So you’ve decided that you want to elope in New England! Now you’re probably asking yourself: but just where should we elope in New England? In this blog post, we’ll cover our absolute favorite New England elopement locations.
Making this decision can often be overwhelming as there are so many places to choose from. First, what makes this difficult is the fact that New England is a region comprising six states: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont and Maine. Each one with their unique beauty and landscape.
We’ve narrowed down the best locations to elope based on accessibility, privacy and epic views. Your search for your New England Elopement location is over! Let’s get started!
Where to Elope in New Hampshire
Known for its rugged mountains and sandy lakes, NH offers a lot of epic hikes and stunning views. If you’re not looking for a very strenuous adventure, some of them can be accessible by car and others just a short 15 minute hike. Here are some of our favorites!
Echo Lake State Park (Conway)
Not to be confused with Echo Lake in Franconia Notch (which we cover down below), Echo Lake State Park features scenic views of White Horse Ledge and beautiful trails. In the summer, the beach can get pretty busy with swimmers during the day, but thankfully we love to do our sessions during golden hour, which means the swim rush will have left the park by then.
The hike to Cathedral Ledge is about one mile, which you can expect to do in about 40 minutes. But luckily, it’s also drivable. With that said, there are restrictions and access by car remained unavailable for most of 2020. It is advised to call in advance and ask for permission to drive up. A permit is also required. This is a beautiful hike, with stunning views. It has become a popular destination for elopements and we encourage couples to consider a weekday elopement here.
Located at Crawford Notch State Park, this hike is moderate, but requires a good 3-4 hours out-and-back. The views are worth the work. After the hike, you’ll definitely be hungry. We suggest you pack a little picnic to enjoy while taking in the amazing views. We can end with a champagne toast before making our way back!
Glen Ellis Falls
This is an easy and short hike (about half a mile) from the parking lot. The well maintained steps down to the waterfall make it a convenient place for an elopement and even an engagement session. In the winter, when there’s enough snow accumulated, this location can be super dramatic and beautiful. Eloping here in the offseason can be a plus as summer can get extremely crowded.
Profile Lake and Artist’s Bluff
We combine these two locations because the experience is just elevated by making these two places part of your New England Elopement plans. We recommend starting with a hike up Artist’s Bluff. Although super short, it’s a very steep hike. Upon arriving, let’s rest a bit and enjoy the views and take beautiful portraits.
The views from Artist’s Bluff are unmatched and fall season is spectacular. Then we suggest the short five-minute drive to Profile Lake. This location tends to be way less crowded than Artist’s Bluff, so if privacy is important to you, this is the perfect location to read your vows and have a picnic.
The hike up the mountain is about 2.6 miles out and back with moderate difficulty. If adventure is what you’re looking for, this one’s for you. This mostly uphill hike is well worth the work and the views are stunning. Once up there, you’ll find enough room to hang out and even do a picnic.
Want more New Hampshire Elopement inspiration? Check out this White Mountains adventure!
Where to Elope in Vermont
Our first time at this magical place was pure luck. We had planned an engagement session at Warren Falls, but quickly realized we were going to need a plan B. Why? This engagement session was in the peak of summer and as you can imagine, the park was packed! When we realized Warren Falls was not going to be the ideal location, we quickly scrambled to find a new option.
Well, let’s just say it pays off to scout location and be very familiar with the area prior to the shoot. So make sure your photographer is really familiar with whatever location you settle on. It’s what we always do and fortunately we had plenty of time to find another location. That’s when we came upon Blueberry Lake.
According to this website, Blueberry Lake is a swimming hole “so hidden, you’ll probably have it all to yourself.” Nestled inside beautiful Vermont green mountains, this is the ultimate Vermont location if you’re looking to be surrounded by green hills. You could even celebrate your elopement by taking a dip!
Owls Head Mountain
Located in the northern edges of Groton State Forest, this mountain top is postcard worthy - we’re not exaggerating. Getting to the top is a 3-mile roundtrip. The nice thing, however, is that there’s a parking lot closer to the summit, making the hike much easier and shorter. The sunsets from the top are unbeatable too!
Where to Elope in Maine
Acadia National Park
We could go on and on about so many other epic Maine locations, but our hearts belong to Acadia National Park. So we’ve decided to give you a little taste of all our favorite location within the park.
