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The rain fell outside as the tears dripped down his cheek. And the wind blew through the trees as her hand came to rest in his. And there, they were married, as the storm continued to rage. They each shared their vows and promised to weather every storm life would throw their way. Together. Hand in hand and hearts entwined, just as they stood that afternoon . . . . . . . .

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Marina and Alex are married! They had a beautiful wedding day on the other coast at the Jupiter Beach Resort that we had so much fun documenting! Not only do we love these two, but we got to spend time with two other past couples whose wedding’s we also shot! It was basically the best Sarah & Ben reunion EVER!

The day ended up being a bit rainier than planned, but these two didn’t let that spoil the festivities one bit. Both of them were simply set on getting married, and they had a beautiful ceremony (complete with an adorable homemade diagram) and an awesome party of a reception. (F’real. Military guys know how to PARTY!) The weather was sweet enough to lighten up to a sprinkle in order for us to sneak outside for some portraits before sunset, and we were so happy to get to spend at least a bit of time on the beach.

Marina and Alex, we had a great day with you two and adored being a part of your best day ever! Hope you love these as much as we loved taking them!

Love + Laughs,

Sarah & Ben

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Vendors:

Photography: Sarah & Ben

Ceremony Venue: Jupiter Beach Resort (dune)

Reception Venue: Jupiter Beach Resort (ballroom)

Wedding Dress: Demetrios

Coordinator: Amanda (with JBR)

Florist: Lynn (with Creative Florist)

Cake Design: Sweet Tiers (Betty)

DJ or Band: DJ Donny

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Light fell through the skylights of the ceiling and trickled onto spots on the floor, illuminating the altar where they stood. There, beneath the rafters of the chapel, a boy who saved his biggest smiles for the most special of occasions married a girl who wore her’s on her sleeve. There was laughter as moments from his childhood were recounted, and sweet smiles as their vows were spoken. And there was not a person in attendance who couldn’t feel the warmth of the love they shared that day in that charming little chapel in the woods . . . .

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Jess and Frank are married! They had a lovely wedding day in Northern Florida at the ridiculously picturesque Camp Weed, which we felt so very lucky to document. We loved so many details of this day, from Jessica’s Anthropologie flats to the adorable Zara flower girl dresses, and the fact that every inch of this venue is like something straight out of a storybook. Can we just talk about this chapel?! In five years we have never seen a more picturesque place for a couple to get married.

The details were kept very natural and true to the forest all around them, with accents of greenery and flowers throughout, and the two of them opted to skip a traditional bridal party. All in all this was a day that felt simple in the best way, solely about the two of them and the promise they were making, and we can think of no better wedding to be the very last one to take place at Camp Weed.

Jess and Frank, thank you both so much for not only inviting us into your best day ever but for being so incredibly sweet and welcoming. We just loved spending this day by your sides and hope you adore this mini peek as much as we do!

Love + Laughs,

Sarah & Ben

 

 

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Vendors:

Photography: Sarah & Ben

Ceremony Venue: Mandi’s Chapel at Camp Weed and Cerveny Conference Center

Reception Venue: The Varn at Camp Weed and Cerveny Conference Center

Hair: Nick from Hair Graphics

Makeup: Kate from Hair Graphics

Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal

Groom’s Apparel: H & M

Florist: Celebrations of Live Oak

Cake Design: Cakes by Joni

DJ: McGee Entertainment & Events, Inc.

Wedding Favors: Savannah Sweets of Saint Augustine

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Remember those high school days when you would walk into your most dreaded class, and see that a giant TV had been wheeled into the room?! You would feel that giant sigh of relief knowing you would be able to spend the next 90 minutes doodling, chatting with friends or (if you were a little nerdy like Sarah) catching up on your other homework. Well friends, today is just as heart-skippingly good, because it’s movie day on the blog!

On Tuesday we posted all of our favorite Maine vacation pictures, and as promised we have just a bit more to share! Because in true Ben style he captured a bunch of awesome video of our trip, and put it all together in a video (which once again seemed to make us a bit teary eyed when we sat down and watched it together). So enjoy this peek at Maine through video (and a bit of iPhone footage). Watching it instantly brings us back to this truly amazing place, and we hope watching it inspires you to go.

