Portland Maine’s Grace Restaurant – Wedding Preview

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.

Portland Wedding Photographer

Portland Wedding Photographers

I met up with the Arielle and Kavi at the restaurant and we took a few quick portraits before the guests arrived.

ME Wedding Photographers

Portland Wedding Photography

ME Wedding Photographer

ME Wedding Photography

The Renaissance flair of Arielle’s dress and shoes highlighted her deep connection with Italy.

Maine Wedding Photographer

Maine Wedding Photographers

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.

Maine Wedding Photography

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.

Grace Restaurant Wedding Photographer

Grace Restaurant Wedding Photographers

It was cocktails before the ceremony as the both levels of the restaurant filled with the couple’s friends and family .

Grace Restaurant Wedding Photography

Kavi’s brothers musically heralded Arielle and Kavi’s entrance, and the ceremony began.

Maine Coast Wedding Photographer

Maine Coast Wedding Photographers

Maine Coast Wedding Photography

Humanistic Wedding Photographer

Humanistic Wedding Photographers

Humanistic Wedding Photography

Shaman Wedding Photographer

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!

Shaman Wedding Photographers

Yummy Maine Wedding Photographer

Yummy Maine Wedding Photographers

Portland Wedding Photography

Yummy Maine Wedding Photography

Portland Wedding Photographer

ME Wedding Photographer

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.

ME Wedding Photography

ME Wedding Photographers

Maine Wedding Photographer

Maine Wedding Photographers

And the dessert cupcakes by Two Fat Cats Bakery were an unqualified hit wit the guests.

Maine Wedding Photographers

Maine Wedding Photography

Grace Restaurant Wedding Photographer

Grace Restaurant Wedding Photographers

Grace Restaurant Wedding Photography

After the evening’s rituals were over, DJ Dave Ragsdale got people moving.

Grace Restaurant Wedding Photography

Maine Coast Wedding Photographer

Maine Coast Wedding Photographers

Maine Coast Wedding Photography

New England Wedding Photographer

New England Wedding Photographers

Congratulations again, Arielle & Kavi!

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