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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, Seacoast Weddings, and Real Maine Weddings.

Before Christina and Justin hired me to be their wedding photographer, we chatted on the phone. One of their questions was, “how well can you handle photographing motion?” I said I could definitely handle fast-paced moments, and asked for more info. “Oh, we suspect our guests may be doing some backflips, juggling may be involved, and we’re planning on doing a fire dance. We’re circus enthusiasts.”

Say what?? My interest was immediately piqued. I photograph a variety of Maine weddings every year, but this one was most definitely different. I put it on the calendar, had zero idea of what to expect, but looked forward to spending time in Brooklin with Christina, Justin, and their friends and family.

Although there were no backflips to be found, the wedding featured a wealth of activities to photograph that were as unique as Christina and Justin. Sword juggling, a fire dance, a gigantic beach ball (which was used to play a real life version of Katamari), a firey sword cake cutting… and although these activities had me smiling from ear to ear (and made me want to join the circus), it was Christina and Justin’s infectious personalities and close knit relationships that really inspired me. Their cuddly spirits were exceptionally photogenic and made me feel like a part of the clan for the day.

Here are my very favorite photos from my day with Christina and Justin. Here’s to hoping I get a chance to photograph another fire dance in the future!

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Venue: Private Residence, Brooklin Maine
Photographer: Kate Crabtree
Second Photographer: Tammie Wardwell
Caterer: Moveable Feast
Baker: Affectionate Confections
Florist: Dan’s Flower Farm
Dress Shop: Vows Boston
Suit: SuitSupply
Hair: Hairbender Salon
Rentals: Wallace Events

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On the Tuesday prior to their wedding, Dennis sent me an email.  He had noticed the 95% chance of rain, and although he was trying to be cool as a cucumber, I could tell- he was NERVOUS.  And, who wouldn’t be with such a forecast?  When I had seen it, I thought, ho boy, this isn’t the best news! but I assured Dennis that you can’t take Maine’s forecasts seriously until Thursday evening for a Saturday wedding, and to sit back and enjoy the week.  After all, I said, remember- focus on the fact that you’re marrying the love of your life.  That’s what matters!

He replied, “the last bit was what I definitely needed to hear.  THANK YOU.” And this only confirmed to me that Kate was really marrying a stand up guy.

Lo and behold, while there was rain on Kate and Dennis’ wedding day at The Inn on Peaks Island, it mostly held off until after the ceremony, so we lucked out with beautiful grey-blue skies and a breeze perfect for whipping Kate’s veil ever so romantically for their first look and portraits on the beautiful coast of Peaks Island, Maine.  And so Kate and Dennis had the best of both worlds- they were blessed with good luck by the rain, but it didn’t impact any of the major parts of their wedding day.  Success!

This wedding has so many lovely things- foggy skies for day, a stray cat, laughter, tears, and my favorite thing- two people who are so happy and in love that it’s almost too easy to create beautiful photos of the pair loving each other.  Thank you for making my job easy, Kate and Dennis.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from Kate and Dennis’ wedding day.  Enjoy!

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Vendors

Venue: The Inn on Peaks Island
Photographer: Kate Crabtree
Baker: Foley’s Cakes and Two Fat Cats Bakery
Florist: The Windham Flower Shop
Makeup: Amy Valente – Makeup, Then Kiss
Hair: Callie Day – Adalia Salon
Dress Shop: Andrea’s Bridal
Wedding Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero
Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals
Stationary: The Paper Patch
Photobooth: GingerSnap Rentals
DJ: Music Man DJ Services
Wedding Favor: Stonewall Kitchen

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