When my work bestie Brooke invited me along for a styled adventure elopement shoot in Acadia National Park, I was all like…. “You had me at Acadia National Park!”. I heart Maine. Like SO much. The rocky Maine coast is breathtaking and speaks to me like no other. I would have kicked myself if I had passed up this opportunity! I mean, how many chances do you get to do a styled shoot in Acadia of all places?? And lately, I seem to be in some sort of funk. Creatively. Mentally. This shoot totally came along at THE right time. A chance to shoot for myself with no pressure or expectations. You have no idea how important that is as a creative. To just let yourself go & see what you can do. I SO needed this.
Off We Go…
So Brooke & I made the 12 hour round trip trek. We battled closed roads, no cell service, relied on screen shot maps, and combat freezing temps and wind. Was it worth it? Absolutely. Would I do it again? In a heart beat! And let me just talk about our models here for a sec. I was dressed head to toe in snow gear… boots, long johns, snow pants, coat, hat, gloves… our models were in bridal attire. These two were champs. They rocked this shoot in the freezing cold. And I’m pretty sure Jordan did it all in the name of honey buns! Hahaha! I kid, I kid! 😀
Making A Plan
The entire concept & style was put together by Emily of Elusive Photography out of Westbrooke, Maine. For this shoot, not only was it important to leave no trace when on-location, but Emily also wanted to leave a minimal impact on the earth in the sourcing of materials and products. To do that, she shopped local as much as possible, and chose businesses that produce their goods locally, that use recycled materials (metals, stones, estate jewelry), and that use plant-based materials (plant based bakery, organic, natural material clothing).
We started off our shoot at Jordan Pond. A gorgeous wintery scene with the recognizable “bubble mountains” in the background. It was beautiful, but super duper windy, which made it feel even colder than it already was. I love these initial images from the day. Lindsey’s fur coat & flowing bohemian gown look amazing with the snowy landscape. Our 2nd location was the Otter Cliffs. I think this location is where the shoot really came to life. Everything from the couple’s attire to the cake and floral confetti, just came together so perfectly to create this amazing adventure elopement inspiration against the expansive Maine coastline.
An Adventure Elopement emphasizes the natural beauty of earth. It is an experience and an extension of your personalities; a celebration of nature, and an intimate affair. If you are a non-traditional couple, who’s not afraid to “break the rules” or get your wedding attire dirty, an adventure elopement might be the right fit!
This was such an awesome experience for me and I am so honored that I was able to play a small little part in this project. Special Thanks to Emily for putting this whole thing together and bringing on so many fantastic vendors to create her vision.
Concept & Planning: Elusive Photography
Female Model: Lindsey Williams
Bridal: Wear Your Love
Hair: Katie Shaw
Makeup: Glam Girl MUA
Male Model: Jordan
Menswear: David Wood Clothiers
Engagement Ring & Male Wedding Band: Market Square Jewelers
Earrings: Georgia Marie Designs
Women’s Stacking Rings: Azura Jewelry
Accents: Bliss Boutique
Florals: Harmon’s Floral Company
Calligraphy: Oh Joy Calligraphy
Paper: Etsy – Papermaker
Eco-Friendly Confetti: Lizzy Lane Farm
Ring Box: Etsy – Leosklo
Video: Owen Weaver
Planning an adventure elopement?? I’d love to photograph it! CONTACT ME or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.