Schooner Olad Wedding | Camden, Maine Elopement Photographer

As someone who owns a couple sailboats of my own, the opportunity to capture a wedding on a schooner was a welcomed request! What a perfect way to have a small destination wedding on the coast of Maine. Not only was a beautiful August afternoon, but it was also during the Maine Windjammer Festival, meaning the harbor was extra full of classic vessels! After some quick family portraits in the Camden Amphitheater, it was time to board the Schooner Olad!

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The Schooner Olad was built in 1927 as a yacht, and now serves as a scenic private charter vessel right out of downtown Camden, Maine.

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Camden Harbor

As we set out toward open ocean, you get a great view of the Camden waterfront. If you look closely enough, you can even spot the Mount Battie tower as well!

Camden Harbor From The Water
View of Mt. Battie Tower from the Camden waterfront


Now that we were out far enough, it was time to get married! Captain Aaron performed the ceremony as family watched. You couldn’t ask for a better spot for an intimate Maine wedding like this!

Sailboat wedding ceremony
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Aboard the Schooner Olad
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Windjammer Festival on the Camden Harbor in Maine

With the harbor being so busy, the boat was motored out in open water before raising the sails. What a fun first act as husband and wife!

The Bride raising the sails on the schooner olad
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So many beautiful things to see from the water, including the Curtis Island Lighthouse just off the mainland.

Curtis Island Lighthouse
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This day was a particularly windy one, with winds forecast up to 25 knots! HOLD ON haha!

groom holding on as the sailboat keels
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While out to sail, we were even graced with the presence of an adolescent eagle on the rocks! Some sunbathing seals as well.

Young Eagle on the rocks in Camden Harbor
seals sunbathing on the rocks

The bride and groom even had the opportunity to steer the vessel for a while.

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wet shoes on the boat
happy face rock
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As we arrived back at the harbor, it was time to walk around downtown Camden some for some final portraits. A perfect way to finish up your wedding day before a fun evening out on the town!

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Jordan + Katelin | The Timber Hitch Farmhouse Wedding | Sangerville, Maine Photographer

Well…Talk about a day with some things you wouldn’t expect! A common thing I tell my clients is something along the lines of, “Don’t sweat the small stuff too much, because no one will even notice those things. Things sometimes don’t go as planned, so just go with it and make sure you have fun!”. What you definitely can’t prepare for is getting HAILED ON IN AUGUST just as you about to walk down the aisle. I mean seriously, you can’t make this stuff up! Thankfully, the rest of the day turned out to be gorgeous, and I’m so glad that Jordan and Katelin got to enjoy the rest of their wedding day. This was certainly a memorable one, and I hope you enjoy reliving the day through the photos captured below!

-At the end of this blog post is a link to the full album and ordering gallery-

The Timber Hitch Farmhouse Wedding Photos
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little girl looking out the winder

Not everyone enjoys the wedding day, haha!

little girl crying on the wedding day
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maine barn wedding groomsmen photos

Jordan and Katelin decided they wouldn’t be able to get through their vows in front of everyone, so they did something unique. Their vows were written out and given to each other to be read privately before the ceremony. There may have been some slight tears from both of them. :)

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This is the point when things go way off the plan! As the bridemaids began walking down the aisle, the skies grew extra dark with some slight raining. Just as Katelin was about to come out, the skies OPENED UP(as you see below), with heavy rain and hail. Things were quickly called off with everyone running into the barn for cover. Katelin made her way back into the house, which is where I found her. To someone who has dreamed about this moment for a long time, this was understandably upsetting. This is where having an awesome team of vendors come in! Since she decided she wanted to wait out the storm, the ceremony was delayed an hour. Katelin hid away with her bridesmaids for a private cocktail hour upstairs in the house, while all the guests began an early cocktail hour in the barn. Kudos to the Timber Hitch staff and Trinity Catering for being so accommodating!

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Since we now had time to kill, Katelin had wanted a photo on her in the mirror. I got creative and grabbed a light so start putting together this shot below! Afterwards, the ladies continued their cocktail hour and practiced some dancing. The mood of disappointment quickly faded and the good times continued!

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With things clearing up, the boys went out with squeegees and towels and began prepping to start the ceremony again!

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Bridesmaids Photos
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Nikon 105mm 1.4G Wedding Portrait


It was time for the festivities to commence! First dance, speeches, cake cutting, and parent dances. All followed by a great night of dancing!

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the bride tearing up during the speeches
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Cake cutting ceremony
wedding shoe game
close up of the wedding rings

With the sun beginning to set, we went out for a few more portraits!

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An awesome little tradition that The Timber Hitch Farmhouse is doing, is giving their couples a key to nail up in the barn with their names written beside it. Forever memorializing their moment there. I love this!!!


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This kid was nuts! He danced like this for hours, and I wish I knew where the source of that kind of energy is…

kid going crazy on the dance floor
Timber Hitch Farm at Sunset
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Sometimes I like to mix up the way I shoot the dancing. Below I “dragged the shutter”. With a slow shutter speed and lights, I can freeze the subject while creating a blurry effect around them. A fun effect for party time!

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A bridesmaid may have stolen my camera at one point….

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Thank you Jordan and Katelin!

Photographer - James Flachsbart
Makeup- Makeup by Samantha Clark
Venue- The Timber Hitch Farmhouse
Cake- Got Cake? in Maine
Flowers- The Robin's Nest
Dress- Blush Bridal & Formal - Portland
Suit- The Henry's Bridal Boutique and Formal Wear
Catering- Trinity Catering
DJ or Band- DJ Hoss Live
Officiant – Tim Faulkner

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