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"We are only this moment for the
length of a photograph."

Melissa Gebet Photography began in 2013, getting my start as an equine photographer. I don't know how photographing weddings snuck into my life, but one day it started and hasn't stopped since. It feels like something I was meant to be led to, because my favorite thing is to capture relationships. Relationships between couples, between people and their animals or even relationships between people and their passions. So for me, weddings aren't all about the pretty details or posing and tweaking to get "the shot". They are about documenting a day where the relationship between two people becomes even more meaningful.

My name is Melissa. I am a photographer, wife and dog mom from a small town in midcoast Maine.

I am so glad your search led you here, and I can't wait to be a witness to your story!

why we eloped

our story


I have always believed that you should do what you feel is right for you two on your wedding day. As soon as it was my turn to be in those shoes, I immediately went for the “traditional” route – the wedding everyone expected from us. We booked a venue, asked friends to be in our wedding party and sent out save the dates to nearly 100 people. As the months went by, I began learning just how important it is to stay true to yourselves and your relationship.

The whole time I was planning our wedding, it never felt "right". In fact, I could hardly bring myself to dive into any of the planning because just the thought made me feel overwhelmed. In the fall of 2018, we had a realization - the wedding we were planning was not how we wanted to celebrate this step in our relationship.

Once we made the choice to have a small, intimate ceremony, everything finally felt right. Our immediate families, photographer, officiant and dog joined us on January 12th, 2019 at Pemaquid Point lighthouse. It was short, sweet and freezing. Looking back, I can't imagine getting married any other way.

This entire story is not to tell you to say "Screw it", cancel everything and elope - rather, look at your wedding day and notice where things may not be aligning. There is so much pressure put on a wedding day, whether it be tradition, family or Instagram. This is your permission to release that pressure on yourself and your day.

Do what makes your soul feel right.


My husband Brad and I started dating on January 12th, 2014. I wiped out on ice on the sidewalk during our first date. On the same day 5 years later, he asked me "Do you want to get married?" in the mudroom at my dad's house and exactly 12 months later, we got married.

Our dog son is named Bo. I rescued him shortly after he was brought to Maine from Mississippi as a puppy. His hobbies include singing Adele and sleeping 23 hours a day.

my family


more about melissa

From the time I picked up my Sesame Street camera at age 1, I have loved taking photos. I grew up photographing of my friends and was the official photographer of our group. Over the years, it evolved from a hobby into the dream job that it is today. In 2018, I left my "real job" in marketing to take on photography full time. Not a day goes by that I am not eternally grateful for it.

my journey


more about melissa

I have been riding since I was 5 years old and have two horses, Lace and Twizzler

In January of 2020, I am beginning my 200 hour training to become a certified yoga teacher!

I am lowkey addicted to white Monster. And yes, I know it's bad for me.

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