Updated: Oct 17, 2020
Something about looking back on this wedding is making me emotional. I'm not sure if it is because Amanda is just so sweet and I'm going to miss her emails, or if it's because Sean reminds me so much of how I imagine my youngest son will be when he grows up, or if it's because of how sweet and genuine the love they have for each other is. It's probably a combination of all those things!
My weekend with them started at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel and Event Center. I met up with them there before we all hopped in a car together and headed up to the top of Cadillac Mountain. That experience made me feel a mixture of brave and protective as none of us really enjoy heights. I knew they were nervous, so I put on a brave face in hopes of making it easier for them. They were AMAZING! It was incredibly windy and cold, but that translated into photos that feel so warm and confident! I love when that happens. Standing at that summit offered them the unique view of looking down, WAAAAYYY down, on the town where they would be getting married the following day. There's something so cool about that!
The following morning we met back up at the hotel and I got to work photographing their details. Everything about their wedding was perfectly unique to them. Amanda's engagement ring is her birthstone, her wedding band Sean's birthstone, and Sean's wedding band has a wooden detail to reflect his woodworking passion. Everyone wore converse, and I couldn't have loved it more! Once everyone was ready Amanda and Sean took their places for their first look. Amanda started crying as she walked towards Sean and immediately after he turned around he proclaimed, "Oh! You're so beautiful!!' It was the sweetest thing.
After the first look we took bridal party portraits then hopped in a car and the three of us carpooled our way through Acadia National Park again. I love seeing people experience Maine's views for the first time. It's a special place and I love seeing other people discover that for themselves. After we found parking we found our way to the rocky coast for some portraits of just the two of them. They hopped from rock to rock and posed perfectly for their portraits, even with tourists watching in the distance. Before long it was time to head back for their ceremony.
They were married at The Bar Harbor Inn, on what I thought was a perfect October day. Boats and tourists were in the background as they exchanged their vows in front of a small group of their family and friends. True to their unique wedding day. they had a unity ceremony that involved making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at the altar. Sean spread the peanut butter on one side, Amanda spread the jelly on the other side, and when they joined the two slices together and took a bite my heart nearly exploded from joy. I can not put into words how much I loved that moment.
Immediately following the ceremony everyone headed upstairs to celebrate the newly married couple. After Amanda and Sean made their entrance, they headed out onto the balcony and danced their first dance as husband and wife as the sun set gently behind them.
What a perfect way to tuck away a perfect day.