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Erin + Chris, the Bar Harbor Inn & Maine Weather

This summer has been a trying one for Maine residents with all the rain, and when Virginia residents Erin and Chris headed north for their destination wedding in Bar Harbor, they feared they, too, might become victims of Maine’s soggy summer weather.sneakpeek4

They had planned an intimate ceremony with family and friends at the Bar Harbor Inn, and their vision was to have the ceremony on the deck of the Porcupine Room, overlooking the pier to the Margaret Todd schooner and beyond that Bar Island.

Their rehearsal day was forecast to be sunny, and Sunday after the wedding was due to be sunny, but Saturday’s forecast was for a washout. And, when they woke up on Saturday it looked like the forecast was going to come true. The rain had started overnight and the day was wet and dark and foreboding. Erin, her sister, and their mom toted their umbrellas to their hair and make-up appointments at the Spa at the Bar Harbor Inn.sneakpeek

But, as the time passed the light coming through the spa windows brightened, and the day began to hold promise. By the time Erin and Chris had to make “the decision” (so the hotel and florist would know whether to set up the ceremony outside or inside) conditions had improved and Erin and Chris decided to go for it.

And, the decision was the right one, as by the time the ceremony started, the fog enveloping the harbor was breaking to reveal patches of blue sky. And, the sun itself broke out briefly immediately after the ceremony.sneakpeek2

It was the first wedding I’ve photographed on the deck of the Porcupine Room, and I have to say that their choice of site was stunning. The lawn site for weddings at the Bar Harbor Inn–with the Porcupine Islands as a backdrop–is beautiful, but two stories up the view is even more panoramic with breathtaking views of Bar Harbor. It was a fun scene to photograph from my perch on the roof of the hotel. (Thank you Bar Harbor Inn for allowing me to access the next level for a panoramic view of the ceremony and harbor!)

The Porcupine Room accommodates up to 48 guests and the deck is roomy enough for chairs, so the guests could be seated for the ceremony.sneakpeek3

After the ceremony, we took family photographs, then Erin and Chris walked downstairs for thirty or so minutes of formal “couple photographs” on the Bar Harbor Inn grounds, on the pier, and in Agamont Park right next door. The fog rolled in and out during the photo session, giving us almost magical lighting conditions.sneakpeek6

The reception after, in the Porcupine Room, was elegant with the sounds of the Tea House Trio (violin, keyboard and bass) and decor in a rich chocolate brown and aqua. Special Maine touches included a surf and turf dinner, fresh blueberries in blue martinis, and lobster lollipops. The flowers, white (hydrangeas and roses) accented with touches of pink (freesia and roses) and aqua (ribbons), were prepared by Laurie Riddell of Cottage Flowers in Bar Harbor.

Congratulations Erin and Chris.  Not only did you host a gorgeous Bar Harbor wedding, but you also beat the forecast! Thanks for having me as your photographer!

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  • Jen - October 1, 2010 - 11:01 pm

    Beautiful photos! I am interested in hosting my wedding in Agamont Park. Did you have to pay the city for a permit to use the park for the ceremony? If so, how much did it cost to do so? Thanks!


  • Michele - October 2, 2010 - 6:56 am

    Hi Jen,

    Thanks for your comment. Erin and Chris just took photos in the park; the actual wedding was on the Bar Harbor Inn’s grounds.

    Contact the town of Bar Harbor at and I bet they can answer your question.

    Good luck with your wedding@

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