Stacyville Maine Wedding Photographer/ Mary and Zachary

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I'm really happy to post some highlights from Mary and Zachary's wedding day finally :) I took their engagement pictures last year (here) when they were expecting. They had an appointment with the doctor that coming week and would be finding out if they were having a boy or a girl. I remember we took a picture with the blue paw prints on the UMaine campus and I suggested that if it were a boy then they could use that photo as a sort of announcement. Well- the blue paw prints were right and they welcomed a gorgeous baby boy to the family! How fun it was to get to photograph Mary dressing him before the wedding when I had last seen them anticipating his arrival! They got married on the property of a relative you happened to have an amazing view of Mount Katahdin in their backyard. Their wedding hashtag was #katahdinviewido for a reason! Mary had told me that their wedding had a big family style feel, which I LOVE. Incorporating family in your big day is a great way to involve others who want so much to help in celebrating the two of you. I started my coverage with Mary and her bridesmaids as they got ready. I loved all the running around of kids and the bustle as they prepared for the day. The energy was really exciting! 

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The below image is of Mary's engagement and wedding ring, a charm on a necklace that their son wore for the ceremony (See the two parents holding a baby?) and Zachary's wedding band which they had hammered Mount Katahdin on. So very cool and something I hadn't seen before. 

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After everyone was ready we went over to the ceremony site. Mary and Zachary were married by a close friend in a very lively and emotional service. They read their own vows, they cried, there were some Game of Throne's spoilers (they had given a heads up), guests cried, I almost cried. It was so sweet. 

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These two walked out of their ceremony as husband and wife and straight into bridal portraits. It's a great time go catch a couple- when they're newly married and riding on the happiness of that. The sun was shining brilliantly through these trees, which provided a lot of open shade making it a great spot for photos. 

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Then it was onto the reception! Mary and Zachary had quite a few guests camp out. I love the idea of offering a camp site to guests. It makes for low cost lodging and you don't have to worry about a designated driver. 

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Also a fun part of their reception- A pickle bar! I had never seen one before at a wedding and I thought it was such a great idea to add to a barbecue! I can see this being part of my 2017 trends posts that I write at the end of the year! They also had homemade pies and desserts :). 

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They had a very relaxed flow to the day and it just so happened that their first dance started pretty close to sunset and I was able to photograph it backlit- something I LOVE doing, but rarely get the chance to during receptions unless I sneak couples away for a few minutes. Even so, I also stole them away for sunset photos ! I guess I'm a tad greedy like that. 

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As the sun went down we took a few group shots in front of the beautiful silhouette of Mount Katahdin. Then it was onto the celebration. 

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Congratulations you two! I feel like one lucky duck that I got to photograph so much love and joy! Wishing you many years of happy marriage <3

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If you are considering me to be your wedding photography I suggest you get in touch as soon as possible! 2017 is about half full and I'm loving getting to meet and photograph the engagement sessions of all of next year's couples. 

Pushaw Lake Proposal/ Emily and Ethan

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AH! Another proposal in the books! Proposals are such an adreniline rush for me! It's like mission impossible- Tom Cruise flying in from the ceiling style- photography. The planning and excitement leading up to that pinnacle moment is so fun! Last Christmas Ethan's mother bought a couple of sessions from me to give as gifts for her children (a GREAT idea by the way ;) ). Ethan and Emily decided to wait a little bit for their session that their son Carter was a little bigger. 

We scheduled the shoot for a Sunday and a few days before Ethan called to tell me that he was going to propose during the shoot! I was so excited for them! We devised a small plan so that we'd both know when it would happen and so that I could set them up in the best spot. We were already planning to have the shoot at Emily and Ethan's home on Pushaw lake. It was such a beautiful spot and so important to them. We started our session with a few family photos in front of this little sweet shed next to Emily and Ethan's home. Just look at their sweet baby Carter on Ethan's shoulders! 

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Then we went over to the beach in front of their home where I knew Ethan planned to propose. I posed them then set myself up some distance away and yelled "Perfect!" (Our cue word) and it happened! Gah! These next few shots make me so happy. 

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Of course we needed shots of them celebrating with Carter!

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I can't thank these three enough for letting me a part of such a special moment! Congratulations Emily, Ethan, and Carter! What a beautiful family you are. 

