* Coastal Maine Botanical Garden wedding ceremony of Amanda and Adrian in Boothbay Harbor


photographers: J, Steve and Megan, emilie inc. photography
venue: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay Harbor, Maine
coordinator: Sally Bullard, A Maine Wedding
officiant: Sally Bullard
caterer: Laura Cabot Catering, Waldboro, Maine
florist: Denise Demeter, Boothbay Region Greenhouses
band: Moonglow
make-up: Lisa Wably, Capella Salon
hair: Bonnie Erskine, Cut Above
tent: Marshall Tents
transportation: Country Coach Charters
gown: Anne Barge at Spoil Me, Falmouth, Maine
invitations: Studio Olivine at Papier Gourmet, Portland

Maine Bates and Bowdoin grads, Amanda and Adrian settled on Boothbay as the place to tie the knot as the area holds a special place for both of them. Amanda's parents are on the board for the botanical gardens and so it seemed a perfect setting for their garden ceremony. Many thanks to previous couple (and now friends expecting a baby boy in January!) Sarah and Hawley for connecting us all.

How they met, in Adrian's words:
Amanda and I met in the summer of 2007, at the wedding of close mutual friends in Maine. Following that weekend we exchanged contact information. I remember returning to Utah with a tremendous amount of excitement over the girl I had just met, which was tempered by the fact that we lived thousands of miles apart. I told myself that I would reach out to her early in the week, privately wondering to myself where it could possibly lead. As it turned out, when I got back home there was an email waiting for me from Amanda. This started a month of nearly constant emailing and messaging to one another, where we soon learned how much we shared in common. Emailing turned to phone calls, and these nightly calls turned out to be absurdly long conversations- teenage long. Hours. We were quickly becoming very close to one another, however we still had a hurdle which was our distance apart. So two months after we had first met, we decided to get together in Utah for Labor Day weekend. It was no surprise at that point (to us) that we hit it off. We spent the weekend taking dog walks, going to a baseball game, playing golf, seeing a concert, and laughing constantly. Upon Amanda's departure from Utah, I knew that we had to try to make a relationship work. Only weeks later, I was on my way to New York City to surprise Amanda for her birthday. This idea was hatched by her best friend and Maid of Honor, Emily, and I eagerly hopped on a plane bound for the east coast. Once again we shared an amazing time together.

Shortly after my trip to New York, my job took me to London for nearly a year and a half, but Amanda and I were determined to stay together. I visited her as often as possible and she made several trips to Europe. We remained committed to one another to make our relationship work, despite the challenges of our physical separation.

Finally, after two years of a long distance relationship, I was able to move with my job to New York City, and we were able to at last live with one another. We spent the next year in a cramped studio apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with our 80lb. Golden Retriever, Baxter, and were engaged in the Spring of 2010.


  1. Favorite shot is the bride peering around from behind the door with her dad there. You can feel the anticipation and excitement at that moment.

  2. This was a beautiful day indeed - bride, dress and environment!

    Thanks for sharing!


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