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Amazing Location Ideas for a New England Elopement

February 1, 2021

Thinking about planning an elopement in New England? I’m here to help! Being a bit of a travel junkie myself, I love outdoorsy, scenic locations. Photographing and exploring new places is my jam!

I know a lot of photographers are shooting Adventure Elopements out west at National Parks like Yosemite & Zion, but I’m not going to lie, New England elopements are also pretty amazing! From Connecticut to Vermont to Maine, we’ve got both beachy and rocky coastline. There are rolling hills and rugged mountain tops. Streams, waterfalls, oceans, and lakes; there seems to be a little something for everyone! So whether you are planning a beach elopement or an adventurous mountain wedding, New England has it all!

During my travels, the photographer in me always seems to take mental note of unique places I think would make a great spot for an out-of-the box wedding. Here are my picks for some pretty amazing locations for a New England elopement!

Where to Elope in Maine

Acadia National Park, ME – This is probably the most popular elopement location in New England. And for good reason! It’s Amazing! Obviously there are certain times of year where it will be more crowded (like July & August), but even in the winter it is a gorgeous location! You’ll find everything from rocky beaches and cliffs to mountain views. Learn more about Acadia’s permit information and wedding restrictions HERE.

Acadia National Park – Jordan Pond with view of Bubble Mountains
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Acadia National Park – Otter Cliffs
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Along Maine’s Coastline – There is something so different about Maine’s coastline versus other areas in New England. It’s ragged with a series of peninsulas, narrow estuaries, bays, fjords, and coves. If you love the sea as much as I do, you will love love love Maine’s coastline!

Phippsburg, ME

Where to Elope in Massachusetts

Bash Bish Falls State Park, MA/NY – I mean, who doesn’t love a gigantic waterfall?! Again, another somewhat popular spot, but certain times of day are better than others (like early morning). The time of year and how much rain will also determine how active the waterfall is. There is a short walk in from the parking lot, but the scenery is totally worth it.

Bash Bish Fall State Park

Cape Cod, MA – the National Seashore – If you are going for those beachy vibes, the cape is probably your scene. One of my couples rented a super amazing airbnb right on the beach in North Truro this past September for their microwedding. During the summer months the Cape is a zoo, but after Labor Day weekend the crowds die down and the weather is usually the perfect temp.

The Berkshires, MA – With lots of wide open spaces and beautiful views, the Berkshires is a great pick! The Williamstown area is one of my favorites. This little corner of Massachusetts showcases places like Jiminy Peak, Bloom Meadows, and Mount Greylock.

Where to Elope in Vermont

Lake Willoughby, VT – My family & I vacation at Lake Willoughby every year and have been for the past 50+ years. I know this area like the back of my hand, which is a plus when it comes to hiring a photographer! The mountains, scenery & sunsets are some of the most amazing I’ve seen! There are tons of hiking trails around and so many nooks and crannies that would be perfect for a New England elopement.

“The Gap” – Lake Willoughby, VT

The Green Mountains – Manchester, VT has some really scenic locations, so I’m going to mention a couple. First is the Hildene Lincoln Family Home. Even if you don’t elope here, it’s definitely worth going to see. It’s a gorgeous & historic piece of property. They’ve got views of the Taconic Mountains to the west, Green Mountains to the east and the Battenkill flowing through the great valley of Vermont below. Need I say more?

Hildene Lincoln Family Home
The Hildene Estate Wedding

Another beautiful spot in Manchester is Equinox Pond. I’ve only had the opportunity to see it in the winter when the pond was frozen over, but I can only imagine that it is just as inspiring during other seasons.

Equinox Pond

Where to Elope in New Hampshire

White Mountains, NH – If you are into some serious mountain views & love hiking, this might be the spot for you. The White Mountains are part of the northern Appalachian Mountains and the most rugged mountains in New England. Mount Washington, Franconia Notch State Park, and Crawford Notch State Park are three popular spots in the White Mountains and worth seeing!

You can find further information about wedding permits & restrictions in the White Mountains HERE.

Mt Monadnock, NH – I had the pleasure of photographing my photog bestie’s wedding at Cobb Hill Estate this past summer. Talk about some AMAZING panoramic views!

Hiking Mt Monadnock itself is also pretty spectacular and would be a great spot for an elopement if you are a hiking, outdoorsy type who’s a junkie for adventure!

Where to Elope in Connecticut

Enders Falls, Granby CT – This is a cool spot for those seeking a unique & off the beaten path location in CT. Enders Falls has multiple waterfalls and plenty of spots for photo ops!

Another location I’ve heard good things about is Kent Falls State Park. I have not had the opportunity to go check it out in person myself yet, but plan to this year.

There you have it! Some pretty neat New England elopement locations I’ve come across in my travels! If you are planning an elopement, hopefully this got your wheels turning and helped you hone in on what type of location speaks to you as a couple.

How can I help with your elopement planning & photography needs? Contact me HERE or email alison@alisonmariephotography.com so we can start planning the elopement of your dreams!

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