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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Elise & Jason’s Sugarloaf Maine Wedding

Elise and Jason’s Sugarloaf wedding was projected to be a little bit rainy, and when I arrived to Elise’s getting ready location, it was raining on and off. The forecast looked like it would improve at ceremony time, and I told her that I wouldn’t be surprised if the sun popped out as she walked down the aisle, or during the ceremony- it’s happened at enough of my weddings that it almost feels expected. Of course, the weather had other plans, and just as Elise started to walk down the aisle, it began to rain.

Oops.

My immediate reaction was, “no, oh no, this is not good, this is not good at all.” But as umbrellas began to unfurl, I realized how much more magical Elise and Jason’s wedding had become. My heart swooned as Jason opened an umbrella and held it not over his head, but over Elise and Victoria’s (her Maid of Honor) head. As the saying goes, actions speak louder in words, and that simple gesture said so much to me about his character and his love for Elise. And the irony was delicious and the laughter giddy when Mark Twain’s “These I Can Promise” was read aloud- the first line is “I cannot promise you a life of sunshine” and felt very on the nose in that particular moment. Touché, weather. Touché

Elise and Jason have been together for seven years, and met at a bonfire at Mount Desert Island. Elise was vacationing with her family, while Jason worked on the island. The two of them began an on-again, off-again relationship- after all, Elise was at college in Wyoming, while Jason was attending UMaine, two entirely different sides of the country. However, life finally brought her back to Maine, and the pair knew they wanted to close the physical distance between them. The rest is history.

I don’t know if I’ve ever blushed so hard as when I got a chance to look at Elise and Jason’s wedding program- under their wedding facts section, they had a list titled “Easiest Decisions.” And, under Spouse, which was number 1 (good!) Elise and Jason had written Photographer. Oh, my heart! I’ve never felt so honored to photograph a wedding before.

Here’s a few of my favorite photos from Elise and Jason’s rainy and emotional wedding day. Enjoy!

A wedding portrait taken at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center in Western Maine

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Vendors

Venue: Sugarloaf
Photographer: Kate Crabtree Photography
Second Photographer: Ashley L. Conti
Decor and Rentals: BB’s Event and Rentals
Band: The Time Pilots
Officiant: Father Sean Fennelly
Caterer: Sugarloaf
Baker: Orange Cat Cafe
Florist: Richard’s Florist
Dress Shop: Andrea’s Bridal
Wedding Dress: Watters
Makeup/hair: Chhoeun Thiv
Stationary: Minted

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