Stacey and Dean’s early fall Salem Massachusetts elopement was a dream! With perfect weather, smaller crowds, and the start of spooky season, the stars aligned for an amazing day!
I LOVE Salem. I lived there for a year and my partner and I talk all the time about how much we miss living there. I’m always happy to go back and visit, so when Stacey and Dean told me they wanted a Salem Massachusetts elopement when they inquired, I was like “HELL YES!”
We settled on a date in late September, since we would still be getting the “Salem at Halloween” fall vibes but it wouldn’t be totally nuts in terms of tourist season.
The day started with getting ready in the bathrooms of the Witch City Mall (not pictured because truly they are horror-movie awful) so that we could do a first look along the walking path outside the PEM.
After that, our plan was to walk around and explore Salem city life until a sunset ceremony. We started at the Salem Common, and then off we went to check out some of the historical sites.
One of my very favorite things about Salem is how much art you can find all over town – whether it’s a mural or Pride colors – so it was really fun to be able to incorporate those things into Stacey & Dean’s elopement day.
One of the things we did that was an added bonus and really cool was stopping by the Salem Farmer’s Market to get some pastries. I had a hot tip from my friend who manages the market that, though the line would be long, the pastries would be worth the wait. Shout out to Kim at Pure Pastry for being so awesome and excited for Stacey and Dean!
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After taking a break by the Old Salem Town Hall for yummy snacks, we went on our merry way through one of Salem’s (and America’s) oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods in search of some stunning fall pumpkin displays. The sun was just starting to get into the sunset hour, creating some beautiful golden light through the trees as we walked down the wobbly brick sidewalks.
We also were able to make a stop at “the Witch House” for a photo op, as well as inside Blackcraft Cult for some awesome photos in true Salem goth style.
Finally, it was time for Stacey and Dean’s sunset ceremony, which was the final aspect of their Salem Massachusetts elopement. We chose to do it in a garden at one of the many historical properties that are open to the public. And despite there being tons of other tourists in the garden, we were able to find a quiet spot off the beaten path for this intimate moment.