Ben & Sara’s Cadillac Mountain Elopement

While there had been a slight breeze at The Moorings Inn, where Sara and Ben had their first look and did family portraits, none of us could have ever predicted what was awaiting us at the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, where Sara and Ben planned to have their ceremony. A windstorm. I cannot emphasize this enough- it. was. windy. I could feel gusts of wind pushing my body around, despite the fact that I was weighted down by two heavy cameras. Sara’s veil acted as a sail, dancing to and fro. Everyone’s hair was somehow thrown in multiple directions all at once. We all kind of gaped for a second, but we were on a mission, and Sara and Ben’s families surrounded them in a tight circle and the ceremony commenced. Their closeness was mostly because the wind drowned out Sara, Ben, and Sam’s (their officiant and friend) voices, but it also had a protective and warm quality that made their ceremony feel all the more lovely and profound.

Once we finished the ceremony, we stayed on Cadillac a little bit longer, despite the wind (how Sara stayed warm in her sleeveless dress is beyond me- she’s a true Mainer, clearly, and Ben must have been such a source of warmth), then traveled to Otter Point for more portraits. The skies were gobsmackingly gorgeous, which is, without fail, one of the perks of having a wacky weather wedding day (and it’s why you should never be too worried about “imperfect” weather on your wedding day!

Sara and Ben met at work. He noticed her immediately, and while she was dating someone at the time, it didn’t take long for Ben to sway her over to his side. They had their second date on Cadillac Mountain, which became an important location to the two of them (and thus the perfect location for their ceremony), and eventually surprised Sara by proposing to her at Gardens Aglow in Boothbay Harbor (if you haven’t been yet.. what are you waiting for? It’s an incredible, Christmas-y experience!)

Here’s a few of my favorite photos of Sara and Ben’s Acadia elopement. Enjoy!

A bride and groom wedding portrait on Cadillac Mountain

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Amanda & Dylan’s Acadia Elopement

Amanda and Dylan have always enjoyed exploring national parks together, and so it was a natural decision to get married in one of our nation’s 61 parks. But which one? Although Zion is Amanda and Dylan’s favorite (they opted to do their engagement portraits there), they wanted to choose a location that was close enough for their immediate families to easily attend, and so Acadia National Park, another favorite of theirs, seemed like the obvious choice. And on a beautiful day in September, Amanda put on her dress in the forest (still my beating heart) and walked down a set of stairs to Little Hunter’s Beach, where Dylan was waiting for her, his smile as bright as the sunshine. After a short ceremony, the waves gently crashing on the pebbly beach, Amanda, Dylan, and I drove around the park, exploring Jordan Pond and Cadillac Mountain, and enjoying what felt like one of the last days of summer.

Amanda and Dylan both met at a wedding. Dylan was an usher at the wedding, noticed Amanda, and told his friend “I’m going to escort her,” which he did. The pair eventually went on a date, hit it off, and over the next few years traveled to many national parks, falling deeper in love among America’s best backdrops.

Here’s a few of my favorite photos from Amanda and Dylan’s Acadia elopement. That sunlight, am I right?

Sunset portraits taken at an elopement on Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park

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Vendors:

Photographer: Kate Crabtree
Officiant: Lynn Hunt, Vows by Lynn
Dress Shop: J&B Bridals
Dress: Mori Lee

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Adrienne & Rory’s Blue Hill Country Club Wedding

Adrienne thought it might rain on her wedding day, and even though I thought we might escape it (Wunderground predicted earlier that day the storm would miss us), Adrienne was right- the weather certainly didn’t spare us. The rain began, quite naturally, right before the ceremony was to begin. There was discussions amongst Adrienne, Rory, and their family, and finally a decision was made- the ceremony would be moved inside. And so Adrienne and Rory’s guests began to trudge their way to the indoor ceremony location at Blue Hill Country Club. But then.. the rain stopped, and a groomsman convinced Rory to change the plan AGAIN and have the ceremony outside. After all, how could they not? The spot where they had planned to have their wedding ceremony, overlooking the ocean, was beautiful. And so someone giddily called for everyone to turn back around, and before I knew it guests were booking it back to their seats, ready for Adrienne and Rory to tie the knot.

Of course, the rain began again the moment the ceremony started, but we weren’t going anywhere- the rain no longer mattered. Because even though it was a gray day, friends and family held brightly colored umbrellas and cheered as friends and family walked down the aisle, and the moment Adrienne and Rory took their places, smiling brightly, their day was filled with the kind of sunshine that every couple hopes and dreams will be present at their wedding.

Adrienne and Rory’s wedding was a day to remember; headed by Cassie of Olive and Co., it was an event their friends and family will never forget. From the stunning clear top tent, to the paintings of Blue Hill that guests received as favors, to the delectable and beautiful food and drink provided by Trillium Caterers, it was spectacular.

I especially enjoyed revisiting John Peters Estate (it was my all-time favorite wedding venue, but it is no longer used for events) during Adrienne and Rory’s first look. John Peters Estate was where Adrienne and Rory first met seven years ago, at a regatta, and so it felt fitting to do their portraits on the property.

Here’s a few of my favorite photos from Adrienne and Rory’s wedding day. Enjoy!

Couples portraits at a Blue Hill Maine wedding

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A joyful dance floor at a Blue Hill Country Club weddingVenue: Blue Hill Country Club
Planner: Olive and Co.
Photographer: Kate Crabtree Photography
Second Photographer: Ashley L. Conti
Caterer: Trillium Caterers
Band: Mixology
Tent: Wallace Events
Rentals: PEAK Event Services
Floral: Broadturn Farm
Lighting: Griffin & Griffin
Hand Lettering: Letter Home Design
Escort Card Paintings: Blue Novella
Stationery: I Do Invitations
Hair and Makeup: April Lindell
Place Cards: Benoit’s Design
Restrooms: New England Restrooms
Transportation: Cyr Bus Line
Printing of Welcome Bags: The Arm Factory

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