Margot & Nicholas's Destination Wedding at the Bar Harbor Regency Stone House
There might have been a royal wedding "across the pond" this past spring (just in case you forgot, of course), but Margot & Nicholas had their very own fairy tale wedding day here in Maine for their destination wedding at the timeless Stone House at the Bar Harbor Regency. When I arrived at the Stone House to start capturing formal photos of Margot with her ladies, she literally took my breath away when she came out of her room with her hair pinned up, a sparkling tiara atop her curls, three strands of pearls just grazing her collar bone, and an absolutely stunning gown and long veil from Lovely Bride's New York City Bridal Shop. I'll admit that it took me a bit to recover! I knew that the day would be filled with loads of amazing details, but I don't think there was anything that could have really prepared me for just how incredible it all was. The ladies donned sparkly beige dresses that were slightly different from each other to best suit the lady's preference. (I'm sure my gals would have been jealous!) All of the floral arrangements and bouquets, created by the super creative Alda Stich, featured blush pinks, creams, and soft greens that perfectly complimented the coastal scene Margot & Nicholas's style. Margot's creativity was sprinkled throughout their day from her watercolor paintings being incorporated into their paper goods to the rocks that served as table markers with different animals and Maine motifs painted on them. Lisa Patel from the Bar Harbor Regency ensured that every detail was arranged to perfection and that the vision for the day came together like a fairy tale fit for a princess.
Once they were ready, Margot and her dad were whisked off to St. Saviour's in Bar Harbor, Maine, in a vintage car while I rode with Nicholas and his guys in Oli's Trolley. Watching Nicholas as we made our way there, there was a sense of calm about him that is sometimes had to see in a groom moments away from being married. But you could tell that he was more than ready to finally have Margot be his wife. As the doors opened at the head of the aisle for Margot and her dad to start their walk down the aisle together, I swear that there was an audible gasp from their family and friends as they saw her for the first time. Beautiful music filled the church, lovely readings were given, a few tears were shed, and Margot & Nicholas were, at long last, declared married. After taking formal portraits in the church, the newlyweds departed the church under a sea of ribbon wands before they rode off in the vintage car to the Bar Harbor Regency Stone House.
The evening was filled with lots of smiles, laughter, and a few happy tears as Margot & Nicholas celebrated with their friends and family who had traveled so far. Their cocktail hour on the Bar Harbor Regency Stone House lawn overlooking the ocean with guitar music from Bob Bowman was textbook gorgeous. I swear that evenings like that are why many of us live in Maine! They were even entertained by the resident groundhog and chipmunk who brought out several squeals as everyone saw the cute woodland creatures going to town on the gardens. (I dare say that the groundskeepers have different reactions to them.) As dinner was ready to be served, guests found their way to their seats with adorable compasses that Margot had customized for their special day. Following a lovely first dance and several toasts to the newlyweds (as well as their ancestors), the incredible staff from the Bar Harbor Regency Stone House delivered exquisitely plated dinners to all of the guests. Celebration Cakes by Janice Strout created a work of art in cake form, which elicited many gasps as the guest discovered that the decorations were not in fact real flowers. I heard it tasted just as incredible as it looked as it fueled the guests for a long night of dancing to music from Chris Bouchard of Bouchard Entertainment to culminate an incredible day celebrating Margot & Nicolas's union.
To Margot & Nicholas (and Margot's incredible mom/wedding planner, Meredith), thank you so very much for trusting me to capture the day. I have had an amazing time getting to know all of you over the past nine months of planning and seeing your vision come to life. I am truly blessed! I cannot wait to show you the entire set of images from the day in the very near future. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek of just some of my favorites from the day.
- Getting Ready, Caterer & Reception Venue: Bar Harbor Regency Stone House
- Ceremony Location: St. Saviour's in Bar Harbor, Maine
- Bridal Gown Boutique: Lovely Bride's New York City Bridal Shop
- Bakery: Celebration Cakes by Janice Strout
- DJ: Chris Bouchard of Bouchard Entertainment
- Sales & Catering Manager: Lisa Patel for the Bar Harbor Regency
- Ceremony Music: Jessica Amidon, Violin and Cello, from Downeast Strings
- Florist: Alda Stich
- Officiant: Fr. Tim Fleck from St. Saviour's in Bar Harbor, Maine
- Transportation: Oli's Trolley
- Cocktail Hour Musician: Bob Bowman
- Bridal Alterations: Nick Torres from Beyond Bespoke
- Invitations: New and Blue from Carlson Craft
- Menus and Other Paper Goods: Zazzle
- Whoopie Pies: Wicked Whoopies