Chloe & Will’s Wonderland Trail Acadia Engagement Portraits

I’m always fond of when my couples are down to hike, so when Chloe and Will agreed to join me on the Wonderland trail in Acadia National Park for their engagement session.. I was stoked. Chloe and Will were supposed to get married during their time in Maine, but felt that it would be best if they postponed and hope for a more normal and safe experience next year. They hadn’t planned on initially doing an engagement session, but figured, if they weren’t going to get married this year.. why not? It was a perfect opportunity for us to get to know each other better and celebrate their relationship around the time of their original wedding date.

Chloe and Will met through mutual friends- Will was on a gap year, and Chloe, Will, and a group of their friends met up. Everyone else was in finance, so Chloe and Will, who weren’t in finance, gravitated toward each other, and the rest is history. They were long distance for awhile, and would take turns visiting each other on weekends, but now luckily live together.

I had such a fun time with the two of them as we climbed upon the rocks and played around in the water. I was a tiny bit nervous, as Chloe was an art major and had a concentration in photography, but it was also equally thrilling to make photos for her- after all, it’s such an honor to be selected by someone who knows photography!

I can’t wait to photograph their wedding next year (which is being headed by the ever fabulous Rachel Sisson of R.L. Sisson Events). Here’s a few of my favorite photos from Chloe and Will’s engagement session- enjoy!

Engagement portraits on Wonderland Trail in Acadia

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Hillary & Pete’s Southern Maine Microwedding

Most couples take a year, maybe even two to plan their weddings- they get engaged, take their time selecting their vendors, and luxuriate in the engagement experience. Hillary and Pete, on the other hand, got engaged in June and, with the help of their wonderful planner, Anna, of Wed in Maine, planned a microwedding for their favorite people for mid August.  I was brought on in early August, but had plenty of time to talk to Anna, Hillary, and Pete, to understand their vision, and to prepare myself for their wedding. I was especially thrilled that they asked every guest coming from out of state to take a COVID-19 test, and while it was difficult for some to procure tests, they all managed to do so. It really warms my heart when couples take such important precautions during the coronavirus pandemic, and it certainly doesn’t go unnoticed by me!

Pete’s family’s beach property on Pine Point Beach in Scarborough, Maine seemed like the perfect place for their ceremony. In fact, both mentioned, at the beginning of their vows, that Hillary had walked down the sandy, seagrass-lined aisle (the aisle she had just walked down with her mother and brother to enter into the ceremony) to meet his family for the first time, and how that had been an important moment for the both of them. The gasps of awe when they, along with their friends and family, realized how closely their vows echoed each other was priceless!

After the heartfelt ceremony, we attempted smoke bomb photos, and while it didn’t exactly go to plan- the smoke drifted directly to the right, it stained dresses, and they were unexpectedly hot- we still made some fun photos. We also had a safety plan in place, including a bucket to place the smoke bombs in after using them, so we were prepared!

We left the beach for Nonesuch River Brewing, where Hillary and Pete shared a first dance and were toasted, quite beautifully, by some of their favorite people. Rob, Pete’s brother, regaled Hillary and Pete with a amusing, yet sweet poem which had everyone laughing and tearing up.

What a day. Hillary and Pete, here are some of my favorite photos from your wedding day. Enjoy!

A microwedding reception at Nonesuch River Brewing in Scarborough, Maine

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Vendors:

Ceremony location: Pine Point Beach
Reception: Nonesuch River Brewing
Planner: Wed in Maine, Anna Paschal
Photographer: Kate Crabtree
Music: Silver Arrow Band
Florals: Broadturn Farm
Hair: Salon Couture
Makeup: G20 Spa and Salon
Trolley: Molly Trolley

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Shanley & Sean’s MDI Elopement

Is there anything better than an adventurous elopement? Shanley and Sean, joined by their friends, Hunter and Will, roadtripped from Vermont to Acadia to not only enjoy a well-earned vacation, but to also elope in Acadia National Park! After Shanley slipped into her dress in the woods (oh, I do love it when my couples get dressed outside!), and Hunter helped with Sean’s boutonniere, we found the perfect spot on the cliffs for the pair to soak each other in and make their partnership official. Afterwards, we continued on to Cadillac Mountain, where after a few portraits the foursome DEVOURED a blueberry pie. I was told it was absolutely delicious, and I’m pretty certain they couldn’t have ended their day in a better way.

Here’s a few of my favorite photos from Shanley and Sean’s elopement. Enjoy!

Stunning acadia elopement portraits

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