I photographed a Portland Head Light elopement in Cape Elizabeth Maine where the rocky coast was the backdrop to their celebration and we had weather with a slight chill in the air that was just enough to foster tons of loving moments between the newlyweds.
Cassidy came to me excited about focusing on photographing moments from their day and wanting to reflect her big joyful heart and Jeremy’s tender emotional love for her in the images from their small celebration. Their dream was to elope and spend the money saved on a downpayment for a home but since they were going to cut out a lot of the miscellaneous expenses, they wanted to be married in a beautiful place they could return to visit and would allow the small number of guests attending to get in close to hear their vows to one another and enjoy a celebratory dinner together without all of the formalities that typically follow a ceremony.
And they proved elopements aren’t just for the shy or introverted (unlike these two, Oscar and I are total homebodies who’d rather have a dinner at home with friends and cry laughing playing board games late into the night so an elopement was perfect for us in that sense) because they love to get together with a big group of friends for pub crawls that are known get wild and yet this smaller celebration reflected them perfectly! All of the personality was there in every moment and the laughter never stopped, but gone was all of the stress and worry about a bunch of details they felt wouldn’t be big in their memories later – and it was wonderful.
And even when things did happen that caused a bump in the plans – like the limo driver accidentally ripping her veil out of her hairdo and getting it all caught in the intricate beadwork of her dress just as we were heading to the ceremony spot which she busted up laughing about once we got her safely in the car – it never phased her. She knew that the day was still going to be beautiful as long as she met Jeremy at the top of the cliffs and they said their vows to one another.
And one of the things I have always been wanting to do is to climb around out on the rocks at the Portland Headlight so when Cassidy told me that’s what she really really REALLY wanted to do, I was so pumped! I let her know that it’s a little treacherous getting down there in a gown but she said she didn’t mind and since she’d be wearing flats, she wanted to explore and take pictures. YES!
The two of them laughed, climbed boulders for me so we could get to the beautiful dark colored stones, stood right next to the incoming waves on top of moss covered rocks, and soaked up every moment we had together. I loved their playful energy and their ability to be vulnerable in front of the camera so I could capture all sides of their love.
After a quick climb back up the cliff, we said our goodbyes as they headed out arm in arm to meet family for dinner in downtown Portland – which was the perfect relaxing way to cap off their intimate celebration.
Cassidy + Jeremy, I’m so glad you traveled all the way here from Pennsylvania to seal the deal and that you invited me along for the ride. I wish you two all the best!
Maine & New Hampshire elopement photographer, I AM SARAH V Photography, photographs events for wildly in love couples seeking a NH & Maine wedding photographer with a photojournalism & cinematic approach. You can see more of my work online at www.iamsarahv.com or on Instagram. I photograph many locations including being a Portland Maine Headlight elopement and Cape Elizabeth Maine wedding photographer. If you’d like to contact me directly, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org