Mariah and Noah’s Destination Elopement in Acadia National Park

When Mariah and Noah met me at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center so that we could carpool through the park, Mariah and Noah were a bit rattled. Their morning hadn’t been the smoothest, which is pretty common on a wedding day. However, everything came together once their ceremony began, the breeze whipping the water around the cliffs in an ever-dramatic way (some of the best spray I’ve seen in the park!), and finally, among laughter, tears, and personally written vows, Mariah and Noah were married.

I had been so excited for Mariah and Noah’s elopement because they were down for hiking up a mountain for sunset portraits. There’s a few mountains with shorter hike times in Acadia National Park and beautiful views, so we selected one of them, and we made our way up. A lot of couples ask if it’s doable, hiking up a mountain and wedding gear, and yes, it is! You’ll need to wear somewhat sturdy shoes, no heels, but if we pace ourselves we’ll reach locations that few venture to on their wedding day.

Mariah and Noah popped a bottle of champagne on the top of the mountain, then soaked up the INCREDIBLE sunset that was delivered to us. There were a few people on the top of the mountain, but it still felt as if we had it completely to ourselves (a benefit to hiking up a mountain during your elopement!)

Here’s a few of my favorite photos from Mariah and Noah’s destination Acadia elopement. Enjoy!

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Photographer: Kate Crabtree Photography
Officiant: Corinne Carey, CC Ceremonies
Makeup: Bar Harbor Beauty
Hair: Echo Salon
Florist: Floret
Dress Shop: Studio I Do

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    Kelley and Mike’s Bar Harbor Elopement

    Kelley and Mike attended prom together. Yes, prom! They weren’t students, however- she was a teacher, and he was a resource officer, and he swears he asked her just to be a chaperone, not as a date, but that fateful prom was the start of their relationship. As their students celebrated the end of high school, the two of them got to know one another. Three years later, there they were, on the cliffs of Acadia National Park, sharing vows in front of their favorite people.

    I met up with Kelley and Mike at Acadia Hotel, and I was not surprised that Kelley was ready to get into her dress the moment I arrived. Kelley and Mike had been so delightfully detailed-oriented during the planning process of their wedding that I thoroughly expected them to run on time, if not early. And throughout the day, we ran like a well-oiled machine- except for the ceremony, which started a tiny bit late (due to traffic in the park, which can be heavier on the weekends) we made everything happen on time. Perfection! We drove throughout the park, exploring all of Acadia’s landscapes- from rocky beaches, to fields, to the forest, to the cliffs, we captured all of Acadia’s beauty. But, more importantly, Kelley and Mike’s love for each other was captured amongst these scenic spots.

    After a long day of portraits and a sweet ceremony, we retired to Abel’s Lobster Pound, where everyone changed into casual outfits, feasted on lobster, and toasts were shared, in which troll dolls (one which was actually wearing a wedding dress) were actually featured in one toast, much to my delight.

    Here’s a few of my favorite photos from our time together. Enjoy!

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    Vendors:

    Getting Ready: Acadia Hotel
    Reception: Abel’s Lobster Pound
    Photographer: Kate Crabtree Photography
    Officiant: Adam Babbitt, MDI Weddings
    Florist: Floret
    Dress Shop: Pearl Bridal Boutique
    Wedding Dress: Stella York
    Suit: Men’s Wearhouse
    Hair/makeup: Echo Salon

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      Kayla & Orlo’s Sunset Elopement in Acadia National Park

      When Kayla and Orlo booked me for their wedding, Kayla shared that she was moving to the Bangor area, which is where I’m located, and so I invited Kayla out for a drink in order to help welcome her to the neighborhood. We chatted over beers (and then we went out again, for coffee) and I remember feeling so glad that she and Orlo had picked me to photograph their elopement because she was just a rad human being that I was happy to know.

      The weather was quite honestly weird on the day of their elopement. The sky was full of puffy, stunning clouds that let loose an intense downpour as I drove to Acadia. I felt giddy- while I don’t want my couples to have terrible weather for their elopement, the combination of the rain, the clouds, and the sun was was frequently peeking out, meant that we’d likely have a stunning sunset.

      Kayla, Orlo, and their parents were already there when I arrived, so soon after we trudged through the woods to a beautiful, quiet cove that’s off the beaten path. After a lovely ceremony, we captured some family photos, and then spent the rest of the time capturing cool portraits among the stunning and varied landscapes of Acadia.

      At one point, as the sun was setting, there was a brief sprinkle. After capturing a few backlit rain portraits, I asked if either saw a rainbow, and Orlo was the first to spot it. I immediately spotted where we should take portraits that would feature the rainbow, but it would require Kayla and Orlo to scramble up a cliff. Like the kind photographer I am, I asked them to scale the rocks if they wanted this magical rainbow in their portrait, and low and behold, they did. Later on, as I scrolled through their questionnaire they filled out for me prior to their elopement, they wrote “no rock climbing for us!” Whoops! It was worth it, though!

      Here are a few of my favorite photos from our time together. Enjoy!

      Dramatic landscape wedding portraits in Acadia National Park

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