• Yana

Top 5 adventure elopement locations in Michigan

Updated: Nov 25, 2019


Congratulations on your engagement, lovelies! Now it's time to envision your beautiful wedding/elopement day. Are you inclined to do a traditional wedding, or do you want to walk off the beaten path and do things a little differently? Adventure elopements are quickly becoming a unique alternative to traditional weddings in Michigan. Venues are starting to offer intimate wedding packages and local couples are taking notice.

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Here are a few things to consider before you make the decision:

When you think about your wedding day, what are the most important elements? Is it the time spent with your partner, family, or are you looking to invite a ton of guests and dance the night away? If you imagine this crazy idea of getting married in Iceland or at Faroe Islands, does your heart skip a beat? Does it sound exciting to create a day for you and your partner that reflects all your wants and desires regardless of what others think? When trying to come to a decision about what is right for you, the first steps are to consider your finances, your personalities and preferences for an ideal day.

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What are adventure elopements?


Adventure elopements are intimate ceremonies in the nature setting, often in the desert, on top of a mountain, at lakes, oceans, anywhere beautiful. The idea of elopements on a whim is an outdated notion, you can create the day of your own and invite your immediate family to witness your ceremony. But don't be mistaken, there is actually quite a bit of planning that goes into your adventure elopement and this is where my expertise comes in. I will help you research the perfect location, the ideal time of the day, we will talk about logistics and come up with the ideal game plan.

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Who are adventure elopements for?


Adventure elopements are for anyone who wants to do things a little differently, for couples in love with nature and the outdoors, for adventurers and free spirits that want to have an intimate event instead of a full on wedding with couple hundred guests. Elopements are a perfect idea for introverted couples that don't fancy being the center of attention the entire day, don't want to be stressed out while planning their day and want to spend the money somewhere else. Perhaps another travel adventure?

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Top 5 locations in Michigan to elope:


Lower Peninsula:


Turnip Rock, Port Austin, MI

There are several sites along the shore near the Turnip Rock formation that provide a perfect landscape for an adventure engagement or elopement.

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Photo: https://www.earth.com/image/turnip-rock-michigan/


Sleeping Bear Dunes, Empire, MI

The Lake Michigan shore and the dunes is a staple location for amazing landscape shots. Ideal choice for couples that want to reflect "Caribbean" atmosphere in their elopement photos, right here in Michigan.

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Photo: https://www.traversecity.com/blog/post/four-of-the-best-winter-hikes-at-the-sleeping-bear-dunes-national-lakeshore/


Upper Peninsula:


Porcupine Mountains, White Pine, MI

Beautiful landscape of woods and lakes with dramatic hilly views.

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Photo: https://mynorth.com/2017/03/quick-links-to-plan-your-trip-to-the-porcupine-mountains/


Pictured Rocks, near Munising, MI

Coastline of dramatic cliffs and turquoise waters is a dreamy setting from spring to fall.

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Photo: https://www.nps.gov/piro/planyourvisit/basicinfo.htm


Black Rocks, Marquette MI

And oh my god, this amazing dramatic coast line near Marquette reminds me of Hawaii and is an absolute stunner for an adventure elopement or engagement session.

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Photo: https://michigannaturephotos.photoshelter.com/image/I0000.P4fi4Eg0ko


There are many more stunning locations to consider when thinking about creating a beautiful elopement ceremony for you and your partner, here is my favorite list of locations out of state:


Death Valley, California

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Joshua Tree, California

Big Sur, California

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Lake Powell, Arizona

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Telluride, Colorado

Zion National Park, Utah

Taos, Utah

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For true boundary pushers:


Bisti De-Na-Zin Wilderness Area (Badlands), New Mexico

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Salton Sea, California

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I would love to hear what your favorites are in Michigan and beyond. Let's explore together!



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