I’d been looking forward to Arielle and Kavi’s wedding for a long time. I don’t know why it happens but sometimes I just feel a connection with certain people–one that feels like we’ve been friends for a while even though we’ve only met once. That’s the vibe that Arielle and Kavi exude.
Another reason this wedding feels special to me is that my good friend Maine wedding photographer Andree Kehn actually has been friends with Kavi since high school. Andree was a guest at the wedding but she also lifted her camera to grab shots of the wedding day. These first two portraits are ones that Andree shot near the couple’s house that morning.
I met up with the Arielle and Kavi at the restaurant and we took a few quick portraits before the guests arrived.
The Renaissance flair of Arielle’s dress and shoes highlighted her deep connection with Italy.
Grace Restaurant in Portland is a converted church and an incredibly unique space. Every nook in the restaurant is adorned with stained glass, and elegant woodwork.
Branches were a major visual theme a the wedding. The processional was led and ended with people carrying branches and Arielle and Kavi were married in front of a forked birch tree. Even the floral arrangements incorporated the branch theme.
It was cocktails before the ceremony as the both levels of the restaurant filled with the couple’s friends and family .
Kavi’s brothers musically heralded Arielle and Kavi’s entrance, and the ceremony began.
When you have a lot of different religious traditions in your family history, you can pick and choose elements from any of them for your wedding. Hello Hora!
Arielle and Kavi love living in Portland because of all the great food, and so it’s no surprise that food was a big part of their night. There was chef’s station where a seemingly infinite variety of pasta dishes were made. Almost every other dish was made fresh in Grace’s open kitchen throughout the entire night and passed hors d’œuvre style.
And the dessert cupcakes by Two Fat Cats Bakery were an unqualified hit wit the guests.
After the evening’s rituals were over, DJ Dave Ragsdale got people moving.
Congratulations again, Arielle & Kavi!