Old Hollywood Glamour with Industrial Vibes at Portland’s Ocean City Gateway Wedding // G + T
Teresa loves gangster rap more than most gangsters love gangster rap. George could have made a career out of arcade basketball. He’s the Labron James of the OOB arcade. These are just two random facts about one of my favorite couples of all time. I knew me and Teresa would get along great when she wanted to meet me at one of my favorite coffee shops in downtown Portland Maine called Arabica (y’all got to try it – amazing!). We talked about the vision of her wedding and engagement session which she mentioned she wanted “an engagement session in downtown Portland with industrial city vibes” – I was so stoked.
Teresa is the definition of old Hollywood glamour – from her beautiful blonde hair to the STUNNING lace appliqué dress to the bold red lip she chose to rock on her wedding day. She was any wedding photographer’s dream of a bride to photograph. George’s family is Lebanese and oh my god do they know how to throw a banging wedding celebration. From the drum circle as George was getting ready and throwing flower petals on him as he exited his house to go to the church – this was just the start of what the day was to bring. Teresa and George chose to get married at a small church in downtown Portland Maine called St. Joseph’s on Steven Ave. After they said their “I do’s” we decided to take their portraits at the Portland Marine Company which gave off the perfect industrial vibes with all of the brick and old stained glass windows. We even set off a black smoke bomb and a white smoke bomb to take their wedding photos to the next level. I mean doesn’t the groomsmen photo look like something straight out of a James Bond movie? Especially with them all wearing black tuxes?
Adorned with beautiful crystal chandeliers, floor to ceiling glass windows over looking the harbor – Portland’s Ocean City Gateway was the perfect backdrop for their reception which was one of the most lively ones I have ever been to. It started out with Teresa and George walking into a huge drum circle in traditional Lebanese style and being lifted above their guests on chairs….multiple times! Their first dance song was performed live on guitar by Teresa’s brother which made it so much more special and personal. After that, the party began. Drum circles, more lifting of the bride and groom above the crowd, a popcorn bar, dollars being thrown about, and people getting down on the dance floor to a mix of traditional Lebanese wedding music and some tasty beats – their wedding ended with an epic sparkler/bubble exit.
Teresa & George – THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU – for trusting me to be your wedding photographer – I am so stoked with these images and hope you are too <3
Venue: Portland’s Ocean City Gateway
Church: St Joseph’s in Downtown Portland Maine
Photographer: Alexsandra Wiciel Photography
Florist: Harmon’s Floral Co.
DJ: Scott Hamel // Double Platinum Celebrations
Cake: Foley’s Bakery
Hair & Make Up Artists: Jessica Candage
Wedding Dress Designer: Pronovias – Madeline’s Daughter
Assistant Photographer: Nicole Babcock Photography