The best things in life are free, and now so is the BDN Maine Marry ME Magazine. The magazine’s Spring/Summer 2013 issue provides couples with guidance and ideas for planning their Maine wedding. The magazine discusses trends such as the “unplugged” wedding where guests are asked to enjoy the day tech free, preparing a gorgeous look from inside out, navigating family dynamics, as well as using Maine photographers to give couples ideas for their own Big Day. But perhaps the biggest change for the magazine is the fact that it will be free. The Marry ME team looked at costs, benefits, and needs prior to production. The team recognized that couples needed help. In addition to providing content that can be used for any size budget, there was a need among Maine brides to find trusted sources of information. And the Bangor Daily News’s wedding magazine would be that source. That also meant that the distribution model would change. Instead of being distributed through a third-party company, Marry ME would instead be placed on BDN newspaper racks throughout the state. It would be provided to additional locations throughout Maine. And all for no charge to the reader. “BDN Maine distributes news throughout Maine on thousands of newsstands and throughout the world via bangordailynews.com and its mobile apps,” writes Debra Bell, assignment editor for Marry ME Magazine in the new issue’s welcome letter. “You can rely on BDN Maine to be your trusted news and information source, and it’s even sweeter when the information is free.” The information contained in the 68-page magazine also includes photographs by 13 Maine wedding photographers and three love stories. It also features wedding-related content written by Maine wedding planners Mackie Faye Hill, Megan Lord, and Paula Paradis. Kate Crabtree Photography’s nomination of Kate Hallowell and Sam Powell’s Sept. 22, 2012 wedding at Sunday River was one of the three love stories chosen to be featured. Crabtree, a Bangor wedding and portrait photographer, views weddings as an opportunity to create images for the couple and their family to cherish. “I love seeing people experience one of the most amazing days of their lives,” Crabtree said. “It’s an honor.” She chose Kate and Sam’s wedding not just because of the inspirational details, but also because of the couple’s story. “She was a sweetheart, and I loved [photographing] their wedding,” Crabtree said. “It was a wedding that needed to be shared.” The staff of Marry ME agreed and chose one of Crabtree’s photos for the cover of the new issue. “We felt that this beautifully composed image provided drama and was perfect for the cover of our publication,” Bell said. It was a hard choice, however. The other two weddings featured in the latest issue, a Brooklin wedding photographed by Andree Kehn Photography and a wedding in Sargentville photographed by Rene Minnis Photography, also proved strong contenders. And it’s all to the benefit of Maine couples preparing to take the marital plunge. But Marry ME wouldn’t be anywhere without real love stories. That’s why the magazine is sponsoring a love story contest through its website, marrymemagazine.com. The ultimate prize is a couple’s session with Kate Crabtree Photography. In addition, all entries may be posted to the Marry ME Magazine website. To enter, go to http://bdn.to/lovestory and click on the link. Stories must be received before 12 noon on Feb. 21 to be eligible to win.