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B+M – Adventurous Acadia National Park Elopement | Bar Harbor, Maine Wedding Photographer

Elopements • January 15, 2023 

Brianne and Mark thought they could escape September hurricane weather in Florida, but believe it or not – our scheduled elopement day was a complete wash because even in Maine we still get effects from the hurricanes down south. 

With the extreme winds and rain forecasted for their outdoor elopement day, we all decided it would be best to shift to the following day. Since it was just the two of them, they had the flexibility to reschedule to a new day. And fortunately, I had availability in my schedule to make that happen and I was able to share their elopement experience in the morning, before having a second one later that afternoon. That is a big perk of elopements – since you’re not accommodating other guests you have so much flexibility for your timing, the activities you want to do, and creating a day tailored to you. 

We all met at Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park, and they led us to a spot they had picked out for their ceremony. It was tucked off of the walking path to provide a little more privacy and better views of Bubble Rocks in the background. Fortunately the rain had passed, but the extreme winds stuck around. The gale force winds ripping off of Jordan Pond, created white caps on the water making it look like the ocean. It was cold, it was windy, but it was spectacular. Mother Nature’s forceful surprises truly added to the adventure. 

In true elopement fashion, their officiant Rev. Erika Hewitt, stopped two hikers passing by before we got started to ask if they would be witnesses to this marriage. They graciously agreed and we got started with their meaning ceremony. 

In lieu of their family being present with them, their parents wrote letters for Bri and Mark to read to each other. Their eyes filled with tears hearing the kind words their family had for them. I personally loved this idea so much. I think it’s an incredible way to include loved ones and add even more sentiment to your elopement experience. 

In addition, prior to their trip to Maine, Rev. Erika gave them the suggestion to fill a jar with little collections throughout their trip. The jar was filled with stones from the shore, leaves from their walks, blooms from her bouquet, and best of all – a whisker from their beloved kitty who didn’t make the trip to Maine from Florida. This one pulled at cat mama heart strings! Now, in addition to their photographs and heirloom albums, they have this tiny little jar filled with sentiment to help remember their elopement trip. 

What ways will you add sentiment into your special day? Scroll through the photos for some inspiration!