Saying “I do” amidst the ethereal landscapes of Sleeping Bear Dunes is a poetic way to embrace matrimony without the fuss of a grand affair. Whether it’s an intimate gathering or a celebration for up to 50 cherished souls, the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan offers an affordable and accessible elopement haven. With a mere $150 permit fee, you secure a mesmerizing venue that truly speaks to the heart.

More couples are now drawn to the allure of unconventional adventures, opting for the serenity of a splendid location, exchanging vows in privacy, and committing to each other without conforming to convention. Imagine a day that revolves solely around your love story, unfettered by the pressures and intricacies of a traditional wedding.


Embrace the Majestic Beauty of Sleeping Bear Dunes

The Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Park in Michigan stands as an exquisite stage for exchanging vows. 

Scroll down for a glimpse of my cherished elopement spots within this stunning haven.


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Envisioning Your Perfect Elopement Locations (My Favorites in Bold)

  1. Good Harbor Bay Beach – County Rd 651, County Rd 669, and Picnic Area
  2. Pyramid Point – A 20-25 minute hike to reach breathtaking dunes.
  3. Port Oneida Historic Farms
  4. Sunset Shores Road Beach
  5. Lane Road Beach
  6. Glen Haven Beach – Easily accessible, complemented by nearby dune trails for a romantic sunset escapade.
  7. Maritime Museum Beach – Nestled amidst historic homes, this beach is a gateway to other dune trails as well.
  8. Glen Lake Picnic Area
  9. Picnic Mountain
  10. Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive – A captivating car journey featuring Dune Overlook, North Bar Overlook, and Michigan Overlook.
  11. Esch Road Beach – A beach with an enchanting view of Empire dunes.
  12. Peterson Road Beach
  13. Tiesma Road Beach

For comprehensive information about these enchanting locations, including parking details and group size allowances, refer to the National Park Service. 


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Katie and Bryan’s Elopement at Pyramid Point

Katie and Bryan embarked on their adventure together from their Glen Arbor rental condo. Radiating calmness and excitement, they hiked out with me to their Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes elopement at Pyramid Point. Amidst laughter and play, they explored the dunes until they discovered a sandy cliff with views overlooking Lake Michigan. With just their closest friends as witnesses – one officiating and the other standing by – they exchanged vows and sealed their union against the backdrop of the setting sun. 


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Elevating Your Elopement Plans

Embrace Your Adventure | Let’s Make Magic Happen

As a fellow adventurer, I resonate with those seeking to infuse their special day with the spirit of exploration. If you’re envisioning an elopement, reach out to me through my contact page. Let’s weave your love story into the enchanting tapestry of the Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Josh Hartman – Sleeping Bear Dunes Elopement Photographer


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