Top Maine Wedding Regions | Maine Wedding Photography

Let’s tour around the state of Maine while we look at six distinct top Maine wedding regions, the six that account for a signifiant majority of Maine’s approximately 10,000 weddings each year. This post showcases the environmental beauty of each area while hosting our real brides and grooms on their actual wedding days. Be assured these are not the only awesome places in Maine for weddings; Maine is vast and it is all gorgeous in one way or another; this post merely reflects the places we most often photograph.

1. York County Maine Weddings

York County is one of our top Maine wedding regions. The photos that follow highlight some of our favorite wedding venues and photo locations.

Bride and groom on the Kennebunkport Breakwater, Kennebunkport, Maine. One of our favorite top Maine wedding regions!(Above and below) Kennebunkport: One of our favorite spots is the breakwater at the mouth of the Kennebunk River on the Kennebunkport side. The skies seem to always be on our side with color, drama, texture and shape.Bride and groom walking on the Kennebunkport Maine Breakwater

On the property at St. Anne’s Church, Kennebunkport. (below).

(Below) There’s a dedicated lawn area at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport, that is custom-built for weddings, and it overlooks the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. bride and groom during recessional during a classic Colony Hotel wedding in Kennebunkport, Maine

Colony Beach, below, near the breakwater, with the same beautiful, dramatic skies.bride and groom at colony beach kennebunkport maine

The dock at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, enjoys a westerly view, affording great sunset views on many summer evenings.Bride and groom on the dock at the Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport Maine

Bride and groom kissing on the porch of the South Congregational Church, Kennebunkport MaineKennebunkport: The iconic South Congregational Church in downtown Kennebunkport is a very popular spot for couples at nearby resorts who want a church wedding.groomsmen arriving to Nonantum Resort via Pineapple Ketch

The Pineapple ketch (above) at the Nonantum, is a popular way for the groom and groomsmen to arrive at the ceremony.

Tented Wedding at the Breakwater Inn, Kennebunkport Maine Kennebunkport: (Above) The Breakwater Inn has lawn space for a large tent, increasing the guest capacity to well-above average sized weddings.

Bride and groom during recessional at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Kennebunkport, MaineKennebunkport is home to a very iconic wedding location, (above), St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, a very popular choice and in close proximity to The Colony Hotel and The Nonantum Resort.

(Below) We can’t talk about Kennebunkport, without mentioning the oh-so-charming village of Cape Porpoise. Lisa and Owen had a gorgeous wedding, and the sunset was unrivaled!Bride and groom with spectacular sunset in Cape Porpoise Maine

York: (Below) A picturesque art gallery.

Camp Ellis, Saco (Below): A mix of tourist boats, fishing charters, and working fishing boats graces the dock area in this community, part of the city of Saco, just minutes from the city center.Bride and groom kissing on the dock at Camp Ellis Maine

2. Greater Portland Maine Weddings

Scarborough to Freeport covers all manner of shoreline, city, farmland, barns, great hotels, inns, resorts, and everything in between. Let’s look around at one of our favorite top Maine wedding regions!Above, Peaks Island. A short ride or golf-cart jaunt gets you to the quiet side in no time. We know all the right spots on this island, technically part of the city of Portland.

(Above) South Portland: Spring Point Light and breakwater is an easy 15-minute drive from downtown Portland. If you’re lucky there may not be anyone else there, even on a gorgeous day!

Portland, (Above) The Old Port, with its cobblestone streets and brick buildings is a perennial favorite destination with brides and grooms.
Bride and groom at the Scarborough Marsh at sunsetScarborough: (Above) Not far outside of Portland is the Scarborough Marsh, and with the Eastern Trail walk/bike path bisecting the marsh, it makes for a great setting especially like at dusk as above.

Bride and groom on the lawn at the Wolfe's Neck Center, Freeport, MaineFreeport: Above and below: about 15 minutes north of Portland things can get very un-city like, as above at Wolfe’s Neck Center, a spawning outdoor location with fields, waterfront, and more.

Wedding reception at Wolfe's Neck Farm, Freeport MaineBride and groom kissing the snow in Freeport MaineFreeport: (Above) Winter weddings have their own magic!

Bride and groom kissing in the window of LFK, Portland mainePortland: (Above) Monument Square area is home to many fabulous restaurants and bars, and these such places make a fantastic stop when out and about with our couples, as above, even on a cold winter evening.

