This Sugarloaf Mountain elopement in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was absolutely incredible! Sugarloaf Mountain is located minutes from Marquette and was the perfect setting for this wild & witchy Michigan elopement.
Incredible Elopement in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is a magical place for an elopement. With its breathtaking views, rugged shorelines, and endless forests, it was the perfect backdrop for this couple’s big day. We picked out the perfect ceremony spot – a rocky mountaintop with sweeping views of Lake Michigan. With the sound of waves crashing in the distance as twilight descended over the vibrant autumn foliage, we gathered. It was truly an unforgettable elopement in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Presque Isle’s Black Rocks
Rachel + David chose to elope in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for their non-traditional, pagan wedding. The day started with the two of them getting ready at Marquette’s historic Landmark Inn. From there we ventured over the Presque Isle to explore the otherworldly black rocks.
Then we met up with their officiant Abby, who owns The Just Rite (she’s seriously amazing), their dog, and David’s parents to hike up the mountain. It’s not as strenuous of a hike as Hogback Mountain, and only takes about 30 minutes at an easy pace. We summited the mountain just as the sun was starting to set, and everyone helped to set up the ceremony.
A Pagan Elopement in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
The ceremony was intimate, with just a few people there, and it was incredibly personal. The couple wanted to incorporate witchy, pagan elements into their ceremony. Atop the mountain, they set up a small altar space and Rachel cast a circle of protection with salt. Candles were lit, and sage was burned. Then the ceremony began. Rachel and David read their own vows, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t shed a tear or two! It was incredibly heartfelt and momentous.
At the end of the ceremony, Abby performed a handfasting ritual. The couple’s hands were bound with cords, representing their spiritual union. They kissed, and we all cheered! The light was fading at this point, so we headed down the mountain and back to the Landmark Inn to celebrate.
I loved this wedding because Rachel & David did it THEIR way, and it ended up being so incredibly special. Their wedding day was a true reflection of what matters to them. There was no stress or drama. It was intimate and joyous. A truly unforgettable Michigan elopement.
“All I know is there is something eternal about us. Some sort of infinite continuity between you and me. Before the ocean learned to dance on the shore. Before the stars found their home. Somewhere, in some way, there were remnants of you and me.” -JM Storm
This Sugarloaf Mountain Elopement was also featured in Wandering Weddings!
Lume Photography is a fine art elopement and wedding photographer based in Michigan, traveling worldwide. Behind the camera, you’ll find me (Andrea)- a girl who loves animals, the wilderness, and love stories. I believe in magic, soulmates, and the hidden forces of energy that connect everything and everyone in the universe. My favorite places are the woods, the mountains, and the ocean. My passion is documenting the moments, emotions, and connection between two souls in love, in wild places. I travel to Arizona, Colorado, California, Scotland, and beyond to photograph wild elopements and small destination weddings.