My Favorite 2020 Maine Wedding and Engagement Photos

Oh, 2020- you were not an easy year.  I witnessed my couples making difficult decisions that they had never dreamed they would ever have to make about their weddings, and it was heartbreaking to see that their big days were made more complicated by COVID-19. While some couples delayed to 2021, others, featured here, opted to continue forward in 2020. They did so with grit and determination, taking on difficult tasks such as whittling down guest lists, working together to determine good safety practices, and making requests of their guests, such as testing and mask use. Despite all of that stressful work, I found that their weddings were fun and emotional events that were a delight to capture.

I was especially thrilled to see many couples opt to elope outside this year. I photographed five elopements this year that had two or less guests present, and four took place in Acadia National Park. While I certainly enjoy photographing larger weddings, 2020 felt like the perfect time to escape to nature and elope. It was such a wonderful experience to share Acadia with my couples, several of which had never experienced Acadia’s beauty before. I even hiked with some of them, which led us to some incredible views.

While I certainly spent a lot of time in Acadia photographing elopements and engagements, I traveled all over Maine to photograph weddings in 2020- to private residences in Blue Hill, North Yarmouth, Northeast Harbor, and Brunswick, and two venues- Barn at Flanagan Farm and Nonesuch River Brewing, all stunning in their own ways.

With all that said, this set of photos, which I’ve selected as my very favorite from 2020, feels especially poignant this year. These couples and their weddings prevailed, despite all of the challenges that were faced. It often felt like there was very little to cheer about in 2020, but my couples came together with their closest friends and family to show that there was indeed something to celebrate- love, which persevered and flourished, even during a time where we were all forced to quarantine and separate from one another.

Without further ado, here are my favorite photos from 2020. Can’t wait for 2021!

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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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