November 29, 2022

Steve & Melissa’s Harborside Hotel Wedding

We met up with Steve and Melissa for their Acadia engagement session in May, where we discussed their upcoming Harborside Hotel wedding. We quickly realized how fun, laidback, and goofy these two are together as we posed them for engagement photos, so we were even more excited for their August wedding day to come around.

Steve and Melissa are both doctors (Steve specializes in infectious diseases), so they had been in the trenches when Covid broke out. They also had recently had a baby, so wedding planning proved to be a difficult task. Melissa’s fabulous mom, Peggy, stepped up to the plate, gathering lists of vendors for them to consider and taking over any jobs that would help minimize their stress.

They were so busy that they only had a few days to celebrate and enjoy the Maine coast before returning to work, so they ensured their wedding day was chill and full of delicious food and drinks. When I arrived to start photographing Melissa getting ready and asked how she was feeling, she joked that she might have had a few too many blueberry mojitos the night before, but she had no regrets.

I couldn’t help but notice that more than one song from Taylor Swift’s “Lover” album played during cocktail hour. We’re talking deeper tracks that only Swifties would play. I was a bit excited and brought it up during our sunset portraits. They informed me that there was more to come, including their first dance to “Paper Rings.” If you’re unfamiliar with the song, it’s upbeat with some old-school vibes. It’s not something you slow dance to, so I was intrigued. They warned us there would likely be a lot of awkward arm dancing, but I think they nailed it.

Here are our favorites from the day!

Harborside Hotel Wedding Vendors:

Venue: Harborside Hotel

Officiant: Friend of Couple

Photographers: Hailey & Joel Crabtree

DJ: Jim Smith

Flowers: The Bud Connection

Hair & Makeup: I Do Spas