An Intimate Gathering at the Bethel Inn Resort

The day dawned cloudy with a chance of rain, but that only added to our excitement as my second shooter, Jessica, and I drove the winding roads from Farmington, where we live, to Bethel, Maine, to begin shooting Regina and Steve’s wedding day. Cloudy days make for excellent portrait days, and as we drove, Jess and I strategized, checking out a couple of possible First Look locations on the way. We arrived at the Bethel Inn Resort to find Regina serene and beautiful as Jody Newman from I Do Spas put the finishing touches on her hair and makeup. Tracy, her Maid of Honor, and Casey, her bridesmaid, chatted about who was most likely to cry at the ceremony while the I Do team worked on their hair and makeup, and Casey surprised herself by bursting into tears as she declared Tracy was more likely to cry (we all had a good laugh at that, too!).

Happy tears seemed to be the order of the day. Steve’s mother, Kim, couldn’t hold back her emotion when she saw Steve in his wedding suit, and Regina’s mother, Linda, hugged her daughter tight when she was overcome with emotion at the sight of Regina in her dress for the first time. One of the things I loved most about working with Regina and Steve was seeing how very beloved they are by their family and friends.

Jess and I also loved how hilarious the guys were to work with! Steve and his Best Man, Dan, staged their own First Look, and Steve’s brother, Jaron (who asked me in Steve and Regina’s pre-booking interview, If you could be any animal, what would you be? My pick: baby elephant. Jaron’s? Sloth.), kept us laughing all day long. The day wasn’t all laughter, though: even though Steve had insisted that he would not get emotional when he saw Regina (and she had agreed!), he couldn’t hide how moved he was to see her in her gown for the first time. And only a statue could not be moved: Regina simply looked stunning in her gorgeous gown, like a fairy-tale princess come to life.

Earlier, one of the locations Jess and I had scouted for First Look was the covered bridge at the foot of the Sunday River Ski Resort, and we were so glad we chose it! It was a perfect backdrop, especially on the slightly overcast day, and the beautiful bright blooms from Carol Duplessis of Pooh Corner Farm were the perfect accent for our shots.

The day flew by after that! The sun made a very brief appearance just before the emotional ceremony, kicked off by two of the most adorable and best-behaved flower girls Jess and I have ever seen, and performed by Steve’s Aunt Michelle, but Regina’s smile as she walked toward Steve outshone the sun. The rest of the day passed quickly in a blur of hugs, tears, and laughter. It was such a privilege to spend the day with Regina and Steve and their friends and family!

These vendors all played an integral role in making Regina and Steve’s day amazing! Be sure to check them out:

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