Kara and Michael’s adventurous spirit was what brought them to Northern Michigan for their intimate elopement. Their family cabin nestled in the woods on Big Platte Lake was a beloved spot for years. When it came time for them to plan a wedding a small intimate gathering focusing on close family and friends was what appealed to them. With less than 30 people celebrating with them it was a day full of love, laughter, and lots of memories.
We first went to Tweddle/Treat Farm, located in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. A hike through the woods opened up to a gorgeous abandoned homestead that was overgrown with tall grass and flowers. The two of them opted for a long and adventurous portrait session and as a photographer I was so excited to have this time with them before the day began.
What I thought would be a leisurely hike culminated in a climb up a steep sandy mountain. Although the climb seemed endless the couple were so willing to help and take breaks as we pressed on. The view was totally worth it. Miles of beach stretching in both directions, a great view of the farm, and a beautiful breeze. I cannot think of a better place that captures the essence of Northern Michigan.
We witnessed a short and sweet beach ceremony that ended in a group hug and champagne toast. Then we ended the night at the family’s cabin, where neighbors opened up their yards and grills to help celebrate. Kids and adults both changed out of their wedding attire, but not before the couple jumped into the lake for some more photos. Everyone wore fun tee shirts hand picked by the bride and enjoyed the ice cream bar for dessert. Everything was done by a loved one, from the flowers, to the dress, and the food.
This couple’s love for the outdoors and DIY spirit carried through their entire day. Friends and family enjoyed an intimate day that celebrated all of the things that they loved. I was so lucky to be a part of it.