Maine Wedding Photographer » Brunswick, ME Wedding Photographer Michele Stapleton

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  • Michele Stapleton: Maine Photographer

    Based in Brunswick (just east of Portland) I am a full-time professional photographer working in Maine for editorial, education and commercial clients from all across the country.

    I also accept a limited number of weddings every summer, working in some of Maine and Northern New England's loveliest venues. Yes, going to awesome parties almost every weekend in the summer is a tough job; poor me.

    My blog goal is to collect in-depth posts containing fun stories, useful tips and photos that might help others plan a Maine wedding. If you have questions or ideas for posts, please feel free to email or to add a comment.

    If you're looking for shorter tips, fan the Maine Wedding Photographer page on facebook, where I post shorter snippets of information including links to interesting articles. All this hopefully-helpful information is gleaned from ten-plus years of working behind the scenes at terrific weddings all over Maine. No hard selling, just common sense tips to make your Maine wedding as fun--and stress-free--as possible. Even if I'm not available to cover your wedding or other event, I'm more than willing to share my expertise.

    Enjoy!

Requirements for getting married in Maine are fairly straightforward; licenses are available at any town office.

The first version of this list was put together when I was a member of the marketing committee of the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber represents businesses in sixteen Midcoast towns (Arrowsic, Bath, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Brunswick, Dresden, Edgecomb, Georgetown, Harpswell, Phippsburg, Richmond, Topsham, West Bath, Westport Island, Wiscasset and Woolwich), and the list was for the Chamber’s website.  As such it had to be limited to Chamber members.  However, I also posted a copy to my own wedding photography blog and vendor friends who were not chamber friends asked to be added, and so this version of the list has taken a new direction.

Links were correct when they were added.  If you come to a link that no longer works, please let me know.  Also, if you are a wedding service provider in these areas and want to be added to the list, please let me know.

I listed wedding and reception venues first because that’s usually the first service the couple secures. However, the remaining service and product providers are listed alphabetically.  I hope this list is helpful.

Wedding, Reception & Rehearsal Dinner Venues

Accommodations (motels, hotels, inns, bed & breakfast facilities)

Bakeries (Wedding cakes, cupcakes & other sweets)

Beauty, Hair, Nails, Spa &/or Make-up

Catering

Diversions

Dry cleaning

  • J&J Cleaners

Flowers

Jewelry, wedding rings

Photographer

Musicians, Entertainers, Bands, DJs

Transportion & Travel Agencies

  • Maria | A Sweet Start - August 12, 2015 - 4:56 pm

    This is awesome, Michele! Just sent it to a client thinking of getting married in this region. Thanks!

Congrats to the Bar Harbor Inn on their new wedding web site, and thank-you to my clients who allowed me to share their weddings photos for the new site.

Most of the photos on the new site (except a few food photos) were taken from real weddings that my assistants and I shot at the Bar Harbor Inn.

A classic Maine seaside inn, the Bar Harbor Inn is a beautiful spot for a wedding and reception, right on the doorstep on Acadia National Park, one of the prettiest spots in all of Maine. If you’re planning a wedding in Bar Harbor or even looking at locations all over the coast of Maine, consider the Bar Harbor Inn!  In addition to their great location, they offer wonderful service for a stress-free wedding experience. They are wonderful people to work with.

Halloween photobooth brunswick maineI am very excited about a Halloween Photobooth planned for Halloween Day (October 31) in downtown Brunswick. I’m co-sponsoring the event with Little Dog Coffee Shop, event organizer Amanda Similien of Maine Street Events, and cake and cupcake baker extraordinaire Carrie Fields of Fields of Cake and Other Good Stuff.

From noon to 6 p.m. we’ll have  a portable photo studio set up  in the front area of the Little Dog Coffee Shop to take professional photos of in-costume trick-or-treaters. All we ask is a $5 donation to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick. (They will get all of the proceeds, we aren’t taking any of the money to cover our own costs.) Also, at the end of the evening one name will be drawn to win a gift certificate for a custom cake by Fields of Cake & other Good Stuff.  (It’s worth dressing up and paying $5 just to get a shot at that!)

Living in small town, Maine, I always get oodles of trick-or-treaters. And, I’m always impressed by how varied and creative the costumes are on Halloween night. It’s obvious that a lot of thought, time and work goes into Halloween.

As a professional photographer I’ve thought how much fun it would be to set up professional lights and a backdrop on Halloween to create professional quality photos of the trick-or-treaters for their parents. And, it wouldn’t require a big investment in new equipment as I regularly set up photobooths for my wedding clients; so I already own most of what is needed.

