Whitney & Seth’s Southern Maine Backyard Wedding

Whitney and Seth’s wedding changed many, many times over the course of the summer and fall. First, the date changed from summer to fall. Then, the venue changed, and the guest count shifted, and safety plans tightened, and it wasn’t uncommon to see an email from Whitney in my inbox about the latest changes. Regardless, their wedding, which took place in their beautiful backyard in North Yarmouth, Maine, may not have been their Plan A, but it was lovely and personal all the same. After all, how can a wedding not be unique when it is taking place at your own house?

Whitney prepared with close friends and family at Blind Tiger in Portland, Maine (such an airy boutique inn!) After she finished putting on her stunning dress, we drove to Willard Beach, where we discovered Seth with their very cute pup Caydence. After we took some couples portraits, in which Caydence was most definitely included, we returned to their North Yarmouth home for their ceremony and open air reception. Finally, Whitney and Seth exited their reception via a shower of biodegradable confetti and drove an antique truck to Gather in Yarmouth, where a smaller group of close friends and family shared toasts and dined.

I really felt like part of the family, as I had photographed Whitney’s sister’s North Haven Maine wedding in 2015. It was so much fun to see Ashley, Rod, their two boys (who were most excellent ring bearers), and various other family that I had met at Ashley and Rod’s wedding years ago.

As a final note, from a vendor standpoint, I was so thrilled with Whitney and Seth’s COVID safety measures. Guests were asked to wear masks throughout the ceremony, and when walking around their yard. Everything, save for their dinner, took place outside, and it made me feel so cared for as a vendor to see Whitney, Seth, and their friends and family doing everything in their power to keep their wedding as safe as possible.

Here are a few favorite photos from Whitney and Seth’s southern Maine wedding. Enjoy!

A fall wedding portrait taken in southern Maine

The bride gets ready for her wedding with her bridesmaids at the Blind Tiger in Portland Maine

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The groom gets ready with his groomsmen and his dog.
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Ceremony and Cocktail Hour: Private Residence, North Yarmouth
Photographer: Kate Crabtree Photography
Second Photographer: Ashley L Conti
Caterer: The Black Tie Company
Dinner: Gather
Dress Shop: Nordstrom
Wedding Dress: Watters – Sunday Bouquet
Florist: Blue Fern Designs
Hair: Akari
Music: Gina and the Red Eye Flight Crew
Wedding Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals
Favors: Hilltop Boilers
Cake: Made by bride

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Katie & Brian’s Northeast Harbor Maine Wedding

On a beautiful day in September, Katie, Brian, and their closest friends and family joined to enjoy an intimate wedding at Katie’s grandmother’s house in Northwest Harbor, Maine. The wedding may have shrunk from their initial plan- their final guest count was a cozy 33 individuals- but it felt delightfully intimate, helped by Brigid of Landfall Design‘s excellent guidance throughout the entire event. Katie prepared for her microwedding at the Asticou Inn (such a beautiful property- the views are incredible), then traveled with her parents and bridal party to a stunning spot overlooking the harbor, where Katie and Brian said their vows while their friends and family watched on. After the ceremony, we spent a little bit of time with a neighborhood cat that just happened to wander by at just the right time, then walked over to Northeast Harbor Fleet, and of course we made sure to hop into a rowboat for a few portraits. As they paddled, the sun sank and cast beautiful, golden light, making it such a stunning experience.

After Katie and Brian’s delightful moment at sea, the pair adjourned to the tent for dinner by Bar Harbor Catering Company (a favorite of mine!), then enjoyed toasts, parent dances, and dancing (headed by Vinyl Countdown) while stars lit up the sky.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from Katie and Brian’s wedding. Enjoy!

Wedding portraits in Northeast Harbor, MDI, Maine

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A dance floor at a private residence wedding in Maine

Venue: Private Residence, Northeast Harbor, Maine
Planner: Landfall Designs
Photographer: Kate Crabtree Photography
Second Photographer: Ashley L Conti
Caterer: Bar Harbor Catering Company
Hair: Ariel Johnson
DJ: Vinyl Countdown
Tent: Wallace Events
Cake: Celebration Cakes by Janice Strout

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Elena & Kale’s Acadia Elopement

It’s easy to look at wedding photos and see all of the bliss and none of the stress and the worry. You would never know, looking at Elena and Kale’s Acadia elopement photos, that they had anxiously texted me at 7:43am, worried about the forecast. The forecast looked fine the night before- the chance of rain had been low, perhaps 20%- but in a matter of hours it had jumped, dramatically, to 50% at the time of the ceremony. I quickly reviewed my weather apps (I have six, if you can imagine!), studied radar and wind patterns, and we ultimately decided to push up their ceremony by an hour and cross our fingers. And, of course, everything worked out- we were rewarded with the prettiest of overcast skies during their ceremony, officiated by Adam Babbitt of MDI Weddings (which took place on the cliffs on the Ocean Path), and the rain held off until the final 15 minutes of coverage. Elena and Kale ended their time with me sipping champagne as the rain began to fall. Perhaps it wasn’t what they had expected, but it felt lovely all the same.

I had so much fun sharing Acadia with Elena and Kale- not only did we explore the cliffs, but we visited Jordan Pond and Cadillac Mountain. We spent some time discussing furbabies, and I immediately went to go follow their cat, Oliver (Olie for short) on Instagram after I left their elopement. To be honest, I’m #teamdog, but Olie is a studmuffin and you should definitely check him out on Instagram because his eyes are what dreams are made of. Seriously. Go check him out (but only after you look at Elena and Kale’s elopement photos, obviously!).

Without further ado, here are a few of my favorite photos from our time together- enjoy!

Wedding portraits in Acadia National Park on cliffs

A groom prepares for his Acadia National Park Elopement in Maine

 

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A couple elopes in Acadia National Park

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