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  • Kate Crabtree is an award winning Maine documentary wedding photographer who creates exuberant wedding photography for couples who wear their hearts on their sleeves. 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.

Kari and Mike booked me sight unseen, but I had the good fortune to meet them prior to their wedding.  Early on in our meeting, Mike quipped, “this is my first coffee date!” and I thought to myself, “AHH!  SHOULD HAVE MET THEM AT THE BAR!”  Regardless, it didn’t matter- despite the lack of booze, I really fell for Kari and Mike’s easy, happy personalities, felt completely at ease with them within minutes, and looked forward to their June wedding at the Harbor View at Jones Landing on Peaks Island, Maine.

And, of course, their wedding didn’t disappoint.  Headed by the fabulous Heather Cuzzi of Cairn Events, I was treated to beautifully appointed details, a flower crown AND veil, a ferry ride on a beautifully sunny and warm day, and a sunset that didn’t stop giving.  But the best part about the wedding was how happy everyone was- not only did Kari and Mike not stop smiling, but their family and friends were so incredibly happy to be celebrating their love for this fabulous duo.  They certainly made it easy for me to create beautiful, emotional photos!

Kari and Mike, thank you so much for letting me join in on your wedding day.  Next time, we’re going to a bar. <3

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Venue: Harbor View at Jones Landing
Planner/Floral design: Heather Cuzzi, Cairn Events
Photographer: Kate Crabtree
Second Photographer: Tammie Wardwell
Caterer: The Black Tie Company
Band: High Five Swan Dive
Ceremony Musician: Pete Caperonis
Flowers: Snell Family Farm
Makeup/Hair: Alison Bogannon
Officiant: Brent Lapp
Videographer: Hindsight Weddings Films
Lighting: The Event Light Pros
Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals
Dress Shop: The Bridal Garden
Wedding Dress: Watters
Suit: Indochino
Stationary: BT Elements, FactoryMade


When I asked Sonia what she was most looking forward to on her wedding day during her Portland Maine engagement session, besides marrying Matt, of course, she mentioned how much she looked forward to seeing the Portland Head Light and having portraits done there.  However, a few weeks prior to Sonia and Matt’s wedding I caught wind of the fact that the lighthouse was being painted, and ugly scaffolding had been set up, making one of the most photographed lighthouses into something rather unattractive.  We decided to scrap our plan of doing portraits there, but Sonia was having a hard time deciding which other lighthouse she would like to visit during portraits- none of them compared to the Portland Head Light.  On the day of their engagement session I stopped by a few local lighthouses so I could evaluate which would be the best portrait location, and decided to stop by the Head Light just to see how the painting was coming along, and lo and behold, the scaffolding had just been taken down that day.  What a wedding miracle!

On Sonia and Matt’s wedding day we were faced with rain, but as we doggedly drove to Fort Williams after their ceremony at St. Luke’s Cathedral, the rain cleared, and we were left with the prettiest blue skies and waters, lush greenery, and picturesque views of the Portland Head Light.  Rain was certainly good luck on Sonia and Matt’s wedding day!

After their portraits, we headed to Grace Restaurant, where Sonia and Matt met their friends and family for their reception and spiritedly enjoyed food, drink, and each other.

While the vendor team was amazing, I need to give a shout out to Wendy Caron of Dragonfly Services.  Wendy is an amazing day-of-coordinator who strives to be both a calming presence while taking charge of the situation when anything is running behind.  She’s a must if you don’t want to worry about handling everything on your wedding day!

Here are a few of my favorite photos from Sonia and Matt’s wedding day.  Enjoy!

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Venue: Grace Restaurant
Church: St. Luke’s Cathedral
Reverend: Suzanne Roberts
Day of Wedding Coordinator: Wendy Caron, Dragonfly Services
Photographer: Kate Crabtree
Second Photographer: Tammie Wardwell
Baker: Let Them Eat Cake
Florist: Emily Carter Floral Designs
Dress Shop: The White Dress Boutique
Dress Designer: Allure
Makeup/Hair: Akari