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I'm a fine art film photographer living in the mountains and traveling to tell beautiful stories





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Adirondack Island Elopement

Can you imagine paddling out to a tiny island to say your vows? That is exactly what happened in this Adirondack Island Elopement. A wedding surrounded by nature requires little more than the two of you. That is exactly what Hannah and Sam did for their intimate wedding. Reach out to make this wedding your own.

close up of wedding rings by grace lee while holding long wedding dress cape | film photography workshop by Mary Dougherty
bride and groom stand on island with wooden boat after paddling out for elopement in Adirondacks in saranac Lake by Mary Dougherty

This elopement was planned for my first workshop. See what we created last year on top of a mountain top click here. My goal is to create elevated weddings in the Adirondacks and teach other photographers how to build their businesses. Be the first to know about signing up to come in 2021.

bride and groom walk on rocks towards water with long cape wedding dress by L'eto Bridal by Mary Dougherty
couples paddles out in water in wooden row boat guide boat in Adirondacks for island elopement | film photography workshop | Mary Dougherty

Adirondack Islands

To finding the island or peninsula you want to use for your wedding or elopement (or swimming + cliff jumping) check out this list :

  • Upper + Lower Saranac Islands
    • Bluff Island
    • Tommy’s Rock
    • Chapel Island (currently closed for the year due to Covid)
  • Tupper Lake Islands / Bluffs
    • Horseshoe Island
  • Lake Placid Islands / Bluffs
    • Peter’s Rock
bride and groom stand for kiss on waters edge in Adirondack Island Elopement by Mary Dougherty

Living outside of Lake Placid, in nearby Saranac Lake, I am surrounded by landscapes like this. Mountains and lakes are everywhere and there is not shortage of beauty. While eloping might be on your radar, you may not know how to make a day like this possible. That is why I’m thrilled to be offering this exact island elopement experience to you.

Adirondack Elopement Package

Elopement coverage for two people includes the following provided by Mary Dougherty Photography :

  • boat to paddle to island
  • floral install on island + bouquet
  • officiant
  • 2 hours of photography

To book this package inquire here

bride and groom paddle in wooden boat on lake towards tiny island with trees in Adirondacks Saranac Lake Lake Placid New York | Mary Dougherty

I so look forward to seeing who is interested in their own custom island elopement.

Asscher cut diamond engagement ring and half lace wedding ring by Grace Lee rest on place cards for film photography workshop by Mary Dougherty

Delicate rings by Grace Lee rest on handmade place cards by Paper Birch Designs.

rustic modern bohemian wedding bouquet with dust mauve roses, wild grasses and foraged greens for Adirondack Island elopement by Mary Dougherty

Fern Croft created this nature inspired bouquet with dusty mauve roses and foraged grasses.

bride looks out with natural wedding makeup look and messy bun in three piece wedding dress modern bohemian by Mary Dougherty

Styling and wardrobe was curated by Lacy Geary. When planning a intimate day, it is so worthwhile in creating a look with someone who knows style and can push a few of the boundaries. There is no reason to play it safe. This two piece L’eto look was the perfect mix of modern bohemian.

bride smiles at groom while walking on rocks Adirondack Island Elopement by Mary Dougherty
perfect messy bun low natural wedding hair and matching man bun for Adirondack island elopement by Mary Dougherty

The perfect messy bun and complimentary man bun were created by the one and only Jules Waldkoetter of the Luminous Bride.

Adirondack Island elopement on water by Mary Dougherty for Adirondack wedding workshop
natural wedding makeup easy wedding hair for adirondack island elopement by Mary Dougherty
bride with perfect messy bun and long cape wedding dress stands in wooden boat looking towards lake in Adirondack Island Elopement by Mary Dougherty

Standing in the handmade wooden guide boat Hannah looks like a vision in her L’eto Bridal dress.

bw photo of couple in boat paddling bride standing looking towards lake in Adirondacks by Mary Dougherty
dragonfly on wedding dress Adirondack island elopement Mary Dougherty

Where else can you collect dragonflies on your wedding dress?

outdoor lake landscape with tiny boat in distance paddling towards island for elopement in Adirondacks Mary Dougherty
close photo of couple holding each other soft colors wedding cape long bohemian dress | Adirondack Island Elopement | Mary Dougherty
bw photo of couple in row boat paddling to elope in Adirondacks by Mary Dougherty | film photography workshop
textured wedding bouquet close up with mauve roses and foraged greenery for Adirondack wedding workshop by Mary Dougherty
boat on lake in Adirondacks paddling to tiny island to elope by Mary Dougherty | Adirondack Wedding Workshop
floral install on island rustic greenery matching landscape by Fern Croft for Adirondack Wedding Workshop | Island Elopement by Mary Dougherty
bride and groom kiss standing on rock with lake behind them in Adirondack Wedding Workshop | Island Elopement by Mary Dougherty
warm wheat cream colored wedding invitation with velvet ring box and crown lace wedding band | Adirondack Wedding Workshop | Mary Dougherty


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