Liz & Antonio’s Fall Acadia Elopement

Liz and Antonio traveled to Acadia, a favorite location of theirs, to elope amongst all the beauty in Acadia National Park. They lucked out- even though foliage was technically past peak by their elopement date, there will still some lovely color on the trees that provided some stunning color in the backdrops of their photos. Joined by Malen Hsu (a new favorite Acadia officiant of mine!) we witnessed Liz and Antonio become husband and wife on a set of cliffs overlooking Sand Beach. A few onlookers cheered from far away after Liz and Antonio kissed, and their reactions of glee to the onlookers’ excitement made my heart feel lighter.

Throughout the elopement ceremony I was particularly enamored with how Antonio was always there for Liz- from how he helped move a pesky tendril of hair from her face during the ceremony, to how delicately he held Liz’ hand as he slid her wedding ring on her finger- it was all so sweet.  Throughout the rest of the afternoon I noticed how he was always there to help her move around the cliffs and rugged Maine terrain, and turned out to be an expert veil thrower. Couple goals!

Here are a few favorite photos from Liz and Antonio’s elopement. Enjoy!

Sunset Jordan Pond Elopement Portraits

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Tom & Corynne’s Acadia Adventure Elopement

Like most weddings in 2020, Tom and Corynne’s wedding was affected due to COVID-19. Their venue decided last minute that it was no longer comfortable hosting their event, so the two did some scrambling, pulled together an intimate wedding in their hometown, and asked if I could instead join them in Acadia National Park for a day of hiking and elopement photos. While I was sad to miss their actual wedding day, I was thrilled to be able to have several hours to explore Acadia with them. We carefully crafted a plan that would hit lots of awesome spots along the Park Loop road, including Sand Beach and Beehive Mountain.

Five or so days before the day of their elopement, I looked at their forecast. And friends, it looked pretty bleak- heavy rain, lots of wind, and cool temperatures- essentially, the exact opposite of what you hope for when you plan a fall elopement! The forecast was so dire that I suggested we move to Sunday, but Tom and Corynne, ever the adventurous pair, decided to stick with Saturday. I wrote back, “since we’ve agreed to definitely do this, just wait- I bet we’ll have a ridiculous sunset or really fascinating skies or SOMETHING. We’ll see!” After all, I’ve come to find that crappy weather tends to result in incredible backdrops, so I always tell my couples that they should never worry too much about poor weather- it just about always works out for the best.

Wouldn’t you know it- on the day of, I drove through intense rain to arrive to our meeting spot, but once I parked it began to ease up, and when we began hiking it was mostly sprinkling. When we started to hike Beehive, Corynne mentioned that she had said to Tom that maybe they’d luck out with seeing a rainbow. Immediately after she said this, I kid you not, a rainbow appeared. And throughout the rest of the day rainbows followed us along to almost all of the locations we visited. It. was. amazing. It wasn’t perfect weather, and I know Corynne and Tom were cold, but can you beat being graced with multiple rainbows and a surprise mountaintop sunset at the end of the day? I think not!

We had so much time to talk as we hiked up the two mountains we summited, so we spent lots of time talking about teaching (Tom’s a US History teacher, Corynne teaches English), Harry Potter (she’s a Slytherin*, he’s Ravenclaw), and discussed the then-upcoming election at length. And, while we hiked, I was awed by how incredible the foliage was, despite the fact that fall peaked very early this year.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from our time together. Thank you so much, Tom and Corynne, for being up for hiking all around Acadia with me! There’s nothing better than making an elopement or portraits into an adventure!

*Random aside- I’d love to think I’m Slytherin, because I’ve always felt Slytherin is underrated and not as evil as everyone seems to think it is, but I’d probably be in Ravenclaw. I guess both would be pretty rad, right?

Rainbow wedding portraits taken in Acadia National Park

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Jesse & Rob’s Barn at Flanagan Farm Wedding

Jesse and Rob’s wedding, which took place at the Barn at Flanagan Farm in Buxton, Maine, was the definition of chill. When I showed up, Jesse and her friends were sitting around a table, all wearing tie-dye sweatshits and listening to Tom Petty, while Jesse had her makeup done, and good vibes were all around. Once Jesse finished preparing and got dressed (make sure you check out her boots below- Rob drew all over the soles!), they met up for an entirely candid first look, in which no portraits were taken- the two simply took 10-15 minutes to say hi, check each other out, and soak in the fact that they would be getting married in about an hour. It was such a great moment.

The ceremony was next, and I appreciated how intimate it felt, likely because it was officiated by Jesse’s brother, and music played by a friend of Rob’s. After portraits in the woods (while many of the leaves had blown off the trees, the blanket of red and orange leaves made for a beautiful fall landscape), Rob and Jesse walked to their outdoor cocktail hour, where friends and family mingled, ate delicious food by Fire & Co., and played cornhole.

Jesse and Rob’s reception was just as relaxed as the rest of their day- it began with an outdoor first dance, then dinner in the barn, a toast by Jesse’s dad, Jack, whose quirky sense of humor permeated the wedding (he may have snuck up behind a few family portrait groupings with a big grin on his face), and then everyone headed outside into the uncharacteristically warm fall night. Wellfleet set the scene with classics and chill music, a few guests danced under the stars, and some friends and family chatted around a roaring fire. Such a good event, no doubt in part to Purple Orchid‘s expert planning.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from Jesse and Rob’s wedding. Enjoy!

An outside wedding reception at the Barn at Flanagan Farm in Buxton, Maine

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Vendors:

Venue: Barn at Flanagan Farm
Planner: Purple Orchid Events
Photographer: Kate Crabtree
Second Photographer: Ashley L Conti
Caterer: Fire & Co
Officiant: John Restivo (brother of bride)
Florist: Fleur De Lis
Dress Shop: Flair
Wedding Dress: Watters
Suit: Blank Label
Makeup/hair: Hair That Moves
Stationary: Wide Eyes Paper Co.
Ceremony Musician: Dave Robinson, friend of groom
Band: Wellfleet
Wedding Rentals: Heartwood Essentials, One Stop Event Rentals
Cake: Janet Restivo (mom)
Desserts: Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott

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