Love + Laughs,

Sarah & Ben

Sarah & Ben in ME

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Happy Tuesday friends! As many of you know if you follow along on Facebook or Instagram, last week we got back from a whirlwind tour of Maine. Neither of us had ever been before, so we decided to escape the Florida heat in between weddings for a little northern adventure before the crazy of summer picked back up. We have so, SO many favorite things to share from this trip, and today we’re starting with some pictures of our things we saw along the way. You won’t see a ton of  Sarah & Ben selfies because we have special plans for those to come (spoiler alert, we bought a SELFIE STICK) but we are so very in love with these portraits of Maine and are beyond excited for you to see them! Let us just say, Maine is STUNNING. It is a place where the water seems to melt into the sky and the air is crisp in that “you just can’t get enough of it” way. It’s officially one of our most favorite places on this planet, and we’re so excited to share it with you!

 

We began our trip by renting a car, and driving to the adorable town of Ogunquit in southern Maine. We spent an afternoon in Perkins Cove which was full of cute bridges, adorable row boats and delicious food everywhere you looked.

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Maine was off to a good start in our books already. . . . .

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We ate our fair share of lobster AND ice cream on this trip (and even tried lobster ice cream!)

But the best thing about Maine this time of year is that there is SO much lobster everywhere, signs like this are necessary:

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We spent the next day exploring, which included walking the Marginal Way and exploring all the little nooks of the town . ..

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Then, once sunset came and the tide was out, we rolled up our pants, carried our shoes, and trekked across this inlet in the sludge to go watch some Fourth of July fireworks.

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The walk was just a bit nippy, but the view from the beach made it TOTALLY worth it. . .

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The next morning it was time to say goodbye to Ogunquit, so we packed the car to head up to Portland.

On our way out of town we made a quick detour to see the Nubble Light and the gorgeous Sohier Park.

It was the sweetest little place, where people came to just sit, watch the water, and simply BE.

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Then came PORTLAND.

I am going to warn you that what happened in Portland was pretty chubby, but oh so delicious. This place is most DEFINITELY not getting tons of acclaim as a foodie city for nothing, because it is full of some truly awesome spots!

Which we HAAAAD to try.

Not because we like eating that much, but because it’s rude not to try the foods of a new place.

And if there is ONE thing we didn’t want to be, it was rude.

Because that’s just plain not nice.

Are you buying this yet?

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We sampled a few half dozen of potato donuts from The Holy Donut.

SO GOOD.

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And stopped by Vena’s Fizz House for some homemade sodas  . . .

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Not only is this place adorable and full of the best handcrafted drinks EVER, the owner is the most welcoming human on the planet.

If you are in Portland this is one not to miss!

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Then there may have been some pies.. . .

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Of both the traditional and whoopie varieties. . . .

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And after a few more meals we feel shameful to show you (but honestly, go try Duckfat in Portland!) we hit the road to continue North.

We stopped in Freeport, JUST so we could see the giant Bean Boot!

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And spent a few hours in Boothbay Harbor to see the sights and have some more lobster . .

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Guys. This was just SO GOOD.

But it’s also probably a good thing we don’t have access to it all the time, because I think Ben may be able to single-handedly wipe out the lobster population.

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With full bellies we hopped into the car to head to one of our most FAVORITE places of the trip.

Friends, meet Camden, ME.

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We probably spent about an hour in this little park, just watching the birds and the boats come and go.

Life here felt slow in the good “why don’t I ever noticed these things” kind of way.

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But that slow pace didn’t last long, because the next morning we woke up nice and early to go start the first hike of the trip!

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We hiked up to the top of Mt. Battie (which overlooks all of downtown Camden) and ate a few wild blueberries on the way . . . .

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We stopped for some “we did it!” pictures . . .

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And then headed down when the fog rolled in.

One of the craziest things about Maine is a completely sunny day can all of a sudden become fog filled in an instant.

There’s something kind of moody and romantic we loved about it. . . .

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One more lighthouse because Maine is just chalk full of ‘em. . . .

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And then we began the last leg of our Maine journey up to Mt. Desert Island.

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Mt. Desert Island is home to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park (which has been on Ben’s bucket list for quite a while!)

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There was seal watching and lobstering tours . . . .

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Hiking out to some seriously stunning rock beaches . . . .

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And amazing little hidden paths everywhere we looked. . . .

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 . . .And there was also still some pretty killer food. . .

