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Maine Elopement | Logan + Garrett

bride and groom candid image on rocky beach during portland maine elopement | Mary Dougherty
bride and groom walk on Portland Head Light Beach during their Maine fall elopement | Mary Dougherty

Portland, Maine was the location they chose for their Maine elopement. The initial plan was for a different kind of wedding. A big day in Skaneateles. I think everyone currently living through the covid-19 pandemic can relate. The only difference is Logan + Garrett’s celebration took place a few years ago. Before everyone was hosting intimate ceremonies and eloping to simplify everything about gathering people… these two paved the way.

Portland Head Light Lighthouse bw  film photo view of ocean | Mary Dougherty

Ready for the details of changing your wedding and stunning Maine wedding photographs? Good. Just so you get the whole picture pull up their Whiteface Mountain engagement session. Look out for their Maine Honeymoon – with a trip to The Shop at Island Creek Oysters and a picnic on the beach. It might be one of my favorite shoots ever.

bride and groom look to water at Portland Head Light Beach during their Maine fall elopement | Mary Dougherty

Changing your wedding plans + eloping

For Logan + Garrett it was all about simplifying. They came to a point where the decisions became too many and the opinions too different. Could they have a meaningful and beautiful wedding without their family and friends around? The answer was yes. Would it eliminate the stress that made planning a wedding not fun to begin with? Yes.

Logan and Garrett narrowed down the locations for their elopement based on what was beautiful, memorable and would allow their dog. They settled on fall in Maine. Even though winter is just ending the thought of colorful leaves, chunky knit sweaters and cozy fires is still appealing. Inn by the Sea was the perfect host for their weekend wedding. Not only do they offer elopement packages, their dog was welcome too.

Portland Maine Elopement

Despite all our efforts, we could not control the weather. Rain on the actual wedding day allowed us less flexibility with locations. So we also shot the morning after at the Portland Head Light. The view of the ocean and rocky beach are a perfect location for pictures. Also, the best part about elopements are the ease with which you can change things.

groom stands on beach looks at camera in bw film photo Portland Maine elopement | Mary Dougherty
bride and groom run on Portland Head Light Beach during their Maine fall elopement | Mary Dougherty
candid close bw photo of bride and groom maine elopement | Mary Dougherty
bride and groom embrace on water at Portland Head Light Beach during their Maine fall elopement | Mary Dougherty

Logan was stunning in her perfectly fitted Pronovias dress from At Silk Bridal. Always drawn to a classic look, she didn’t sacrifice style just because they were not having a big wedding.

view of ocean and islands from Portland Head Light Lighthouse and park in black and white by Mary Dougherty
bride and groom run on beach at Portland Head Light Beach during their Maine fall elopement | Mary Dougherty
groom kisses sholder of bride as she laughs Portland Maine Elopelement by Mary Dougherty
bride and groom almost kiss at Portland Head Light Beach during their Maine fall elopement | Mary Dougherty

Maine Elopement Locations

There are so many beautiful locations in Maine for an outdoor wedding or elopement. Here are a few favorites :

Inn by the Sea Wedding

bride and groom portrait at Inn by the Sea Portland Maine wedding and elopement location | Mary Dougherty
bride and groom kiss at Inn by the Sea Portland Maine wedding and elopement location | Mary Dougherty
classic bw portrait of bride and groom  at Inn by the Sea Portland Maine wedding and elopement location | Mary Dougherty
Portland Head Light Lighthouse on cloudy day
saying wedding vows at Inn by the Sea during Portland Maine elopement | Mary Dougherty
saying wedding vows at Inn by the Sea during Portland Maine elopement | Mary Dougherty
saying wedding vows at Inn by the Sea during Portland Maine elopement | Mary Dougherty
saying wedding vows at Inn by the Sea during Portland Maine elopement | Mary Dougherty
saying wedding vows at Inn by the Sea during Portland Maine elopement | Mary Dougherty
saying wedding vows at Inn by the Sea during Portland Maine elopement | Mary Dougherty
saying wedding vows at Inn by the Sea during Portland Maine elopement | Mary Dougherty
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