Bye Bye, High School! – Miranda’s Grad Party

Events, Family

Now that summer is sadly nearing an end, it’s fun to look back on the past school year as we gear up for a new one! This new school year will bring exciting changes for Miranda, a recent high school graduate from Thornton Academy. She’ll be heading off to UMaine Farmington in the fall to start her journey to becoming a teacher – how exciting! I have no doubt that she’ll make a fantastic teacher with her love for learning and her kind, bubbly personality!

Here is a look back on her graduation party a few months ago:

How cute is this setup?! I love the black and gold decorations and the twinkly lights! The whole “feel” was so welcoming and everywhere you looked there was another cute detail. Props to Miranda’s mom Bethany and step-mom Jen for making this come together!

Everyone had a blast with this DIY photo booth – smiles all around!

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Selfie time!

Miranda had so many friends and family members show up to celebrate her accomplishments and the exciting future she has ahead of her!

Little did she know, she had a big surprise in store…


A brand new car! She and her friends piled in and even took it for a quick spin around the neighborhood.


As Miranda opened her cards and gifts, she was so grateful and grinning from ear-to-ear to be surrounded by all those who love and support her. Since Miranda has been cheering for many years, her mom made a super cool quilt out of all of her cheerleading t-shirts! What a creative and thoughtful gift that Miranda can take with her to college!


As the daylight faded and nighttime fell, family and friends gathered around to watch a bittersweet slideshow of Miranda’s life up until this point. Tears were shed at baby photos and laughs were had at snapshots of those silly pre-teen years. The night ended on such a happy note as everyone wished Miranda the best of luck on this new chapter in her life. I don’t think there’s any doubt she has a bright future ahead!

CONGRATS, Miranda! And so the adventure begins…

Romance and Rehearsals

Couples, Events, Wedding

A few months ago I had the honor of photographing the rehearsal dinner for friends Deb and Justin’s wedding. It was so much fun!! The dinner venue was the adorable Freedom Cafe & Pub in Naples, ME. The restaurant is right on Long Lake which made for lovely outdoor views of the water and the boat docks. The event room inside the venue was decorated beautifully with flowers, lace, and unique burlap details!

The food was delicious and the excitement in the air was palpable as everyone laughed, mingled, and anticipated Deb and Justin’s wedding the next day!

We even slipped outside for some photos of Deb, Justin, and their bridal party by the water since the weather was perfect!

This was such a happy evening spent with friends and family who just adore the bride and groom! Deb and Justin are a perfect match; I’ve had the pleasure of photographing these two before and they are so comfortable and goofy with each other – you can tell they couldn’t be happier or more in love! I’m so thankful I got to be a part of this small part of their happily-ever-after story! Although I was unable to make it to their wedding the following day, I witnessed photos that were FULL of smiles, laughter, and happy tears!! Deb was a drop-dead GORGEOUS bride and Justin was so handsome in his tux as he waited for the love of his life to walk down the aisle! Wishing you two a lifetime and beyond of love and happiness! CONGRATS, Mr. and Mrs. Milair!

Sisters Gourmet Deli: Potential to Prosperity

Corporate, Events
If you’re looking for gourmet lunch at an affordable price, look no further! Sisters Gourmet Deli is officially open for business!
Located at 15 Monument Square in Portland, ME, Sisters is the product of a long-time dream had by owner Michaela McVetty. Michaela has held ownership in many different restaurants but SGD is truly her baby. I personally have watched this deli transform from an empty shell, to a massive construction zone, to the beautiful and cheerful environment it is today. I’m here to show you this evolution!
In this blog will be three sections of photos that show the process of this transformation.

Back to the Beginning

About two months ago, Michaela signed the lease to this space. What used to be a waffle house, the unit had been vacant for over two full years. It’s crazy to think that a place in such a prime location, right in the middle of Monument Square, would sit untouched for so long! Michaela has a keen eye for potential and decided to go ahead and take a chance on this place. The first few days of demolition may seem daunting to some but this woman had a vision and wasted no time in making that vision come to life!

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Middle of the Mayhem

A few weeks later, major progress had been made. The waffle window decals were no more! I don’t think anyone was sad to see those go; Michaela spent HOURS scraping those off the window, inch by pesky inch. The paint had some updating and the new bar top really brightened up the space. Seriously, how cool is that design and those colors?! Michaela was super involved and hands-on in this reno. She’s not afraid to get dirty and put in some major elbow grease to get the job done! Her witty banter and natural camaraderie with carpenter Frank made even the construction zone environment fun and light-hearted. The polka dots were stripped from the walls and the lights were installed. Old appliances were sold to make room for new ones. It’s funny how the removal of old pieces and the installation of new ones can make such a huge difference to the space. All-in-all, progress was happening quickly and true excitement was setting in!

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Overjoyed for Open Doors

Opening day was a hit!! I arrived before the doors were officially open to photograph the final space. When I walked in I was floored! It was so bright and cheerful and had a homey vibe as well. The clean lines, bold but soft colors, and overall feel of the deli were so inviting! Plus, the smiling and excited staff in their patterned aprons just added to the charm 🙂
There is even an adorable outdoor space to sit and enjoy your meal. The outdoor space was super appealing to me because I love to people-watch! The area is perfectly located to enjoy Monument square, watch passersby and take in the cobblestones, statues, and architecture of historical Portland, ME.
Not only did the space turn out beautifully, the food is AMAZING. I’m not very adventurous when it comes to food but many people are and there is something for everyone on this menu; whether you want adventurous options like the Two Little Pigs which has Dr. Pepper pork tenderloin, or the classic BLT, I heard nothing but positive feedback and reactions while I hung around for the day and photographed people enjoying their food and experience. I had the “Macintuscan” which was soooo good with the fresh green apples thrown into the mix! Their menu even includes gluten-free options! Also, Michaela made it a point to partner with local companies in regards to her sides and beverages. All options are locally sourced and support other Maine businesses which is another achievement of Michaela’s goal to not only make killer gourmet cuisine, but to support her fellow businesses in the community.

Overall, this place is just adorable!

It was so fun photographing the physical metamorphosis of this company over the past few months. So many people have come together to make this place come to life and Michaela is an inspiring driving force behind it all! Wishing her and all her sisters, both biological and figurative, the best of luck in this new business venture! You’ll do great not only because of the awesome location and amazing food, but because you make every person who walks in feel welcome and like family!!

Thornton Academy Varsity Cheerleading

Events

Congrats to the Thornton Academy Varsity Cheerleading team on an amazing season of competitions! I was able to witness them perform a few weeks ago and these girls kick butt! Their coach Kyle is a good friend of mine and I was thrilled when he asked me to photograph their winter banquet. This was the first sports banquet this team had ever had – needless to say it was an emotional night!

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The theme of the banquet was Red Carpet so all of these beautiful girls were dressed to impress! I overheard the seniors on the team mentioning how they were wearing black because it was their TAVC “funeral” being their last year with this team.

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The turnout was wonderful with parents, siblings, and even extended family and friends there to be cheerleaders for their cheerleaders!

I saw first hand how hard Kyle worked to make this night come together; he decorated every last surface of the Thornton Academy cafeteria to transform this space into a red carpet event for these girls.

Speeches were made and tears were shed as the season came to an end. A slideshow was shown with pictures and memories from this year and years past – some of these girls have been together for a long time and have been cheering even longer!

Kyle sure does love what he does and it shines through in the way he adores these girls and they adore him back!

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One last lift to end the season! Three cheers for TAVC! Good luck in future seasons, girls! Keep smiling!

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