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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.

Shortly after I arrived at Camp Mataponi to cover Sara and Arthur’s wedding day, while Sara was running around (with her hair in rollers!) making sure every last detail was perfect, Arthur surprised her with a card.  After opening it and carefully scanning it, she began to laugh and cry, and said, over and over, while hugging various family member, “I’m going to Tahiti!  But I packed for the Mediterranean!”  Arthur had secretly planned the perfect honeymoon and had completely mislead his wife-to-be, and her tears of joy, which were shared by those around her, made me realize that this day was going to be spectacular.

Everything was wonderful– the music, the details (of which there were many!), the gorgeous flowers, but perhaps most of all, Sara and Arthur’s adorable corgi Pickle, who photobombed as many photos as he could (as you’ll see below).

Special props must be given to Greg Young of Northeast Event Design, who was an incredible DJ.  The purple uplighting looked gorgeous and his DJing was hip and never corny or ridiculous.  You should definitely check him out if you’re currently looking for excellent music at your wedding or event!

Below are a few of my favorite photos from the wedding (along with a few other stories).  Sara and Arthur, have fun in Tahiti!  I can’t wait for our coastal post-wedding session once you return!

Sara did a boudoir session with the fabulous Tess J Photography (one of the best boudoir photographers in the state!) and surprised Arthur with an album.  He thoroughly enjoyed it, to say the least.

He also received these socks, which he later showed off while he was dancing.

Pickle had to be the center of attention even though his parents were trying to get married.  Sheesh.

These two sang the Book of Love and had me in tears, which is hard to do (I’m usually too focused on what I’m doing to cry).  You two were awesome!

One of the reasons why investing in a collection with a second shooter is so awesome is because it provides for the ability to get the same moment from two different angles.  One is a little more romantic, the second… rather funny.

Photographer: Kate Crabtree Photography
Second Shooter/Assistant to the Photographer: Lexi of Walla Photography
Venue: Camp Mataponi
Caterer: 111 Maine
Florist: Alda Stich
Baker: The Bankery
Dress: Midgley, purchased at Andrea’s Bridal
Makeup and Hair: Jennifer FitzGerald of People’s Salon & Spa
DJ: Greg Young of Northeast Event Design


The wedding certainly wasn’t traditional; there was no assigned seating, no traditional wedding party, and the groom even peeked in on the bride in her suite after she had put on her wedding dress.  But it was perfect, because David and Elizabeth didn’t want a stiff and formal wedding day, but rather one that was focused on their love for their friends and family.  The pair definitely succeeded and their wedding day was nothing short of magical.  Can we go back and do it again, please?

Elizabeth grew up in Blue Hill, so the two decided to marry at the John Peters Estate on a remarkably temperate day without a single cloud to be seen.  The estate is a photographer’s dream– large, airy rooms, amazing wallpaper, the ocean only feet away, plenty of room for all of your friends and family who you want to keep close on your wedding day… sigh.  It’s definitely one of my new favorite venues on the Maine coast.

Here are only a few of my favorite photos from Elizabeth and David’s wedding day.  Thank you for inviting me to be a part of it, and enjoy your time in Mexico!

Classic J. Crew dress and sensible TOMS shoes.  Good pairing!

I swooned when I received this letterpress invitation suite in the mail– her little sister, Kathleen, designed it for her!

Before we were to do our first look, David decided to cheat by taking a peek.  Tsk tsk!

Elizabeth and David were complete naturals in front of the camera.  I’d just have to make a suggestion as to how to position themselves and they’d blow my expectations out of the water.  I was a pretty happy photographer.

The bouquet was from Sweet Pea Gardens… and I think that photo on the right is now my all-time favorite bouquet shot.

They hung out together before the ceremony because they threw tradition out the window and decided to focus on what counted that day– their relationship.  And had they not relaxed on that couch, I wouldn’t have gotten this awesome shot.

David’s watching you, Elizabeth!

Several of these photos are Lexi’s, my second shooter for the day who did an incredible job, but I have to point out this one, which I WISH I could claim was my own!

Sometimes you just have to do a front handspring for joy.

I love it when my couples agree to leave their reception for 10-15 minutes to get a few photos at sunset.  You can’t go wrong with stunning lighting like this!

The Zach Jones Band played so hard that they blew a generator, so for a short while there was dancing in the dark.  They were absolutely fabulous and managed to get all ages up on the dance floor.

Photographer: Kate Crabtree Photography
Assistant to the photographer/Second shooter: Lexi of Walla Photography
Venue: John Peters Estate
Hair: Samantha Hutchinson of Verde Salon
Dress: J. Crew
Shoes: Toms
Invitations and Paper Goods: Letterpress by Boxcar Letterpress, designed by Kathleen Allen
Florist: Sweet Pea Gardens
Caterer: Rioux Catering
Baker: Rioux Catering
Music: Zach Jones Band

  • Megan Lord - WOW!!!! Soooooo much to die for here! Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Allen - Can’t wait to see the rest of the photos. You captured the day perfectly!!!ReplyCancel