Kelsey and Charlie’s Blue Hill Maine Engagement Portraits

I’m incredibly fond of Blue Hill (and am lucky enough to book at least one wedding a year there), and this year I’m ever so lucky to return for Kelsey and Charlie’s wedding. Kelsey has summered in Blue Hill her entire life, and once they became serious she brought Charlie up to Maine so that he could experience her favorite place. It’s impossible not to love Blue Hill- it’s quiet, has such a wonderful, close knit community, and the rocky coastline is quaint and quintessentially Maine. Eventually, Charlie proposed at the Bathing Beach (Kelsey’s favorite spot in Blue Hill) while swimming. At night. Still my heart!  (By the way, does anyone else have R.E.M.’s “Nightswimming” playing in their head?)

We met a few weeks ago (right before COVID-19 became a major concern across the country) in Blue Hill, and explored Kelsey’s mom’s property, the point next door, and the Bathing Beach. We practiced appropriate social distancing (although I wanted to hug them!), discussed our Harry Potter houses, and I marveled at how naturally and easily Kelsey and Charlie fell into each other’s arms, which was, of course, such a joy to photograph.

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

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My Favorite 2019 Maine Wedding Photos

What can I say about 2019? It was a year of unpredictable weather (windy one day, scorchingly hot the next, snowy and cold, lots of rain, and there was even a surprise hailstorm for a meterologist groom. The irony!), and beautiful locations, but what ultimately made it fantastic were the people in front of my camera. I was so lucky that my couples, their friends, and their families opened up their lives and hearts to me- by being so vulnerable, they allowed me to capture moments that oozed love and felt like sunshine. Perhaps the cherry on the top was how adventurous my couples were – they kayaked, paddleboarded, waded into the ocean, got splashed while riding a dinghy to a sailboat, climbed rocks and cliffs while wearing dresses and suits, and danced in the rain. It’s true, all of those things happened! I have to say, I’m fond of couples who dare to do something a bit wild on their wedding day- it makes the day all the more satisfying, and I’m always game for my couples’ wildest desires. Just try me!

This is never easy to compile, but here are my favorite photos I made in 2019. It required I make a lot of painful cuts, but nevertheless, here’s a set of 90 some-odd Maine wedding photos that make my heart pitter patter when I look at them. There are hugs, tears, laughter, slightly dangerous dance moves, sunsets, wine spilling on a bridal jumpsuit, kids throwing pizza hats… and more, all taking place in Bar Harbor, Acadia, Camden, Blue Hill, and lots of other small midcoast Maine and western Maine locations. As always, enjoy- I can’t wait to begin creating wedding photos in 2020! There’s more epic weddings to come.. :)

And last, but not least, a special thanks to Ashley, the best second photographer a gal could have. While her photos aren’t featured in this specific post, she helped make many of these happen, so she deserves some love. Thanks for helping make the magic happen!

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Christie and Brett’s Freeport Maine Wedding

I ended my wedding season with Christie and Brett at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine. I had been looking forward to their wedding for some time- after all, I had attended their gelato tasting with them before their Cape Elizabeth engagement session and knew, without a doubt, that Gelato Fiasco was going to deliver (news flash- they did. So. Good.), but I had really enjoyed hanging out with the two of them and their very, very happy-go-lucky corgi, Tucker, who random passer-bys treated like a celebrity they had just spotted.

In the days leading up to the wedding, there were a few complications that almost lead to no cake. A nor’easter had run its course through Maine, and thousands of people were without power for a few days. Christie and Brett’s bakery, Scratch Baking Co. (which sell my FAVORITE bagels, by the way- you must try them), were one of the unlucky ones. It seemed possible that Christie and Brett may have to do without a cake, but a couple of employees were able to complete a small cake and enough cupcakes for everyone at one of their houses. Amazing, right?

Other than that, the wedding day was smooth sailing. Guests traveled from all over the country, including Australia, to see Christie and Brett tie the knot. Tucker was the perfect ring bearer pup and walked down the aisle with gusto, and even clowned a bit as he bounced around with his parents during the wedding recessional. He, of course, participated in portraits, and we quickly discovered that he would do just about anything for prosciutto (he has good taste, clearly).

The dance floor was particularly awesome- guests of all ages were up and moving for hours, making my job so much fun. Christie even changed into a second dress, because why not? You might as well have a dress change on your wedding day! :)

Here’s a few favorites from Christie and Brett’s wedding day. Enjoy!

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Photographer: Kate Crabtree
Second Photographer: Ashley L. Conti
Florist: Harraseeket Inn
Caterer: Harraseeket Inn
Baker: Scratch Baking Co.
Makeup/Hair: Ariel Johnson
Dessert: Gelato Fiasco
DJ: Dionne Entertainment
Officiant: Rick Whelchel
Dress Shop: Love Couture
Dress: Hayley Paige
Suits: Men’s Warehouse
Stationary: Minted

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