• Tamara Merri

Acadia National Park Elopement | Sarah & Nate

Thinking of eloping in Acadia National Park? Well you've come to the right blog to get inspiration because we hit four popular spots in the park for Sarah & Nate's GORGEOUS wedding day.

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Getting ready photos at their Bar Harbor Airbnb

We started the day off at their super chic, modern airbnb in Bar Harbor. Most airbnbs in Bar Harbor are cozy and old school so I was pretty stunned to walk into their Manhattan-esque place, but I loved it!! It was a perfect spot for their detail and getting ready photos with a great location right near downtown with just a 20 minute drive to Acadia National Park. While I photographed the wedding details that were important to them, they hung out and drank some local beer from Atlantic Brewing Company. I'm seriously in love with the photo I got of the beer with Nate's ring and boutonniere. The light pouring through the window was perfect!

After they each got ready separately, they had the cutest first look in their airbnb. I love love love the photo below where Sarah can see Nate for the first time as he walks down the stairs, but he doesn't know she's there yet. They shared a sweet moment, Sarah pinned Nate's boutonniere on, and then we headed out to Gorham Mountain Trail.

bride's wedding details; flowers, vow book, shoes, jewelry, Acadia national park map

Groom's wedding details; beer, wedding ring, boutonniere.
candid photo of bride and groom hanging out during the morning of their elopement at airbnb in Bar harbor

bride's wedding dress hung up

groom's wedding attire hung up

bride getting ready for wedding

bride getting ready for wedding

groom getting ready for wedding

bride looks in mirror getting ready

groom looks in mirror getting ready

bridal jewelry details

wedding dress details

right before bride and groom first look

bride reacts to groom seeing her for the first time

couple hugging after first look in airbnb

bride pinning boutonniere on groom

bridal details

Gorham Mountain Trailhead Ceremony

We drove together to go to Gorham Mountain for their ceremony and thank goodness because we nabbed the very last parking spot at the trailhead!! If you're considering eloping in Acadia, one thing you'll definitely want to keep in mind is peak park times; both time of day, day of the week, and month in the year! You may also consider alternative transportation to pick you up and drop you off so you don't have to worry about parking. While the park has public buses, I would recommend reserving something private, like through At Your Service Tours.

Thankfully, even though the parking lot was full, when we crossed the street from Gorham Mountain Trailhead to explore the rocky coast, not a person was in the area. Nate and Sarah explored the coast until they landed upon an area that felt right to them to say their private vows. They conducted their own ceremony, sharing their vows, exchanging rings, and sealing it all with a kiss. I am ordained, so I was able to sign off on their marriage license without anyone else having to be involved in their private ceremony. After they said their "I do's", we explored more of the coast.

bride and groom driving to elopement spot

candid photo crossing street

groom helping bride off rock while exploring

otter cliff in background during elopement at gorham mountain trailhead

bride reads vows with ocean in background

groom reads private vows during elopement at Gorham Mountain Trail in Acadia national Park

groom putting wedding ring on bride's finger during wedding ceremony

coastline along gorham mountain trailhead

celebrating after ceremony

Portraits near Otter Cliffs

After their ceremony we explored the beautiful coast of Maine a little more and ended up at one of my new favorite portrait locations where you can see Otter Cliffs in the background! Otter Cliffs is over 100 feet high and is a huge draw to the park for rock climbers. Even if you don't rock climb seeing the cliffs is a marvel to behold!

Otter Cliff Acadia elopement

Acadia national park elopement

elopement otter cliffs

Gotta have the traditional wedding portrait! And look at this light! Just gorgeous.

wedding portrait bride and groom smiling at camera

Gorham mountain trailhead in Acadia

Acadia National Park elopement

Fun fact: I was legit leaning on their car while taking these photos haha. We had just gotten back to their car to head to Seal Beach for their mid-day picnic and I couldn't NOT take advantage of this gorgeous light.

romantic black and white wedding photo

Seal Beach Picnic

We got to Seal Beach where Luxury Picnics Acadia had already set up a super cute picnic for them. The setup includes everything you need, including the food, refreshments, candles, blanket, pillows, utensils - everything for the best little break on your elopement day. While I'm sure they would be able to include a cake, Sarah & Nate picked out their own that morning from A Slice of Eden. They have so many yummy bakes AND cater to those with dietary restrictions or are vegan!

After snacking, cutting their cake, and saying "thank you!" to anyone who passed by, we took it easy and goofed around running around the beach and enjoying the sunshine on this unusually warm October day before heading to North Bubble for golden hour photos.

having fun at seal beach groom is giving bride a piggy back ride to go over puddles

Luxury Picnics Acadia setup at Seal harbor in acadia national park