The state of Michigan boasts a myriad of breathtaking sites for your elopement adventure. From towering sand dunes along Lake Michigan and Lake Superior to the unique downtown center of Grand Rapids, there are so many choices. The Upper Peninsula attracts people from all over the world to its famous waterfalls, while a multitude and variety of lighthouses will inspire you to explore even more. Check out these 4 ideas for Michigan elopement locations:
1. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
This treasure of a national park is at Lake Superior. You’ll find a ton of sites here that are perfect for your photos. Weather sculpted sandstone formations appear to be painted from mineral stains on their facades; dripping groundwater seeps in their cracks and brings out radiant colors. Waterfalls abound everywhere in the park — Munising Falls is easily accessible. Just a short walk through a shaded canyon brings you to an amazing 50 ft. waterfall with two platforms — helpful for staging photos. The aptly named Chapel Falls is another magnificent waterfall that can be reached after a one-mile walk and has a viewing platform – perfect for making and capturing lasting memories.
That being said, don’t forget to check permit requirements for events — and your photographer can be a great resource.
2. Silver Lake Sand Dunes
Along Lake Michigan near Hart lie the enormous, glistening sand dunes of Silver Lake state park. These soft sugar sand dunes line its fabulous four-mile beach. The Little Sable Lighthouse is an ideal spot for your elopement. Built in 1874, this 107 ft. cinnamon-colored structure soars above the majestic Lake Michigan shoreline. At sunset, your memories will be filtered by Michigan’s beautiful golden hour.
3. Downtown, Grand Rapids
If you’re looking for more of an urban vibe for your elopement backdrop, head to the historic downtown district of Grand Rapids. The oldest building in Grand Rapids, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, has so much history; it dates back to the pre-Civil War era. Because of its age, its stunning Gothic Revival architecture is sure to add an enchanting element to your photos. Above all, Grand Rapids is a unique city!
4. Mackinac Island
Stepping off the ferry feels like you have been transported back in time to the early 1800s. In this charming Victorian village, the only modes of transportation are horse & buggy, bicycle, and on foot. Lush purple lilacs decorate the entire island with a boundless array of its signature flower. Surrounded by the gorgeous views of Lake Huron, this picturesque island is a perfect choice for your elopement. In conclusion, the beauty of Mackinac Island is unparalleled.
There is no shortage of spectacular elopement locations in Michigan. With its astounding natural wonders, waterfalls, historical sites and cityscapes, and Hallmark-y small-town charms, Michigan has something for every couple looking to elope. Moreover, I hope this list inspires you and your spouse-to-be with ideas for an amazing Michigan elopement.
Wherever you choose to set your sights, I would love to be there to capture your amazing day.