Maine elopements, especially those that take place in Acadia National Park, are 100% my jam. You likely know that by now, but every time I shoot one, I am reminded of how much I love small weddings in national parks. In Brandon and Sarah’s inquiry, Brandon and I connected on our love for metal bands. It was at that moment I knew we were going to hit it off. We worked on planning their elopement in Acadia National Park from afar, because they live in Wisconsin, but not to worry! Every couple that I work with, especially when planning in Acadia, receives lots of planning assistance. Including a wedding guide to help with EVERYTHING: lighting, timelines, family photos, recommended vendors, and more!
Fast forward to the wedding day. I met each partner at their respective getting ready locations to meet their families, grab some candids, and kick off the day. You could just feel the joy that radiated from Sarah + Brandon and their families as they prepared for the wedding.
We headed into the park, and as I have always found in Acadia, you have to expect changes and obstacles. On that day, these came in the form of climbers on Otter Cliff. We decided that wasn’t the best spot for the wedding, and so we shifted gears and headed to another spot on the trail. But it was still absolutely stunning, wait until you see! My favorite Bar Harbor and Acadia Wedding Officiant, Adam Babish, helped the couple with a sand ceremony. They used grains of sand from right there in Acadia. This was such a special ritual and memento that they’ll have forever.
We ended the day at Bar Harbor Beerworks (check them out here!), where everyone gathered for celebratory drinks and appetizers after portraits. It had cooled off at this point, and yet the conversations on the balcony were filled with happiness and storytelling.
I’ll say it again, there’s just something about Acadia National Park elopements. This was certainly one that I will reminisce on for a long time to come, and I can’t wait for the next time I return to Bar Harbor.