MADISON + CHRISTIAN | PRESQUE ISLE, MARQUETTE ELOPEMENT | MICHIGAN ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER


Double exposure of couple and coast of Michigan. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.

Wow. Madison and Christian’s Presque Isle elopement in Marquette was absolutely amazing. I am truly honored that they trusted me to document their special moments and intimate ceremony up north. Madison and Chris originally planned to elope out of state, but you know, the universe had other plans. They dreamed of a beautiful elopement outdoors with amazing scenery and that’s exactly what they got, just a little bit closer to home.


When they decided to elope in Michigan they connected with Kayla, the founder of The Lost Forty. And oh man, I’m so happy that they connected! The Lost Forty was created to simplify the planning process for couples and create a sustainable wedding solution with beautifully curated elopements. Kayla curated the backdrop for their ceremony, coordinated all of the details, officiated the wedding, and if that all isn’t enough, she also created stunning keepsake florals made with dried, preserved flowers. Incredible, right?


After talking with Kayla before their elopement, I knew it was going to be stunning, and it truly was! As my husband and I traveled to the upper peninsula, I was filled with excitement. I captured Madison and Christian’s engagement session, and I knew how fun-loving, sweet, and genuinely down to earth they were and I couldn’t wait to capture their emotions and interactions on their wedding day.


And let me tell you, there were so many beautiful moments and heartfelt emotions on their day! When I arrived at their hotel, Madison said she felt such relief having confidence that I was going to capture each moment. And I truly loved capturing every second of their day. From their beautiful details and getting ready festivities to their sunset portraits and cocktail toasts, each moment was filled with excitement and love. Sarah, the talented artist behind Wild Bees Beauty traveled all the way up to the U.P. to do Madison's hair and makeup and I'm so happy that she did! Madison looked stunning and her Truvelle dress from The Ivory Loft couldn't have been more perfect!


Madison and Chris had a first look at the hotel so that they could get out any nerves before their ceremony. They both beamed with joy as they saw each other and then we were off to Presque Isle. Their intimate ceremony was tucked back into the woods. Madison chose the “moody rustic” themed elopement, and Kayla curated the perfect backdrop for their ceremony. The words and vows exchanged were absolutely lovely.


Afterward, we headed back into Presque Isle Park for their wedding portraits. Madison and Chris's elopement in Presque Isle allowed us to adventure around Black Rocks and we set aside an hour to document their portraits until the sun set over Lake Superior. So needless to say, there is an abundance of incredible portraits! We had fun climbing through the trees and over rocks. And Madison rocked out all the adventuring and hiking in heels! Incredible!


I played their favorite indy tunes as they swayed back and forth to the sound of the waves. They giggled, embraced lovingly, and had the biggest smiles ever as they looked into each other's eyes. Madison remarked that I "seriously made it feel effortless and at ease." That right there is the biggest compliment ever. It’s not just how beautiful the photographs are, it’s how they felt in that moment, with one another, focused on each other rather than my camera.


We stopped by Sunset Point for a few more photographs and to just watch the sunset over the lake. I stepped back and let them take in that moment and just breathe. But as soon as the sun set, we were off to dinner at Elizabeth's Chophouse. We had a great dinner together and I was honored to sit across from them at dinner. Their best men and maids of honor all gave little toasts and speeches and after dinner they even had a first dance in the restaurant!


It was a perfect ending to their magical northern elopement. I know it wasn’t what they had originally planned, but it turned out to be an incredible adventure filled with lots of love. Cheers to adventuring and I hope they continue to seek adventure in their marriage together!


All my love,


Northern Michigan sunset. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
August wedding details with florals and accessories. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Men ironing shirt for wedding day. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Groom adjusting tie on wedding day. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Groom putting on watch on wedding day. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Men putting on ties for wedding ceremony in Northern Michigan. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Groom and groomsman sharing beer before wedding. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride's wedding shoes and ring  with veil. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Wedding details photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Dried florals and wedding rings. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride getting makeup done. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride and bridesmaids getting ready for wedding. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Wedding shoes with wedding dress in background. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Hanging wedding dress. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Hanging wedding dress in black and white. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bridesmaids helping bride get ready. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride taking photo with family before wedding ceremony. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride and groom first look. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride and groom first look on wedding day. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride and groom holding hands on wedding day, Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Wedding arch with dried florals in Michigan forest. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Presque Isle park wedding ceremony in forest. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Outdoor Northern Michigan wedding ceremony. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride and groom holding hands during wedding ceremony. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride and groom with officiant during ceremony. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Dried floral bouquets by The Lost Forty for Northern Michigan wedding ceremony.
Bride and bridesmaids holding dried floral bouquets. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Groom holding dried floral bouquet. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Groom and groomsmen after wedding ceremony. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride and groom with wedding party in Presque Isle Park. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride and groom with wedding party in Northern Michigan park. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Presque Isle park wedding in Northern Michigan. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride and groom at sunset in Northern Michigan. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Black and white photo of bride at groom at Northern Michigan wedding. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride and groom hiking in Northern Michigan after wedding. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Northern Michigan sunset wedding photos. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Sunset wedding photos in Northern Michigan. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride and groom dancing at Northern Michigan coast. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Northern Michigan wedding photos photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride and groom walking in woods on wedding day. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride and groom hiking on wedding day in dress and suit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Black Rocks wedding photos in Northern Michigan. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Michigan coast wedding photos. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride and groom walking around Presque Isle park on wedding day. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Sunset in Northern Michigan wedding photos. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Presque Isle park in Northern Michigan wedding. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride and Groom walking around in Northern Michigan wedding photos. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Sunset wedding photography in Northern Michigan. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Sunflare between bride and groom in sunset wedding photos. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride and groom holding hands at lakeshore in Northern Michigan. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride wearing jean jacket over wedding dress. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Black Rocks in Northern Michigan. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride and groom holding hands at Presque Isle Park. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Sunset in Northern Michigan at Presque Isle Park. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride and groom hugging at sunset by Michigan lake. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Michigan lake wedding photos in Northern Michigan. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Double exposure of couple and Michigan coastline. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Michigan wedding at Presque Isle Park in Northern Michigan. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Double exposure with lake and couple kissing. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Michigan wedding photos in Northern Michigan. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Michigan wedding photography in Northern Michigan. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Sunset at Michigan lakeshore with bride and groom. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Black Rocks in Northern Michigan. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride and groom embracing at sunset. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Northern Michigan sunset with bride and groom. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride and groom enjoying sunset in Northern Michigan. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Northern Michigan sunset. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Intimate wedding dinner. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Small wedding dinner in Michigan. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Couple sharing first dance on wedding day. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Couple dancing first dance on wedding day. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.

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