April showers bring May flowers, then June graduations and weddings. And, although my daughter graduates from college in June, she’s pretty far from a wedding (although she has been dating a great guy for three years).
I was the one who began thinking about weddings recently when my online browsing introduced me to Maine wedding photographer Brea McDonald. Her work would convince any couple to choose Mount Desert Island as the destination for their wedding!
During the last ten years destination weddings have skyrocketed like love on a starlit night. Today they represent one out of every four weddings. Says Laura Cave of The Knot, “Our families and our friends are so far flung throughout the country. It makes total sense that a bride and groom would want to choose a wedding site that’s beautiful for them and a lot of fun for their friends.”
Mount Desert Island fits those criteria. Brea McDonald, whose home base is York, Maine, has photographed weddings in Maine, New Hampshire, Nantucket, Cape Cod, and Boston. According to Brea, Mount Desert Island is a great location for a New England wedding because “it has it all — boating, fishing, hiking, shopping and, of course, eating.”
That’s particularly because Mount Desert Island is home to Acadia National Park, the first national park east of the Mississippi. Its granite-topped mountains, rocky coastline and glacial lakes attracted 2.4 million visitors last year. And these distinctive geographical features make a stunning setting for wedding vows, whether anchored by spruce or birch…
…or enclosing the couple in an autumnal tunnel of love.
Charming villages are located throughout Mount Desert Island. Their harbor-side classic inns and elegant gardens are the kind of venues brides dream about and cherish through their photographs for years to come.
One couple Brea photographed opted for the ceremony aboard a four-masted schooner and the reception in a harbor-side meadow.
Couples who have a bent toward the casual seem to gravitate toward Maine for their weddings. They may start with their topsiders on, but are likely to kick up (and off) their heels before long.
And they’re not afraid to be caught in a wedding photo tasting a lobster leg. In fact, that’s part of the instructions.
That brings us to food. Mount Desert Island is home to fishermen (including lobstermen) and farmers (including wonderful organic growers), so the culinary delights at a Maine wedding are great. What floats your boat – clams or oysters?
A lobster bake makes a memorable menu.
So, if my daughter gets engaged and asks me what I think about a wedding on Mount Desert Island, I’m going to say: “A beautiful setting? Check. Great food for the reception? Check. Fun for your friends? Check. Memorable? Check.”
And did I mention her boyfriend is graduating from Harvard Law in June?