Madeline Island, WI

If you're from the midwest, you know that the great lakes are a home away from home. My family travels up to Beaver Bay, MN every year and it's one of my favorite places on earth. I get that instant inspired feeling when I go up north. It reminds me of living in Arizona where the mountains were a getaway for me, but by contrast here the water is what's so invigorating. Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake (by surface area) and has over 400 islands, which leads me to the wedding on Madeline Island.

When I got a call from Paige about her wedding, I had no idea what I was in store for. She is from Wisconsin and decided to rent an Airbnb cabin for her wedding day on Madeline Island. A quick internet search ensued and I was giddy with excitement for her wedding. I'd have to drive about four hours to Bayfield, WI and rent a hotel for the night. The next morning, I'd have to get in line with my car for the ferry to the island! You can bet I scoped out the exact process in person the day before so I wouldn't mess anything up.

The morning arrived and I was in line to catch the ferry. I had was one of maybe 20 cars on the boat and loved the feeling of being out on the lake. Once I arrived on Madeline Island, my GPS thankfully worked and I made my way up a long dirt road to the cabin. Paige was getting everything ready and she and her mom put together everything. They spent hours putting together the decorations and Paige's vision was absolutely beautiful. One of my favorite types of weddings are these small, intimate ones and Paige really went all out with her hard work. The makeup artist was from WarPaint International and the makeup artist killed it with Paige's makeup and hair.

The cabin itself was huge and the perfect place for this wedding. The rustic interior had so many comfortable lounging places for guests and was just a five minute walk to the lake. The weather was perfect and the cloudy day was great for photos.

After getting ready, Paige and Malcolm's family and friends started arriving. They hung outside and in and helped put the finishing touches on decorations. Paige and Malcolm were married in the backyard, tucked away in the edge of the forest with the lake as their backdrop. We finished their ceremony and headed down to a small dock attached to the cabin's property and got some amazing shots with the lake in the background.

Their wedding was more than I expected it would be. Their calm nature and hilarious friends made the day amazing. I was able to become one of the fold and is why I love photographing smaller weddings. I connected with everyone that day and felt so in tune with them. Check out some of my favorite shots from their day below. And if you're considering getting married on Lake Superior... I insist you book me!

The ferry ride from Bayfield, Wisconsin to Madeline Island, Wisconsin
a bride and groom stand on a dock kissing on the lake superior at Madeline Island, Wisconsin
A wedding head table is decorated with eucalyptus, silver forks, and wooden plates with tall white candles and mason jar
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