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Scarborough Marsh Maine Wedding

Every detail about this beautiful Scarborough Marsh Maine wedding was so personal to the couple — from the location, to having Megan’s sister marry the couple, to her dad fishing for their dinner, and even having the events at each of their families’ properties. They wanted this wedding to feel as “in-house” as possible.

But the most impressive part? They planned it all in a little over a month.

Patrick and Megan met working on the Casco Bay ferries as summer deckhands. After a long time of knowing that they wanted to get married, they finally set a date, leaving them six weeks to plan the whole thing!

Megan immediately ordered her gorgeous wedding dress off of Etsy from an international shop and scheduled fitting appointments for when it arrived {look at that lace detail on the back!}. Fortunately, she only needed to hem the bottom of her dress to work out better for the marsh setting of the ceremony.

Scarborough Marsh maine wedding

After photographing Patrick’s sister’s wedding in August, his mom contacted me for their event. It felt as though they considered me one of their friends, rather than just a wedding vendor, and the amount of trust they placed in me helped me really do my best work.

It was an absolute pleasure working with Megan throughout her wedding planning process, even when she was under such a time crunch. She had a wonderful energy, and almost a bit of a glow to her, as you can see in her bridal portraits.

Patrick and Megan’s intimate wedding took place in the Scarborough marsh at Patrick’s family’s camp and the reception was at Megan’s family barn. The timing was based on the tides so they could get married in front of the camp. The ceremony itself was even on a super tight schedule since it had to take place during low tide!

Their family and friends gathered on the lawn in front of the camp, and they had to cross a makeshift “bridge” to get back to the road with dry feet. As the clouds rolled in, the weather provided the perfect lighting for the marsh.

This photograph of the couple, with their parents looking on, struck a chord in me, and I knew this was an important photo when I took it. Something about seeing this made me take notice of their strong foundation for long-lasting relationships.

They held their ceremony in a camp on Winnocks Neck, originally built by Patrick’s grandparents. While it’s gone through some changes, it’s been grandfathered to remain there so that the new construction isn’t within reach of the tide.

Patrick and Megan spent a lot of time at this camp, and it was so important to them to center the events of the day around this location. They even incorporated red benches from the retired ferry where they met!

To get this particular shot, their neighbors invited us up to their hillside property which overlooks the marsh where they were just married — it was a nice surprise for the couple when they saw that we captured this private moment between the two.

Capturing moments at the barn also meant a lot to them. This barn in Gorham was built by Megan, her sister Kate, and their dad, back in 1994 and 1995. The couple wanted to incorporate the barn into several of their portraits, as it was central to their life together.

Food was also a significant part of their wedding! Megan’s father is a lobsterman, and for their wedding, he caught the dinner and helped cook it all with other family members. The cake was even baked by the bride’s mother.

Since Megan’s father was about to retire from his business as a commercial lobsterman, she was thrilled to have one last lobster bake before his official retirement. Al Stone was the Pine Point lobsterman with the whole setup that cooked their lobsters that day.

The wedding as a whole was so relaxed and calm {just like the couple}, with a very heartfelt toast by Megan’s uncle to kick off dinner.

The food, cocktails, and decor were ocean-themed {since it’s what brought them together}, and the pumpkin donuts from The Cookie Jar in South Portland, Maine were just heavenly.

Their friends {also known as Bay Lines} were hilarious; the last photo of the night was taken with them under a tent that has to do with the ferries. This moment captures the theme of their whole wedding day — their day was true to their personalities from beginning to end.

Because Patrick and Megan are local, I was able to personally deliver their album and be with them when they viewed it for the first time. I loved this moment — there’s nothing like delivering such a beautiful product that tells the story of their wedding day.

They selected a 10×10 leather album with 60 photographs and a mini album {a replica of their album for their parents}. The cover is luxe leather in “Fog” and the debossing is in Edinburgh 36pt.

 While spending time with Patrick and Megan, I snapped a few photos on my iPhone when they saw their album for the first time. I love how they’re displaying their photos in their home, too, so they’ll remember the happiness they felt on their wedding day for years to come.

Details to know:

Bridal Boutique: BridalGardenStudio | Dress: Juliya Bay | Flowers: Fleur de Lis | Rings: D.Cole Jewelers

Thank you, Patrick and Megan. I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!

xoxo . . .

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