Isle Royale National Park elopement

Isle Royale National Park is the least visited US National Park, and one of the most unique places for an elopement!

This elopement in particular was a blend of luxury, adventure, with some rustic and romantic vibes there too. Oh, and a little hint of Wes Anderson? You’ll see what I mean. 🙂

The story began at a local boutique hotel in Houghton, Michigan called The Vault. This hotel is super modern and chic and very photogenic for “getting ready” moments. So this is where I met Katie Rose & Jesse before out appointment at the dock.

Isle Royale is quite isolated out there on Lake Michigan (which feels more like an ocean than a lake!). The only way to access the island is via boat or float plane. For their elopement day they chose the latter.

We climbed into the plane run by Isle Royale Floatplanes and took off for their National Park elopement location. I’ll never forget the view coming in. After flying by water for so long, seeing the little islands come into view was so exciting (and breathtaking)! We hopped off the plane, checked into their cabin, and then it was off to hike!

We hiked along the shore, stopping to look for an eagles nest or see an occasional boat that went by. Once Katie Rose & Jesse got out to a point on the peninsula, it was time for the ceremony. They found a spot they loved and I distanced myself so they could enjoy their vows privately.

Post-ceremony celebrations consisted of a beautifully packed picnic, and sitting back to take in the view. How cool to have your own remote peninsula on an island in the middle of a massive lake all to yourselves when you get married?

The day ended around a campfire with s’mores, before walking back to their cabin for the evening. On the last day of their stay, we all caught a float plane right back to the mainland.

To say this wedding experience was unforgettable is a complete understatement. Here’s a peek into Katie Rose & Jesse’s National Park wedding.

National Park map with vow books and florals
View from hotel room at The Vault during a wedding in Michigan
Bride putting lipstick on and getting ready for her National Park wedding
Groom getting ready for his National Park elopement day
Black and white close up of groom looking out the window
Bride getting ready for her elopement day at a boutique hotel in Michigan
Bride and groom lacing up their hiking boots
Bride and groom loading onto a float plane to fly to their National Park elopement
Bride and groom in front of their float plane before their elopement
Bride and groom loading onto the float plane to fly to Isle Royale National Park
Groom getting onto a float plane to get to his elopement destination
View of Isle Royale from a float plane
Plane flying over Isle Royale National Park
Float plane landing at Isle Royale National Park for an elopement
View from inside of a float plane
Bride getting her dress blown from the plane exhaust
Bride tying her hiking boot before her Isle Royale National Park elopement hike
View of hiking trail at Isle Royale National Park
Bride and groom hiking along Isle Royale National Park during their elopement
Wide view of bride and groom hiking along rocky shoreline on Lake Michigan
Couple hiking on their elopement day with backpacks and flowers
Couple getting married on a rocky peninsula in Isle Royale National Park
Bride and groom exchanging vows at Isle Royale National Park
Bride and groom on their elopement day
Couple exchanging elopement vows
First kiss
View of Isle Royale National Park during an elopement
Couple walking off to find a picnic site after exchanging vows
Stunning view of boat riding along the shore of Isle Royale National Park
Neat driftwood at Isle Royale National Park
Bride and groom reading letters from loved ones on a red and white plaid picnic blanket
Artistic photo of pine trees and golden leaves
Close up of wedding day card from family
Couple looking at Isle Royale National Park map
Wes Anderson inspired wedding photos on Isle Royale National Park
Couple folding up their picnic blanket in the sunlight
Bride and groom hiking away from their elopement ceremony site at Isle Royale National Park
Couple climbing up a boulder on their elopement day
A beautiful path on Isle Royale National Park shore
Stunning pink sunset on the water at Isle Royale National Park
Couple watching the sunset from the shore of Isle Royale National Park
View of Lake Michigan and bride and groom
Trail sign for Seaplane dock at Isle Royale National Park
View of cabins at the National Park
Aerial view from seaplane of Isle Royale National Park
Aerial View of Lake Michigan
Aerial view of land back in Michigan

Thinking of planning your own Isle Royale National Park Elopement?

Very few people can say they’ve done such a thing! I’d love to share my knowledge with you about this incredibly unique location, and help you pull off your own elopement adventure there.

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