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Wedding Weekend in Maine | Stef + Dave’s Bar Harbor Wedding

bride and groom walk happily with bridal party

Stef + Dave hosted an elegant wedding weekend in Bar Harbor, Maine during the 4th of July weekend. They decided on the quaint bayside town, because one of their favorite places is Acadia National Park

Bar Harbor is a popular getaway destination and a cute, walkable town. Always thinking of their friends and families, Stef + Dave wanted to make sure that their guests would be able to walk around, get together in town- planned or spontaneously, and have a relaxing time during their wedding weekend. 

They met at law school, where they would bump into each other in the library. Stef had staked out a consistent study spot, and Dave also had his “regular spot”. After a few runs ins with each other, they decided to team up for study sessions. Stef + Dave slowly became friends, which led to taking longs walks together and chatting about other areas of their life.

As their friendship grew, so did their love interest, and the rest – as they say – is history. 😉 

They asked me to go to Maine with them to document their wedding, and of course I said YES!

*Keep scrolling to see more photos from their welcome party, rehearsal dinner, sunset cruise, and amazing wedding day!*

The Wedding Weekend

The Welcome Party

Stef + Dave had a welcome party for everyone as they arrived on the Friday, and Dave’s parents hosted the most beautiful rehearsal dinner, followed by a sunset cruise around the Harbor later that night. The cruise was full of drinks and laughter and Maine showed off her most gorgeous Maine sunset, just for us. Come wedding day, everyone in attendance felt like more than just guests-gathered. We knew we were spending the day celebrating with a close-knit, fun-loving, and supportive family. 

wedding day details with champagne, polaroid camera, and guest book

couple standing in front of building with American flag hanging behind them

women chatting and laughing on large outdoor porch

women posing together for photo

men laughing and posing for photo on bench outside

The Rehearsal Dinner: Stewman’s Lobster Pound Pavillion

ocean harbor view in Maine

wooden wedding welcome sign

guests mingling at outdoor dockside dinner party

menu at table place setting

hand painted calligraphy on oyster shells as table place settings

guests laughing during outdoor pier dinner

guests enjoying lobster dinner

couple standing at outdoor dinner reception

man giving speech at outdoor dinner reception

woman giving speech at outdoor wedding dinner

mother giving speech at outdoor dinner celebrationo

couple smiling as they listen to speeches at reception dinner

The Sunset Cruise

boat docked at harbor

people on board boat at sunset

people on board boat cruise at sunset

people on board boat cruise at sunset

people on board boat cruise at sunset

people on board boat at sunset

couple on board boat cruise at sunset

people on board boat cruise at sunset

people on board boat cruise at dusk

couple looking out over city lights at dusk

The Wedding Day

Stef and I actually know each other from high school, where we were on the rowing team together. I was coxswain and she was my seven seat, so we spent hours and hours together on the water. It was a lot, but at the end of the year we won the Women’s Varsity 8 race at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. It was a huge accomplishment and we were SO excited! So when Stef told me the she and Dave were having their reception in the Stotesbury Ballroom of the Bar Harbor Club, you better believe we had those fuzzy feelings of, “Oh wow… yeah, this was meant to be.”

Why did Stef + Dave decide to have a destination wedding?

When Stef + Dave thought of the weddings they loved attending the most, they were destination weddings. They loved the way destination weddings built in time to reconnect with friends and family and spend more time together. So, why not bring everyone to their favorite place? Bar Harbor, Maine!

Often with a busy one-day wedding, you don’t have as much time to spend time with your guests. And as much as I will do my best to build in time to our timeline, it can be a lot harder to take a few minutes alone with your partner. Destination wedding weekends allow you and your soon-to-be spouse to spend many moments together. AND will give you so much more time catching up with the people most important to your lives.