Last year I finally decided to act on that idea. Using a black backdrop from Halloween fabric I picked up at Joanne’s Fabrics, I set up a mini-photography-studio on my front porch. My second shooter Angie gave up her Halloween to help me, and we sat out on the porch with digital cameras and small instant printers, ready to offer trick-or-treaters candy and an instant portrait. (Thank goodness it wasn’t too cold because we were out there several hours.)

Before long, we were very busy taking photos and making instant prints. We got an overwhelmingly positive response, and it turned out to be a whole lot of fun; I think the parents got a big kick out of having the costumes recorded in professional photos.

So, this year I approached Paul Harrison of the Little Dog Coffee Shop to see about doing the same thing but on a larger scale and as a benefit a local charity. Since the LIttle Dog is right on the route of the Halloween Parade, it seemed like the perfect place to stage the event. And we picked BBBSB/B as our charity as they offer wonderful programs for area kids. Plus, they are a neighbor of the Little Dog.

We won’t offer instant photos this year–“instant” turned out to be a misnomer as we got backed up last year with the pictures that were very slow to print. Instead, I’ll send off digital images the next day to get them printed on a very nice satin card stock offered by my one of my favorite printing shops. We’ll ask parents (or kids) to come back in ten days to pick up their prints at the Little Dog.

Amanda Similen (of Maine Street Events) and Carrie Fields (of Fields of Cake) got involved when we were meeting for coffee (at the Little Dog) and chatting about Carrie’s recent appearance on the Food Network. The photobooth plans were just in the infancy then, and when I shared my ideas with Amanda and Carrie they very enthusiastically offered to join in.  Amanda brings years of event planning expertise and Carrie, who is a fantastic baker, offered to donate a gift certificate for a custom birthday cake or cupcakes at a later date. So that’s how they ended up getting involved.

Posters were finalized and printed today, they should start going up tomorrow, and we’ve got a Facebook Event set up. It’s an open event, anyone can invite anyone else, so if you want to help us spread the word, please do so.

And, hopefully we’ll see you on Halloween at the Little Dog!

Here is a link to a larger copy of the poster if you can help us publicize the event by printing a poster and putting up at your workplace.

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It didn’t take me long to become a fan of Carrie Fields of Fields of Cake and other Good Stuff in Brunswick. I met Carrie at a chamber of commerce function in Brunswick, and the minute I saw her gorgeous business cards with scrumptious photos of her wedding cakes, birthday cakes, cupcakes and other treats, I was blown away. (It doesn’t hurt that in addition to being an incredible baker she is also a very good photographer.)

I immediately started following her facebook business page, where she is good about keeping her followers abreast of her current work. She regularly posts updates about the wedding cakes and birthday cakes she is working on, along with yummy photos so her creative cake and cupcake projects can live on in photos long after the goodies themselves are eaten.

Then, I tasted my first cupcake! And, a second. Can you say “Chocolate stout cake filled with cinnamon ganache and cinnamon chipotle caramel, topped with cinnamon ganache and cinnamon sugar buttercream cupcakes”?  Yeh, it’s a mouthful. A very luscious mouthful. Oh my!

A navy wife and mother of three, Carrie moved with her family to the Naval Air Station Brunswick in 2006. She began baking cakes and cupcakes professionally after the move to Maine, and as the word got out, she picked up customers from Boston to Bar Harbor. Recently the word has spread way beyond Maine, and even beyond New England.

In April of this year Carrie traveled to Denver for the taping of a Food Network Food Challenge show which will air on September 26th at 7 p.m. On one of the four baker teams competing, Carrie helped bake and decorate a giant “Beauty & the Beast” themed cake. For the challenge the cake had to be at least three feet tall and feed at least 100. A non-discloure agreement keeps her from saying much about the show, so to learn more we’ll all have to tune in on September 26th.

I’ve not yet had the honor of photographing one of Carrie’s wedding cakes on the job–but I hope to soon. I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone getting married, having a birthday, or celebrating any other special occasion in the greater Brunswick area.  (I recently had a very small dinner party for old friends and I ordered two dozen cupcakes for our desert. The cupcakes were the hit of the party.)

In the meantime, I learned that Carrie would be making a Toad Stool and Fairy Cake birthday cake for a party of five year olds, so I dropped by her kitchen to get a few shots. And, I got to accompany her on the delivery to get photos of birthday girl Maggie, who couldn’t be more pleased with her incredible birthday cake!