Brian & Mandy’s Quiet Side Acadia Engagement Session

My little brother is getting married! I was so excited when Brian and Mandy asked if I could do their engagement portraits and asked for location recommendations. I recommended several spots, both in Acadia and in the general mid-coast Maine area, but they ultimately chose one of my favorite spots in the park- an easy hike on the quiet side of Acadia National Park that has it all- woodsy paths, rocky coastline and beaches, and some gorgeous golden hour light. And maybe it’s because Brian has known me my whole life and Mandy for years, but these two DELIVERED. I wasn’t that surprised as they’re naturally this cuddly in real life, but it was such a treat to capture their love. Whoever gets to photograph their wedding will be so lucky!

Here’s a few of my favorites from their Acadia engagement session. Enjoy!

A sunset engagement session in Acadia

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    Jess & Chris’ Beachmere Inn Wedding in Ogunquit, Maine

    Maine’s official slogan, “the way life should be,” felt particularly salient on Jess and Chris’ wedding day- the weather was lovely, not too hot, not too cool, and there were incredibly scenic ocean views to boot from where we were at Beachmere Inn, a property perfectly placed on the Marginal Way in Ogunquit. And on this perfect Maine day, Jess and Chris said I do to each other in front of their favorite friends and family.

    I arrived to the Beachmere Inn to find Jess, wrapped in a robe, writing her vows on her laptop. From there, as she transitioned to having her hair styled by a dear family friend, she started to write them down (on El’s Cards stationary, no less!) reading them over and over until they felt just right. And, after Chris had spent some time relaxing and reading, he prepared for the wedding with his father. After a lovely, tearjerker of a ceremony, everyone enjoyed an al fresco cocktail hour, and after a delicious dinner, the DJ (The Music Man) started an epic mix of late 90s and 2000s bops that reminded me of how GOOD pop music was back then. Guests stepped away from dancing from time to time to enjoy s’mores and to take in the sunset, which was a wonderful ending to what an ideal Maine day should be.

    Here are a few of my favorite photos from Jess and Chris’ wedding day. Enjoy!

    Sunset on the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine

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    Venue: Beachmere Inn
    Venue coordinator: Erika Diedering
    Photographer: Kate Crabtree Photography
    Second Photographer: Kelsey Kobik
    Caterer: Beachmere Inn
    Officiant: Julie Draper
    Baker: Cake Cottage
    Florist: Calluna Fine Flowers
    Dress shop: L’Elite
    Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera
    Makeup: Naviina
    Hair: Avalon Hair
    DJ: The Music Man

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      Julie & Scott’s Marianmade Farm Wedding in Wiscasset, Maine

      Julie and Scott were originally supposed to wed last August, but opted to postpone their wedding so that they could have the big bash they had been dreaming of. So, on their original wedding date they exchanged ring pops in front of their friends and patiently waited for June 2021. And while I am sure it was hard for them to wait, their wedding at Marianmade Farm, located in Wiscasset, Maine, delivered in spades. It was a PARTY! During getting ready, Julie and her friends danced with glee, while Scott and his wedding party got iced (for those of you not in the know, they partook in Smirnoff Ice). Their food, catered by Calla Catering, was everything. Raw bar? Check. Lo mein in takeout boxes? Check. SUSHI? CHECK. Tacos with margaritas? CHECK CHECK CHECK. A diorama cake of a ski slope featuring personal details about Julie and Scott’s relationship (made by Seth Greenberg’s Just Desserts)? CHEEEEECCCK. It was amazing! I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen such a wide spread of food before at a wedding, and I was here for it.

      The party was headed up by Boston’s Clockwork, who sang bop after bop as the night wore on, and Julie’s dad, David, sometimes joined the band and played trumpet. This, as you may guess, DELIGHTED their guests as he shared his skills with family and friends.

      One of my favorite small moments that made me really appreciate Julie and Scott’s connection was when I asked Julie to twirl for a photo. Scott said that he’d twirl her only a couple of times but no more, as he knew that two was her limit. This small moment of caring told me so much about their relationship, and it was evident throughout the day how Scott ensured everyone was having a good time and was taken care of.

      And, of course, we must discuss the ceremony! The ceremony went well, although Michael, the officiant, (Julie’s brother) may have forgotten to have Julie and Scott exchange rings before the breaking of the glass and their first kiss, so the pair quickly exchanged their rings after the fact, had a second first kiss, walked up the aisle, and laughed about it after the fact.

      By the way, Marianmade Farm was a gorgeous place to host a wedding- if you’re planning a wedding here, please contact me. I want to go back ASAP.

      Here are a few of my favorite photos from Julie and Scott’s wedding day- enjoy!

      A sparkler exit at Marianmade Farm

       

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      Photographer: Kate Crabtree Photography
      Second Photographer: Kelsey Kobik
      Planner/Caterer: Kim Livesey, Calla Catering
      Band/ceremony musician: Clockwork
      Bar: Knotty Pine Spirit Co.
      Makeup/hair: Bei Capelli
      Baker: Seth Greenberg’s Just Desserts
      Florist: Lani Toscano
      Dress: BHLDN
      Suit: Men’s Wearhouse
      Stationary: Laura Marr Printing
      Wedding Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals, Heartwood Essentials
      Lighting: Griffin & Griffin
      Transportation: Country Coach Charters

       

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