Kendra & Jon’s Summer Acadia Elopement

Kendra and Jon began their relationship at the beginning of COVID. The pair met online, and their first date lasted so long that Kendra, confused, asked “why are the birds chirping at night?” and realized that they had stayed up all night, talking. Ever since then, they’ve been inseparable, even recently giving birth to Emerson. There was just one final step- finally getting married. Jon and Kendra hadn’t really had a chance to travel yet (after all, they met during COVID), so they opted for a destination elopement in Acadia National Park, thus killing two birds with one stone.

Kendra got dressed in the woods, and then walked down a set of stairs to a beautiful, rocky beach, where Jon was waiting. The two had an absolutely exuberant first look as the sun spilled over the trees during golden hour, and I could have captured their love for hours. I even convinced them to climb up a cliff, where we had a stunning view of the beach and the bordering pine trees.

Once the sun disappeared, we met with Adam Babbitt of MDI Weddings at Jordan Pond, where Jon and Kendra shared personalized vows in front of the Bubbles. We spent a little more time exploring the area, avoiding tourists, and enjoying the sunset.

Here’s a few of my favorite photos from Kendra and Jon’s Acadia elopement. Enjoy!

A first look on a rocky beach in Acadia National Park

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    Laura & Ethan’s Atlantic Oceanside Bar Harbor Wedding

    Laura and Ethan’s wedding, like so many, had been postponed in 2020. However, they still wanted to get married on their original date, so last July they got together with a small group of loved ones to officially tie the knot. They still wanted a larger celebration, so they waited a year in the hopes the world would be a little safer. Their patience paid off, and the pair had a fantastic, emotional, and energetic party with their favorite people at the Atlantic Oceanside in Maine.

    During getting ready, Laura’s wedding party pored over old Destination Imagination memorbilia, as they had been in teams with Laura growing up (in fact, Laura still judges it, and even judges the global competition!), giggling over silly costumes and delightfully awkward photos. Meanwhile, Ethan got dressed with his wedding party, and helped his son, Ace, prepare.

    Once the formalities were complete- first look, portraits, and the ceremony, the true magic began. Laura and Ethan are incredibly loving individuals, as are many of their friends and family members, and I was touched by so many portions of their reception- so many hugs, tears, and grins were witnessed as toasts were given and dances shared. I felt so lucky to capture all of the love in that room.

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

    An emotional and fun wedding reception at Atlantic Oceanside in Bar Harbor, Maine

     

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    A bride and her wedding party prepare for her Atlantic Ocecanside Bar Harbor Maine wedding.

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    Vendors

    Venue: Atlantic Oceanside
    Photographer: Kate Crabtree
    Second Photographer: Kelsey Kobik
    Officiant: Scott DesMarais (brother of Laura)
    DJ: Bill Lyons
    Baker: Celebration Cakes
    Florist: Cottage Flowers
    Dress Shop: Modern Bride
    Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero
    Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
    Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist: Brittany Spence
    Stationary: Shutterfly

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      Katie & PJ’s Acadia National Park Beach Elopement

      Katie followed me on my Instagram account the same day that she inquired with me about her Acadia elopement. I immediately scrolled through her Instagram only to find something magical- a candle featuring a shirtless picture of none other than Survivor’s Jeff Probst. Being a rather enormous fan of Survivor, I stared, mouth open. I immediately showed Tony and my best friend Sarah because I was just that excited that someone with such good taste as Katie had contacted me! And, it turned out that PJ was also a fan of the show- even better!

      As we worked through their elopement plans, Survivor jokes came naturally. Katie mentioned she was ready to “dig deep” with their plans. I asked if the locations I recommended were “worth playing for.” It was excellent.

      Katie and PJ were hoping for moody and spooky locations in July, and while I recommended the spookiest places I knew in Acadia, I feared that they’d have a bright and sunny day. After all, they were eloping in July! But, lucky for them, July has been a moody and rainy month this years, and we were blessed with the best of both worlds- no rain, yet grey, cloudy skies that opened up to the most brilliant blue hues at the very end of our time together.

      The rest of the afternoon passed like a blur- we walked to a secret cove (where Katie and PJ had discovered during a previous visit to Acadia), where the two of them were wed by Adam Babbitt of MDI Weddings (save for a few random people who wandered in, we were the only people there!). After an ice cream stop, we headed on to another location that’s a favorite of mine- a delightful woodsy trail with stops including rocky beaches, cliffs, and tide pools. There’s so much variety within one location!

      I was sad to leave them at the end of the night, but they sent me home with a Saint Jeff candle of my own, which I plan to light and then extinguish whenever anyone is voted out next season. Best gift ever!

      Here are a few of my favorite photos from our time together. Enjoy!

      An elopement at a hidden cove in Acadia National Park

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