An intimate wedding in Acadia National Park was only one of a few different options Mikaela and Patrick considered. Like every couple planning a wedding for 2020 or 2021, it was hard to commit to a game plan when there were pandemic guidelines changing constantly. They knew they wanted a destination wedding, but since a big resort wedding was out of the picture, they decided to make it an adventure for them and their families and pick a place none of them had ever visited. West coast, east coast… Anything was possible.
Finally, they landed on Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park—specifically Cadillac Mountain. With the help of Susy from Prestigious Events, they narrowed it down to Blue Hill Overlook.
We started the day at the beautiful Inn On Mount Desert. I had never been here before, so I was excited to check it out. They have a beautiful garden on the property that was perfect for some portraits as we waited for our time to go up the mountain. If you don’t know, Cadillac Mountain now requires you to make a reservation before you can head up the mountain. I’m planning a blog post where I talk more about getting married in Acadia because I get asked a lot, but this is something to keep in mind if you’re considering getting married there. Reservations book up quickly, so you’ll want to make them well in advance.
After portraits, the family gathered on the inn’s porch to chat as we had a bit more time before we needed to head out. Patrick’s mother told us the funniest story about how they had tried to take a private tour of Acadia the day before the wedding, but a sweet man who was an expert on all of the bridges in the park decided to show them the bridges and nothing else. You could tell that it ended up being a highlight of the trip for them because they smiled and laughed as they explained that they too were now bridge experts and could teach us anything we wanted to know.
Another favorite moment from the day was when Patrick’s brother, Tim, presented Mikaela with a key chain after the ceremony. She had never been able to find one with her name spelled correctly, so he found her one with her new last name. How sweet is that?
Speaking of siblings, I’ll give a shoutout to Mikaela’s sister, Alyssa, who was a great maid of honor and who teased me every time I stole her job by fixing the dress. She also gave me my first ever request for a portrait of her and Mikaela doing Statue of Liberty poses.
On to the photos!
Vendors for Intimate Wedding in Acadia National Park:
Planner: Susy Del Cid from Prestigious Events
Officiant: Brother of the Bride
Photographers: Hailey & Joel Crabtree
Flowers: Queen Anne’s Flower Shop
Hair & Makeup: Sister of the Bride