• Yana

Michigan elopement packages for the wild at heart

Updated: 2 days ago

Hey lovelies!

You know, that I photograph amazing boutique weddings, intimate elopements and adventure couples sessions worldwide. I would LOVE to be your personal guide, help you find your epic landscape here in Michigan and create an unforgettable adventure tailored to your vision for the day! 

After we settle on the vibe you're going for and the type of terrain you enjoy exploring, I will start researching specific Michigan 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.

Many couples (especially in the era of social distancing) are choosing smaller intimate ceremonies or adventure elopements to celebrate their love on their own terms. 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!

Elopement checklist

  • 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

  • Two witnesses

  • 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 with this!)

  • 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.

Here is a list of some of my favorites:

Turnip Rock, Port Austin, MI

Sleeping Bear Dunes, Empire, MI

Leelanau Peninsula

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 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.

Michigan elopement 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

Digital slideshow

Travel expenses


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. 




If you have an elopement idea that doesn’t quite fit what you see here, please reach out. To read more about my pricing, please click here.

Other elopement vendors:

To download a free vendor guide with my personal recommendations for your Michigan wedding or elopement, please click here.

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!

This isn’t your classic, traditional staged wedding photoshoot with others dictating your day. If you have checked out my wedding and elopement galleries you must have noticed the authentic and raw moments I capture for badass couples that dream up their unique wedding adventures and marry on their own terms.

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

  1. Check out my contact page

  2. Say hi

  3. And share your story!





since 2012

Mary + Brett
katina + blake
Julie + Michael

Ann Arbor, Detroit, Michigan & Midwest boutique wedding photographer.
Traveling worldwide for adventurous weddings & intimate elopements.



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