The Best of 2020

Well, 2020….what can we say?!  Fortunately, it wasn’t all bad!  Like so many other couples, my husband and I ended up canceling our original wedding…which was a total bummer!  We did however throw together an amazing microwedding in the mountains of New Hampshire…it was absolutely phenomenal and we can’t imagine having it any other way!  

So many of my couples adapted to the changing circumstances and still found ways to celebrate love…some had microweddings, some eloped, some redid their engagement photos. If we learned anything this year, it was that love is not cancelled!  

Creating this blog post and looking over the last year, I was so floored with how many amazing memories I got to be a part of with some epic couples!  I am so absolutely blessed to do this job and help capture some of these moments on camera.  I can’t wait to see what adventures 2021 holds!

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Five reasons to elope in New England

Number one…four seasons!  I have fully come to appreciate the change of the season, I love all four of them and think each is beautiful.  I also love snowy elopements, there’s something about fresh, clean, bright snow that makes for some beautiful photos!

Number 2…peace and quiet!  There are some popular elopement locations that are a hub of activity….but lots of spots in New England are peaceful.  You can hike down to a stream in Vermont, dip your toes in the water, and not see a single person.

Number 3!  Drama, New England is absolutely beautiful and so versatile!  We have mountains, beaches, waterfalls, forests.  The possibilities are endless!

Number 4  Sunsets!  New England sunsets are amazing, maybe I am a little biased 🙂  We also have the first place that the sun rises in North America!

Number five…all of the outdoors activities!  Seriously, the day before our wedding, we hike Monadnock with our families.  People went kayaking, fishing, swimming, and star gazing the week of our wedding…it was such a fun, adventurous week for us and all of our wedding guests!

If you are planning an epic New England elopement, email me at brooke@brookeellen.com to chat!

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Acadia National Park Elopement

An adventure elopement is an epic joining of two people in nature.  Traditionally elopements have take part in courthouses, but now couple’s are starting to elope on mountain tops or on the rocky coastline of Maine 🙂  This is perfect for adventurers, outdoor lovers, those who feel the most alive in nature, and people who aren’t afraid to get their feet dirty.
We started the day off on at Jordan Pond, and it was FREEZING!  The pictures are so gorgeous, but these two are serious rock stars!  I was dressed in three layers and had snow pants on and was still cold….it was in the teens with wind blowing off of the pond.  I love the interaction between the two of them, and their outfits are to die for!
We ended the day on the Otter Cliffs with a gorgeous sunset off the coast.  I loved the deep colors of the rocks and pine trees, and how they played off of the navy jacket and fur shrug.  We celebrated the end of the shoot with confetti and cake!  I hope you enjoy these images as much as I do 🙂
Videographer: www.shepherimages.com
Mens Style: http://davidwood.com
Women’s Rings: www.azurajewelry.com
Additional Jewelry: www.blissboutiques.com

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Bash Bish Falls Adventure Elopement

Last winter Alison and I put our minds together to create an epic adventure elopement shoot.  We set out to research epic waterfall locations in Massachusetts, and both of us were in love with Bash Bish Falls…it was a fairly easy hike to get to, and had amazing waterfall views.  We absolutely loved the colors of the water and the dark greens of the pines that surrounded the area.  It felt like it belonged in Washington or Oregon, right here in New England.  Once we had picked out our location, we set out to look for a bohemian dress.  We were both drawn to Reclamation, they are hand crafted lace gowns…and each one is unique.  You can actually rent these gowns, which is the perfect option for an elopement!  Pam from KissandMakeup put together a romantic, boho makeup and hair look for us.  She created a stunning fish tail braid with greens in it and soft makeup look with a bold lip.  Our flowers were eco friendly, hand crafted wood flower creations.  This is a great option for leave no trace, you won’t have to worry about leaving blooms behind that accidentally fall out of your bouquet and you can keep it for years to come!
Hair and Makeup: KiSSandMaKeUp
If you are interested in booking a Bash Bish Falls elopement, email me at brooke@brookeellen.com

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Best Places for Engagement Photos in the Northeast

I wanted to share some epic spots for engagement photos! First up are the White Mountains in New Hampshire.

A couple of suggestions for locations are:

  1. Cathedral Ledge.  One of the reasons why I love this spot so much, is because it is so easily accessible.  You can drive to the top and walk to this gorgeous spot.  The views are unbelievable; in every season!
  2. Diana’s Baths This location is a short hike to rocks, ledges, cascading falls and glacial pools.  It is the perfect spot to dip your toes in the water and get some unique photos.
  3. Echo Lake and Cannon Mt. Echo Lake is one of my favorite spots in the fall, the foliage is amazing, and in the summer you can rent paddleboats and venture out in the middle of the deep, clear water.  In the same spot, you can take a gondola to the top of Cannon Mt, one of the 4k foot peaks of New Hampshire and view Franconia Notch.  If you are up for the hike Artist’s Bluff is across the street from the parking lot, and has one of the most iconic views of the White Mountains.
  4. Mt. Washington. Can you even talk about the White Mountains of New Hampshire without mentioning this beauty?!  I have hiked it in all kinds of weather, and it always takes my breath away.  If you are up for a small hike, the hike to the Hermit Lake Shelters at the base of Tuckerman’s Ravine shows off the breathtaking heights and beauty of the mountain.  But you can also take a car or the train to the top of the mountain and witness the views from the top, I suggest taking a car and stopping in the alpine garden during the summer!
  5. Glen Ellis Falls.  If you didn’t already realize, I am obsessed with waterfalls.  Glen Ellis falls is a short and easy hike to get to and the views are totally worth it!  Not only do you get to see a fantastic waterfall, but you can also head away from the waterfall and get some views of the valley.

Upstate New York is such a versatile location for an engagement session; with it’s stunning lakes, mountains, and forests.  I love a location that can give you several different looks within a close area.

Some suggestions in this area are:

  1.  Schroon Lake, full of pine laden beaches, this lake is smaller than the Finger Lakes…but much quieter.  It provides amazing mountain views.
  2. Whiteface Mountain The summit of Whiteface Mountain provides 360° views that reach as far as Vermont and Canada on a clear day. You can also drive to the top of the mountain as well as hiking it, making it much more accessible for photos!
  3. Lake George Known as the “Queen of the American Lakes,” it has miles of shoreline, and hundreds of islands. The views surrounding it are breathtaking, a perfect postcard of Adirondack wilderness.

Number three is Cape Cod…who doesn’t love the beach…I mean come on!  I know, my family loves to spend summers listening to the sound of the waves and feeling the sea breeze.

Some spots I love on the Cape are:

  1. Ptown…who doesn’t love the color and the atmosphere in Provincetown.  Not only is the town stunning and fun, but Racepoint Beach is almost from another world with it’s tall dunes.
  2. Nauset Beach, who doesn’t love a coastal New England light house.  Nauset is one of the most classic Cape Cod beaches.  Another suggestion close to it is the Fort Hill Trails, with tall saltmarsh grass and coastal inlets, this is a totally different look than the lighthouse. 
  3. Newcomb or Cahoun Hollow Beaches. Both of these beaches have huge dunes and waves.  If you are interested in booking an epic New England adventure engagement, email me at brooke@brookeellen.com
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