Bethany & Dan Photography   |   Photographers based in Portland, Maine

Bethany & Dan Photography   |   Photographers based in Portland, Maine

It had been over a year since we had seen these two at their Ogunquit Maine engagement session. They live in Colorado and planned this wedding as a destination for family, friends, and honored guests. It was a vintage camp theme, held at not one, but two camps: Camp Eastwood and Camp Manitou. In my humble opinion, they nailed the theme, complete with lanterns instead of bouquets and groomsmen pocket watches! The girls got ready in the camp dance studio and the guys in a cabin nearby. When they had their first look in the soccer field, Rhett was tearing up even before he was his beautiful bride. It was so sweet to witness.

For the ceremony, the guys rode a boat across the lake to the other camp, arriving to the “Flight of the Valkyries,” a very nice touch. Kristen walked down the aisle to the same song I did in my wedding, “Come thou Fount of Every Blessing,” so I was crying along with everyone else. Sounds hard to top eh? Well they topped it when they walked back down the aisle to a shower of Marshmallows (!) in place of flower petals. I told you they nailed the camp theme! The reception was held in the dining hall of the camp, with BBQ catered and an ice cream truck serving up homemade ice cream instead of the traditional cake. One of my personal favorite part of the evening was when a group of family and friends gathered around the couple (who met in Chorus by the way), and sang a song to them. It was an adorable wedding that we loved being a part of!

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Venue: Camp Eastwood  |  Florist: Flo’s Flower Cart

Catering: Famous Dave’s  |  Desert: Stone Fox Farm Creamery

Gown: Madeleines Daughter   |   Veil: Sara Gabriel

More from Kristen and Rhett: Engagement Session (also featured on Borrowed and Blue)   |   Meet our Couples

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I don’t really know what to say. Im going to try though.

We adore these two human beings. I swear from the moment they walked into the Waban Starbucks to meet with us we loved them. After spending an evening with them for their engagement session we were counting down the days till the wedding day, right along with them. We were SO excited to be their wedding photographers and we were absolutely not wrong in our anticipation of the wedding’s fabulousness. It was incredible. Besides all the gorgeous details, fabulous location, stunning bridal party, classy everything(!), this wedding was 100% focused and the right thing: L-O-V-E! Kelsey and Char are crazy about each other. It is infectious and every single person at this wedding was SO happy they were getting married. It was a palpable the whole time we were there.

A few of my favorite moments of the day:

  • The first look complete with private tear jerking vows.
  • The way Chad looked at Kelsey all. day. long.
  • Kelsey’s sister’s toast… if there is a perfect sister version of a toast, it was this one. There was not a dry eye in the tent. I wish I could bottle that love up and take it around with me everywhere.
  • During the sunset photos were were out on the beach right in front of the tent. I think every person at the wedding made their way to the edge of the tent and watched. It was so cute! We would turn around and look between shots and everyone would wave!
  • Their friend Brendan took a table cloth off one of the tables and made it into a jump rope during the reception. ’nuff said.
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Reception: Breakwater Inn  |  Coordinator: Azalea Events

Cake: Let Them Eat Cake  |  Hair: Fringe Hair Art   |  Makeup: Laurel Makeup

DJ: Maine Platinum DJ  |  Videography: Ready Set Film  |  Gown: Cristinas Bridal


More from Kelsey and Chad: Engagement Session   |   Meet Our Couples

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Liz and Chip held their wedding at Liz’s Grandparents lake house in Orland Maine, coincidentally right across the lake from where Kate and Emily had their wedding this past July. It is an amazing property complete with the most epic blueberry field, just right for taking photos of this lovely couple and their friends. I could not, and have not, gotten over Liz’s incredibly styling. Please take note of her dress and jewelry. It was timeless, classy, and SO MUCH FUN to photograph. Her mother is a photographer so Liz was completely comfortable in front of the camera too, which made things pretty simple when it came to portraits. We were definitely not complaining.

The ceremony was held in a 200 year old church and the guests were shuttled from the ceremony to the reception via yellow school busses. They had the cocktail hour in the backyard with their family pets roaming around and mingling with the guests. After the cocktail hour everyone moved further into the woods to a tented reception where the champagne and dancing both flowed without end. It was a blast.

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Catering: MarKel’s Bakehouse  |  Flowers: Verona Island Flower Company

Hair and Makeup: The L Factor  |  Band: The Waiters

Gown: BHLDN

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O you want us to photograph a wedding in our beloved Portland Maine?? YES PLEASE!

When Courtney and Andrew first wrote to us about their Portland Maine wedding, we were still living in Boston. We were SO excited about the prospect of coming to Maine to shoot their wedding we probably exclaimed “Yes” to our computer screen. Thankfully, Portland is our home now so it was even more fun to photograph than we originally thought, which is saying something. Courtney got ready at the Portland Regency Hotel along with all her bridesmaids. I loved how they were all dressed in navy or nautical clothing before they even changed into their dresses… unplanned and fantastic. Andrew got ready at their new house, so it was super meaningful too!

We headed over to St. Lukes Cathedral for the ceremony. It was SO gorgeous and we absolutely loved “meeting” a new local ceremony spot, (yes I know its a church first but thats just how our eyes are seeing things these days). After the ceremony we all headed to the Eastern Prom for more photos with the family, bridal party, and of course Courtney and Andrew. Next we headed to Grace Restaurant  for the reception. There were so many sweet toasts and surprise dances that it felt like everyone just wanted to tell them how much they loved them both. It was fun to witness. Our favorite bartender was even there working so we got to see another friend, (we are giving you a shout out Crystal… even though I think the Old Port magazine feature may be a little bigger of a deal). It was a great day and we were so happy to be a part of it.

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Ceremony Venue: St. Lukes Cathedral   |   Reception Venue: Grace Restaurant   |   Florist: Broadturn Farm

Cake Designer: Aurora Provisions   |   Hair: Gerri of Mimosas Salon   |   DJ: Jenn from Scratch DJ


More from Courtney and Andrew: Meet Our Couples

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New Hampshire Wedding: Lynsey and Alex

Hampstead, New Hampshire

Almost exactly one year to the day, we met Lynsey and Alex at 5:30 in the morning for a sunrise engagement session. The morning of their wedding day was very different though, due to downpours! As we drove to the wedding we kept repeating “better now than later on,” with fingers crossed the rain would stop for their outdoor ceremony. It was as if the rain clouds were on the wedding day schedule, because right as we needed to go outside for portraits, the rain stopped, and held off for the rest of the day. Lynsey and her ladies all prepared at a local B&B and then we all headed to the ceremony. Dan and the guys met us there and it felt like they walked down the aisle within minutes of arriving. Wedding day’s move so fast!  After the ceremony, we headed inside for a rocking reception with lots and lots of dancing! It was fun so see how kind and loving Alex was to his bride all day long. One of my favorite moments was when he wiped away her tears during the ceremony. He is so tender. Enjoy a NH wedding with these two!

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Bridal Prep Venue: Inn by the Bandstand   |   Venue: Granite Rose  |  Cake: Jacques Fine European Pastries

DJ: Joey Dion  |  Gown: Allure Bridals 


More from Lynsey and Alex: Engagement  |  Meet our couples

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