Maine Wedding Photographer | Kate Crabtree Photography »

  • 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.

Blue Hill, and in particular John Peters Estate was the natural place for Maleah and Vinnie to tie the knot– not only did Maleah grow up in Blue Hill, but her childhood home is directly across from the John Peters Estate, so that past, present, and future all mingled together on a day that was beautiful and emotional.  There’s so much to say, but, as always, I’ll share more throughout the blog post!

weddings-at-the-john-peters-estate-mv (6)

Maleah’s childhood home was the perfect spot for her to get ready– not only was it a familiar place and held lots of memories, but the big windows provided great light for getting ready photos!

maine-wedding-details-mv (1)Maleah’s makeup, by Allyson Scarchilli, was gorgeous.

classic-maine-weddings-mv (1)classic-maine-wedding-photographers-mv (1)

Look at how everyone’s eyes were glowing!  That’s due to the great natural light filtering into Maleah’s bedroom!classic-maine-weddings-mv (2)timeless-maine-wedding-photography-mv (3)

candid-maine-wedding-photographers-mv (5)candid-maine-wedding-photographers-mv (3)timeless-maine-wedding-photography-mv (7)

I love it when brides plan for first looks with their dads… without prompting, the pair of them practiced their dance together.

timeless-maine-wedding-photography-mv (5)timeless-maine-wedding-photography-mv (6)getting-ready-photos-mv (3)candid-maine-wedding-photographers-mv (4)classic-maine-wedding-photographers-mv (2)

Meanwhile, Vinnie and his groomsmen got ready at the John Peters Estate, and Tammie photographed them as they  prepared for the upcoming ceremony.candid-maine-wedding-photographers-mv (1)getting-ready-photos-mv (2)getting-ready-photos-mv (1)timeless-maine-wedding-photography-mv (1)weddings-at-the-john-peters-estate-mv (2)

groomsmen-getting-ready-maine-wedding-mv (1)groomsmen-getting-ready-maine-wedding-mv (2)

The ceremony was relatively short, but sweet and full of laughter due to a song that was sung by one of their guests that had been tailored to Maleah and Vinnie.

classic-maine-wedding-photographers-mv (3)groomsmen-getting-ready-maine-wedding-mv (3)beautiful-maine-wedding-photography-mv (5)timeless-maine-wedding-photography-mv (8)weddings-in-blue-hill-maine-mv (1)beautiful-maine-wedding-photography-mv (1)weddings-at-the-john-peters-estate-mv (3)weddings-at-the-john-peters-estate-mv (4)beautiful-maine-wedding-photography-mv (3)

After some quick wedding party portraits and family portraits, we went out, took some couples portraits, and had Maleah and Vinnie back in time to enjoy the tail end of cocktail hour!weddings-at-the-john-peters-estate-mv (5)

I love working with Sue Keating of Sweet Pea Gardens- her flowers are always flawless (just wait til you see the floral arrangements she made for the reception!).  Sue also acted as a day of coordinator and did a fabulous job.

sweet-pea-gardens-bouquet-maine-mvweddings-in-blue-hill-maine-mv (5)weddings-in-blue-hill-maine-mv (2)sweet-pea-gardens-maine-weddings-mv (4)weddings-in-blue-hill-maine-mv (4)weddings-at-the-john-peters-estate-mv (1)

I loved Maleah and Vinnie’s details– they felt very elegant and rustic, with a few Maine touches sprinkled in (like the choice of stones for escort cards!)

maine-wedding-details-mv (5)maine-wedding-details-mv (2)classic-maine-weddings-mv (3)sweet-pea-gardens-maine-weddings-mv (1)maine-wedding-details-mv (3)sweet-pea-gardens-maine-weddings-mv (3)sweet-pea-gardens-maine-weddings-mv (5)engaging-maine-wedding-photography-mv (1)


The dances and speeches were sweet and made for some great candids.classic-maine-weddings-mv (4)classic-maine-weddings-mv (5)photojournalistic-maine-wedding-photography-mv (1)engaging-maine-wedding-photography-mv (2)engaging-maine-wedding-photography-mv (3)

The dance floor was headed by Retrospecticus, who did such a good job at getting people out of their seats and onto the dancefloor that it was hard for me to wriggle my way into the throngs of people dancing (but yet I managed to do it!)
candid-maine-wedding-photos (1)candid-maine-wedding-photos (2)candid-maine-wedding-photos (3)candid-maine-wedding-photos (4)candid-maine-wedding-photos (5)photojournalistic-maine-wedding-photography-mv (3)photojournalistic-maine-wedding-photography-mv (4)classic-maine-weddings-mv (6)

What a gorgeous wedding day you two had, Maleah and Vinnie!  You two were simply stunning on your wedding day, and I had a wonderful time seeing you two through your friends and families eyes.  Thanks for letting me capture your wedding day!


Venue: John Peters Estate
Photographer: Kate Crabtree Photography
Second: Tammie Wardwell
Band: Retrospecticus
Ceremony Musician: Atlantic Clarion Steel Band
Caterer: Trillium Caterers
Baker: Let Them Eat Cake
Florist: Sweet Pea Gardens
Dress Shop: Vows
Wedding Dress: Judd Waddell
Suits: J Crew
Makeup: Allyson Scarchilli
Hair: Angela Kirk
Wedding Rentals: Wallace Tent


  • Rene - Gorgeous, Kate!ReplyCancel

  • anne piazza - So, so beautiful, Kate! You really captured the day beautifully- and quite subtly I might add.
    Thank you so much for your close attention to detail, and making the process so seamless and enjoyable. AnneReplyCancel


A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending a gorgeous afternoon evening with Mary Beth and Ben in Camden, Maine as we worked together to create gorgeous portraits of them.  Although I “meet” many of my couples prior to their wedding via Skype or the phone, it’s always wonderful if we can meet them in person, and even better if we can complete an engagement session prior to their big day.  Although it’s not always the case, I find it puts many couples at ease to know what it’s like to be photographed prior to their wedding so that they can rock the portrait portion of their wedding day!  I definitely think Mary Beth and Ben are now ready for their 2015 Sugarloaf wedding next year!

Anyway, I should get back to Mary Beth and Ben.  Let’s look at their session.  This first image (my favorite!) was created at sunset on Mt. Battie, but you shall have to wait to see more images from the gorgeous mountaintop… on with the rest of the images!


We started the session in the Camden amphitheatre, and continued to the harbor, where Mary Beth and Ben laughed and made my job easy.

camden-maine-engagement-portraits-mbb (2)

coastal-maine-engagement-portraits-mbb (1)

Look at the family of ducks that decided to pass by!

camden-maine-engagement-portraits-mbb (3)camden-maine-engagement-portraits-mbb (1)

Next, we headed to Megunticook lake.  Mary Beth and Ben had brought along a canoe, so Ben got right in and gave Mary Beth a ride :)

midcoast-maine-engagement-portraits-mbb (3)

canoe-engagement-photos-maine-mbb (1)canoe-engagement-photos-maine-mbb (2)

coastal-maine-engagement-portraits-mbb (2)

coastal-maine-engagement-portraits-mbb (3)

It was approaching sunset, so we sped up the nearby Mt. Battie to catch the sunset.  What made it even better was that there was a supermoon which hung high and large in the sky, which really completed the sunset and our awesome day.

mt-battie-engagement-photos-mbb (3)

mt-battie-engagement-photos-mbb (2)

midcoast-maine-engagement-portraits-mbb (1)

Thanks, Mary Beth and Ben!  I can’t wait for next year! :)