Portland Maine Sailboat Wedding: Dan and Kristen

We met Dan and Kristen when we first moved the New England back in 2011! They both worked at Charles River Canoe and Kayak with us, Dan even taking us out for dinner on one of our first nights in Boston. They came over to our house for Superbowl Parties, and group watching of The Bachelor. We went over to their house for Cookie Parties at Christmas. They beat us to moving to Maine but we soon followed and of course are still friends. When they planned their Sailboat wedding we were dying for an invite, and even more honored when they invited us to photograph it for them. Dan is a landscape photographer and Kristen is a painter, so we took it as a high compliment to be taken in as artists with them.

Besides their art world, they are equally ocean-minded people, both as salty and sea-legged as you can find without going into the realm of storybooks. Kristen builds boats for goodness sakes! There was no other place that they could even consider getting married other than floating on the big blue sea.

We met them at their house where they got ready together and then headed over to the docks to meet their family and get sailing! On the boat we headed to the Portland Head Light, where they said their vows in sight of the famous lighthouse. Next we sailed to Cow Island where they treated their family to a lobster bake. Then we all headed back to Portland as the sun set. I kept pinching myself throughout the day because it almost felt surreal to be a part of such a unique and special wedding.

The cat before the weddingThe groom gets readyThe groom helping the brideThe groom helping the bride get readyThe groom before the ceremonyThe bride getting readyJust the brideA portrait of the bride and groomWaiting for the sailboatHoisting the sailsHoisting the sails from aboveHoisting the sailsThe bride and groom work to hoist the sailsHeading towards the ceremony spotThe sails and the Portland Head LightGetting marriedThe first kissThe bride sailing the boatThe bride and groomThe bride and groomHeading to the receptionThe view from the islandThe bride and groom silhoutted The bride and groomThe bride and groom having some funJust the brideThe bride heading into the waterThe bride and groom int he treesHaving fun on the swingThe wedding leaves for PortlandThe bride and groom sail awayCatching the last rays of light

Venues: Portland Schooner Company and Cow Island with Ripple Effect

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