Hey, I’m Josh Hartman, your dedicated Northern Michigan photographer. As 2023 comes to a close, I’m thrilled to share a recap of some of the most beautiful scenic weddings and elopements I had the honor of capturing this year. I will also be sharing some essential wedding photography tips to help in planning an intimate wedding or elopement in Northern Michigan.

Bride Elopement Dance Forested


Rachel and Jack’s Forested Elopement in Traverse City

This intimate elopement unfolded in the serene pines near Traverse City. With a dreamy ceremony site adorned with string lights and artisanal wooden benches, it was a celebration of simplicity and love​​. 

Forested Elopement Traverse City


Your Ultimate Elopement Escape in Empire

Empire, Michigan, provided a perfect backdrop for enchanting ceremonies at Esch Road Beach and Empire Bluff Trail. The scenic hikes and beachfront moments were truly memorable​​.


Jessica and Cody’s Love Story in Northern Michigan

These two had an intimate ceremony by Lake Michigan’s blue waters. It was a testament to celebrating love without the overwhelming pressure of traditional weddings​​.

Sunset Sleeping Bear Dunes Elopement


Romantic Leland Elopements

Leland’s picturesque settings, from Vans Beach to Good Harbor Bay, provided the perfect canvas for Tanya and Warren’s beachside bliss and Andreya and Tyler’s coastal dream​​.

Glen Arbor Sleeping Bear Dunes Empire Elopement


Julia and Graham’s Homestead Resort Wedding

The serene Lily Jade Salon set the stage for this nature-inspired wedding. The magical bridge for the first look and the tree planting ceremony were highlights of this heartwarming celebration​​.

Forested Elopement Homestead Resort Ceremony Wedding


Shae and John’s Wedding at Headlands International Dark Sky Park

This unique setting in Mackinaw City offered a celebration under the stars. The autumnal colors and stargazing opportunities made this wedding a true Northern Michigan gem​​.

Shae and John's Wedding at Headlands International Dark Sky Park


Wedding Photography Tips

Sunset Sleeping Bear Dunes Elopement


  • Plan for the Golden Hour: Utilize the magical lighting during sunrise or sunset for breathtaking photos.
  • Incorporate Unique Elements: Whether it’s a tree planting ceremony or a stargazing session, add elements that reflect your personalities.

Sunset Elopement Sleeping Bear


  • Lastly, Communication is Key: Share your vision and must-have shots with your photographer. As your photographer, I’m here to listen and collaborate to bring your vision to life.

2023 has been a year of incredible stories, each unique and beautiful in its own way. As we look forward to 2024, I’m excited to continue capturing your love stories against the breathtaking backdrops of Northern Michigan.

Josh Hartman – Traverse City Wedding Photographer

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