Asticou Inn Wedding: Sally & Gray Part II

It all started with a gardenia plant. A design detail that Sally knew she wanted incorporated throughout her wedding.

It’s a story that I won’t repeat here…the story behind this gardenia plant. And if I did repeat it, Sally may just kill me. But if you know these two well, you already know the story behind this delicate plant and why it is so special to them. The short version is that Gray gifted a plant to Sally at the hospital they were both working at together. The plant was stolen and how they got it back, well…like I said, I can’t repeat here. But the plant was recovered and is now thriving in Sally’s parents garden in Virginia. People will go to great lengths when special things are taken.

And on their wedding day, Gray gifted Sally with another special item. Made by Chart Metal Works and tied to her bouquet, he gave his bride a custom made pendant with the map of Mount Desert Island to signify where they got married.

Also incorporated into their wedding is this couples love of travel and how both their careers have taken them all over the world. They are both in the medical field, but Gray also used to play hockey, first at UMaine and then going pro for a few years. Sally, an OB, has delivered babies all over the world, at one point being the only doctor for miles in a rural, African village. They have spent time apart, and time together, and now are using their skills to help their new community in Alaska. It is evident by the pins on the map that these two have been blessed with wonderful friends from all over the globe and many of them made it to Maine to celebrate with them.

Their wedding took place in Thuya Gardens in Northeast Harbor, followed by a night time, tented reception at the Asticou Inn. With gorgeous designs and flowers from Sweetest Thing, this wedding was a perfect combination of the Fall season in Maine with just a little kiss of the gardenia scented south.

Destination wedding in Maine by Anne Schmidt Photography

Destination wedding in Maine by Anne Schmidt Photography

Destination wedding in Maine by Anne Schmidt Photography

Destination wedding in Maine by Anne Schmidt Photography

Destination wedding in Maine by Anne Schmidt Photography

bride drinking tea while getting ready

Destination wedding in Maine by Anne Schmidt Photography

Destination wedding in Maine by Anne Schmidt Photography

Destination wedding in Maine by Anne Schmidt Photography

Destination wedding in Maine

Maine bride putting on couture gown

Maine bride has portraits taken on the bed

Maine bride toasts a glass of champagne with her father before wedding

Ascher cut diamond ring with black diamonds

Lobster Converse sneakers and pink glittery high heels

pink, purple and coral with gardenia centerpieces

here comes the bride sign

groom cries as bride walks down the aisle

wedding ceremony in Thuya Gardens Northeast Harbor, Maine

Ribbon ring ceremony in Maine

bride wipes grooms tears and kiss

bride and groom walk under a ribbon canopy at ceremony

fall bridal portraits in Maine with dahlias

Fall bridal portraits in Maine

sunset bridal portraits in Thuya Gardens in Maine

cupcake display and world map guest book with pins

night time reception under a lit tent

maine wedding details

gardenia centerpieces and head table

letterpress invitations and purple, pink, orange and succulents bouquet

travel themed wedding details

rosemary in napkins and gardenias under cloches

tented wedding with wooden chairs and pin tuck linens

travel themed table signs and escort cards

bride wearing a tutu

Time Pilots play 80's music at Maine wedding

Maine wedding dancing

bride and groom dancing doing "dirty dancing lift"

reception dancing

bride sitting on grooms lap in a tutu

Ceremony Venue:  Thuya Gardens

Reception Venue & Catering:  Asticou Inn

Planning/Design/Flowers:  Sweetest Thing

Wedding Invitations:  Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Tent & Rentals:  Wallace Tent & Party Rental

Hair & Make Up:  The L Factor

Gown:  Justina McCaffrey Couture

Shoes:  Anthropologie

Bridesmaids dresses:  J.Crew 

Boleros:  Sandi McKeen Couture

Grooms & Groomsmen’s shoes:  Converse, custom made

Cupcakes:  Bella Cakes

Band: Time Pilots

Bouquet Pendant:  Chart Metal Works, custom made


Anne will be returning to Maine for the summer 2016 wedding season in the months of June, July and August. She is available for wedding commissions through the studio of Nadra Photography. To book her for your Maine wedding, please contact them here.

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Anne is based in Houston, Texas and spends summers in her home state of Maine.

She is available for weddings and portraits there and beyond.