Prenatal care? Covered? Labor and delivery? Not necessarily.

While the Affordable Care Act deemed maternity and newborn care “essential health benefits” requiring independent and small group coverage in 2014, that coverage doesn’t extend to dependents still on their parents’ health insurance. By law, adults can stay on their parents’ plans until age 26 (which, coincidentally, is also the average age of first-time moms in the US).

This lack of coverage can be a huge problem; insurance typically foots the bill for $18,329 worth of a vaginal birth and $27,866 of a c-section. And that’s not even the entire cost; new parents are still left to pay $2,244 and $2,669, respectively, out of pocket.

The bulk of these costs — up to 86 percent — is coming from hospitalization.

All hope’s not lost for the younger crowd; large employer plans may cover maternity care for dependent children. But NPR

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Kailen & Michael: The Debut of The Maine Photo Camper!


Kailen and Michael Kennedy celebrated their marriage with their closest friends and family at SMCC on May 23, 2015.  It was a beautiful sunny and windy day overlooking Spring Point. It was a wonderful laid back wedding that set the perfect tone for the 2015 wedding season!

This wedding was also a special event because we launched our new photo camper; The Maine Photo Camper!  Stocked with Asian inspired props, the camper was tailored to the couple who began their romance in Japan. The camper was a big hit during cocktail hour!

Kailen’s father’s heartfelt toast was very memorable, and the night ended with a beautiful sunset and dancing. Congrats you guys, it was so much fun capturing your big day.

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Kayleen DeSouza Hair DeSign primped the ladies hair.
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Seth & Corey: An Intimate Wedding in Camden, Maine

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On May, 17th I had the honor of photographing Seth & Corey’s wedding day!  The ceremony was at The Vesper Hill Children’s Chapel and the reception, a lovely dinner at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, ME.

The day was filled with love, laughter and pride. Congrats Seth and Corey, it was an honor to be a part of your special day!

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3monthoniOur lil one is 3 months old! She is such a chill, happy lil queen bee. Our son loves her so much and it has been a much smoother transition having two babies than I thought it would be. The only hard part is balancing it all, work, family, sleep, photography. I hope to teach my daughter that she can do anything she wants to and not to be afraid to dare to be different and take chances. So much love Oni. I had fun making a little gif. of her month to month. (it may be a new addiction.) 

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Five Photo Shoots to do with Children


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The Newborn Session:  There is something so special about a precious new born.  You may even want to contact a photographer to come into the hospital before you leave to capture those first intimate moments with you and your new bundle.

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 The In-Home Session:  This is the place where both kids and their parents are most comfortable. In their natural environment, the smiles come more easily and heartwarming candid moments abound.
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The Six-Month Session:  This is such a fun time to take the little one outdoors!  They may be strong enough to sit up on their own, and would love a special trip to your favorite spot or even at home to take photos.
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The One-Year Session:  You can have a little fun with this one!  A baby’s first taste of delicious cake is usually their first birthday-why not let them loose in a diaper and let them smush the sweet stuff between their fingers!  It is such a great celebration, you can do this on the actual birthday, a studio or home photo session, or my favorite-somewhere fun and colorful like a local playground or fair!
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The Big-Kid Session:  Don’t forget about your big kids!  Often, families focus on photographing kids when they are babies and toddlers and life gets busy as they get older.  Let’s capture those moments as they grow!  You’ll be so happy you did!
What moments are you glad you captured when your kids were young?  Which ones do you wish you had?  Let us know in the comments!
And, for more ideas and inspiration for photo shoots with the kids, visit my web site!