October 16, 2023 / Session Stories Weddings
Wings of Mackinac Elopement | Brendan + Natalie's Intimate Ceremony in the Butterfly House
Wings of Mackinac Elopement
Brendan and Natalie chose to exchange their vows in a unique and intimate setting – the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly House. I embarked on an adventure with my 1.5 hour drive north to photograph this heartwarming elopement. To ensure I made it to their 8pm ceremony, I caught the earliest ferry at 7:30am to the island. Knowing that Sheplers ferry consistently takes 16-22 minutes, I had just enough time to make it 1 mile to the butterfly conservatory. With my trusty bike I hustled up the hill of Cadotte Ave. Arriving right on time, I was ready for a morning filled with butterflies love.
Sure enough, as the ceremony started, a butterfly fluttered over to Natalie’s dress, holding on the entire time. Another butterfly perched on Brendan’s shoulder. With Minister Marie Hulett leading the ceremony, the couple shared their vows, and sealed it with a kiss.
One moment I treasured from this elopement was when I had the honor of signing the marriage certificate as a witness. Alongside me, another worker from the island’s stables added their signature to this significant document. I loved that Brendan and Natalie focused on making this day so intimate.
If you would like to elope on Mackinac Island, Wings of Mackinac is the perfect intimate location to hold a small ceremony. With packages varying from 2-40 people, I love the customizability to hold a unique gathering. Brendan and Natalie’s ceremony at the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly House was a true fairytale experience, and I was lucky enough to capture every moment. The Wings of Mackinac elopement package is perfect for similar intimate occasions. Whether you’re planning your own elopement or simply looking for inspiration, Mackinac Island offers an enchanting setting for a celebration of love, just like Brendan and Natalie’s unforgettable day.