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  • Kate Crabtree is an award winning Maine wedding photographer who creates evocative and timeless wedding photography for couples who would like their love story to be told authentically. Although she is located in Bangor, Maine (central Maine), she happily travels to coastal and southern Maine, and throughout New England to capture unique wedding photos and engagement portraits. She has been featured on Style Me Pretty, recently named as one of the top 50 wedding photographers in the United States by Weddzilla, and published in Maine Magazine and Real Maine Weddings.

I had such a fun time at Meg and Maxime’s Kettle Cove engagement session that I really looked forward to their wedding at the John Peters Estate in Blue Hill, a venue that has all sorts of stunning locations for portraits– there’s a dock, a rocky coastline, and overgrown fields.  And, the estate has pretty bedrooms to get ready in and to house some of your friends and family for your wedding weekend.  What’s not to love?

I really want to say more about Meg and Maxime’s wedding, which was brought to life by the skill of Megan Lord of Pencil Events, but it will have to wait below.  You HAVE to scroll down to see the decor, which features the most amazing tablecloths that, if I were to have another wedding, I would use IN A HEARTBEAT… but I’ve already said too much.  Oops!   Please read on!

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Loved Meg and Maxime’s invitation suite, designed by Rugg Road Paper Company, was clean, classic, and letterpress (which never fails to excite me!)

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Makeup and hair was done by Salon Verde, and everyone looked flawless!

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Fun fact– Meg and Maxime have the same initials now, so monogramming will be a breeze!  That’s a good reason to get married, folks!

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Reactions to Meg in her dress were rather happy and ecstatic.

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Tammie photographed the guys getting ready.  When they realized they didn’t have as much of a understanding on tying bowties as they thought they did, they turned to the best resource that they had– YouTube!

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We did their first look, family, and wedding party portraits after the two of them got ready.  I love it when couples elect for a first look so they can spend all or the majority of their time at cocktail hour!

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Aren’t these dresses fabulous?  They’re Lily Pulitzer– I love how they’re striped and partially see through at the bottom.  One of her bridesmaids said mentioned this is the first bridesmaid dress that she would definitely be able to wear again, which is always a plus!

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All of the bouquets and centerpieces for the wedding were done by Sweet Pea Gardens, and they were so sweet and elegant… and smelled SO GOOD!

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What a beautiful place to get married, right?

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After Meg and Maxime were named husband and wife (congratulations!) the two of them went to enjoy cocktail hour while I photographed their details, set up perfectly by Pencil Events!  Don’t you LOVE this sailcloth tent, rented from Wallace Rental?  These tents are prettier than regular event tents and are definitely worth the extra money for reception photos that look a little more elegant!

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Seriously… aren’t the tablecloths amazing?  I love the ginger jars mixed with silver vases!

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The cake was by Janice Strout of Celebration Cakes and was, like the rest of the wedding aesthetic, clean and classic.

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Speeches occured after dinner and resulted in laughter and a few wiped away tears.

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Meg and Maxime set aside some time after they finished their dinner so they could complete their portraits right before sunset.  The light for portraits is best at this time of day, so it’s always great if couples can set aside 10-15 minutes during the reception to spend some time by themselves and to take some really gorgeous portraits!

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When we returned, dancing began, fueled by the Atlantic Clarion Band and On the Fly DJ Services!

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What a wedding, Meg and Maxime!  Thank you for including me in your special day– I had such a great time capturing it!

Vendors:

Venue: John Peters Estate
Photographer: Kate Crabtree
Second Photographer: Tammie Wardwell
Coordinator: Megan Lord, Pencil Events
Caterer: A Moveable Feast
Band: Atlantic Clarion Band
DJ: On the Fly
Baker: Janice Strout, Celebration Cakes
Florist: Sweet Pea Gardens
Dress Shop: Allegria Bridal
Dress: Judd Waddell
Suits: J Crew, Ludlow Shop
Makeup, Hair: Salon Verde
Invitation Suite: Rugg Road Paper Company
Rentals: Wallace Tent Rentals

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I adored Ali and Paull when I met them for their engagement session last summer, so I was thrilled to see them again at their wedding at the Samoset Resort.  Ali grew up in Maine, and Paull in South Africa, but the two of them met in Bermuda, where they currently live.  Guests from seven different countries traveled to Maine to celebrate their gorgeous coastal wedding that had a few surprises up its sleeves… just look at the images below to find out more!

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While I photographed the ladies getting pampered by I Do Spas, Tammie photographed the guys getting ready.  While not pictured here, Josh Swan of Media Northeast, one of my favorite Maine videographers, accompanied us capturing gorgeous footage of Ali and Paull’s wedding day.

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The ceremony was short, but meaningful and sweet.  Maya almost stole the show with her exceptionally good petal throwing skills :)

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I love these monogrammed napkins– so chic!

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I love it when groomsmen share their personality via their socks :)

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We took a few portraits, and then headed back for the reception!

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I’d be remiss to not mention Will Clayton, the coordinator for all weddings at the Samoset.  I’ve NEVER worked with a better venue coordinator– his weddings run smoothly and with finesse, and it’s worth considering the Samoset  as a wedding venue if you really want to feel taken care of on your wedding day.

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There was many, many speeches, all introduced by a Master of Ceremonies who helped to make the wedding feel delightfully light, yet poignant at just the right moments.  There was laughter, tears… everything I love at a wedding!

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When Paull got up to share a few words, several rambunctious groomsmen and guests gathered silly string and water guns and didn’t let up on poor Paul, who took it all in stride.

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The first dance and parent dances were ever so sweet.

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Photographing the dance floor was a real treat– at first, I assumed that about half the guests were professional ballroom dancers, but it turns out many South African youth grow up dancing in school and for fun, so it was so much fun to photograph everyone whipping around the room with ease and grace!  DJ Jaz also helped to keep the dance floor moving with mixing South African dance music with current hits.

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There were SO many dips like this all night!

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We ended the night with a stunning sparkler exit full of light and cheers.

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Ali and Paull- congratulations!  Your wedding was so special and I felt like part of the family.  Hope your honeymoon in Maui was relaxing and awesome!

Venue: Samoset Resort
Coordinator: Will Clayton
Photographer: Kate Crabtree
Second Photographer: Tammie Wardwell
Videographer: Media Northeast
DJ: DJ Jaz Music and Entertainment
Baker: 3 Dogs Cafe/Sweet Sensations
Florist: Hoboken Gardens
Dress: Maggie Sottero
Dress Shop: Andrea’s Bridal
Suits: Alexandre London
Makeup and Hair: I Do Spas
Wedding Favors: Stonewall Kitchen, The Braai

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