What To Do When Your Elopement Venue Closes? | Maine Photographers
What to do when your elopement venue closes, BEFORE your wedding day? This is a great question, and one that Ashley and Tina were faced with, one short month before their Maine elopement.
Ashley and Tina found the Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse online, and thought it would be perfect for their elopement. The Cuckolds is a beautiful piece of heaven off the coast of Southport, Maine. We photographed there a couple of years ago, and found it to be most charming.They hired us to be their elopement photographers, and we were excited to go back!
Sadly, Ashley and Tina received news that the Inn at Cuckolds was going to be closing on August 1, less than two weeks before their elopement. Ashley emailed us, and we got to work making recommendations and suggestions as to what their last-minute options were.
The story has such a happy ending! Ashley was able to secure rooms in Boothbay Harbor, chartered a sailboat, hired a wonderful Maine officiant, ordered a bouquet and two boutonnieres from Lazy Acres Farm, secured a half hour time slot on Burnt Island which has a lighthouse, AND they were able to bring Tina’s two boys to join in the adventure!
This day turned out 1000 times better than we could ever have imagined! The weather was beautiful! The boat was the Bay Lady of Balmy Days Cruises! We had Burnt Island to ourselves! And most importantly, we had two wonderful ladies who committed to one another in the sweetest Maine elopement ceremony!
Ashley and Tina live in Maryland, and had never been to Maine. A few of their must-haves included a lighthouse, the ocean, weathered Maine shingles, and getting married on the water! They nailed all of these, beautifully, as you can see from our photos below.
Boothbay Harbor Elopement | Maine Wedding Photographers
The answers to what to do when your elopement venue closes, before your wedding day? Try to stay calm, remain positive, rely on the professional people you’ve put your faith in, and be as flexible as you possibly can. Maybe you’ll be as lucky as Ashley and Tina, and have your elopement be more than you’d ever hoped <3