Michigan elopement packages for the wild at heart
This isn’t your classic, traditional staged wedding photoshoot with others dictating your day - I capture raw moments for badass couples that dream up their unique wedding or elopement adventures and marry on their own terms. My job as a wedding and elopement photographer is to help you find your epic landscape and capture your day in an authentic way.
Many couples (especially in the era of social distancing) are reimagining their weddings and choosing smaller intimate ceremonies or adventure elopements to celebrate their love. The typical wedding day of 10+ hours can be stressful and the pressure to create an event for hundreds of guests in this added uncertainty can feel overwhelming. Instead, you can plan an intentional celebration with your one and only in a beautiful landscape in Michigan. You can say your vows privately, under the pines, overlooking the Lake Superior or while you are sitting in a canoe on the Manistee river. These intimate ceremonies are incredibly emotional and powerful.
Are you unclear what do you need to do to pull off an epic elopement in Michigan?
Here are some rad resources!
You will definitely need an officiant, if you want to make it legal! This could be a friend or family member who is ordained, or you can hire a local officiant available for an elopement ceremony
Bouquet/hair piece and a boutonniere
Videographer (if you'd like to add some motion to the stills)
Determine the time of the day and a specific setting (I am here to help)
Cake or desert
Champagne for an epic sunset shot
Optional: sparklers or wish lanterns
If you need more help, you can also hire a planner for the day
There are some truly gorgeous locations in Michigan's lower and upper peninsulas, from beaches and dunes, to waterfalls and dramatic coastlines that remind me of Hawaii. After we settle on the vibe you're going for and the type of terrain you enjoy exploring, I will start researching specific locations for your session. I use professional tools to map out hiking trails and to determine the best season and light during the day of your shoot.
Here is a list of some of my favorites:
Turnip Rock, Port Austin, MI
Sleeping Bear Dunes, Empire, MI
Porcupine Mountains, White Pine, MI
Pictured Rocks, Upper Peninsula, near Munising, MI
Black Rocks, Marquette MI
To read more about these epic elopement locations in Michigan, please click here.
HOW TO WORK YOUR ELOPEMENT DAY TIMELINE
Light is everything! If you want to plan for a truly magical lighting, your ceremony should happen early in the morning or 2 - 1.5 hour before sunset. If that isn’t doable, there are locations with tree cover that are great for mid-day.
Allow about 15 minutes to exchange vows, 1.5 hour for the bride and groom portraits, and 20 minutes for photos with friends or family
Plan for getting ready photos. Allowing me to document these moments will help tell a complete story of your day. Allow for an hour and a half for hair and makeup.
Always cushion your timeline with extra travel time between locations. Also - this will give us an opportunity to make impromptu stops in case we spot a gorgeous location we didn't know about!
To avoid crowds, especially in the summer, plan to elope on a weekday.
The day of:
Please, have fun!
Trust your team of professionals
Don't let the details ruin your day
Don't forget to eat and drink plenty of water
Focus on the connection with your partner
Enjoy every minute of this epic adventure!
MICHIGAN ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGES INCLUDE:
8-hours of coverage
Unlimited planning and consultation – Including a personalized timeline – Vendor recommendations – Location expertise
Hand-picked high-res files in a private online gallery
ANYWHERE IN MICHIGAN STARTS A $2,499.
ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE US STARTS AT $3,499.
ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD STARTS AT $4,000.
OTHER ELOPEMENT DESTINATIONS
Big Sur, California
Joshua Tree, California
Zabriskie Point, Death Valley, California
Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Lake Powell, Arizona,
Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
Zion National Park, Utah
Sahara desert, Tunisia
Check out more of my travels.
Let's dream big together!
My style is just what you imagined and you’re stoked to start planning an unforgettable elopement adventure focused on your connection and the things you share?
Fantastic! Follow these 3 simple steps to book me for your elopement day:
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