Meredith + Mark: Beach & Backyard Wedding in York, Maine

Meredith & Mark's wedding was simple bliss.

When we first met they told me how they were hoping for a simple, easy going wedding that would be fun for their guests. They didn't want an elaborate event but they still wanted it to be feel special and reflect the things that mattered most to them- their relationships.

Those of you considering a simpler event-this wedding is a perfect example of how to keep things manageable and down-to-earth while still having a beautiful day!

For the ceremony itself they planned to 'pop-up' at the York beach, set up chairs and hold a short event with the ocean as their backdrop. The surprise of the day turned out to be the weather. It was unusually warm and the beaches were filled with sunbathers seeking the last bit of beautiful weather.

Even though the beaches were busy, they managed to carve out a little slice of the beach that felt wholey theirs. They also encouraged their guests to put away their phones and take it all in.

While waiting for the bride to arrive, guests chatted on the beach and caught up with old friends and family.

The wedding ceremony itself was short but oh so sweet!

A close friend officiated the ceremony on their behalf and as a Notary Public in Maine, I signed their marriage license.

Just prior to the ceremony starting guests were handed a bit of bio-degradable confetti which made such a fun exit while not leaving a damaging footprint on our lovely beach.

Before leaving for the reception we grabbed a few more portraits at the beach.

One of my favorite parts of the day was when the bride and groom put on their helmets and jumped on their Harley. Mark hand made a 'just married' sign for the back of his bike.

The reception was held at their own home. They had done much of the prep work themselves and installed a large tent for guests along with a separate gathering spot with fire pit and tall tables for cocktails. It was such a perfect setting!

Take a look at a few of the special touches...

YES! They had ax throwing for guests!!

No I didn't get much closer- hahaha!

Catering was provided by one of their favorite local restaurants.

Things got romantic with a cozy first dance.

As the sun began to set we stepped away from the party for a few final sunset photos before I left them to enjoy their evening and relax with their guests!

Thanks for taking a look at this heartfelt, Intimate Wedding in York, Maine. If you're interested in learning more about my approach to Maine wedding photography or my Maine Wedding Photography Packages take a look through my website! I'd love to talk with you, learn more about the event you're planning and see if I might be a good fit as your Maine wedding photographer!