Maine Maritime Museum Wedding •Laura + Nate• Bath Maine Wedding Photographer

After our initial exchanges, Laura and I discovered we had a lot in common…from a summer spent in Alaska, being aspiring surfers, nature-lovers and oysters (well, I love to eat ’em on the half shell, and Laura monitors oyster growing for the health department, so she knows better and doesn’t eat them that way 🙂 ) Laura and Nate planned their wedding from Washington State, heading east to marry in Maine, where Laura spent part of her childhood.  Laura and Nate’s wedding day was shrouded in a romantic fog and some light drizzle, which made for some lovely atmospheric photos. And, it certainly didn’t extinguish their adventurous spirit. They still crawled over wet rocks and climbed up giant lobster traps to get the shots! Here’s a peek at their perfect day!

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Laura’s “something blue” was a drawing of a little oyster, stitched under her gown. LauraAndNate-0088 LauraAndNate-0020

Gorgeous blooms by Nina Hirth of Pauline’s Bloomers!LauraAndNate-0040 LauraAndNate-0060 LauraAndNate-0067

We had a lot of fun incorporating the varied architecture on the grounds throughout the museum.LauraAndNate-0098 LauraAndNate-0103 LauraAndNate-0153 LauraAndNate-0164 LauraAndNate-0172 LauraAndNate-0177 LauraAndNate-0189 LauraAndNate-0194 LauraAndNate-0202 LauraAndNate-0211 LauraAndNate-0215 LauraAndNate-0239 LauraAndNate-0250 LauraAndNate-0264 LauraAndNate-0270

Loved this moment when Nate adjusted his ring, to his left ring finger following the ceremony 🙂LauraAndNate-0272 LauraAndNate-0313 LauraAndNate-0327 LauraAndNate-0334 LauraAndNate-0337 LauraAndNate-0342

Navigating slippery rocks in heels was no obstacle for Laura. And Nate owned it as a new husband, bustling her dress ❤ LauraAndNate-0343 LauraAndNate-0355 LauraAndNate-0358 LauraAndNate-0379 LauraAndNate-0382

As Laura and Nate are avid outdoor adventurers and rock climbers, we couldn’t resist this photo opp.LauraAndNate-0390 LauraAndNate-0392 LauraAndNate-0397 LauraAndNate-0415 LauraAndNate-0416 LauraAndNate-0422 LauraAndNate-0426 LauraAndNate-0459 LauraAndNate-0475 LauraAndNate-0499 LauraAndNate-0503 LauraAndNate-0544 LauraAndNate-0550

It was a night filled with delicious food, good conversation, and (of course….) dancing!LauraAndNate-0563 LauraAndNate-0587 LauraAndNate-0592 LauraAndNate-0597 LauraAndNate-0618 LauraAndNate-0624 LauraAndNate-0646 LauraAndNate-0656 LauraAndNate-0661 LauraAndNate-0699 LauraAndNate-0713 LauraAndNate-0721LauraAndNate-0728 LauraAndNate-0731 LauraAndNate-0735 LauraAndNate-0745 LauraAndNate-0747

Congratulations to you Laura and Nate! Thank you for having us along to capture your beautiful day! xo

Venue: Maine Maritime Museum / Day of Coordination: Theresa Gandler of the Maine Maritime Museum / Catering and Cake: Mae’s Cafe and Bakery /

Floral Design:  Pauline’s Bloomers / Entertainment: DJ John Marble / Hair: Better U Total Image Spa

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Wedding •Jen + Chris• Boothbay, Maine Wedding Photographer

Jen and Chris make their home in Ohio, where they live with their giant tortoises (we’re talking around 70 lbs folks!) Sherman, Matilda and Valentine. They chose to marry in Maine (where Jen’s family has vacationed every summer for many years) after visiting the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay.  Jen recalls, “We fell in love with the Botanical Gardens on a visit last year when the weather was dreary and heavy fog was everywhere. There wasn’t a single person in the gardens that day and we loved every minute of it.  We just decided to get lost hiking in the rain and see where we turned up. It was a perfect rainy day in one of the most beautiful places on earth!  Our wedding is just an excuse to bring our friends and loved ones to our favorite place! (And to have an open bar while doing so!).”
As you may be able to already tell, these two have a strong sense of adventure and humor to boot! We shared countless laughs together. Jen kindly took the time to share some wonderful tales of their love story….enjoy! (Thanks Jen!!!)

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JenandChris-0010JenandChris-0016The Meeting:  “Chris and I met at the Cincinnati Museum Center in Cincinnati, Ohio and started dating November 23, 2010.  (Jen’s grandparents actually met at a USO event in the exact same building back when it was a train station during WWII!)  Chris worked with the live animal collections and I teach school children who come to the museum on field trips. We just started chatting in the offices and soon started to hang out outside of work. I shared all of my favorite hobbies and interests with Chris – kayaking, travel, gardening, history, spending time outdoors and my basset hound Byron.  And he shared all of his favorite hobbies and interests with me – caving, reptiles, travel, hiking, camping, science and MMA. We agreed to disagree on the reptiles and MMA, however, now he is my awesome kayaking buddy and I am his tolerable caving companion.” (Note the tortoises’ gear below….a kayaking paddle and some caving gear 🙂

JenandChris-0041JenandChris-0046JenandChris-0035The Proposal:  “Chris came up with the idea that we should go to see the Moonbow in Cumberland Falls, Kentucky for our anniversary.  I booked a cabin and we were going to spend a long weekend hiking during the day and trying to see a rainbow at night over the Falls. (Side note – this is the only place outside of Africa where a rainbow can be seen at night.) When we showed up, we realized there was a religious revival going on for the youth of a local church, and we were booked right in the center of it all. We escaped by hiking during the day, and at night, we went to the Moonbow as planned. It was cold and we had headlamps to find our way around the falls since nighttime and giant waterfalls do not go well together. After Chris ran us back and forth from the top of the falls to the bottom and back again, I asked if we could go inside and warm up since the Moonbow was not showing up. He said ‘no’ and kept running us to different ledges and overlooks for another two hours. Finally when we stopped on one of the overlooks, I took a moment to fix my headlamp when I thought that Chris was kneeling down to tie his boot. I asked if he could fix my lamp when he pulled out the ring and proposed. I was so surprised that I didn’t even remember to answer! (Which he teased me about to no end afterwards.) Turns out he had been carrying around his great grandmother’s ring since early that morning.  We had been hiking up and down hills, climbing on boulders and crossing streams for 7-8 miles and it was in his pocket the whole time!”

JenandChris-0085Maine Wedding PhotographerMaine Wedding Photographer-0343Maine Wedding Photographer-0149We took full advantage of all the varied gardens throughout the property at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Frank, our lovely golf cart chauffeur, zoomed us around to different locations (even over the crazy terrain!) throughout portrait time (Thank you Frank!!!) Here’s a peek at some of our favorite spots.Maine Wedding Photographer-0171Maine Wedding Photographer-0268Maine Wedding Photographer-0262Maine Wedding Photographer-0304Maine Wedding Photographer-0312Jen and Chris infused their day with lots of personality and playfulness. Their close friend and officiant, Grant, kicked things off Princess Bride Style, “Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam… ” Yes, it made for lots of smiles and belly laughter!

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Congratulations Jen and Chris! It was an honor (and a whole heap of fun) to be part of your day! xo

Venue: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens / Event Coordination: Courtney Locke of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens / Officiant: Grant Smiley/ Cake: Mae’s Cafe and Bakery / Catering: Sarah’s Cafe / Floral Design: Boothbay Region Greenhouses / Entertainment: DJ Michael of M.R.K. Entertainment

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