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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.

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


The day before Annie and Kenny’s wedding was a rainy, dismal mess, and I knew that things couldn’t be good when I noticed there was a flood warning for Brunswick.  Soon after, I heard that the lawn under their tent had flooded, making it a poor location for their reception.  The two of them discussed possibly moving their wedding to another location, but at the last minute decided to stay put and somehow make do with what they had.  I like to say there’s always a good solution to just about everything on a wedding day, and that proved true, although a little bit of luck and skill made the results sweeter.  The rain stopped, the tables were places across the lawn, creating a whimsical al fresco dining experience, and the wonderful team of vendors, friends, and family stepped up to make sure everything would go off without a hitch.  Special kudos goes to Megan Lord of Pencil Events, who oversaw and made many of the changes that made their wedding day feel like it was meant to happen the way it happened.

Shall we continue on with some images?  I have more to add as we go along!

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I Do Spas attended to Annie’s hair and Amanda Michlon of Trademark Salon & Spa airbrushed Annie to perfection (although she was already gorgeous to begin with!)

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Annie and Kenny planned the wedding in the span of about six months, despite their busy schedules with med school (Kenny) and cofounding/running a start up (Annie).

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Meanwhile, Tammie, my second photographer, captured the guys getting ready as they struggled with their ties.  Guys, remember to set aside extra time to tie your ties, EVEN if you’ve practiced!

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photos-of-maine-weddings-ak (3)brunswick-maine-wedding-photographer-ak (4)Annie and Kenny elected to do a first look, which was the perfect moment for them to take a moment before they made their vows and said their I dos to really focus on each other.

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Look at these reactions!  How can you not do a first look?

By the way, sight unseen beside me was Josh Swan of Media Northeast.  He’s one of my very favorite videographers because he’s so considerate and easy to work with.  I’m rather picky when it comes to videographers, and he gets my full vote of confidence!

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After some wedding party photos with a wonderful wedding party, it was off to the First Parish Church in Brunswick.

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What an exit, right?

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We headed to Bowdoin College for a few quick portraits before heading to their reception.

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I can’t get enough of these bouquets, crafted ever so lovingly by Sarah of Watershed Floral.  Her work is always impeccable.


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maine-summer-wedding-ak (1)Why walk into your reception when you can surprise your guests and arrive by BOAT?  We feared the boat entrance would need to be called off due to the tide and the chance for rain, but everything worked out perfectly and Annie and Kenny got their epic entrance.

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As mentioned before, Megan of Pencil Events attended to the coordination of the event, and she was needed when plans were suddenly changed last minute.  During the small break between the ceremony and cocktail hour, she worked at breakneck pace to assure that everything was in just the right place and was the superstar of the day.


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Guests were asked to wear whimsical cocktail attire, so I was amused to see fascinators, LL Bean boots, bright bowties, and pinstripes worn with flair by Annie and Kenny’s fashionable guests.

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We took a quick 5 minutes to take just a few more portraits in the backyard.

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Guests played lawn games as they drank delicious beverages, such a giant scrabble, and completed fun guestbook pages.

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Annie and Kenny’s friends and family went wild for their first dance.



Afterwards, guests feasted on surf and turf by Coastal Critters.

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Photographer: Kate Crabtree Photography
Second Photographer: Tammie Wardwell
Wedding Planner: Megan Lord, Pencil Events
Church: First Parish Church, Brunswick Maine
Venue: Private Residence, Brunswick Maine
Videographer: Media Northeast
Caterer: Coastal Critters
Baker: Dayspring Catering, Annabelle Stone
Florist: Watershed Floral
Dress Shop: Wedding Atelier
Dress: Liancarlo
Suits: Suit Supply
Makeup: Amanda’s Trademark Salon & Spa
Hair: I Do Spas
Stationary: Bride
DJ: Kevin Lee
Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals
Wedding Favors: Stonewall Kitchen