Coastal Mountaintop Elopement in Maine 

For Katelyn of Katelyn Mallett Photography, nothing is more romantic than a couple committing themselves to one another on top of the mountains, which is exactly what this couple did. Sarah and Brad’s story sounds like something out of a fairytale. The two exchange their vows only yards away from where they’d gotten engaged the year prior. The mountain tops of Maine perfectly encapsulated who they are as a couple. Loving the state for its hiking trails, landscape and beer.

The couple opted for Airbnb to get ready in, a choice away from the typical hotel rooms. A choice as unique as they are. The attire was, for the most part, kept simple, and by some aesthetic miracle, all the guests’ choices complimented one another. For the groom it was a new experience sporting a suit, having never worn one before the big day. The bride however was not going to settle less than perfect for her wedding dress. The winning choice was a sexy (but still classic) form-fitting gown with lace details and buttons up the back.

The day was a whirlwind, and not just because this was an elopement but because of the high winds. Not even the weather though could stop these two from enjoying their special day. The bride and groom expressed their vows with inside jokes, funny memories and lots of swears (being unapologetically themselves) overlooking the stunning Bar Harbour of Maine.

How did you meet?

We met through a mutual friend.

What is your proposal story?

Brad proposed on top of Cadillac mountain September 16, 2018. Brad was really nervous; I don’t think he said much when he got down on one knee. Then again, I don’t remember much because my heart was racing and I was slightly having a panic attack. We laugh about it now, but our proposal was a hot mess.

What were your favorite parts of the day?

Because we decided to have a simple wedding, we got to spend most of the morning together. I don’t think a lot of people can say they got to enjoy coffee and a morning walk with their soon to be husband/wife. The ceremony was….interesting. When you decide to get married outside, you have to be ready for anything. We got wind…like a lot of wind. Kind of wish I didn’t take so much time to do my hair because as soon as I stepped out of the car, it was everywhere.

Again, we look back and laugh about it; it makes our day unique. My favorite part was driving around the mountain withKatelyn taking pictures. I hate having my picture taken, but she made me feel so comfortable and we had so much fun! Brad’s favorite part was our first dance. We went to Agamont Park (Bar Harbor) at 9pm after dinner and played our song from a portable speaker. Nothing fancy, just special.

Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?

Do what you want. I seriously cannot stress that enough. If you want an all out wedding, go for it. If you want to get married in your PJ’s, go for it. It’s your day and you won’t be happy unless your heartis in it. I personally could not have had a traditional wedding. The thought of planning all of that stresses me out. I wanted simple and meaningful.

Why a Mountain Wedding? What’s your biggest piece of advice for other couples planning a mountain wedding?

I fell in love with Acadia National Park when Brad’s parents took us up in 2018. Maine is stunning.Then he proposed the following year so it seemed like the obvious choice. We also love to hike. Biggest piece of advice. Have a plan A, B, and C. You can’t control mother nature.

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