Maine blueberry muffins for breakfast that are the size of your face?! YES PLEASE.

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We walked the Jordan Pond trail (and of course stopped for popovers at the Jordan Pond House) . .

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And then halfway around the trail saw a sign for a little mountain to climb.

We thought to ourselves, “we’re fit, we can climb a little mountain”.

But then the trail turned into less of a trail, and more of a vertical scramble over boulders.

We sweat, laughed, and slipped our fair share up this mountain, but it felt oh so good to reach the top. . . .

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You know, because you’re body HAS to eat. Like, for medical reasons.

So we found ourselves with a lobster feast once again . . .

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On our last day in Acadia we had a picnic at a waterfall. . . .

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And Ben had to do the hike in his business casual attire because he was out of clean clothes. . .

He was the best dressed man in the whole forest.

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There was one last evening in Bar Harbor, with boats and lobster traps and all of the charm we had come to love about a Maine summer crammed into one little place. .  .

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And then just like that, it was time to head home.

So with happy hearts and lobster filled bellies, we started the journey back to the place we call home.

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 We have SO much more to share from this awesome trip, including a whole bunch of ussies (or multi-person selfies for you un-cool people like us!) and a pretty sweet video. So stay tuned!

And if you have been to Maine, are going and want some recommendations, or just plain love it, we would love to hear from you!

Love + Laughs,

Sarah & Ben

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So this post is coming a bit later than it’s beginning of the month norm. I’ll blame the fact that we spent the first half of this month driving country roads and climbing giant mountains on the best vacation ever (which we can’t wait to share all about next week!) But for now, here’s my favorite little things from last month.

The Little Things: June 2015

The Paper Eyebrows

I have a confession to make. I have grumpy days every now and then. Days where the to-do list in front of me feels so dishearteningly long that it sucks all the positivity out of my soul, and I am noticeably snappy for no good reason. Days where I get caught up in the idea of how far we still have to go, instead of feeling proud of how far we’ve already gone. And on those days it is so lucky I live with the funniest man on the planet to snap me out of it. On one of those days this past month we sat working in the office in silence (after I’m sure I had been sassy about something), when suddenly Ben cleared his throat in that “hey, look at me” kind of way. So I peeked out from behind my computer and across the desk to find this:

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A totally normal, straight-faced version of Ben. With paper eyebrows. And it was so random, and so insane, and so perfectly “US” that I burst into a mix of laughter and teary-eyed “I’m sorry-ness” all at once. I feel like Shakespeare’s sonnets should have mentioned being willing to scotch-tape things to your face for your one and only. That’s love.

The Clean Up Parts

It kind of came out of nowhere, and for no particular reason, but for the past month or so we have been obsessed with playing tennis. We aren’t all that great, and I think I use a lot more foul language than proper form, but it has become our favorite summer afternoon ritual nonetheless. And as much as I love the playing part, I also look forward to when we’re done. That’s when Ben gets out the fancy plastic Target bag we use to carry all of our balls (we’re that classy) and holds it open across the court for me to hit them into. And every time even though I know it’s coming, it makes my heart fill in that Grinch-Who-Stole-Christmas kind of way. Because I never tire of how he makes even the boring clean up parts of our little life fun.

The Random Days

There’s a known fact in our household that any time you send Ben anywhere to pick something up, he will come home with something not on the list. Send him to the grocery store for milk? He’ll come home with an extra pint of ice cream. Out to the post office to mail some packages? He’ll come back with gas station snacks. It’s just part of the exciting mystery that is being married to Ben. On one such trip this past month I was surprised with this most adorable thermos you ever did see.FullSizeRender (2)And every time I drink out of it I feel so lucky. Not because I get to have it (even though it is the cutest!) but because I’m with the kind of guy that surprises me on the random days. Not just the holidays, or the ones that he thinks he has to. But on the Wednesdays, the nothing special happening, middle of the month kind of days.

Hope your month is filled of all kinds of heart-filling little things friends <3

Love + Laughs,

Sarah

Want to catch up on the all of my favorite Little Things? You can find past posts here:

01. Introduction

02. Bagels and Acro Yoga

03. Paper Eyebrows

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  • Jamey Crider - You two make me smile and tear up a t the same time!!! I love you guys and keep loving the little things those are definitely heart felt.ReplyCancel