view of ocean harbor through window

wedding gown, bridesmaids dresses, shoes, and wedding day details

coastal themed blue and floral wedding invitation suite, rings, and jewelry

wedding and engagement rings in dark blue velvet box

woman having makeup done by makeup artist

bridesmaids cheers with mimosas on sunny day

bridesmaids cheers with mimosas on sunny day

wedding bands on black leather box

man fastening watch by window with light streaming in

groom reading letter on wedding day

mom fastening boutonniere to groom's suit jacket

groom and groomsmen playing lawn games outside

groom and groomsmen chatting on porch

groomsmen posing for portraits in green grassy area

bride reading letter on balcony overlooking water

bridal gown hanging in doorway

wedding dress hanging in front of window

mother and bridesmaid doing up buttons on bride's dress

mother fixing bride's hair

bridesmaid helping bride put on wedding day heels

bride wearing beautiful pearl bracelet

bride walking out toward her father for first look

Fathers first look reaction

Bridesmaids first look reaction to Bride

exterior view of old roman catholic church

Parents Before Bride Walks Down The Aisle

bride walking down aisle during catholic wedding ceremony

father handing over bride to groom during catholic wedding ceremony

bride and groom at altar during church wedding ceremony

bride and groom standing together at altar during church wedding

bride and groom first kiss during church wedding

bride and groom walking down aisle together after church wedding

bride hugging guest after church wedding

family group photo during wedding day portraits

bride and groom walk with bridal party during portraits

wedding party pose on grass overlooking ocean during portraits

wedding party pose on grass overlooking ocean during portraits

wedding party pose on grass overlooking ocean during portraits

bride kissing groom's cheek on grass overlooking ocean

bride and groom smile and kiss on wedding day

groom holds bride's train on dress as they walk to venue

sunset view of ocean from Bar Harbor, Maine

weekend wedding venue on ocean in Bar Harbor, Maine

bride and groom smiling and pouring champagne for guests

guests laughing while drinking champagne

guests toasting bride and groom at oceanside reception in Maine

 

bride and groom hold hands as they walk along balcony overlooking ocean

bride and groom dance and twirl on balcony overlooking ocean

bride twirls on balcony overlooking ocean

bride and groom smile at each other as they walk hand in hand

bride and groom enter indoor wedding reception

indoor wedding reception welcome sign and flowers

elegant place setting at nighttime wedding reception dinner

table numbers, floral centrepieces, and 4 tier white wedding cake

bride and groom read through wedding guest book

bride and groom kiss during speech at wedding reception

bride and groom first dance at indoor wedding reception

bride and groom first dance

bride and groom first dance

bride dancing with father during indoor wedding reception

groom dances with mother during wedding reception as guest look on

bride and groom whispering and smiling at wedding reception

bride and groom smile as guests hold sparklers overhead

An intentional wedding over the course of a weekend allows you so much more time to spend connecting with your loved ones- and for them to connect to one another.

The entire weekend was overflowing with excitement. All of the guests had traveled in to attend, and it felt like a family reunion and a fun high school and college reunion all rolled into one. Stef + Dave didn’t just host a wedding that started at 4pm and lasted until midnight- 

they invited their closest, most treasured friends and family, and hosted them for an  unforgettable wedding weekend. 

 

It was fueled by so much emotion, joy, and togetherness that it’s hard for me to look at their photos without tearing up. Stef + Dave both have really strong family values, and are incredibly loyal to their friends, their families, and to each other. You can see and feel that joy, trust, and togetherness. It resonated throughout their entire celebration. 

The details of Stef and Dave’s wedding details were stunning, but the excitement that pulsed throughout the wedding day is what really stood out.

 

I’m so grateful that they trusted me enough to capture these memories for them, and so happy that I got to reconnect with my old friend and teammate. Stef + Dave, thank you for welcoming me and my team into your family and for letting us join you for a wedding weekend I’ll never forget!

 

If you loved this elegant wedding weekend in Maine, you may also like this fun honeymoon adventure in Hawaii!

Interested in wedding weekend coverage for your own wedding? I’m in New Jersey but travel worldwide, so contact me if you want more info!

  1. Amanda Stillwell

    September 24th, 2019 at 1:33 am

    Kerry! These photos are incredible! You truly captured the beauty and the love of the weekend. Can NOT wait for our own weekend together in March!!!

  2. Kerry Walsh

    September 24th, 2019 at 1:39 am

    Ahh thanks, Amanda!!! The love and absolute JOY was present throughout the entire weekend!!! Cannot wait for your and Anthony’s wedding in March either!!! <3

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