Alex & Isaiah’s Bar Harbor Club Wedding

I fell in love with Alex and Isaiah when I met Alex and her parents for the first time at a coffee shop. Isaiah wasn’t there, but Alex shared the story of how they got engaged, and I fell in love with Isaiah from afar. You see, Isaiah wanted to surprise Alex in a big way, and decided, with help with Alex’s parents, to pull off something epic. While Alex and her family were vacationing and hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains, Isaiah traveled there secretly, slept in a Wal-Mart parking lot the night prior (he was worried she might spot him), woke up early, and hiked several miles to a waterfall. Meanwhile, Mindy prodded the family to start their hike at an early hour, and Alex had the surprise of her life when Isaiah was there, with Alex’s grandmother’s engagement ring, asking if she would marry him. How can you not fall for someone after hearing about such a loving plan that was executed so well?

Within minutes of Alex and Isaiah’s wedding day I felt like I was a member of their warm and cuddly families. No emotion was held back, no touch spared, and I could tell how much everyone loved each other. Perhaps the cuddliest of all were Isaiah’s five (YES, FIVE) sisters, who constantly hugged everyone, cried, and laughed. Perfection. One of my favorite parts of getting ready, which I heard about from my rad second photographer, Ashley, was how Isaiah’s grandmother tended to his needs during getting ready- she ironed his shirt, and even wrapped him in towels when he realized he was hungry after getting fully dressed.

We put aside some time during the early afternoon to take portraits at Jordan Pond in Acadia, and lucked out with the sun burning through the clouds just as portraits began. Even though the park was crowded during Memorial Day weekend, we found beautiful little pockets to avoid all the intrigued onlookers. Special props are in order to Bernard, Mitchell, and Michelle, who drove us around the busy park- I was so thankful for their help.

The rest of the day passed in a blur. Alex and Isaiah’s parents lovingly stood by their sides during an emotional ceremony at the Bar Harbor Club, and after cocktail hour, the evening proceeded with a first dance to Adam Sandler’s I Wanna Grow Old With You (which felt like such a perfect choice), tearjerker toasts, and of course, the hora, that had everyone up on their feet. The dance floor was packed, thanks to Greg Young of Northeast Entertainment– he’s so good at what he does.

Here’s a few of my favorite photos from their wedding day. Enjoy!

A striking portrait of the wedding couple at the Bar Harbor club in Maine

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Photographer: Kate Crabtree
Second Photographer: Ashley L Conti
DJ: Northeast Entertainment (Greg Young)
Officiant: Rabbi Joel Buchband
Florist: The Bud Connection
Makeup/hair: Echo Salon
Dress Shop: Lovely Bride Philadelphia
Wedding Dress Designer: Watters
Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

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Cregan, the Cutest Westie in Maine

Oh, where do I begin? Cregan is one of the studliest West Highland Terriers I’ve ever met, and I’m lucky to know his mom, who just so happens to be one of the best hair stylists in the state (you should hire Aphrodite Salon for your wedding, but be warned- Colleen books SUPER far in advance. 2020 couples, book her now!). Whenever I see her, I get to also cuddle Cregan and give him belly rubs, which is a delight in and of itself. So when she asked me to capture some portraits of him around Portland, I was super excited. I don’t normally take on dog portraits, but.. it’s Cregan. How could I say no to that precious face and winsome smile? So we spent a few hours enjoying a beautiful May day, wandering around the Old Port, checking out the smells, and we finished up at Portland Head Light, where we were treated to some golden light and a pastel sunset. And, of course, some open mouth grins from Cregan… you know, when he felt like it. Most of the time he just wanted to smell the smells, greet a pup or two, and get into some mischief, just like a Westie should.

What? You’re not following Cregan on Instagram? You should. He’s basically famous, and did I say how devastatingly handsome he is? He makes Instagram feed better.

Here’s a few of my favorites from our afternoon together. Enjoy! 

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Christie & Brett’s Cape Elizabeth Engagement Session

While I’ve photographed many engagement sessions in the past, I’ve never started one with gelato, and I’ve got to say- meeting Christie and Brett over one of life’s best desserts was a fantastic idea. Christie and Brett are huge Gelato Fiasco fans and knew they needed to share it with their friends and family at their upcoming wedding, so I joined them for a tasting. How lucky am I? Once they had made their final decisions for their wedding, we took their 3 year old corgi, Tucker, for a walk around the Old Port, and, let me tell you- I felt like I was walking around with a celebrity.  Tucker had it going on, and every single passerby seemed to know it AND wanted some Tucker action. Now, I have a small, fluffy pup, and I’m used to getting stares and excitement from strangers, but it was as if I was walking around town with Patrick Dempsey. Incredible.

Christie, Brett, Tucker, and I explored Two Lights State Park (which Christie used to live near), enjoying a beautiful sunset. Tucker smized for treats, but Christie and Brett didn’t need to be bribed- they were happy to love on each other.

Here are a few favorites from our time together in Cape Elizabeth. Looking forward to seeing you two again in October!

Engagement portraits taken in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

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