3. Southern Mid-coast Maine Weddings

Let’s get a glimpse of the southern mid-coast the areas of Brunswick-Bath, Phippsburg-Popham, Georgetown, Wiscasset, Southport, and Boothbay Harbor. Bride and groom on the dock at Sebasco Harbor Resort, Phippsburg, Maine(Above and below) Phippsburg: Sebasco Harbor Resort, at one of many water areas; this one their small on-site lake.
Bride and groom on the rocks at Sebasco Harbor Resort, Phippsburg, Maine

Phippsburg: (Below) There are parts of Phippsburg that could be continents away, the unspoiled natural beauty is so vast.

Bride and groom walking on the beach at the Small Point Club, Phippsburg, MaineBride and groom on the dock at Fort Popham, MainePopham: Above and below, not far from the vastness of Popham Beach is the Popham village harbor. It’s quintessential Maine, especially at twilight.

Bride and groom walking along the shore at Popham Beach, Maine

Bride and groom on the lighthouse at the Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse(In the waters just off of) Southport (Above). The Inn at Cuckold’s Lighthouse is an exquisite inn, accessible only by boat.

Bride and groom at a coffee shop in Boothbay Harbor MaineBoothbay Harbor: Above and two below, an elegant tourist town known for shops and coastal excursion boats and whale watching tours. Downtown has cute storefronts and sidewalk cafes.

Bride and groom kissing on the dock Boothbay Harbor Maine

4. Northern Mid-Coast Maine Weddings

This is more Maine beauty, in the area of the Port Cylde peninsula, to Thomaston-Rockland-Rockport, Camden, the Lincolnville-Northport region to Belfast, and all the way to Stockton Springs. For us, the area of northern mid-coast Maine was one of our top Maine wedding regions for 2017!

Camden: (Below), the classic harbor. The 1957 iconic film Peyton Place was filmed here.

Camden: (Above) At the entrance to Mt. Battie State Park, with autumn colors hanging on well into November.

Camden: The castle-like Norumbega Inn is a great setting for world-class accommodations, dining, and smaller sized weddings.

View of an outdoor Samoset Resort wedding, Rockport, Maine

Above, the outdoor ceremony space at Rockport’s Samoset Resort is matched in splendor and beauty by the resort’s ballroom.

Bride and groom at Ducktrap Beach, Lincolnville, Maine(Above). A couple at the beach near Ducktrap in Lincolnville.

Bride and groom walking to the Lincolnville Ferry Terminal, Lincolnville, MaineLincolnville: (Above) The Maine State Ferry Service terminal to Iselboro. We love moody shots like this, that really tell a story..or give you freedom to make your own.

Bride and groom reflected in the infinity pool at the Inn at Ocean's Edge, Lincolnville, MaineLincolnville: (Above) The elegant Inn at Ocean’s Edge infinity pool served to help us create this image along the shore of the ocean.

Bride and groom in front of wall mural on the wall of Rock City Coffee, Rockland MaineRockland: Above and below; this city has a thriving art district whose works extend to the outdoors, like this favorite wall of ours.

Bride and groom in front of wall mural on the Grasshopper Shop in Rockland Maine
Rockport: (Below), a picture-perfect harbor makes just the spot for a perfect picture!

Bride and groom on the dock at Rockport Harbor maine

Wedding ceremony on the lawn at Point Lookout, Northport MaineNorthport: (Above) The summit at Point Lookout, one of our top favorite venues anywhere, is breath-taking in so many ways. Point Lookout was our number one most frequented venue in our list of the top Maine wedding regions!

Bride and groom during recessional at French's Point, Stockton Springs, MaineStockton Springs (Above): One of the finest venues in Maine is French’s Point, with a virtual wrap-around view of Penobscot Bay.

5. Bar Harbor Maine Weddings – Acadia Region

Acclaimed by many as among the most beautiful places on earth. A look through some of these photos will explain more. As for us, I think it’s safe to say that Bar Harbor and Acadia are number one in our top Maine wedding regions.

Wedding ceremony on the lawn at the Bar Harbor Club, Bar Harbor, MaineBar Harbor: (Above) The grounds of the Bar Harbor Club. Top-notch everything here, and that would be an understatement.

Bride and groom near a stream in Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor Maine Acadia National Park: Above photo and three panels below, pristine beauty abounds, and it’s made all the better on a couple’s wedding day. What incredible memories places and photos like this make!

Bride and groom near the Jesup Trail, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine

Bride and groom hugging at Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine

Bride and groom on the pink granite in Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor Maine

6. Western Maine Weddings – Mountain Region

Maine’s western mountains are in their peak season in winter with some of the finest ski resorts in all of the country. Their features and spectacular beauty don’t end there, however. These areas make incredible wedding destinations for people from all over New England and the U.S.

