December 21, 2022

Kelly & David’s Fall Elopement in Acadia National Park

Kelly and David live in West Virginia. Before this trip, they had never been to Maine before. When they got engaged, they wanted it to be the start of many big adventures together, so they decided to have a fall elopement in Acadia National Park.

If you’ve never been to Maine, you’re missing out. We’re so lucky to live within an hour’s drive of so many magical spots, including MDI and Acadia National Park. It’s one of my favorite photography areas because there are so many stunning locations. I see it with new eyes every time I visit!

Typically, our couples that choose to elope in Acadia have a small handful of friends and family tagging along on the day, but since Kelly and David wanted to soak up the day alone together, I also got to act as one of their witnesses. I’ve only done this two or three times in my 13+ years as a wedding photographer, and it’s always exciting. It’s an honor to know I’m forever on their marriage certificate.

I started the day with Kelly and David at their Airbnb in Mount Desert before heading into Acadia to meet up with their officiant. After the ceremony, we headed to some of my favorite spots, including Otter Point and Little Hunters Beach, before ending our time together at Jordan Pond, where they ditched their wedding clothes for more comfy attire.

We discussed everything from our rescue pups to Kelly’s vast collection of TOMS shoes as we moved from location to location. If I recall correctly, she has between 25 and 50 pairs, including one for every holiday. I was impressed.

Here are my favorite photos from my time together with Kelly and David.

Vendors for fall elopement in Acadia National Park:

Getting Ready Location: Airbnb

Ceremony & Portraits: Acadia National Park

Photography: Hailey Crabtree

Officiant: Adam Babbitt of MDI Weddings