Date: August 6th

Location: Bar Harbor Club, Bar Harbor, ME

First Dance: Fly Me to the Moon

Number of meals consumed that contained lobster that weekend: 7!!

Amanda and Ryan live and work in CT, but fell in love with Bar Harbor when they went there for a weekend trip a few years back. When Ryan popped the question, they knew it was the only place to throw their dream destination wedding. Ryan contacted us to come up to play after seeing us online and reading reviews, we were thrilled that they had chosen us to be a part of their big day. I, for one, had never been to Bar Harbor and so Yves and I made a weekend out of it and it was great.

View from the hotel pool.

Amanda and Ryan chose the Bar Harbor Club for their wedding because of it’s beautiful view of the bay and it’s convenient downtown location. Once you get there you can walk to everything, which is great after the long drive, and makes it a perfect spot for a destination wedding. The couple scheduled events throughout the weekend, but of course the biggest was the wedding itself.

For the ceremony they had a quartet of flute, piano and two violins (who joined us from the Bangor Symphony) which played classical selections such as Suite IV from Handel’s Water Music and Pachelbel’s Canon in D.

Classical quartet for ceremony.

When it came time for the cocktail hour the pianist and flutist stayed on to play some light jazz which set the backdrop for mingling, munching and cocktails. The fact that the weather was gorgeous that day helped out as well. In a month of rainy days here in the northeast, Amanda and Ryan really lucked out. The rain (which had been forecast for that afternoon) held off until the next day, which allowed them to take advantage of the outdoor space and the beautiful views.

The ceremony site, moments before the wedding.

The reception kicked off with their first dance, the classic, Fly Me to the Moon and┬áramped up from there. As always, the dance floor was packed to the edge all night. Ryan really wanted Yves to play a drum solo and so he obliged. Everyone loved it, even the band. It’s been a long time since someone requested a drum solo. I got so into it that I forgot to take a picture! (I think Yves had fun doing it too.) Other musical highlights included the song Free by Zac Brown Band, which Amanda and Ryan requested for their cake cutting, but ended up dancing to anyway…

We mixed it up a lot for Amanda and Ryan, like a lot of our couples they have eclectic taste in music, so we mashed up a little bit of everything from Usher to The Beatles! The evening was a huge success and we all had a lot of fun up in Bar Harbor.

More Beautiful Views!

One of the amazing flower arrangements at the cocktail hour!

So, about the lobster…

Shore Dinner!

Lobster Cobb Salad

Lobster Eggs Benedict

Lobster Sliders

Capellini with Lobster

And because I told Yves that no one would ever see this pic…

Good Times