December 22, 2017
The most dreamy hippie backyard wedding took place in Maine on September 29th, 2018. There’s no room for argument here, it was the most badass wedding I’ve been to. As a Colorado-based destination wedding photographer, this was a dream! It was my first time to Maine, and it’s safe to say I’m obsessed. I’ll never forget it for two reasons:
My cousin Brooke has always marched to the own beat of her drum. One time she lived in New Zealand for 2 years to become a skydiving instructor. WUT. She’s a ceramics artist that runs her own business. She and her husband Luke bought this old farmhouse out in the boondocks outside of Portland a few years ago. Luke’s mom made Brooke’s wedding dress by hand. She told me that after the wedding she was going to dye the dress with some indigo they were growing in the backyard. That way, she could wear it every day. ARE YOU KIDDING?! Wedding flower crowns hand-picked from their garden were made for all of the guests to wear. Imagine hand-picked flowers for your wedding day! She was make-up free and barefoot on her wedding day as my uncle Vick walked her down a long pathway of grass from their house to the end of the property. There was no timeline or rushing involved. No day of wedding planner breathing down our necks and checking their watch. We were on “backyard wedding time”.
We all cried through the vows as Brooke and Luke made lifelong promises to each other surrounded by autumn color trees. Unfortunately, my beautiful aunt has Parkinsons and couldn’t travel from Colorado to the wedding, so thankfully my mom was able to Facetime her during the entire ceremony. The reception consisted of a live local band and dinner was a potluck with vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options. Not to mention, all of the waste on the property was composted! Homemade cider and beer were stored in multiple kegs for the guests to try. Oh, and of course, Brooke made mugs for every single guest to take home. It was perfectly unique and relaxed. Their quiet and calm love was wonderful to witness and I wish every wedding could be this true to the bride and groom like this. It was an unforgettable experience and I will never forget it. Congrats Brooke and Luke! You’ve truly set the standard for laidback backyard weddings!
Where do I even start!? Alisha was an absolute dream to work with!!! She was so flexible with us and our last-minute cancellation due to covid. We had originally planned to meet her in Vegas for our anniversary shoot in March and we ended up canceling our trip a week out due to the virus. She was so understanding and even offered to refund our deposit. We knew we still absolutely wanted to shoot with her so we scheduled another trip to Colorado this time and she met us there for an amazing sunrise shoot at Great Sand Dunes Natl Park. The whole experience was incredible and Alisha was so amazing and personable, we felt like we had left and made a new friend! She sent us sooo many sneak peeks just a few days after the shoot and Then probably 100 more photos a few weeks later. They were absolutely stunning. She is easily one of the best humans I’ve ever met and not to mention an extremely talented photographer with a clear passion for her clients and her work! We can’t wait to shoot with her again!
— MIA & FERMIN
I have never done a couples shoot but I fell in love with Alisha's work on social media. I was beyond ecstatic when I found out she was traveling to Minnesota. Where do I begin? From the moment I spoke with Alisha, she easily made me feel comfortable and confident. She responded back to my questions and concerns within a timely manner and was easily accessible. Her talent and passion for photography is truly admirable! It’s so evident that she genuinely cares about each and every couple that she works with. Alisha has a gift for detail and seeing things differently than everyone else. She took some breathtaking pictures that will always have a special place in my heart! Alisha doesn't just take photographs, she creates beautiful works of art that don’t just capture smiles but our souls, and to be a part of her art is an absolute honor. Not only is her work stunning, but she is a great person to be around. She is professional, patient and outgoing and I cannot wait to book with her again! Thanks for the memories, laughs and for creating such an enjoyable experience.
— Miriam & Jaime