WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR ELOPEMENT VENUE CLOSES? | MAINE PHOTOGRAPHERS

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

two brides kissing on Burnt Island, Boothbay Harbor, Maine
two brides standing in front of weathered shingled building in Boothbay harbor maine
two brides looking at each other, one holds a bouquet of flowers
beautiful bouquet of flowers, dark red, blush, white, yellow from Lazy Acres Farm
bride being walked to her elopement ceremony site by her young son
bride being walked to her ceremony son by her young step-son
two brides stand facing each other, before an officiant
two brides holding hands before their wedding officiant
two brides laughing as they stand in front of their wedding officiant
two women standing with their wedding officiant at the end of a dock in Boothbay harbor, maine, with one bride's two young boys standing with them
bride looking at her bride, smiling, during their Boothbay Harbor, Maine elopement
bride, smiling, with tears flowing, during her Maine elopement
One bride reads her vows, as the officiant and other bride smile, bride's son stands near
officiant with two wedding bands on her paper copy of the wedding ceremony
bride putting wedding band on bride's finger
bride holding wedding band, getting ready to put it on her bride's finger
ride holding out her hand, for her bride to put the wedding band on her finger
brides first kiss on a dock in Boothbay Harbor, Maine
brides hug after their elopement ceremony in Boothbay harbor, Maine
boaters clap and cheer as two brides marry on the dock at Boothbay Harbor, Maine, after their elopement venue closes
two brides walk hand in hand on a dock in Boothbay Harbor, maine after their elopement ceremony
two brides with young boys standing on a dock in Boothbay Harbor, Maine after their Maine elopement venue closes
bride holding a beautiful bouquet at her side
two brides kiss on the dock in Boothbay Harbor, Maine
black and white photo of two brides smiling on a dock in Boothbay harbor, Maine
two brides sitting on the bow of the Bay Lady of Balmy Days Cruises, Boothbay Harbor, Maine
two brides sitting on a boat, smiling at the camera
brides sitting on the bow of the Bay Lady, of Balmy Days Cruises, Boothbay Harbor, Maine
two brides sitting on a sailboat, smiling at the camera
Bridal bouquet with dark red, blush, white and yellow flowers, laying on a boat
brides standing together near the mast on a sailboat in Boothbay Harbor, Maine
silhouette of two women standing face to face on a sailboat in Boothbay Harbor, Maine
two brides walking hand in hand toward the camera on Burnt Island, Boothbay Harbor, Maine
two brides standing together with their foreheads touching, with Burnt Island Lighthouse in the background
two brides standing chest to chest, looking at the camera, with Burnt Island Lighthouse behind them
two brides standing back to chest, sooking off camera
two brides standing back to chest, one bride is kissing the other's forehead, Burnt Island Lighthouse is behind them
black and white photo of two brides sanding against each other, one is kissing the other's forehead
two brides walking on the boardwalk on Burnt Island
two brides sitting at the bottom of Burnt Island Lighthouse, Kissing each other
two brides sitting on the porch of a house on Burnt Island
two brides kissing on the boartdwalk at Burnt Islan
black and white photo of two brides laughing together on the boardwalk at Burnt Island, Boothbay Harbor, Maine
sunset silhouette of two brides kissing
two brides stand on the Bay Lady, Friendship Sloop with Balmy Days Cruises
a red banner with the word married in white, flies on the mast of the Bay Lady, Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Boothbay Harbor, Maine

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

Maine wedding photographers, Russell and Liz Caron, are romantics at heart who love photographing people in love. Are you getting married? No matter where your wedding is located, we’d love to travel there and take breathtaking wedding photos. For more information contact us right away!

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2 comments on “WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR ELOPEMENT VENUE CLOSES? | MAINE PHOTOGRAPHERS
  1. Love all of the sailboat shots!!!! Beautiful work as always

  2. What stunning images! And a rare opportunity to get so up close and personal during a ceremony that you can capture the rings on the officiant’s papers! Amazing job. I loved every single one of these!

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