September Little Things

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Now that it's October it's finally starting to feel like fall! We finally have some color! I'm watching the foliage trackers constantly and looking forward to all the color that Maine will be seeing soon. Lots of you want to get in on that and I don't blame you! I've got quite a few sessions lined up from engagements, to families visiting Bar Harbor, to seniors! The variety in sessions is really nice this time of year. Switching it up keeps me refreshed and energized. As for my clan- in September we wrapped up summer and did all the typical September things. We went Apple picking at Treworgy Orchards and we have our pumpkin picked for carving! We also ate way to many apple cider doughnuts. Ah well. Here's a bit of other things we did according to the pictures on my phone! 

UMaine swim lessons

Julian has been swimming three times a week since school started. The University of Maine swim team puts together a program where children can get one on one lessons with a swim team member. He was able to get the same instructor as last time who came back especially to get to work with Julian. Hearing that from her and the swim team couch made my heart so happy! This community is great and so many in it love this sweet boy of ours. 

UMaine Orono Campus

One time when Julian and I were exploring campus he decided to poke around the flowers underneath the UMaine bear. To our surprise he found a toy telescope. Now after every swim lesson we always go out and check underneath the UMaine bear for toys. Nothing to report this season! 

baby boy first birthday

It may have been in August, but I have to mention that we got to celebrate baby Jackson's 1st birthday! His parent's engagement and wedding are on here so it's only fitting that we give him a shout out! Happy first birthday Jackson! 

Portland Maine air bnb

Derek was a groomsmen in one of the weddings I shot at the end of the month. I got to stay in the airbnb with him and the rest of the bridal party the night before the wedding. The airbnb that the groom had found was so unique with lots of interesting pieces of art. I thought this blue guy deserved a mention! Also the wedding was SO FUN and I can't wait to share Allison and Josh's big day on the blog. 

Orono Maine bog walk

Quite a few trips around the Orono Bog Walk were had! We love this walk. It's unique and the distance is just long enough for Julian. He even asked to go around twice last time! 

September in Maine

I'll leave you with this chicken that I got moseying around the apple orchard that made my day! I hope you get to enjoy the rest of this gorgeous season! 

Bar Harbor Maine Wedding Photographer/ Ellen and Nathan

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This past August I was so happy to find myself photographing another wedding at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel in Bar Harbor Maine. I'm a big fan of the property and the couples and vendors that I've met through working there. Ellen and Nathan traveled all the way from Chicago with their closest of family and friends to wed on Maine's beautiful coastline. They enlisted the services of the wonderful Adam Babbitt of MDI Weddings to help them put together an intimate and elegant affair on the grounds of the hotel. They stayed in the Willows mansion, which is a gorgeous estate on the hotel's property with many rooms for wedding guests to stay in, a bridal suite, and beautifully decorated sitting rooms for cocktail hour. It's one of my favorite places in the state to photograph the getting ready portion of the day. 

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Ellen and her bridesmaid's flowers were by Queen Anne's Flower Shop right in Bar Harbor. I loved the work they did on the bouquets and centerpieces that you'll see in my photos of the reception. 

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Ellen and Nathan wanted to get most of their bridal party photos out of the way before the ceremony, but not see each other until Ellen was walking down the aisle. My second shooter and I took turns bringing the bridesmaids and groomsmen out for photos. Another perk to the Atlantic Oceanside hotel is that it has direct access to a perfect beach spot. 

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After photos Ellen and Nathan hung out separately until ceremony time.

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I loved the bubbles guests blew during the recessional. Also Nathan's expression below :). 

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After the ceremony and a few more bridal party portraits it was onto the festivities! They enjoyed a cocktail hour at the Willows mansion and the surrounding outside area. 

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The rest of the evening was full of great food, meaningful and fun toasts, and dancing. I loved all the big moments and all the small details.

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Thank you so much Ellen and Nathan for having me photograph your wedding and thank you to all the Maine wedding vendors that contributed to making their day go smoothly and oh so memorable. 

Venue: The Atlantic Oceanside Hotel

Event Planner: Adam Babbitt of MDI Weddings

Officiant: Adam Babbitt

Photographer: Cassandra Henri Photography

Second Photographer: Andrea Simmons Photography

Florist: Queen Anne's Flower Shop