MDI schoolhouse wedding of Heather and Adam


Heather and Adam's day was a nice little deviation from the norm that I truly enjoyed shooting.  They wanted to have their ceremony on MDI, near Bar Harbor, and had been looking for just the right spot. Heather's mom, Judie, suggested a park near town.  It's a sweet little public space just far enough away from the hustle and bustle that tourist season brings.  I went over before I started shooting to check out the area, not quite sure where these I Do's would be said as I walked along wooded pathways peeking around trees.  Soon I came upon little blooms of paper fluttering in the wind, hung from some branches with fishing line.  I knew this must be the spot and was excited to see it transformed in just a couple of hours.

I found Heather, her maids, and some family all getting ready together in a room at a cute B&B right off Main Street. Hairspray hung in the air as I watched this bride expertly apply makeup to both a friend and herself as she waited for her turn with the hairstylist.  Once she was in the chair, her natural curls got a little help from a curling iron as Judie looked on with a big smile on her face. Heather's look came together as she was zipped into her dress with flower appliques, put on forest-inspired earrings and bracelet, and donned a veil handmade by her godmother.

She hopped into an antique car with her mother and the driver mentioned that while it would get us to the ceremony, getting to the reception could be an issue.  Something not according to plan always has to happen on a wedding day! We arrived at the wooded ceremony site with no problems and the ceremony spot had been transformed with scallop shells lining the walkways, green metal chairs for guests, and an arbor of birch limbs.  After a lovely ceremony, that included several moving readings, Heather and Adam recessed through the trees as their guests followed. Then the most amazing thing happened! A 7 piece band from Philadelphia, including a sousaphone and accordion player, followed everyone through the woods and sent off this couple in style! The sousaphone player even ran after the car and kept playing as we drove away!  After some portraits along the shore path and Hulls Cove Harbor, we headed for the party.

The reception was held at the Hulls Cove Schoolhouse (we took a different car, just in case), another choice that showed this couple wanted something a little different.  Blackboards line the walls and were used to showcase the menu, write good wishes for the couple, and generally display artwork in chalk.  We were all treated to a delicious dinner and a choreographed first dance from Heather and Adam, which kicked off the dancing by the continually amazing West Philadelphia Orchestra.  I witnessed some of the most enthusiastic moves I have ever seen at this wedding!  I'm sure it didn't stop until the very last minute.

Heather and Adam, thank you so much for having me! And thank you to Mark McCall for being a fantastic second shooter!

How they met, in their own words:

We found each other through an online dating site which Heather casually browsed through after returning from traveling for three months throughout Central America. Heather would make hour-plus trips each way to meet Adam since he didn't have a car. On our first date each of us made a mixed CDs for each other for the car ride. Soon Adam was living on the island with Heather. We fell in love quickly over that summer and then spent a few months apart while Adam finished school. We have lived in Bar Harbor, Philadelphia, New York , and now Portland Maine together. Shortly before our four year anniversary Adam proposed in a walled garden in the middle of the West Village in New York. He proposed with a tree stump ring that Heather had seen at a craft fair years earlier. The tree rings representing the years in a tree's life or in a relationship. The tree grows strong and tall in all seasons and eventually bears fruit. We will be married in the woods, much of our ceremony is nature based. We both grew up in Maine and while we love cities, we also absolutely being outdoors.
  photographers: Denise, emilie inc. photography with Mark • officiant: Mark Glovinreception: Hulls Cove Schoolhouse • caterer: Cas Oleflowers: Miller Gardensband: West Philadelphia Orchestracake: Celebration Cakes  • hair: Shear Perfectiongown: Claire La Faye, Lovely Bride, NYC • groom: Suit Supplygroomsmen: Men's Wearhouse • ties and pocket squares: The Tie Barbride's accessories: BHLDNbride's shoes: Anthropologie • rings: Kristin Coffinengagement ring: Digby and Iona • invitations: • honeymoon: Iceland

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