Everyone has certain places that they feel connected to. Places where the landscapes are committed to memory. Places that shape us and nurture us and watch us grow. Places that become more than just places. Places that – as if by divine intervention – keep calling us home.
For Amanda and Jimmy, Bar Harbor is that magical place where their life’s most beautiful moments were destined to play out. After all, it was in Bar Harbor where they met and spent summers together as children hiking, kayaking, playing cards, and sitting by campfires together. It was Bar Harbor where they developed a crush that would – true to its name – make them feel crushed every time their annual Summer camping trips came to an end and they went their separate ways.
By this point, I’m sure you can guess where they re-connected as adults. One serendipitous weekend in Bar Harbor sitting around campfires (for old time’s sake, perhaps) turned into a dinner date, which turned into their lives being forever intertwined.
This dynamic couple has travelled the world together. From cross-country road trips to engagement celebrations in the South of France to laughing with old friends in Italy’s historic streets to lazy Saturdays in New York City. But when it came to their wedding, one very special place called them home – a place they refer to as “the most beautiful place in the world.”
Bar Harbor didn’t just serve as the location of their luxurious coastal Maine wedding. It also was the inspiration behind the entire celebration. Their goal was to host a sophisticated wedding in coastal Maine that had a timeless, elegant feel – a reflection of their entire relationship. Details like neutral flowers, a crisp color palette, and even a lobster adorning their invitations brought their vision of a luxury coastal wedding to life.
When it comes to Amanda & Jimmy’s Bar Harbor wedding, the phrase “classically beautiful” instantly springs to mind. As a coastal Maine wedding photographer, I can attest that the entire day was full of elegant dashes of refinement that made time-honored traditions seem brand new again. The bride descended a grand staircase in a classically beautiful ballgown before being surrounded by a flurry of bridesmaids in gorgeous mismatched dresses. There was a joy-filled first look and touching vows that brought a tear to more than one eye. Most importantly, there was a groom in a tailored blue suit who just couldn’t stop smiling.
When Amanda & Jimmy said their vows and celebrated their love for one another, I have a strong suspicion that Bar Harbor itself was looking on, admiring the beautiful love story that had played out beneath its scenic skies, under the careful watch of its lush forests, and never far from its incredible coastline. And beautiful it was – the kind of wedding you dream about when you’re a little girl playing dress up – or, maybe, sitting around a campfire.
Thank you to this incredible team of vendors:
Venue: Bar Harbor Club
Planner: Destination Maine Weddings
Catering + Desert: Bar Harbor Club
Officiant: Scott Leeds
Hair and Make Up Artist(s): Alisha Lake (hair) Roxie
Band: Plush Music
Shoes: Badgley Mischka