I photographed Manja and Brian’s elopement at Stormer Road in Empire, Michigan this last week. The dune setting overlooked the lake and provided a perfect blend of seclusion and stunning natural beauty, making it an ideal spot for their special day.


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Manja and Brian’s 90-Minute Elopement

Manja and Brian opted for a 90-minute couples adventure session, which provided just enough time to cover their ceremony and capture couples photos at one beautiful location. This duration is perfect for an intimate and focused session without feeling rushed. However, if you wish to include multiple locations or additional activities, I recommend booking at least 2 hours of coverage to ensure a relaxed and comprehensive experience.


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The Location: Stormer Road, Empire, Michigan

Stormer Road offers a serene and private setting, perfect for couples seeking a more intimate elopement experience. This trail is nestled away from the crowds, offering the same breathtaking views as the more popular Empire Bluff Trail but with added privacy. It’s a location that allows couples to fully immerse themselves in the beauty of nature while exchanging their vows.


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Tips for Planning a Short and Sweet Elopement

For couples looking to plan an elopement that is both beautiful and budget-friendly, here are some tips:

  1. Choose an Accessible Location: Select a spot that offers both stunning backdrops with easy access.
  2. Keep it Simple: Focus on the essentials – your vows, a beautiful location, and a talented photographer to capture the moments. This keeps the experience intimate and meaningful.
  3. Personal Touches: Incorporate personal elements that reflect your relationship. This could be anything from writing your own vows to including a favorite pet in the ceremony.

By following these elopement tips, you can ensure a memorable and stress-free elopement that captures the essence of your love story.


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Plan Your Stunning Elopement in Empire

If you’re dreaming about your own elopement, message me to plan your couples adventure today!

Josh Hartman – Empire Elopement Photographer