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Harbor View at Jones Landing Wedding Venue Interview Questions Answered | Maine Wedding Venues

Harbor View at Jones Landing Wedding Venue Interview Questions Answered | Maine Wedding Venues

Harbor View at Jones Landing Wedding Venue Interview Questions Answered | Maine Wedding Venues 

Being that New Hampshire is right next to Maine and that I live just a few miles form the boarder. I shoot a few weddings in Maine each year. Here is an interview with Robin Clark of Harbor View at Jones Landing on Peaks Island off the coast of Portland Maine.  Did I say island? Yes I did. Just a short ferry ride and you are at the venue. Jones Landing is the firsts property once you get off the ferry. So not only is it a great place to get married, did I say island yet. It is also very convenient. Robin’s replies were on point and can help any couple plan the perfect wedding on Peaks Island. Find the answers to some of the most popular asked questions about wedding venues. My experience at the venue was in a few words. Professional clean and very well run. Everything at the Harbor View was on time and in line with most weddings I have photographed. They have a great space for guests to be inside or out.  Make sure to view the wedding slide show from a wedding a photographed at Jones Landing. Planing a wedding on Peaks Island? If you want to go over what I can offer you on as a wedding photographer please contact me today.  603-367-4657


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1. Number of guest that you can Jones Landing accommodate?
200+/- seated

2. What sets your wedding venue apart from other?
We have an attached 80′ X 40′ deck that has a “tree house feel” with an unobstructed view of Portland Harbor. Lovely garden areas, deep water docking facilities, unbeatable sunset view of Portland’s skyline.  We allow only one event per day and the ending time can be as late as 1:00 am.
3. What are some of the top menu items on offer? 

The Black Tie caterers have been the exclusive caterer at the harbor view for over 10 years. They offer complete event planning services as well as custom weddings and rehearsal dinners featuring locally sourced menu choices from casual to elegant. They offer farm to table dinners like lobster bakes, pig roasts or a five course formal dinner. Please contact them today to book your event.

“The Black Tie Company offers personalized service and outstanding cuisine, as well as wedding planning services, to organize and manage your event from the smallest to the largest details. We are also available to assist you in creating a wedding ceremony or reception that compliments your personal style, family traditions and customs. As Portland’s premiere caterer for almost 20 years, The Black Tie Company has knowledge of experienced, reputable wedding professionals and local vendors who we feel confident will provide excellent services for your big day. Your wedding day is the most important day of your life and together, we’ll create the wedding of your dreams!”


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4. How far out should couples be looking to book their date at Jones Landing ? (how full is 2017-18)
Typically one year out is good, but if you have a specific date in mind, it’s never too early to lock it down. 
5. In a few words (or a lot) what does a wedding look like at your location? If you were talking to someone, how would you describe your venue? 
Quintessential island wedding venue. Ferry transport to a water front venue mere steps away, ceremony site overlooking Portland Harbor in a luscious garden area. Out of doors cocktail, dining, and dancing space with superb water views, overlooking a private marina and Portland skyline.
6. Top 5 tips for new brides getting married at the venue?
Select your venue, select your event planner and have them help you decide the rest.  
7. What is your top 5 tips/advise to new couples getting married at your wedding venue?
Relax, Relax, Relax, let your event planner do the work.
Contact Robin at 207.766.5652  or
Wedding at Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa | Getting Married at a Omni Hotel in New Hampshire

Wedding at Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa | Getting Married at a Omni Hotel in New Hampshire

Wedding at Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa

Venue: Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa
Photographer: Joe Martin Photography


The wedding I want to share with you today takes us to one of Mount Washington Valleys most northern resorts. I was at the New Hampshire wedding venue The Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa in Whitefield, New Hampshire. This grand hotel was built in 1865. Can you think of all the work that must have been put in to creating this landmark hotel? Starting out as nothing more then a large home, truly it was a small lodge and over the years transformed into the magnificent building we see today.

The resort is colored in a bright yellow. The sister resort to it’s larger neighbor, the Mount Washington hotel another wedding venue in New Hampshire.  Both spaces are truly grand. With the large lawns and gardens, they can host two weddings at the same time. They also have reception halls for multi-events. I was the second shooter at this wedding. It was a last minute booking and I heard from the man shooter only a few days before this wedding. I do not have getting ready photos of the bride for this reason.

On this day, I met with the groom, Stephen, in one of the great parlor rooms off the lobby, in the main building. They had some great chairs a great table and the best part was the large chess board. As I spent time chatting to the guys, they had help with their boutonnière’s and we took some photos in this great room. I posed them a bit. Asked them to do a selfie. They were truly playing chess for the table shot. They did not have time to finish, but word was that one of them had learned from some real pros or had taken some sort of chess class in school. We had our short shoot then made are way out side to the back garden area.

There is a cool pond, with a small bridge and little river flowing into the pond. The men walked to the front of the crowd of family and friends that were sitting ready for the bride to make her entrance. The bridesmaids made their way down and around the pond to the front side of the garden. The sun was bright and hot and the photos were coming so bright and popping. The ceremony including a solo from a family friend and a wedding sand ceremony. The blending of the Sand is a unique way to symbolize two lives becoming one. The bride and groom shared a kiss. The groom surprised every one with a nice dip. I knew he was going to do this so I was set on the side with a wide lens to make sure I could capture the whole dip. As a photographer if I had shot this from the center of the aisle, like i do with most kisses I would have taken the photo and most likely missed it as the dip is a wide move and the parents in the front row can block the heads of the bride and groom. make sure you know your couples plans.

If you are a couple looking for a photographer, make sure you share your ideas with them. Nothing would be worse then once your photos come back and your kiss is missing. The rest of the night was seamless. We headed out front for some bridal photos and set up for the family photos. The hotel made for a nice backdrop as well the grand view did for the bridal party photos. We returned later in the night for a few twilight photos.

The Crystal Ballroom was a truly grand room. One of the best venue rooms for a wedding I have seen in New Hampshire. The toasts were grand, the food was grand, the dancing was grand. It was truly elegant. At the end of the night, the bride and two of here bridesmaids made their way to the dance floor. They lip-sync/danced to the 90’s hit song “I Want You back” by N Sync. Ending the night with the twilight photos was great. We left the bride and groom to hang with their friends and family when our work was done. I made the trip back over Crawford Notch I was truly grateful to have been a this wedding.



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