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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS ARE OPEN - Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Lonesome Lake, Franconia NH Elopement Photo Story Award

Adventure Wedding Photography showing couple married on dock at the Lake after trail hike

Adventure Wedding Photography showing they married on the dock at the Lake after hiking

They married on the dock at the Lake with only passerby hikers looking on.

This couple originally met on the Appalachian Trail. When COVID-19 torpedoed their original wedding plans, they hatched a plan to elope on the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire. I joined them for the hike up to the AT Hut, where the bride had her dress rolled up in her backpack and the groom's suit was strapped to the back. The hut keepers gave us access to the closed-due-to-COVID19 huts for them to prepare for their ceremony. Following the ceremony, their officiant and her partner prepared a wedding dinner for them on the porch of the hut. We celebrated and hiked out in the dark.

Lonesome Lake NH Elopement Image of couple Hiking to wedding ceremony location on the lake

NH Wedding Photographer | Beginning the 2+ mile hike up to the Appalachian Trail

Beginning the 2+ mile hike up to the Appalachian Trail at Lonesome Lake.

White Mountains Wedding Photo from Franconia, NH of bride preps in huts and bunkhouse

White Mountains Wedding Photographer - Franconia, NH | Both the bride and groom were given access to the huts and bunkhouse

Both the bride and groom were given access to the huts/bunkhouse at Lonesome Lake to prepare for their ceremony.

Appalachian Trail Wedding image of decorated cake cutting by the hiking bride and groom

New Hampshire Wedding - Franconia Photographer | A decorated a cake for cutting

They even brought up and decorated a cake for cutting! The toppers were an afterthought, found at the convenience store near the trailhead.

New Hampshire Wedding Elopement Photo of four attendees toasting newlyweds on the lake

New Hampshire Wedding Photography | The four attendees toasted the newlyweds on the lake

The four attendees toasted the newlyweds following the ceremony.

NH Outdoor Wedding Picture of officiant and partner preparing trailside elopement dinner

NH Outdoor Wedding Pictures | their officiant and her partner prepared a trailside wedding dinner

After the ceremony, their officiant and her partner prepared a trailside wedding dinner on camp stoves for the couple.

NH Elopement Couple Portrait from Outdoor Wedding on the Appalachian Trail

NH Portrait Image from Outdoor Wedding | time for portraits on the Appalachian Trail

We took a little time for portraits on the Appalachian Trail. While not the actual spot where the couple met, the trail holds a special place in their hearts and their relationship and was a fitting location not only for their ceremony but for portraits too.

Lonesome Lake, Franconia Notch Wedding Pic of newlyweds hiking down trail at night

Lonesome Lake, Franconia Notch, NH Wedding Hike Pic | The newlyweds hike down the trail at night

The newlyweds hike down the trail in the dark via headlamps.