Over the years, I have photographed many beautiful weddings in the quaint town of Northport, situated at the tip of Leelanau Peninsula about 30 miles north of Traverse City. One of my favorite things about Northport is that it’s away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Traverse City. Locals know just how busy it can get in downtown TC during the warmer months, but because Northport is situated at the northern tip of the peninsula, there is not a lot of through traffic. If you are in Northport, it’s because you want to be there. Northport is one of my favorite wedding destinations simply because of how photogenic it is. The Marina Park overlooks Grand Traverse Bay and Northport offers a picture perfect downtown. This small town looks like something out of a movie. Not to mention there are gorgeous dunes that are lesser known, a lighthouse, a scenic overlook, and beautiful forests. In my opinion, Northport is one of the best destinations for a wedding in Michigan. 

Read on as I share some of my favorite photos along with destinations, wedding vendors, and venues in Northport, Michigan. 

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Rebecca and Marco | Small Wedding in Northport, Michigan 

Rebecca and Marco proved that you don’t have to go big to have a beautiful and fun wedding. I met these two at Whaleback Natural Area for a first look in the forest overlooking Grand Traverse Bay. Afterwards, we drove to Northport for their small ceremony with just immediate family in a courtyard right downtown and then we walked to Marina Park for some sunset photos. 

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Alison and Selena | Willowbrook Mill Wedding

Alison and Selena rented an Airbnb near downtown Northport and had their first look at Peterson Park, which has a breathtaking overlook and rocky shore. Alison and Selena then had their ceremony at Willowbrook Mill, the perfect spot for a small wedding. Conradie Event Design helped with their planning and gorgeous decor. Just before sunset we walked to the nearby marina for couples photos.

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Meg and Andrew | Backyard Northport Small Wedding on the Beach

Meg and Andrew chose to have a small wedding in July in their family’s backyard. They had their ceremony right on the beach. The natural setting was gorgeous and so few decorations were needed. We captured some beautiful couples and family photos on the beach and then we explored Houdek Dunes Natural Area, a lesser known park that offers some stunning views.

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Planning a Northport Wedding?

Northport can be a nice escape away from the commotion of Traverse City. If you’re planning a Northport wedding, I’d love to hear from you.

Message me today to start planning your Northport wedding adventure. 

Josh Hartman – Northport Wedding Photographer

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