Jess & Alan’s Lamoine Maine Wedding

Jess and Alan grew up in different parts of the country- Jess in Massachusetts, Alan in Texas, but both always summered in Ocean Park. Jess worked at the Soda Fountain, and Alan, who nursed a crush from afar, would always stop by at a quarter to ten, as the shop was closing, to order a milkshake. The timing was never right for him to make a move- he’d be dating someone, or she’d be in a relationship, but Alan always felt something more for Jess, the ice cream scooper who he’d barely ever talked to. But the stars aligned in 2017, and the two quickly realized their extremely long meet cute was blossoming into something much more serious. Before they knew it, they were engaged, and planning a wedding at Alan’s parents’ property in Lamoine, Maine.

Alan, a Texas meteorologist, had one major request for his wedding photos- he wanted to make sure that the weather was featured in them. Of course, I thought! And then, before I knew it, thunderstorms were on the forecast for August 10th, creating some delicious, yet mildly evil irony. I thought the rain would miss us, but as I photographed Jess and her bridesmaids, I received a text from my second photographer, Ashley, who wanted to let me know that it had started to rain at the ceremony and reception site. And not just rain- it was HAILING. Amusingly enough, it was sunny where I was, a mere ten minute drive away from Alan and the ceremony site. Oh, the irony.

As I followed Jess via car on her way to the ceremony site, the rain/hail started to fall heavy and thick, and when we arrived, guests were seeking whatever protection from the storm they could find- under awnings, umbrellas, the garage, and inside the house. Alan, of course, was intently watching the radar, precisely noting when the rain would pause, start up again, and finally end. With Alan’s predictions in mind, we rescheduled the ceremony for a half hour later. And, not only did the rain end when Alan said it would, but the clouds began to dissipate and the sun began to shine right before Jess walked to the altar with her father. In short, it was clear- Alan is a fabulous, A+ meteorologist.

The ceremony chairs were a little damp, but nobody cared, as Jess and Alan were getting married. Lindy, their pup, stood by their side as they exchanged rings and even gave Jess a kiss during the ceremony (such a good boy!). Alan vowed to keep Jess warm at night because shiv-er-y isn’t dead, and the two fed each other blueberries in front of their family and friends. Their meet cute, it was clear, had become a forever cute.

The night ended with lots of dancing and blueberry pie. Alan even taught the non-southern guests the two-step, and it was clear that he and Jess had major skills as they tore up the dance floor with their quick spins and turns. By the way, if you’re looking for a delicious blueberry pie on MDI (which Jess and Alan served as their dessert), look no further, because Jess and Alan tried them all in order to find the right pie to share with friends and family- Colonel’s Restaurant and Bakery was the winner.

Here’s a few of my favorite photos from their wedding day. Enjoy!Dramatic wedding portraits taken in Lamoine, Maine

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Vendors:

Venue: Lamoine, Maine – Private Residence
Photographer: Kate Crabtree
Second Photographer: Ashley L Conti
Officiant: Bill Paterson and Nick Holt
Caterer: Chippers
Baker: Colonel’s Restaurant
Florist: Salt Farm Flowers
Dress Shop: Unbridaled
Wedding Dress Designer: Willowby by Watters
Suit: J Crew
Makeup and Hair: Bangor Hair Co.
DJ: Direct Effect Entertainment Productions
Videographer: McCormick Media
Wedding Rentals: Wallace Events

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Sarah & Brandon’s Vesper Hill Children’s Chapel Elopement

Sarah and Brandon’s elopement, which took place at Vesper Hill Children’s Chapel, was both a celebration of and a farewell to Maine. The pair, who had decided to relocate to Washington to be closer to family, had decided to elope the day before they planned to leave Maine. Their plan was to drive cross country for a week in a half, in separate cars, but they’d have walkie talkies so that they’d feel as if they were driving together. But, on this one day, Sarah and Brandon were together in Maine, beaming, as their officiant made their relationship official (and I, along with their baker, served as a witness to their vows!)

After the ceremony, we all enjoyed chocolate cake, and Sarah and Brandon shared a spontaneous first dance. We then continued to take portraits in the Vesper Hill Children’s Chapel gardens and then ended portraits at Mt. Battie, where we were graced with stunning views of Camden Harbor and a cloud-laced blue sky. Sarah had on high heels, but it didn’t stop her from going wherever I asked her to, which made her incredibly brave in my book. I was in awe with how these two looked at and held each other- the love I felt from them was frankly #couplesgoals.

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

Wedding portraits of the bride and groom taken in the gardens at the Vesper Hill Children's Chapel in Rockport Maine

 

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Kate & AJ’s French’s Point Wedding in Maine

A couple of weeks prior to Kate and AJ’s wedding, I received an email asking if, perhaps, we could change the schedule- AJ had planned to surprise Kate with a sailboat on her wedding day, but realized the current schedule wouldn’t allow for a jaunt out to the boat, so he spilled the beans to Kate. And so, with help from their day of coordinator, the fabulous Nicole of French’s Point, we planned for a first look so that cocktail hour could be spent on the Schooner Actress.  To say that I was excited was an understatement- I’m always stoked to get on the water during a wedding.

Kate and AJ prepared for their wedding day with their respective wedding party members, including their ring bearer and flower girls, Keenan, Quinn, and Hudson. Keenan was told she could request any lip color she wanted, and while she realllly wanted blue and was denied, she settled for a bold red (applied by the delightful Ariel Johnson, hair done by Bei Capelli). Hudson, who had fallen in love with the delightful hats he had seen at a wedding in England, wore his very own top hat that had been purchased there. And once Kate and AJ finished dressing, the pair made their way to the French’s Point gazebo, where they had a beautiful, sunsoaked ceremony.

Immediately after, we were whisked away to the beach via golf cart and then boarded a little dinghy in order to access the schooner, which was bobbing ever so invitingly on the waves. The water was a little choppy, and some of us may have gotten splashed as we rode (I sent my gear in for cleaning the next day, hah!) but it was worth it to be on the water on such a stunning summer day. We spent our time taking portraits on the sailboat, and I even climbed a rope ladder for one particular angle, because why not? Luckily, the ride back was a little less wet.

As sunset descended, everyone enjoyed a spectacular meal by one of my favorites, Bar Harbor Catering Company, as well as meaningful toasts from friends and family and formal dances. The dance floor was particularly joyful, especially when a circle formed a little later in the evening and Keenan and Hudson reigned surpreme, their playful dance moves eliciting cheers and fist pumps from other guests. And, I can’t not mention the hats which everyone shared as they grooved the night away- the hamburger, pizza and hot dog hats, which have become a tradition in Kate’s family, seemed to encourage some.. entertaining dance moves (and made everyone look cooler, let’s be honest).

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

The bride and groom take couples portraits at sunset at French's Point

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Vendors:

Venue: French’s Point
Coordinator: Nicole Dearing
Photographer: Kate Crabtree
Second Photographer: Ashley L Conti
Caterer: Bar Harbor Catering Company
Makeup: Ariel Johnson
Hair: Bei Capelli
DJ: Northeast Event Design, Danny DeBruin
Officiant: Rose Lee
Baker: Scratch Baking Company
Florist: Lily’s Fine Flowers
Dress: Maggie Sottero
Dress Shop: Bride N Belle
Suits: Joseph Abboud
Suit Shop: Puritan Cape Cod
Wedding Rentals: Wallace Events, Peak Event Services
Wedding Favors: Old Port Candy Co
Boat: Schooner Actress

 

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