With outdoor adventure elopements and micro weddings on the rise, it’s a common misconception that you have to go out west for the dream experience and Pinterest-worthy photos. We’re here to tell you that’s not the case! You truly don’t have to travel far for an epic adventure elopement or intimate wedding. Even better, we think people should be coming to the Northeast for their destination weddings, local or not! We put this elopement guide together to give you the best places to elope in New England by state and how to get married in the great outdoors.
Ryan and I both grew up in New England and have a deep love for the mountains, coastline, and autumn foliage of our home state and region. Each state has its own perks, local food, architecture, trails, and unique landscapes to explore. Something important to note: an adventure elopement can be as laid back and flexible as you want it to be. You can do an epic hike up a mountain or drive to multiple lookouts in a state park with less than 10 minutes of a walk to an incredible view! The locations listed below offer a variety of elopement experiences, whether it’s getting married in the mountains or a charming coastal town. If you’re asking yourself, “Where can I elope in New England?” We’ve got you.
If you didn’t grow up in the north or aren’t accustomed to four seasons and cold winters, we recommend eloping in the late spring or late summer to mid-fall. It can be chilly in the evening even during the summer months, so we recommend bringing layers to stay warm, especially if you are eloping in higher elevations or a northern state in New England.
In the fall, the trees transform into a landscape of red and orange, making it pretty magical. Tourism can increase this time of year because of the autumn foliage and annual fairs and festivals. So, if you know this is when and where you want to elope, we suggest getting married on a weekday to avoid some of the crowds! Eloping at sunrise also gives you a better chance of having an intimate ceremony.
The weather in each state varies, but it is cold often from the months of November to March. We’d suggest avoiding this time of the year unless you dream of having snowy landscapes as the backdrop to your elopement day! Be sure to research where you are eloping and if road closures are common due to snowfall.
This beautiful state forest and charming cottage tucked away in Litchfield is a great location to elope in Connecticut. There is no listed special permit application or fee on the state forest’s website, so we recommend inquiring about any potential permit.
Check out their wedding and gathering PDF here.
We had to include New England’s national park on this list! Coastal views with evergreens and rocky shores, the famous lighthouse, and the quintessential charm of the local towns have a lot to offer eloping couples. The closest airport is Bangor International Airport and is only an hour’s drive from the park. We highly suggest traveling by car so you can explore nearby towns and cities, like Portland, Maine.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK WEDDING PERMIT INFORMATION
You only need a permit to elope in Acadia National Park if your wedding party has over 10 people involved. With less than 10 people, you can elope anywhere in the park, too. For those getting married in Acadia National Park and want a few more guests, here’s the following information from the park’s website:
WHERE TO STAY NEAR ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
If you’re down for a longer elopement day and more challenging hikes, the White Mountain National Forest has incredible trails that will give you an incredible backdrop for your ceremony and wedding portraits. But don’t worry–there are some easy to moderate hiking trails as well!
All Vermont state parks require submitting a special use permit application and a $50 fee.
This beautiful state park makes for a great location to elope in Vermont. There are several hiking trails in the park that offer amazing views of the lake and mountains.
We are Sydney and Ryan Kroll, a husband and wife adventure elopement photographer and videographer team. We are currently based in Joshua Tree, California, but travel for work and leisure throughout the US and beyond. Our work is best described as candid, true to color, storytelling that blends images of love and natural beauty in the great outdoors.