My favorite part of my job is capturing the different emotions that occur on a wedding day. Kristie and Mason’s was so great to be a part of. Kristie is originally from Canada, but came to Maine to pursue her dream of becoming a dentist. Mason’s family hails from Chicago, but wound up in Maine as well, so their wedding day was a big reminder of how wonderful fate is. There was lots of laughter, and there were happy tears cried by most of their family members and friends throughout the day. I even got choked up a few times watching Kristie and her twin sister, Katie, cry as she was zipped into her wedding dress, and later, when Kristie and Mason exchanged vows.
Here are some of my favorites from the day!
Kristie and Katie got ready at the Portland Regency Hotel & Spa in downtown Portland, while Mason and his best man, Pete, got ready at his sister’s house in Cumberland.
Katie was hilarious and kept us all laughing all day. She was so adorably excited for her twin!The tears were on and off all day, but they hit Kristie, Katie and their mom all at once when Kristie was in her dress.A few deep breaths…Meanwhile, Joel was with the guys at Mason’s sister’s home. Their day started with the guys shining their shoes.Our grooms have had some fantastic socks this year, and Mason didn’t disappoint.Back with the girls, there were a few portraits and a first look with Kristie’s dad before we headed to the ceremony.The next shot is one of my favorites from the day. On our way to the ceremony, Katie kept letting out little screams of excitement while the rest of us laughed. Here, she lo0ked at Kristie and said something along the lines of, “Don’t you just want to SCREEEEAM!?” Kristie responded with, ” no, I DOOOOOON’T!” Needless to say, we all got a good laugh out of that too. ♥The ceremony took place at the All Faiths Chapel on the Southern Maine Community College campus.This next shot is my other favorite from the day. After the ceremony, Kristie and Mason had about 30 seconds alone before guests came outside and they went in for the sweetest embrace.Hurricane Arthur forced Kristie and Mason to change a few plans for the day, but we were so lucky that the rain held off until right after we finished portraits of the two of them.For the reception, Kristie and Mason held an intimate dinner at Saltwater Grille.Willy the whale was an important part of the day. He had previously been worn by Kristie’s mother and her sister on their wedding days.There was an emotional first dance, followed by some equally emotional parent dances.And there were plenty of laughs as well.The view from Saltwater Grille is gorgeous. At this point, Hurricane Arthur was dumping buckets of water outside, but it was nice and cozy inside.Joel and I also photographed a barbecue the following day to celebrate the newlyweds, so I thought I’d end with a couple of portraits we took before we left.
Getting Ready Locations: Portland Regency Hotel & Spa and Groom’s Sister’s Home
Ceremony Location: All Faiths Chapel, SMCC
Reception Location: Saltwater Grille
Officiant: Family Friend
Photographer: Hailey Crabtree
Second Photographer: Joel Crabtree
Flowers: Bloom’s Flower Shoppe
Cake: Friend of the Bride
Hair and Makeup: Head Games Salon for Hair & Body
Wedding Dress: Andrea’s Bridal
Maid of Honor’s Dress: Her Own
Groom’s Suit/ Best Man’s Suit: J. Crew