January 19, 2022

Kira & Shane’s Orr’s Island Maine Wedding

Kira and Shane’s wedding on Orr’s Island, Maine was our first ever in that part of the state. We had visited nearby Bailey Island for fun more than a decade ago, but we hadn’t found the opportunity to visit the area in a long time. Maine is full of many stunning locations, and Orr’s Island’s rocky coast is no exception. Needless to say, we were excited to get back there with cameras in hand.

This wedding was such a wonderful one to photograph. Kira and Shane met over ten years ago while working at a health food store where Kira trained Shane. They worked very different schedules, though, so they didn’t become friends until Shane was transferred to a new department a year later. But, clearly, that friendship grew into something more since we were the lucky photographers who got to photograph their wedding day.

Kira and Shane got ready separately in two houses down the road from each other in a quiet neighborhood. Joel photographed the guys getting ready while I was with Kira and her party as they got ready in a beautiful home overlooking the water. A neighbor’s house centered between the two other homes held the ceremony and reception in a tented backyard, while the cocktail hour and family photos took place back where the guys got ready. As guests moved from cocktail hour to the tent, they passed Mobile Musette, a food truck that offered up delicious items such as lobster tacos (so good!) and grilled cheese, to name a couple.

Typically, we try to steal couples away for 15-20 minutes of sunset photos during the reception. Unfortunately, the schedule doesn’t always allow for this since weddings usually get a little behind at some point in the day (totally normal!). We couldn’t sneak away with Kira and Shane at sunset; however, these two decided to hold off on grabbing food so we could head back to the cliffs for some twilight photos. I hate taking couples away from their meal because they’re so busy on the day that they often don’t get enough to eat, but Kira and Shane made their photos a priority (I love them for this!), and it was so worth it. The light we had to work with at twilight was refreshing.

I loved capturing Kira as she got ready alone, then with her mother and one bridesmaid. Occasionally, the rest of her party would wander in, but for the most part, it was quiet and calm and quite different from the usual happy chaos that comes with lots of people getting ready together. Shane shed more than a few tears during the ceremony and after, which was incredibly sweet to witness. Best of all, family and friends were so warm and welcoming, regularly engaging us in conversations throughout the day. The wedding was laid-back and full of love — my absolute favorite kind to photograph.

P.S. I found out after photographing the wedding that Kira is also a big One Tree Hill fan (my favorite show). I had to email her as soon as I learned this from Instagram because I was so excited. Of course, I knew I liked her from her very first email, but this made her even more fantastic in my book if that’s possible.

Here are some favorites from the day.

Bride doing her own makeup at Orr's Island Maine Wedding

bride laughing with one of her bridesmaids

bride laughing with her bridal party

Groom looking in mirror

Groom tying his shoe

Groom and groomsmen at Orr's Island Maine Wedding

Bride's mother zipping her wedding dress

Mother of the bride smiling at the bride

Bride hugging her mother at Orr's Island Maine Wedding

First look with bride and bridal party

Bride standing by ocean at Orr's Island Maine Wedding

Bridal party by ocean at Orr's Island Maine Wedding

Bride heading to ceremony

Groom crying as bride comes down the aisle

Bride walking down the aisle with her father

Bride kissing her father on the cheek during wedding ceremony

first kiss

first kiss at Orr's Island Maine Wedding

Groom crying as they're announced husband and wife at Orr's Island Maine Wedding

Newlywed bride cheers in excitement

Groom hugs a bridesmaid after the wedding ceremony

Groom hugging bridesmaid

Bride and groom crying together after wedding ceremony at Orr's Island Maine Wedding

bride and groom kissing after wedding ceremony

bride and groom rest their foreheads together after ceremony at Orr's Island Maine Wedding

Bride and groom sitting in a window together

Bride kissing her mother's cheek

bride laughing with her mother at Orr's Island Maine Wedding

wedding guests at cocktail hour

baby staring at the camera

Bride and groom standing on cliffs at twilight

bride and groom kissing on cliffs at Orr's Island Maine Wedding

bride and groom wrapping arms around each other to show wedding rings

bride and groom kissing on cliffs at twilight during Orr's Island Maine Wedding

Bride and groom walking together on cliffs in Orr's Island, Maine

Groom leaning in to kiss bride on cliffs during Orr's Island Maine Wedding

Bride and groom smiling at each other

bride and groom looking over their shoulders and smiling during Orr's Island Maine Wedding

Bride and groom walking together with ocean in the background

bride and groom kissing with the ocean in the background

bride and groom kissing by ocean on Orr's Island

bride and groom kissing in front of wedding tent

bride and groom getting food from food truck at Orr's Island Maine Wedding

bride and groom laughing during wedding toasts

bride and groom crying during wedding toasts

wedding toasts

bride and groom cutting their wedding cake

groom dancing with his mother

bride and groom smiling at each other as they dance at Orr's Island Maine Wedding.

wedding guests dancing

dance floor at wedding reception

wedding guests laughing on dance floor

dance floor at Orr's Island wedding reception

Bride dancing at Orr's Island, Maine wedding.

bride and groom dancing together at the end of the night.

wedding tent at Orr's Island wedding

Orr’s Island Maine Wedding Vendors:

Venue: Private Residences

Planning and Coordination: Cassandra Marie Events

Photography: Hailey & Joel Crabtree

Catering: Mobile Musette

Flowers:Hopsfield Farm & Watershed Floral

Hair & Makeup: Her. Bridal Beauty

DJ: The Celebration Corporation

Cake: Prairie Baking Co.

Dress; Alexandra Grecco from Everthine Bridal

Wedding Pennant: Oxford Pennant

Rings: Kasia Jewelry & Manly Bands