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A Picture Perfect June Elopement in Acadia

Chris + Amanda's Elopement in Acadia National Park

Ever wonder when the best time is for an Acadia elopement? Spring and Fall are pretty spectacular. But my favorite time to visit the rocky shores of Maine's national park is early-mid June. The park is quiet and hasn't been hit by the summer tourist crowds. And while you can often get fog or some light rain, the weather is generally very good. And the bonus is that the entire park is filled with fields of beautiful blue and purple lupine!

When Amanda and Chris reached out about a June elopement in Acadia, I was so excited to show them around the park and all the reasons why June in Acadia National Park takes your breath away. Read on to hear about all the details of their day.

Vows Overlooking Jordan Pond

Amanda + Chris put full trust in me with planning their elopement day and were able to completely relax in the weeks leading up to the big day. So, with only 4 hours of coverage in their photography package, we skipped over getting ready and a first look and dove straight into an adventure for their ceremony. We met in the early evening hours and drove out to The Bubbles for a short hike.

The views overlooking Jordan Pond are stunning and I had scouted out the perfect spot for them to share their vows, which we had all to ourselves!

Scenic Drive of Acadia

After sitting and enjoying the views, we hiked back down and made our way along the Park Loop Road, stopping at a few scenic spots to explore. We couldn't decide which was our favorite - the field of lupines, Sand Beach with it's turquoise blue water, or the dramatic rocky cliffs.

Romantic Celebration at Otter Point

We ended the celebration at Otter Point a little before sunset with cake and a musical serenade. Chris brought his guitar and sang the most lovely song to his new bride. Amanda smiled the biggest smile as the sound of his tune was carried out over the ocean.

Where to Elope in Acadia

I've spent many years exploring Acadia National park and have a long list of secret spots that I'd love to share with you! But some of the more popular elopement sites that remain on my favorites list are mentioned below.

The Bubbles

A short and easy hike with a great view of Jordan Pond and the surrounding Maine islands.

Jordan Pond

You can't visit Acadia and not make a stop at Jordan pond. Walk the path along the water's edge and don't forget to grab a popover at the Jordan Pond House before moving on.

Otter Cliffs

Otter Cliffs are another top-destination when exploring Acadia. Dramatic scenery with cliffs that drop straight into the ocean. This spot is very popular but covers a pretty wide expanse, so it's not hard to find a quiet spot for yourselves.

Sand Beach

The color of the water might make you feel like you're in the Caribbean, but nope, you're still in Maine! Sand Beach is a beautiful spot. Choose to explore it with your toes in the sand or from up along the Ocean Path Trail.

Things to Know About Eloping in Acadia

Where to Stay

When planning your visit to Acadia, there are many options for lodging. Two of my favorite unique lodging offerings are Terramor Outdoor Resort and Under Canvas. For something more traditional, consider booking a room at one of the many local hotels or bed & breakfasts like Acadia Hotel. Or if you're looking for more of an adventure, rent a camper van and stay at one of the many campgrounds!

Permits

Many national parks require permits and reservations for designated ceremony sites. Luckily, Acadia makes it easy and only requires a permit ($75 as of 2024) if you have over 10 people. For more information and to see if your wedding plans require permitting, visit the National Park website here.

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I'm in Acadia every June to catch the lupines in full bloom (but happy to meet you there whenever!)
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