Ben and Lindsey were beyond excited for their micro wedding in Bar Harbor, Maine. As it turns out, these amazing Floridians brought hurricane season with them as the remnants of Ida pounded the Maine coast with rain and wind.

The normally tranquil waters of Bar Harbor were white-capped and gray, but inside the Bar Harbor Inn, you’d never guess there was a storm raging. With the ceremony moved into the colonial-inspired landmark, we opted for formals in front of their classic, white-brick fireplace. But no visit to Bar Harbor is complete without portraits in Acadia National Park–the hidden gem of the East Coast.

Granted, this might be a surprising choice given the 40-50mph winds, but Ben and Lindsey were willing to trust me, so we all bundled into my car and began the trek down Park Loop Road, Acadia’s winding one way that takes visitors to all of the favorite spots in Acadia.

And the park was all ours.

With the storm keeping tourists inside, the park was empty, and as we traversed to a few spots I had in mind, testing the wind at each one, we finally found a pocket of relief at my favorite overlook of Otter Cliff, just before Monument Cove. The wind tamed by the curve of the granite coastline, it was just enough to create some magic with Linny’s veil for a mix of elegant and adventurous couples portraits for this Maine destination elopement.

This amazing afternoon in midcoast Maine is proof that a little patience and an amazing location go a long way. But if I’m being honest, you can never go wrong with a visit to Acadia or Bar Harbor. Ben & Linny’s celebration is just one reason why.


Photography: Kay Cushman

Venue: Bar Harbor Inn & Spa

Beauty: Bangor Hair Company

Rings: The Village Jeweler

Harpist: Isleen Halvorsen – The Maine Harpist

If you’re searching for a photographer or videographer to capture your elopement or wedding in Acadia National Park, I would love to chat with you. With a dozen sessions at the park each year, it’s no surprise that the Bar Harbor area is one of my favorites for portraits of all kinds. The variety in landscape, from a sandy beach to rocky cliffs to quiet coves, Acadia’s light and color is perfection.

With all the best spots in the park mapped out, you don’t have to worry about sorting those details on your own.

Reach out

For more Acadia National Park Inspiration, check out these posts:

Pete & Alycia’s Destination Wedding

Brandon & Brittany’s Micro Wedding at Otter Point

Sara & Andrew’s Ceremony near Otter Cliff

Pat & Saré’s Sunrise Engagement at Gorham Mountain

Hurricane Wedding in Acadia National Park

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