Stephanie and I both work our own daily 8-5 jobs when we are not doing photography; which is why we try to keep our wedding bookings down to a manageable number. That said, we ventured into the one of our bridal shows this past winter with the agreement that we were only going to take bookings for 2017. That was until Stephanie talked to a very sweet bride-to-be who was more than excited to share her plans for her upcoming coastal wedding. Chantelle won Stephanie over in no time and before I knew what had happened…we were booking another wedding for our already booked 2016 season! And now after capturing their Camden Amphitheatre wedding this last weekend…I could not have agreed more with Stephanie’s decision!
We arrived at Portside Manor in Searport, Maine on August 13th not really knowing what to expect and I can honestly say that we were more than surprised on what we drove up to. This multi-bedroom manor can easily hold an entire wedding party and comes complete with a huge kitchen equipped with two ovens, an eight-burner stove with plenty of means to refrigerate…this place has everything but a kitchen sink…oh wait, it has four!
We made our way through the maze of rooms to find Chantelle upstairs getting ready. She had a radiant glow to her that was outshining the somewhat overcast day. She was very excited to see us and was ready to embrace the rest of her day.
After the preparation shots were captured we made our way to the Camden Amphitheatre where there sat eagerly awaiting wedding guests. The weather was still on the doom and gloom side but the air remained dry as she made her way down the aisle with her father.
In the front of this mass of people stood Dylan (which I now forevermore will refer to as master carpenter) with his trusted groomsmen. Dylan is a merchant marine and is often gone several weeks of each month. In the short time that he has been home he was tasked with doing several projects to help their wedding vision come true. He built their huge dance floor for the reception, two large pergolas and a number of other projects that we may not had been made aware of. His craftsmanship was amazing and the family-made "dock" table that displayed the nautical themed wedding cake by 3 Dogs Café was a perfect touch to their wedding décor.
When Dylan saw his blushing bride-to-be make her way down the aisle in dressed in her stunning ball gown wedding dress, his tough seaway eyes became misty.
Once the ceremony was complete, we may our way to the waterfront of Camden for formal pictures. Once the traditional photos were captured, we made for the docks with umbrellas in tote. We might have trespassed on a private dock to get some fun photos but we thought there was still something clearly missing from this nautical themed wedding. With that in mind, I made my way down one of the docks and asked the owner of Schooner Mary Day if we could come aboard and take a few photos. She made the exception just this one time to let us on deck because by chance, today was her wedding anniversary as well. We spent about 20 minutes on their vessel and there was no doubt that Chantelle and Dylan were appreciative of the amazing opportunity.
This was a great wedding to photograph and this very laidback couple let nothing bring them down on their day and made photographing them a true ease. We finished our formals a little before the rain started coming down and started to venture back towards the reception. With more than an hour to kill we decided to crash in on the groomsmen - which we found at the Lobster Pound with the amazing bartender Joe!
We had an outstanding time and wish Dylan and Chantelle all the best in their lifetime together and we look forward to talking with them again soon. Here are some more captures of their amazing day!
Ceremony Venue: Camden Amphitheatre
Reception: Portside Manor
Dress: Blush Bridal and Formal
Rings: Kay Jewelers
DJ: Meadowbrook DJ
Flowers: Holmes Greenhouse
Hair: Lisa Nichols
Cake: 3 Dogs Cafe