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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.

There’s nothing like a wedding on Mount Desert Island, and the Asticou Inn, located in Northeast Harbor, Maine, didn’t disappoint with its quintessentially Maine charm and spectacular ocean views.   Jess and Alan invited their closest friends and family to take part in the blending of their two families, and the results were simply heartwarming AND picturesque.

I’ll share more as we go along.  Onto the photos!

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Bella Spa did a great job on Jess’s makeup and was such a calming, relaxed presence– a plus at any wedding!

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Meanwhile, Tammie photographed Alan, and his two sons, Evan and Dylan, while they prepared for the wedding.

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Jess and Alan shared a first look so that they could do their portraits prior to their ceremony.  Look how happy Alan is to see her!

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coastal-maine-photographer-ja (1)After the portraits, we took a quick breather and then went on to the ceremony!

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Evan and Dylan did great with transporting the rings to their father.

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Jess’s grandfather shed tears of joy!

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Is there not the prettiest ceremony backdrop?  It’s one of the very best in Maine!

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Jess and Alan went to enjoy cocktail hour.  All of the gorgeous bouquets/centerpieces/bouts/etc. were carefully put together by Cottage Flowers.

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And then on to the reception they went, where toasts were given before dinner.

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It was too pretty out to dance under the tent, so a few cocktail tables were moved and all of the first dances were done with the lovely lawn and ocean as a backdrop.


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If you look closely, Jess’s grandfather is up in the window.  He sat there and applauded for all of the dances!

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The dance floor was jazzed up by Joe Dionne, who especially got Evan and Dylan grooving and pulling out their best moves (including splits)!

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Photographer: Kate Crabtree Photography
Second Photographer: Tammie Wardwell
Venue: Asticou Inn
Caterer: Asticou Inn
DJ: Joe Dionne
Florist: Cottage Flowers
Makeup: Bella Spa
Hair: Echo Salon
Dress: Custom, Modern Trousseau
Suits: Macy’s
Wedding Rentals: Wallace Tent & Party Rentals

  • Lily Saratoga - Beautiful pictures! Congratulations Jess and Alan! Jess, it was a pleasure getting to know you and your mom. You were a gorgeous Lily Bride and we wish you all the best!ReplyCancel


Crystal and Brent live in Ohio, but love Maine, so they, with their pup Haley, jumped into their car and made the two day drive to the incredibly scenic Bar Harbor, Maine for their wedding in the Porcupine Room at the Bar Harbor Inn.  They were joined by 30 or so family and friends, most of whom also made a trek to experience the magic of the Maine coast.  Maine didn’t disappoint on their wedding day– Mount Desert Island was showing off with its blue skies with perfect puffy clouds, and really pulled out all the stops with one of the best sunsets I’ve seen this summer.   I’ll share a little more as the blog progresses– this first image was taken on Cadillac Mountain.  That view is stunning, right?

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Crystal got ready at the Balance Rock Inn with her family and bridesmaids, which was quaint and right in downtown Bar Harbor.

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We took a quick bridal portrait on the staircase.  The window provided some dramatic light that suited Crystal’s incredibly dramatic (and heavy!) dress.

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Crystal arrived to the Holy Redeemer in a horse drawn carriage.  I rode in it for a little while to take some photos, and it was a lot of fun.  JL Gray Draft Horses did an excellent job helping Crystal make an unforgettable entrance!

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Josh Swan of Media Northeast isn’t pictured in any of these photos (we like to stay out of each other’s photos and video!) but he was hired as a videographer for Crystal and Brent’s wedding and, as always, was a pleasure to work with.  He’s one of my very favorite wedding videographers to work with– kind, unobtrusive, and a great team player!


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After their ceremony, friends and family gathered around to provide Crystal and Brent with a bubble exit.

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We took a few portraits in Bar Harbor, and then spent some time in Acadia finding scenic spots for portraits.  Keep in mind that should you want portraits in Acadia that it takes a long time to do the full loop.  It’s definitely worth doing portraits in the park, but make sure to set aside enough time to make the most out of your scenic portraits!

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This red rocky coastline is so pretty, isn’t it?

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Cottage Flowers did a lovely job with Crystal’s bouquets and centerpieces.

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And back to the inn we went for Crystal and Brent’s reception!

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Crystal and Brent went all out on cutting the cake.

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At sunset, Crystal, Brent, and the wedding party joined me outside for a few more portraits near the water.  The skies were incredible and the lighting divine.  You can’t go wrong with setting aside a few minutes at sunset for a few extra photos, and you’ll get the added bonus of a little quiet time away from your family and friends to really soak in the fact that you’ve just gotten married!

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The Margaret Todd was just coming in as we finished up portraits– thanks for providing such a great backdrop! ;)

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I had so much fun, Crystal and Brent, at your wedding– thanks for including me!


Venue: Bar Harbor Inn
Photographer: Kate Crabtree Photography
Videographer: Josh Swan, Media Northeast
Caterer and Baker: Bar Harbor Inn
Church: Holy Redeemer
Florist: Cottage Flowers
Dress Shop: Jan’s Bridal
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero
Suits: American Commodore
Hair: Bar Harbor Inn Spa
Ceremony Musicians: Isleen Halvorsen (harpist), Kevin Birch (organist)
Horse Carriage: JL Gray Draft Horses