LOCATION: SPLIT ROCK RIVER TRAIL, TWO HARBORS, MN
As someone who grew up in WI, I first saw the high cliffs and vastness of The North Shore just a few years ago. It quickly earned its way amongst the top of my favorite Midwest locations. There is something indescribable how long the eye can gaze across Lake Superior and see nothing but horizon. So whenever a couple tells me about their North Shore elopement plans, I do a happy dance on the other end of the phone.
Carla and Raul went from planning a big traditional wedding to eloping on the Superior Hiking Trail. The further north you go in Minnesota the more air there is to breath. There is solitude and beautiful views everywhere you look. It is easy to get lost in the sounds along the trail. The river running by you, the wind finding it’s way through the trees, birds, rapids, and the laughter and conversation of fellow hikers,
They started their day at the Duluth Courthouse where they were surrounded by their closest family. A big secret (and maybe not so secret) is that there are tons of ways to include your family in your elopement. Their first look was in front of the courthouse. Raul stood waiting for his bride and when he turned they shared the sweetest moment, their closest family there to witness.
They said the traditional I do’s at the courthouse, and then we made our way to the trail head.
We hiked along the Split Rock Trail, enjoying the trees, red rock and followed along the river. We had planned out a small picnic with champagne. They sat on the rocks, listening to the river rush, and enjoying a toast to each other.
All I could think about while watching the two of them enjoy their time together, was that this is what it was all about. Choosing to have the day you get married anyway you want, together.
We found a spot along the cliffs for them to say their vows. It was a perfect and meaningful way to end their elopement.