6 Stunning Places to Elope in North Shore Minnesota

February 16, 2022

The Best Places to Elope in North Shore Minnesota

When you think of an epic adventure elopement you’re probably envisioning the rocky shores of the Pacific Northwest or the snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains.

But how about Minnesota?

Home to the second-largest freshwater lake in the world, black beaches, and an abundance of rocky cliffs, North Shore Minnesota is a hidden gem. 

Whether you’re a Midwesterner looking for a budget-friendly adventure or a coastal couple looking for a change of scenery, here are six stunning locations to consider for your elopement. 

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Gooseberry Falls offers a variety of landscape and photo opportunities. Have an intimate elopement atop the waterfalls or set up chairs for friends and family on the Lake Superior shoreline. Plus, surrounding stone structures make for the perfect first look. 

Black Beach Park 

Black Beach has a beautiful, pebble-studded shoreline to host a relaxing and intimate elopement. Camp just a short walk from the shore at Black Beach Campground for a multi-day wedding adventure. 

High Falls 

High Falls is a 100 foot tall, rushing waterfall along the Baptism River. This spot is great if you’re looking to enjoy a short hike as part of your adventure. Framed by pine-studded rocks, this misty locale is sure to make your adventure elopement feel right out of a fantasy.

Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center

Sugarloaf Cove is known for its easy and relaxing hiking trails alongside cobblestone beaches. From billion-year-old lava flows to forests speckled with wildflowers, nature is sure to find its way into your special day.

Palisade Head

Perfect for the cliff lovers out there, Palisade head sports a stunning view over the lake for a truly cinematic elopement. The cliffs run along the shore, where you can see both Split Rock Lighthouse and the Sawtooth Mountains. With this location being a bit more remote, there’s no need to worry about competing for space on your elopement day. See more info here!

Temperance River State Park

Located in Silver Bay, Temperance River emphasizes the “adventure” part of your elopement. Spend some time searching for agate on the sandy shores of Lake Superior or go waterfalling in Temperance River Gorge. Not to mention there’s a perfect little campsite near the beach if you’re wanting to rough it. 

With tons of outdoorsy opportunities, this spot makes for a great, multi-day elopement. And if you’re a really adventurous couple, you could even go bouldering. What a story right?

North Shore Minnesota Elopement Locations

Where to stay to Elope in North Shore Minnesota?

Larsmont Cottages on Lake Superior 

A peaceful home base for your North Shore adventure tucked away in 40 acres of forest with a beautiful stretch of the Lake Superior shoreline. Check it out here!

Grand Superior Lodge 

A rustic and cozy lakefront resort with lodge rooms, cabins, and lakeside suites in the north woods.  Check it out here!

Superior Shores Resort 

A grand resort located on a beautiful stretch of the Lake Superior shoreline. Check them out here!

OR An epic Airbnb! I have a rad list just for you!

It’s time for an adventure!

Wherever you decide to elope, you’ll need a totally rad elopement photographer who can keep up with your epic plans for adventure. That’s where we come in. If you’re vibing with any of these locations, or the idea of an adventure elopement in general, we’re the best photogs for the job. With over a decade of professional experience, we’re experts in epic adventures. We’ll travel anywhere for your elopement wedding and we mean anywhere (yes, even other countries). Rest assured you’ll have plenty of rad photos to document the first of your many epic adventures together. 

Leave No Trace

We know that if you’re reading this post, you’re likely similar to us in your love for the environment. From respecting native wildlife to properly disposing of waste, we’re adamant about leaving your elopement location better than we found it. As certified Leave No Trace photographers, we make sure to minimize our impact on the environment so you can enjoy your epic adventure in the most ethical way possible.

You can have the wedding YOU want.

As industry professionals, we want to leave you with one piece of advice: you and your partner should do what feels right for you. This is a day to celebrate your relationship, to commit yourselves to one another, to usher in a new chapter of your life alongside your person. It’s “your day” for a reason, and that’s to enjoy it exactly how you’d like.


We would freaking love to help you have the most epic Midwest Elopement you could imagine!

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