Annie and Josiah, engaged the previous year, had always dreamed of tying the knot along the Lake Superior shoreline. They invited their closest friends and family for an intimate north shore elopement in Minnesota, with their ceremony in a Gooseberry Falls State Park picnic shelter. Despite the chilly weather, the couple embraced the authenticity of a Lake Superior fall day, complete with brisk gusts from the water and lingering fog in the air – elements they fully anticipated when choosing this location for their wedding.
Their ceremony reflected their unique personalities in several ways. A friend officiated, and they chose to walk down the aisle together. Family members took turns reading wedding prayers, creating a personalized touch. The crackling fire behind them added warmth and ambiance to the shelter during the ceremony. After the ceremony, their adventurous spirit led them to embark on a hike. We packed our backpacks and explored a scenic 2.5-mile trail through Gooseberry Falls, pausing at iconic spots. With the fall colors beginning to emerge, they enjoyed the beauty of the changing foliage along the way.
Following the hike, we returned to the picnic shelter to capture additional photos with Gitchi Gummi (the native name for Lake Superior) in the background. Cracking open some beers, we shared stories and laughter. Annie and Josiah took the opportunity to read their vows to each other, a moment missed during the ceremony. After the exchange, they set the mood with a JBL speaker and shared their first dance under the towering pines.
“Maddi, I’m crying in the very best way. These photos are beautiful! Thank you SO much for your intentionality with our gallery and for spending the day adventuring with us!! We appreciate you endlessly.”
Although I reside in Minnesota, I have a deep passion for traveling to capture love. If your carefree and untraditional spirit has brought you to my page and you believe you’ve found your photographer, head to my contact page, and let’s connect soon!