MARVELLOUS & MAGNIFICENT MAINE BARN WEDDING

Written by Jessica - Posted November 10th - Photographs by A Brit & A Blonde

 

We literally counted down the days from their engagement shoot to their wedding day. 348 days to be oh so nerdily precise. Jen & Andrew live in Boston – but they flew up to Toronto for their engagement shoot and their wedding took place in North Yarmouth, Maine. They are awesome like that. That’s how they do.

We laughed our faces off with these two. To the point where the next morning – my cheek muscles were hurting from smiling so much that Jason had to give me a cheek massage. Ah the perilous life of wedding photographers!

The ceremony took place at the most charming lil New England church which is no more than a hop, skip and a jump away from their wedding venue The Barn at Walnut Hill. Let me tell you folks – Maine knows how to do barn weddings like nobody else.  And when you add Meagan from Maine Seasons Events as your wedding planner – you are in for a world of wonderfulness. The tent for the reception and the barn for the dancing looked spectacular to the power of stunning.

When Jen and one of her bridesmaids did a fully impromptu choreographed dance that they use to do years ago the second that Eurythmics  “Here Comes the Rain again” came on – we all just watched in awe. It was one of the funniest things ever. Annie Lennox could not have done a better job with you know what’s him name – the other guy in Eurythmics. Not to take anything away from the epic dance moves that all the guests brought to the table. They threw down.

Jen & Andrew – we will just count down the days till we see you again – hopefully it will be less than 348 days away!

Meagan Gimpatrick: Lovely work as always Jess and Jason! Jen and Andrew were a lot of fun, weren't they? Thank you for the mention! XO Meagan Maine Seasons Events

THE BARN ON WALNUT HILL WEDDING WONDERFULNESS

Written by Jessica - Posted September 2nd - Photographs by A Brit & A Blonde

Five fantastic years ago on August 2 in a small town about 45 minutes outside of Montreal – Jason & I said our I do’s. Back then, we were both still very much Mad Men – working at ad agencies in Toronto – creating campaigns for big brands and eating breakfast, lunch and dinner at our desks. If you had asked me on my wedding day where I saw myself in 5 years – I probably would have said something along the lines of continuing to climb the ad world’s corporate ladder – but secretly hoping to make more time to actually have a bit of a life and find what I love doing.

So to have been in North Yarmouth, Maine at The Barn on Walnut Hill photographing a wedding for a couple who live in Boston – with nary a billboard, tv spot, integrated campaign or viral video in sight was beyond anything I could have expected or anticipated on our 5 year anniversary.

We had a really difficult time finding our photographers for our big day – it all seemed overly posed, cheesy and not us. And that sparked one of those lightning bolt ideas, which literally struck us down while loading our groceries into the car at a Loblaws parking lot (you can’t make this stuff up!). Why don’t we become the wedding photographers that we couldn’t seem to find. BOOM. An aha moment at its finest. And just like that our lives changed forever. And by just like that – I mean a year of hard work, planning, strategizing, concocting, creating, plotting and deciding to quit our cushy ad jobs and jumping head first into this new venture.

In the four years since we started A Brit & A Blonde – we have shot over 130 weddings, been featured over 100 times in wedding blogs, had our weddings featured in 8 print magazines and shot weddings in Costa Rica, Canada, the US, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St Maarten and Portugal. Okay blah, blah, blah enough about us – and on to Janna & Jonathan! Or Jannathan – as they will be forever known!

First of all – we adore this location. The Barn on Walnut Hill is the epitome of what you would imagine a classic Maine wedding to be all about. And with the help of Heather of Cairn Events elevated to a level of wedding wonderfulness that is off the charts. Can I just say one word about Heather – unbelievablyawesomeplanner. When she sent me the schedule for the wedding – I almost fainted. It was so perfect and polished – there may have been a fairy glow around it and an audible “ahhhhhhhhh” hum. It came as no surprise that Heather was a key planner doing events at the White House for Mr & Mrs. Obama. Yup. She is a rockstar of presidential proportions. And she now rocks it out as a wedding planner in Maine.

The ceremony took place outside amidst the tall trees and the reception was under a tent in the garden with delicious mouth watering food served family style prepared by Aurora Provisions. Food was a big priority for these two foodies and it was divine. Dancing, chair lifting and Hava Nagila’ing it to the hora were all done in the Barn. Their first dance to The Cure “Just like Heaven” made us love Janna & Jonathan even more. And ending the night with magical sparklers while the couple headed off in a Rolls Royce was perfection.

“Jannathan” thank you for throwing such a beautiful and fun wedding and having us along for the ride. We could have never guessed where we would be in 5 years – and we could not be any happier to have been with you both. Loblaws parking lot lightning bolts are the best.

Leslie Oster: It was such a pleasure to work with you both again! With Heather, it was a dream team! JG2 was one of the really fun weddings to do ... Their aesthetic, passion for good food, wine, beer & parties made them an ideal couple to work with. It was a pleasure, start to finish. Your photos capture the beauty and joy of the whole day. Mazel Tov to the happy couple and thank you for assembling such a great team. Cheers!