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.
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.
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.
After photos Ellen and Nathan hung out separately until ceremony time.
I loved the bubbles guests blew during the recessional. Also Nathan's expression below :).
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.
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.
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