Trisha & Jillian chose to have an Acadia National Park elopement in peak season. Having only been to Maine once, it was a challenge to plan from their home in Virginia. Especially considering the increase in tourism, and not know where they could find a shred of privacy. When we met them, their small wedding ceremony was just a vision. They wanted to be on the typical Maine coast, preferably a cliff, but were worried about their family’s abilities.
So, we started diving into planning mode to help the vision come to life. This involved videos, text messages, and satellite maps. Also suggestions on places to stay. And a list of random side-of-the-road blueberry pie bakers, that are so common to Downeast Maine. And of course, suggestions on how to dodge the crowds. As Acadia National Park elopement photographers, we had no problem there. (Yes, that last line was for some SEO juice!)
First, a little backstory. These are two incredibly compassionate and loving women. Not just with one another, but even with two wedding vendors they didn’t meet in person until their wedding day. Trisha is a life coach, combining her experience in crisis counseling to bring a more wholistic approach with a focus on military. Jillian is a therapist specializing in depression in teens and youth.
The two met in college, and while enduring some turbulent times, remained friends. Their love and respect for one another drew them together despite life’s hurdles, and the finally moved in together. Now, their great joys in life involve acquiring non-toxic cookware, and beyond college furniture. Along with their two dogs, they have created a life together of immense depth and love.
Getting married far away from home, on a cliff in Acadia National Park, was a day that sometimes seemed only possible in a dream. To Jillian, Maine felt akin to her home state of Alaska. For Trisha, an opportunity to be with their closest loved ones. To both, Maine was a new beginning.
After a first look which doubled as walking down the aisle, a short ceremony commenced. No matter how busy Acadia becomes, it’s always possible to carve out some privacy. This Acadia National Park elopement was like a movie set. Waves crashing below, and no one else around. At least, in feeling. After being pronounced married, cheers from the rock climbers below reminded us we weren’t quite alone.
Back at their rental, a dinner celebration followed sunset. We left as the playlist switched to more lively music, rounding out a perfect day.
Location: Acadia National Park
Baker: Erin McKenna’s Bakery
Catering: Sweet Pea’s Cafe