Jess and Nicholas are from Connecticut but love Maine. They have been coming to vacation land for a while and just adore this beautiful state. When it came to planning their wedding they knew a few things. 1.) Keep it small 2.) In Maine 3.) and lots of photos. The managed to get all 3.
These two sweethearts are high school love birds. I loved hearing their story of high school romance, through college and present day. Once you meet these two you instantly see the comfort and love they have for each other.
Jess and Nicholas decided to do a planned destination elopement to Maine this September at the beautiful Beachmere Inn in Ogunquit Maine. They are still looking for a restaurant location for their guests, so if you know one leave in comments below.
When planning their engagement session at first they wanted a forest but after seeing a recent session seen here they knew they wanted the same coastal location as that couple. The forecast that day was rain but we got a beautiful sunset and it was warm out! I was so excited, it was the first day in a while that I felt comfortable shooting outside .. i.e. not numb.
Jess and Nicholas have pretty much everything set for their elopement, but here are some tips I found for you couples thinking about going the elopement route vs big wedding. Either way both are celebrations of love. Thank you for allowing me to capture these special moments between the two of you during your engagement.
Love and Joy
“10 Tips for planning an elopement.” 21 January 2016
from Kiss My Tule www.kissmytule.com click here
“Know the law in your state and your area. You need to know who’s allowed to perform a marriage ceremony and what paperwork/fees are required. Some areas also have mandatory tests and/or waiting periods.
Figure out who you’re telling. Some people prefer to tell no one and make an announcement after the fact while others want a few family or friends around them. Whichever one you decide is cool but you’ll need to decide it or there could be hurt feelings or misunderstandings.
Decide where you’ll do the ceremony. The courthouse is super easy but what about a local park, your home, or on the beach? Pick a place and research it’s legal requirements.
Ask each other if there will be a reception. It’s not odd for a newly eloped couple to host a small dinner for their closest family and friends after the ceremony nor is it odd for parents to offer to throw a full-on reception in their hometown.
Find out if you need your own witnesses. Some places provide them (or even waive them completely) but others will make you bring your own. Know which one it is and pick your peeps.
Find out if you can write your own vows. It’s such a personal touch and you’ll probably be surprised at how many officiants don’t mind. Just ask! Here’s a few vows you might enjoy.
Feel free to dress up (or down). It is, as they say, your show. It’s not unusual for people to elope in full-on wedding attire or show up in jeans and a T-shirt. If you do want to dress up then check out my suggestions here and here.
Remember the right documents and the rings! While documentation is always required for the whole getting married thing, it can vary from state to state so double check before you go. Also, some areas require couples to use rings during the ceremony so make sure that you have those, too!
Eloping doesn’t have to mean cheap. You can absolutely elope and have a pretty dress, new suit, a photographer, and amazing meal afterwards. These days, eloping simply means that you’re making it more intimate and moving the planning process along faster.
Make sure that it is really what you want. It might sound great to elope on the spur of the moment but is that actually what you want? Really talk this over with your partner and be certain that this decision is exactly what both you want.”