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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.

It’s not often I have weddings in eastern Maine (they tend to be in midcoast and southern Maine), so I was intrigued when I was contacted about Danielle’s wedding in Alexander, Maine (close to Calais).  And I was in for a treat- their wedding took place on Danielle’s parents’ sprawling lakeside property that was manicured to perfection.  The property had it all- gardens, woods, and lakeside frontage, and I had such a blast creating portraits of the two of them after their wedding because I had so much to work with.

The vendor team was spectacular and so much fun to work with.  Wendy Caron, contracted through Diane York Weddings and Events, was absolutely fabulous in her role as day-of-coordinator and attended to every little detail with finesse.  Stacia of Stacia Makeup Artistry traveled from southern Maine to glam Danielle and her girls and did excellent work as always.  Josh Swan of Media Northeast, one of my favorite videographers in the state, also traveled from down south and made my job easier.  Batteries Not Included traveled all the way from Rhode Island to pack the dance floor (and so they did!). And Wallace Events set up their tent, which looked magical nestled up in the trees.  Check it out at twilight below (it’s the last image)- it’s stunning!  There’s nothing like working with a vendor team I know and trust- it just makes the day go more smoothly.

Danielle and Jeff, thank you for letting me capture your love.  Here are a selection of my favorite photos from your wedding day- enjoy!

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Wedding Vendors:

Wedding Coordinator: Wendy Caron via Diane York Weddings
Venue: Private Residence
Photographer: Kate Crabtree
Second Photographer: Tammie Wardwell
Videographer: Media Northeast
Wedding Rentals/Tent: Wallace Events
Makeup/hair: Stacia Tetrault
Band: Batteries
Baker: Sandra Hodgins
Caterer: Jeff’s Catering
Florist: Janey Morrell
Dress: David’s Bridal
Suits: Men’s Wearhouse


Every wedding I attend is a special day, but Michelle and Shawn’s wedding felt particularly magical to me.  I photographed Michelle’s sister’s Blue Hill wedding last year, and Michelle and Shawn’s Blue Hill engagement session allowed me to get to know the two of them and her mom, Barbara, even better as we toured around the area.  On their wedding day, I felt like I was a part of their family and didn’t want to leave as they all crowded on the dancefloor, Michelle spinning around and around with a gigantic smile that never left her face.

Rain threatened to ruin our portrait time in Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, but we managed to avoid all rain and benefit from the gorgeous, stormy skies that made their scenic oceanside photos pop.  When we returned to cocktail hour (Michelle and Shawn arranged to have their cocktail hour begin a few hours after the ceremony so they would have time to take portraits in Acadia and enjoy their own party- great idea!) I was thrilled to see the Bar Harbor Club’s ballroom gorgeously set up with classic, timeless details that reflected Michelle and Shawn’s style beautifully.  In particular, their centerpieces and bouquets (crafted ever so lovingly by Fleurishes) were favorites of mine.

Vendor work that I particularly loved included her stationary designer (check out the menu below, designed by Parrott Design Studio, their transportation (I love Oli’s Trolley!), and Retrospecticus, a favorite wedding band of mine, kept their dance floor packed and energetic.

At the end of the evening, Michelle and Shawn’s wedding party set up a flash mob to make her smile, and their reactions to the surprise choreographed dance were priceless.  I hadn’t thought the two of them could be any happier, but I was wrong!

Below are just a few of my favorites from their wedding day.  Enjoy!

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Wedding Vendors:

Venue: Bar Harbor Club
Wedding Coordinator: Emily Margiotti
Photographer: Kate Crabtree
Second Photographer: Tammie Wardwell
Band: Retrospecticus
Baker: Janice Strout, Celebration Cakes
Florist: Fleurishes
Dress Shop: Gabriella Bridal
Wedding Dress Designer: Legends by Romona Keveza
Suits: BLACK by Vera Wang
Makeup: David Aikman
Hair: Salon NaturELLES
Stationary: Parrott Design Studio
Ceremony Musician: Kimberly Haller
Transportation: Oli’s Trolley