Most couples want to maximize their day at Acadia. The good news is that that’s very much possible! As per the areas we highlighted in red in the map, we can easily craft a day that allows you to explore both the west and east sides of the park. Want more Acadia elopement inspiration? Check out this elopement we had the honor to photograph recently.
What is wonderful about this location (and all the other locations we talk about in context to Acadia), is how easy it is to get to. If you don’t plan to do a lot of hiking on the day of your elopement, getting to the summit is totally possible by car. As a loop trail, it’s over 8 miles. Sunrises and sunsets can get extremely crowded. A weekday is better if you’re planning to have your ceremony here. There are also some hidden locations on the way up that are really beautiful and completely private.
A beautiful location, and also easily accessible. A lot of couples come here for their ceremony as no hiking is required. The loop trail around the pond is also very beautiful, especially in the fall. So if after your ceremony, you’d like to venture out into a deep forest, this location is ideal.
Easily accessible location, with a parking lot close by. It is one of the few sandy beaches in Acadia and worth a visit for portraits. While we don’t recommend a ceremony there (it can get pretty crowded), it’s a great location to stop for a picnic or to breathe in the salty air while taking beautiful photos.
Beautiful at sunrise, but magical at sunset. Even on a rainy day, the drama of a cloudy sky makes this a not to be missed location - eleven if just for portraits. Boulder Beach: We love this location for portraits or a ceremony. It is easy to get to and never crowded. The cobbles and pebbles are a famous part of the Acadia geology - this location is a must!
We love this location for portraits or a ceremony. It is easy to get to and never crowded. The cobbles and pebbles are a famous part of the Acadia geology - this location is a must!
Accessible via Ocean Path, this is one of our favorite locations to photograph at sunset. However, it is absolutely striking at sunrise when the sun hits the rocks and turns it into a distinct reddish color. If you’re lucky you might be able to catch mountain climbers at a distance trying to climb Otter Cliff.
Thinking about eloping in Acadia? Here are 10 Things You Need to Know.
Looking for a unique Acadia lodging experience? Check out Terramor Outdoor Resort!
Where to Elope in Rhode Island
East coast meets west coast vibes. This little island is approximately 10 miles south of mainland Rhode Island. It’s an ideal “destination elopement” or home away from home experience for those who are from New England.
Transportation is available year round from Point Judith and the trip can take 40 mins to just over an hour depending on the Ferry you take. Perhaps the most famous destination is Mohegan Bluffs Beach with its 141 steps leading down to the sand.
Just 5 minutes away is Block Island Beach House, which is centered around the Surf Hotel. If you love vintage vibes like us (think Venice Beach), this is the perfect place to stay. To note: Block Island Beach House closes for the winter season and reopens in May.
Want more Rhode Island inspiration? Check out this coastal engagement session.
Where to elope in Massachusetts
Our home state! Known for its beaches - we would be completely remiss if we didn’t focus on the beaches. We discussed plenty of mountain options in the New Hampshire section, so for Massachusetts, we are focussing on our famous coast.
Ptown always makes the list when talking about the prettiest coastal towns in New England. What we love about Provincetown is that it’s surrounded by dunes. Whether you’ve got your mind set on Race Point Beach or Herring Cove Beach, there are plenty of private/secret dune locations that would make for excellent ceremony and portrait photos.
Think beautiful sunrise ceremony at Race Point, followed by brunch on Commercial street, then a break. After our break we can end the day with sunset photos at Herring Cove, a toast, and night photos on Commercial Street. Sounds like a perfect day!
If you prefer to be closer to Boston, Wingaersheek Beach is a great option (just 50 mins north of the city), with plenty to do and explore in Gloucester afterwards. The town is very accommodating when it comes to eloping at one of their beaches. There are, however, some rules during peak season. With that said, sunsets here are epic, which can be followed by a picnic at the beach. We can end with beautiful blue hour photos.
Martha’s Vineyard (Oak Bluffs)
Martha’s Vineyard is the ultimate Massachusetts getaway. There are ferries available year round and the thought of being away from mainland Massachusetts, gives it a real feel of destination. From lighthouses to white sand beaches to sea cliffs, you’ll find a diverse landscape and lots to do.
Martha’s Vineyard is a special place and you don’t have to be from Massachusetts to appreciate it. You must, however, really love beach towns. Here you’ll find one-of-a-kind experiences. Did you know there are no chain hotels or restaurants in Martha’s Vineyard? It’s truly a great place to be.
Want a little inspiration? Check out this Martha’s Vineyard spring weekend getaway with Flora and Mustafa.
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