Gunflint Trail Elopement | Minnesota

Your Elopement in Minnesota

Dreaming of a unique Elopement in Minnesota? How about our Gunflint Trail Elopement Package with a stunning lake view at Swamper Lake for your elopement?

Would you rather exchange vows in nature than at a conventional venue? Elevate your Elopement in Minnesota to the forest and lake, where you’ll have easy access to a serene lake at the break of dawn or dusk. Exchange your love and vows with the natural world as your witness, amidst sprawling fields of vibrant wildflowers. As your Elopement Photographer in Minnesota, my goal is to give you a storytelling Minnesota elopement experience and the cherished moments you share in between. No forced poses or contrived photoshoots—just the genuine essence of you two and what makes your North Shore Elopement truly extraordinary.

  • Location: Grand Marais, Minnesota, United States
  • Elopement Length: 4h
  • Meeting point: Swamper Lake Wayside Rest
  • Participants: 4 guests can join apart from the couple.
  • Child-Friendly Experience
  • Dog-Friendly Experience: Dogs will be on the leash all the time.
  • Sightseeing: Swamper Lake, Gunflint Trail
  • Activity level: Light – Suitable for anyone.
  • Climate: Alpine or mountain climate: Usually four seasons, with cold winters and mild summers.
  • Available: All Year Round

Meet your Gunflint Trail Elopement Photographer

Hi! I’m Payton,minnesota elopement photographer

A based Elopement Photographer in Minnesota with a deep love for forests.

My goal is to capture the way your nose crinkles up when your partner wraps their arms around you. The way your fingers intertwine as if they were pieces of a puzzle fitting together.
(Just think of me as your professional third-wheel.)

I’m here for the raw, messy kinda love stories. If your hiking boots have put on several miles, you don’t mind getting your dress a little bit dirty, and you feel best up in the mountains or deep in the pines, I’m your gal for your Elopement in Minnesota.

Gunflint Trail Elopement - Itinerary

Underneath you find a sample timeline of your Elopement in Minnesota

8:00 AM – Meet at Swamper Lake Wayside Rest

8:30 AM – Before Ceremony Photoshoot

9:00 AM – Ceremony

9:30 AM – Lakeside Stroll Photoshoot
Take in the beauty with a leisurely walk around the lake with your new married status.

10:30 AM – Drive to Honeymoon Bluff

10:45 AM – Hike to top

11:00 AM – Gunflint Trail Elopement picnic/ brunch
Enjoy a delightful picnic on top with the breathtaking view and bridal photoshoot

12:00 PM – Photography Coverage End

Your Elopement in Minnesota - Comments

Your Gunflint Trail Elopement is carried out under all weather conditions, even if it rains.

I will create a personalized timeline for each couple. We can also tailor the itinerary of your North Shore Elopement in Minnesota with a hike, ceremony, and picnic at Swamper Lake, as well as a breathtaking sunset elopement. Additionally, we’re happy to suggest other activities to add that extra touch of magic to your special day.

LGBTQ friendly. Love is love! This package is for everyone!

There is a possibility to get legally married.

You will need a marriage license from a Cook County Recorder if you want to get legally married here in Grand Marais. (I can assist you with this process if you wish to be legally married.) You also will need two witnesses to sign the license.

Elopement Package in Minnesota – Payment terms 
  • 15% directly payable as a deposit to our platform – a 21-day money-back guarantee applies.
  • 30% directly to the vendor after the first video call.
  • The rest is due one month before your elopement date. Monthly payment plan also available.

Your Elopement Package in Minnesota includes

  • 1:1 Gunflint Trail Elopement Planning Assistance to help you craft your uniquely “you” day.
  • 80+-page Elopement Planning Resource Guide mailed to you. There’s just something about a physical copy that makes planning so much easier.
  • Customized Location List designed to meet all of your must-haves for your Elopement  in Minnesota
  • Permitting Assistance because who wants to deal with that!?
  • Personalized Local Recommendations for activities, dining options, must-see sights, lodging, and more.
  • Sneak peeks delivered within 24 hours.
  • Full Gallery delivered within 6 weeks after your Elopement in Minnesota.

Your Elopement Package in Minnesota does not include

  • A videographer during your Gunflint Trail Elopement
  • Travel between your hometown and Grand Marais for your Elopement in Minnesota adventure
  • Travel from Minneapolis or Duluth Airport to Grand Marais for your Gunflint Trail Elopement Package
  • Accommodations while you elope on the North Shore
  • Travel insurance
  • Rentals for additional activities during your Adventure Wedding
  • Rental car if the couple wishes to have a vehicle
  • Officiant to legally marry you (can be added for a fee)
  • Canoe rental for additional guests beyond the couple

Your Gunflint Trail Elopement - Packlist

Pack list for your Gunflint Trail Elopement Package (Depending on season)

  • A warm jacket or waterproof shell (Clear umbrellas will be provided)
  • Wallet
  • Flashlight (just in case)
  • Good footwear or Hiking boots for the hiking par
  • wedding attire for both of you during your Elopement in Minnesota
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack(s) to store your items
  • Rings, vows (vow books recommended), marriage license (if you are having a legal ceremony)
  • Hike boots
  • Snow boots
  • Speaker, if you would like a first dance at remote location
  • Snacks and water
  • Bring your phones to take your own photos (no cell service in the area, but your camera will still work)

Your Elopement in Minnesota - Tips & Infos

I will make sure we are well communicated with before your Elopement in Minnesota. I will meet you at the Swamper Lake Wayside Rest so we can review your Gunflint Trail Elopement Package for the day based on the weather, but if you are in the area for a few days, I recommend renting a car so you can explore the trails and beaches while you are here.

It’s not an extreme experience, but be prepared to do a little light climbing to get to the views, as well as proper hiking footwear for the uneven terrain. You may want to bring another outfit if you would like to get in the water too for some fun, creative photos at the lake. Lake Superior in every season is very unpredictable when it comes to weather, so have a warm jacket and some protective layers to help you if the weather turns or it’s chilly and wet out there. I will provide umbrellas if it were to rain.

Bring snacks and water to stay energized and hydrated during your Elopement in Minnesota.

Bring your phones so you can also take photos, as the views are breathtaking and you will want to document them for yourself as well.

Lastly, I will always make sure we have a Plan B for every Elopement in Minnesota, but we also have a Plan C (…and sometimes even a Plan D).

Your Gunflint Trail Elopement - Addons

Guests (up until 4 persons) can come at no extra charge. They will need to rent their own car and come to the Elopement in Minnesota based on the couple’s decision. I will set up a time line for the guests if needed.


  • Bridal Flower Bouquet for Gunflint Trail Elopement Package – 250 USD/piece
  • Boutonniere – Pocket or Lapel Boutonniere – 80 USD/piece
  • Additional Elopement Photography in Minnesota – 350 USD/Per Hour
  • GIFs – We ALL love GIFTS! They are so fun, create for social media! At least 3-6 GIFS delivered – 500 USD
  • 3 weeks turnaround – you will be guaranteed all your high-resolution edited photos within 3 weeks of your wedding day – 1150 USD


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