Wedding Season began for my studio on 15 May 2017. I had been contracted several months ago to photograph a small wedding on Chebeague Island, Maine. I knew it would be a test of my shoulder after I had been given the ok by physical therapy only a couple of weeks ago. The surgeon did a bang up job and the shoulder presented no problems.
The wedding party met in the Ferry parking lot in Cumberland. The Chebeague Island Ferry has a shuttle bus that runs a couple of times a day. I noticed the parking lot is actually owned by the city of Cumberland, and the parking fee for one day, $16.00, is very high. The same price as a round trip ticket to the Island. This was the be ginning of the season and the Ferry has an expanded schedule during the summer.
The day began a little overcast with the threat of rain. I had faith the rain gods would smile on me and let the wedding go on as planned. We arrived at the dock on Chebeague Island, and it was a short drive by the Inns van. The Yellow Chebeague Island Inn was a warm and welcoming sight with the back deck looking out to sea.
The staff at the Inn were very friendly and accommodating. The Groom, and most of the wedding party, had taken the same ferry to the island. The Bride, however, had already arrived and was sequestered with her Maid of Honor and one of the Groomsmen, getting dressed and ready for the ceremony.
There was to be a cocktail hour prior to the ceremony, at which time the Bride, Lillian, announced that the wedding would take place at 4:30 and that it would definitely take place outside.
The wind was picking up and the skies were getting darker as we came closer and closer to the ceremony. Shortly after 4:30, Brandon and his Groomsmen were ready and waiting. The Bridesmaids, and Lillian came down the aisle from the Inn. The air turned a little chilly, but the rain held off, and the ceremony was meaningful and beautiful. As soon as it was completed and congratulations were exchanged by the friends and relatives, the party moved inside. Then the rain came, not a great deal, but just enough to let us know it had held off as long as it was going to.
Photos were taken and everyone socialized while the bride changed into something a little more comfortable. We were waiting for the 6:00 ferry that would take us back to the mainland. All in all, it was a nice wedding in a pleasant venue. After the ceremony, I learned it was only the second day the inn had been open for the season. The staff did a great job, thank you. What a great way to start out wedding season.