Maine, Love, & Lobsters | Summer Travel

Have you ever been to Maine?

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{Warning!  This is a SUPER long post.  It is by all definitions, vacation OVER SHARE.  However, its amazing and you won’t regret}

I had the amazing good fortune to attend a wedding in Maine over 4th of July weekend with my family.  There was so much love in the air you could just breathe it in, along with the sea salt and pine.  We stayed in a beach cottage in a tiny little town in the middle of nowhere.  It was such a treat to wake up each morning and see the mist hanging low along the shore line and listen to the churn of lobster boats heading out to check their pots.  It was unseasonably hot in Maine, so every activity centered around ice cream and lobster.

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My sister, husband, and I arrived a few days early to soak up all things Maine.  I made a joke upon our arrival at the Portland airport pledging to eat lobster at every meal.  I did not however fulfill my pledge, because how could I possible turn down the day’s catch of scallops, oysters, and mussels?  Seafood at its finest!  On our drive from Portland to Brooklin, we stopped for some roadside lobster at Red’s Eats.  Red’s Eats was featured in the NY Times for being so delicious, locals were petitioning for its relocation due to inherent traffic jams (every lobster roll has over a whole lobster!).  No false advertising here!

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As wedding guests, our itineraries were filled with things such as sailing, fireworks, croquet, kayaking, beach combing, and sun bathing (and lobster eating).  We did so much in just a few days but nothing, not a thing, felt hurried.  Well, I suppose some would argue that the 4 AM sunrise felt a bit hurried, but you get the idea.

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A little back story on the bride and groom.  Scott and Ali live in Brooklyn and are an amazing couple.  The rest you’ll understand after I describe their wedding.  All of the guests seemed to have a heart felt connection with the couple and personal investment in making their wedding day amazing in anyway possible.  You know the weddings where no one dances?  This was not one of them!  You know the weddings where the toasts are cringe worthy and make you question how well you know the couple? This was not one of them!  The dance floor was packed even before guests ate their salads!  The toasts were beautiful and descriptive and uplifting.  The wedding was simply stunning and filled with funny, talented, Scott and Ali adoring guests.

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When our boat docked after our sail it was time to get ready for some nuptials!

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There were so many sweet personal touches at the reception.  I toured around several times to make sure I saw it all!  The food was delicious – from lollipop lamb chops hot off the grill, to fresh oysters and a raw bar, lobster bisque, and kalamata goat cheese crostinis…oh wait, that just covers the appetizers!  Signature cocktails and signature dance moves, this wedding had it all!  I had to make a serious effort at times to put down my camera and just enjoy the show.  Luckily, my sister and husband had no trouble snapping a few pics of their own.  Team effort.

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Beautiful evening….

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Even though I have a HUGE birthday coming up…You are never too old to be a little sister (handmade seersucker napkins by the MOB, btw)

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I came to dance, dance, dance…..

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Before we knew it, it was time to pack our bags and drive to the airport.  The marvelous wedding weekend had come to an end.  Maine is well known for its free souvenirs to take home with you, brag worthy mosquito bites and memories to last a lifetime.

 

5 Comments

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    Scott Elliott July 12, 2013

    Bonnie!! Amazing photos! You’re hired. You have a bright future in wedding/event photography, if you want it. You captured all the “moments” at our wedding, but far more importantly captured the feel, energy and fun of the day. Thanks!!!
    -Scott

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    Mary Jane Elliott July 12, 2013

    Bonnie this is a beautiful article with gorgeous photos! Thank you for the post and for taking all of these amazing photos!

    Mary Jane

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    Nancy July 12, 2013

    Wow.Wow. Love the blog!!!You can write and capture a moment too!!! Thank you Bonnie. You are the best! MOB

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    blynne July 13, 2013

    Thanks guys! So happy to share the photos with you :) The encouraging words mean the world to me! It was truly a wonderful wedding weekend and a joy to celebrate together. xoxo

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    Barb and Dick Nibeck August 8, 2013

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures of Maine, the wedding and your other photo ops. We wish you much success in your new venture and love the “company name”.

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