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Rachael & Susan, Acadia National Park, Maine

Rachael & Susan, Acadia National Park, Maine

Planning an Acadia National Park wedding? Or just need travel advice? Ask Rachael and Susan who are passionate visitors of National Parks. They’ve knocked a remarkable number off in their five years together, from East to West and into Canada.

Acadia National Park wedding bride

Acadia National Park wedding bride getting ready

Rachael was working as an ER nurse when Susan entered the hospital as a paramedic. Their love of the outdoors saw them through a few years in Utah, which is were we came to know them.

Acadia National Park wedding getting ready

Acadia National Park wedding dress

Originally from Pennsylvania, Susan now works for Boeing in Seattle. Which of course led us to wonder, why DownEast Maine for an October wedding?

fall Acadia National Park wedding

autumn Acadia National Park wedding first look

Acadia National Park wedding mother of the bride

In retrospect, they may have preferred Saint John or Haleakala National Parks! Maine, while happily sporting lobster and blueberries is also home of socked in foggy days where bad hair and zero viability are inevitable and wood fireplaces essential. However, based on how this couple got engaged, we weren’t surprised at their coolness with it all.

Acadia National Park wedding trolley tour

Acadia National Park wedding cadillac mountain

Acadia National Park wedding cadillac mountain party
2013 in Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta Canada. Yes, in the lake. Susan rented a tiny rowboat and paddled Rachael into the middle of the glacial fed lake to pop the question. After saying “yes”, the sky opened and a deluge of rain drove them back to land, hiding in the lodge for cover. The weather held no power over their happiness, and it only seems fitting to have Mother Nature join on their wedding day.

Cadillac Mountain wedding ceremony Acadia National Park

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first kiss Cadillac Mountain wedding ceremony Acadia National Park

Rachael and Susan share a special bond, complete with pinky swearing and a desire to explore all they can. Renting Oli’s Trolley, we toured the park, stopping at the most popular spots for pictures and laughs.

Cadillac Mountain wedding ceremony Acadia National Park trolley

fall Cadillac Mountain wedding ceremony Acadia National Park

autumn Cadillac Mountain wedding ceremony Acadia National Park

Driving down the Park Loop Road and hitting Beaver Dam Pond, it wasn’t until Sand Beach we met trouble.

Cadillac Mountain wedding ceremony Acadia National Park ranger

New rule. Apparently buses are no longer allowed in the parking area. Hats off to Santos for keeping his cool as a rather remarkably unfriendly ranger fined him and forced the entire wedding to walk a quarter mile to the road.

Cadillac Mountain wedding ceremony Acadia National Park photos

Cadillac Mountain wedding ceremony Acadia National Park portraits

Didn’t stop this group! We love a crowd that doesn’t take negativity for an answer and chooses to have fun anyway! We are actually surprised no one went swimming!

Acadia National Park Wedding Jordan Pond

Fall Acadia National Park Wedding Jordan Pond

The road trip looped through Jordan Pond House, where the Bubbles were barely visible, concluding at Bar Harbor Lobster Bakes overlooking the harbor. Prince Edward Island mussels, fresh lobster and corn.

Lobster Bake Acadia National Park Wedding

What to do after a fantastic Maine luncheon? Get ready for a BBQ dinner! No wonder afternoon naps were on the menu!

cookout Lobster Bake Acadia National Park Wedding

We snuck off for a sunset and happened upon David, a Scottish piper and gay rights activist who pierced the quieting sunset with amazing tones as though straight from a movie! (yup, this really happened!)

Acadian Piper Acadia National Park Wedding

Sunset Acadia National Park Wedding

And what better a way to end the evening than with sparklers! Thank you Susan and Rachael for an amazing day! Can we be your official National Park photographers?? 🙂

Sparklers Acadia National Park Wedding

Sparklers Acadia National Park Wedding

 

Blog-Signature Acadia National Park Wedding Vendors:

Oli’s Trolley: Santos (best driver ever!)
Bagpiper: Dave Weeda
Bar Harbor Lobster Bakes

Kate & Keith Photography! – Planning an Acadia National Park wedding? Or other equally awesome wedding? We’d love to be your wedding photographers!

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