Bride and groom at the Sugarloaf Mountain Outdoor Center, Sugarloaf Mountain, MaineThe Carrabasset Valley area, with the trails of Sugarloaf Mountain ski resort visible in the distance.

Bride and groom on the chairlift at Sugarloaf Mountain, MaineYay! What better way to get to your reception venue than via chair lift, especially for avid skiers!Bride and groom sitting in adirondack chairs at Rangeley Lake, maineAbove, a few moments of quiet after the wedding ceremony at Rangeley Lake (below 2 panels). Wedding ceremony on the lawn at Loon Lodge, Rangeley lake, Maine

Bride and groom on a stone wall at Rangeley Lake, MaineMore of Rangeley Lake in the background.

Bride and groom standing in front of a quaint New England white clapboard church in Norway, maineAn incredibly spectacular little church in rural Norway, Maine.

(Above) When your wedding is atop a mountain, finding the right direction for a sunset view is pretty easy, especially here at Granite Ridge Estate in Norway.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our little tour of top Maine wedding regions as much as we enjoy going to these places each season!

These images represent the majority of Maine locations at which we photograph weddings, and we again stress that there are several more top Maine wedding regions that host their fair share. These include the Sebago Lakes Region, The Moosehead Lake Region, Central Maine from Lewiston-Auburn to Winthrop-Augusta-Waterville, the Bangor area, and of course the northern part of the state including the vast Aroostook Country region. Each have some very special venues that showcases for what the region is best known.

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Maine Wedding Photographer, Russell Caron and his wife, partner, and co-shooter Liz Caron photograph weddings. And that’s weddings only, from Boston to Bar Harbor and destinations worldwide. Let us tell you more about why choosing us as your wedding photographers could be one of the very smartest choices you’ll make among your wedding day choices. Contact us today for more information and our availability for your wedding!
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Maine Wedding Weather Forecast | Maine Weddings

There are so many things to think about with your Maine wedding…including your Maine wedding weather forecast! While none of us have control of the weather, we are in control of the options that weather can cause to happen. And knowing what is most likely going to happen can be a real game-changer.Photo of the mountains from Granite Ridge Estate and Barn in Norway, Maine.

Enter Mallory Brooke, Chief Meteorologist with Nor’easter Weather Consulting and WhiteGold(TM) Wedding Forecasts! Mallory has been on television and radio where she worked for one of the major TV stations in Portland, Maine, until recently before starting her own businesses. Now Mallory is available to help with your Maine wedding weather forecast!Rainy day by Maine wedding weather forecast

Do you have a plan if it were to pour on wedding day, like above?

Before instilling too much panic or concern, this is the perfect time to put into perspective that, in our many years of experience, an extremely low percentage of wedding days have ever been totally rained out. In fact, even the rainiest single wedding we can think of still had some breaks and we were able to get outside for photos…for at least a little while. For the vast majority of times, as we like to say, “it always works out”.

Yet, relying on the confidence that “it always works out” isn’t a safe bet. You always need a back up plan.

Keeping the wedding day running smoothly means avoiding last-moment decision-making. Here’s where your customized wedding day weather forecast from Mallory enters. If that storm system is forecasted to move in from the mountains right about at the same time as your outdoor ceremony, knowing this ahead can save a lot of last-minute scrambling by the venue staff. And save needless worry by the bride and groom!Partly sunny day forecast by Maine wedding weather forecast

Take the stress out of your wedding day with a Maine wedding weather forecast.

In the photo above, taken at an actual wedding, everyone was blessed that the showers you can plainly see surrounding the wedding location stayed out at a distance. A customized weather forecast on a day like this can help you assess the likelihood that you’ll get to be outside or maybe will be safer moving things inside. Of course, there can never be any promises or guarantees, but making decisions based on solid scientific data, as Mallory provides, could be priceless.Gorgeous Cape Porpoise Maine wedding, forecast by Maine wedding weather forecast

As the time of your wedding gets close, say within a day, who knows…perhaps your customized weather forecast could even include information that could lead you and your photographer to being ready to capture intense and brilliant sunsets!

Maine isn’t immune to severe weather, and your personalized forecast can provide warnings about thunderstorms, high wind, even tornadoes. At a recent summer wedding, Mallory consulted with a venue owner high in Maine’s western mountains to prepare for a potential tornado warning in effect in some nearby areas. Having your Maine wedding weather forecast delivered to you in times like this, instead of scrambling for it yourself, cannot be underestimated in its importance.

