Tessa + Nathan | Maine Wedding Photographer | Bethel, ME

Where to start with this fabulous day? Let’s see….well, it’s pretty dang cool that I have had this wedding booked for well over a year now. These guys booked me really early. My wife works with Nathan’s mom at KVCC, so they had an in with a photographer. Slick moves Tessa!

As we arrived to begin capturing hair and makeup there was a little nervousness in the air. I’ve done enough weddings to know when my bride is a little stressed and/or nervous about being the center of attention for the day. Tessa really is not the flashy type. And if it was up to her, I think all of the attention for the day would have been paid to her handsome hubby to be. But, it didn’t take long for the mood to turn from nervousness to one of sheer excitement.

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Tessa and Nathan were married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony on the 18th hole of the golf course at the Bethel Inn Resort. Roughly 100 of their closest friends and family were witness to their nuptials. Tessa and Nathan wrote their own vows, which always makes for a very touching ceremony.

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Tessa, Nathan, Heidi and I snuck out for a few minutes to visit the local covered bridge. The wedding coordinator was (understandably) frustrated at the idea of us going because apparently ever single photographer runs late at the covered bridge and knocks the whole wedding schedule out of whack. Man, was it worth it…the images are beautiful! The coordinator looked at us in utter shock when we returned to the cocktail party with 30 minutes to spare. Enough time to get some great shots at the gazebo on site at the resort. She learned quickly to not doubt Ben Wheeler Photography!

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Nathan’s brother and Tessa’s sister gave two of the most moving speeches I’ve had the pleasure of capturing. Both delivered very beautifully written sentiments that echoed the love and admiration their younger siblings have for each of them. The emotion was palpable and had many tears running down the cheeks of friends and family. Just awesome stuff. DJ Kevin Duran with Double Platinum Celebrations kept the party going deep into the night with the perfect mix of 80’s and 90’s pop songs that had nearly every guest belting out lyrics and scuffing up the dancefloor (including the photographer).

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As I shouldered my (gear) bag and was leaving the wedding for the night a guest quickly approached me with a giant smile – I was very curious as to why this gentleman had stopped me. What was about to come out of his mouth would be one of the greatest compliments I have ever received. “I have been fortunate to work with some amazingly talented and brilliant individuals in my career,” he began. “I am a mathematician, you see, and have worked alongside some incredibly passionate individuals, including Nobel Peace Prize winners.” My interest had now piqued. Where was this guy headed? “But, never have I ever seen anyone enjoy their profession as much as you, sir. Congratulations, you’ve done it!” As he reached out his hand to shake mine, the enormity of his compliment hit me. Wowza. I’ve had people say very, very kind things to me, but this seemed to be on a different level. I was completely floored by the outrageously kind compliment this man had just paid me and was almost at a loss for words. I graciously thanked him for stopping me and let him know how much his compliment meant. What a way to end the night!

As Heidi navigated the winding back roads home to Waterville that night I found myself staring up at the twinkling stars in night sky above. I started thinking about how lucky I am to be capturing my clients on one the happiest day of their lives – what a job I’ve got. And that’s when it hit me. The mathematician was right, I have done it.


Venue – The Bethel Inn Resort
Coordinator – Tammy James
Hair & Makeup – Island Indulgence Spa
Cake & Cupcakes – Piece of Cake by Carri McPherson
Entertainment – Double Platinum Celebrations
Dress – David’s Bridal
Flowers – Her loving family