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This is what we would call a dreamy Bar Harbor wedding photo!
Here we are, the top 17 of 2017! This is one joyful wedding photo!
As each wedding season closes, we always have a great time as look back at our photographs we’ve taken in that year. It’s a fun though difficult task, especially considering that Russ and Liz each make their own separate selections. Plus, not one wedding is ever excluded. Virtually every wedding we photographed yields anywhere from one to six candidates for the top photos of the year. Then we combine and rank order our choices over the course of several days of careful deliberation and consideration.
If I’m not photographing a wedding, the next best thing I can think of to photograph is an air show. Especially a U.S.Navy Blue Angels Air Show! As a boy, around age 5, growing up in Brunswick, Maine, the home of the Brunswick Naval Air Station, (known by most from the area as ‘the base’). I saw them just about every summer. Fortunate for those of us who are air show devotees, the Navy’s departure from the “base”, as we called it, didn’t mean that the Blue Angels would stop visiting Brunswick. Now a privately-run event, the Great State of Maine Air Show is generally an every-other-year event. In any case, today was the practice day for the air show and no one left disappointed. The sights, the sounds and even the smell of the jet smoke vividly evoke those childhood memories.
August 27, Sunday. It’s my third (and final) day at the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Air Show. And it’s a third location, very different again from days #1 and #2. I especially loved seeing the take off of the two planes with their afterburners facing us. Not to mention being in a really unique place during landing of all 6 jets.
Elizabeth and Scott’s Bowdoin College engagement session was, for Liz, the most significant engagement session to date. Why? Because Elizabeth is her youngest daughter (!).
Scott and Elizabeth live in Beverly, MA, Scott’s hometown. Elizabeth grew up in Bass Harbor, Maine, which is on Mt. Desert Island. She and Scott vacationed recently in Bar Harbor at the end of July. Little did Elizabeth know (okay, she might have suspected!) that Scott was planning on proposing.
A few days into their Bar Harbor vacation, they decided to go for a walk on the Wonderland Trail in nearby Southwest Harbor. Wonderland is a favorite of Elizabeth’s. Bass Harbor, her hometown, is nearby, and we used to hike the trail often, sometimes even more than once a day. It’s a quick hike, just over a mile, so Scott had to time his proposal carefully.
They stopped for a moment (on a heart shaped rock, so the story goes). As Scott tells it, he pulled the ring box out of his backpack and got down on one knee. “We talked about being each other’s best friends the other night. How would you like to be my best friend for the rest of your life?” How sweet is that?
Elizabeth and Scott stopped at our house on their way home. To tell their story, and have a few photos taken during this abbreviated (but, again, very special) engagement session. We couldn’t be happier for them, and us!