Get scientific help in choosing a date, with your own Maine wedding weather forecast!Cloudy sky with rainbow

Hmmm…? “Is the second week of June likely to be dry and sunny? Or are we better off aiming for the third week of August?”  We hear things like this all the time. Now there’s help:

Give WhiteGold Wedding Forecasts a call, and let Mallory help steer you in the likely better direction. She’ll remind you that there can never be any promises! However, with her track record, and the decades of data that she has access to for making these detailed predications put the odds in your court.

Intrigued? The modest cost of these custom services by Mallory Brooke could be one of the wisest investments you’ll make for your wedding day (right along with your photography, of course!!). Why not give her a call today?

Contact Mallory at

Disclaimer: we have no connection to Mallory’s weather services other than we were Mallory’s wedding photographers a few years ago. Here she is on her wedding day, with her husband Jared. Granite Ridge Estate wedding with Mallory Brooke, Maine wedding weather forecast director

What do you think about Maine Wedding Weather Forecast? Is this a valuable service for your outdoor Maine wedding? Please tell us in the comments!! Thank you 🙂

Maine Wedding Photographer, Russell Caron and his wife, partner, and co-shooter Liz Caron photograph weddings. And that’s weddings only, from Boston to Bar Harbor and destinations worldwide. Let us tell you more about why choosing us as your wedding photographers could be one of the very smartest choices you’ll make among your wedding day choices. Contact us today for more information and our availability for your wedding!
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Maine Drone Wedding Photographer | Maine Drone Wedding Photography

Keeping our wedding photography artistry ever-evolving is something that is very important. Not only to us, but also to our clients. Russ knew there’d be many benefits to becoming a Maine drone wedding photographer in 2017. Accordingly, the first pre-requisite is to obtain FAA Type 107 certification, which he completed in March. Later in the same year, the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), added a new Certified Drone Photographer (CDP) program. While not a necessity, as is the FAA certification, holding a CDP certificate nicely ties in the flight and the photography aspects of the use of camera drones. In late 2017, Russ became the 9th person in the U.S. to obtain the CDP certificate from the PPA.

We use our drone almost exclusively during our artistic set with our bride and groom. The drone isn’t over crowds or people, and are never 100% directly over our couple, even though some of our post-processing methods help make it appear that we are very near to that angle.

In our arsenal of equipment is an identical pro-level drone to serve as backup in the event a technical or software issue would prevent us from flying. We’ve been fortunate that few planned shoots with the drone had to scrapped due to weather, wind, or other regulatory factors.

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Maine Drone engagement image of man and woman walking in York Harbor near the Wiggly Bridge. 2017 Favorite Maine engagement images

2017 Favorite Maine Engagement Images

In no particular order, we present to you, our 2017 favorite Maine engagement images! We started with about 125 candidates. From there we narrowed the group down to the most memorable, the most fun, the most artistic… or the most love we felt from, with, and by the image. Whatever that all means. Here they are, with a brief sentence or two on why we loved the images as we did:

man and woman sitting on rocks at the ocean's edge. A 2017 favorite Maine engagement image

We love the tranquility, softness, and the fitting look of anticipation into the future with Emily and John during their late August engagement session at Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Emily and John were the winners of the Real Maine Weddings magazine Real Maine Wedding of the Year for 2017, which occurred just about 7 weeks after this engagement session and spanned downtown Portland and Peaks Island, Maine locations. Photo by Liz Caron.

man and woman walking and laughing. 2017 Favorite Maine engagement images Read more ›

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Maine Wedding Photography 2017 Honorable Mentions | Top 17 of 2017

We recently  selected our favorite 17 wedding images of 2017, from the pool of hundreds of candidates. Accordingly, we had to leave all but those 17 on the “cutting room floor”. The thinking is it would be great to sort through and show you the “honorable mention” images. Here we present, in no particular order, our Maine wedding photography 2017 honorable mentions!

Danielle and Rob walk back toward their reception at Newagen Seaside Inn in Southport, Maine at their June wedding. This image was taken on the same dock as the image that was our #1 favorite wedding image of 2017. You can see that image at Maine drone wedding photos. We love the tranquility, sky, and composition of this shot. Photo by Liz Caron.

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Emotional groom photo of Jon watching his bride Jillian walk down the aisle, during their Scarborough Maine wedding. Our #3 Best Maine Wedding Photos, 2017

Best Maine Wedding Photos 2017 | Maine Wedding Photographers

Here they are, our best maine wedding photos 2017, in order, all in one post! Each image is linked back to its original post for when you’d like to learn more about the photo; just click on the photo. Let’s start with #17 and work our way to #1. Enjoy!

#17 of our best wedding photos 2017In a joyful wedding photo, Anna and Chris beam at each other during their first dance at Point Lookout, Northport, Maine. #17 in our best wedding photos 2017.

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