Did you know that you don’t have to travel somewhere exotic or take a trip to the courthouse to elope??
While I absolutely love to travel the whole world, there’s some GORGEOUS spots in Wisconsin that would be perfect for your elopement! You don’t even need to bring your own decorations to these spots because they’re so dang beautiful. So sit back, grab your babe, and get ready to fall in-love with some of these spots I’m about to tell you ALL about!!!
Just a quick little note before we dive on into some of this EPIC locations for you and your babe to elope at! It’s really important to keep the “Leave No Trace” principal in mind. Take care of the environment, and leave it in better condition than when you found it!
OKAY, NOW LET’S DO THIS THANNNNNNG!!!!
I have traveled to Madeline Island twice now, and it’s just an absolutely stunning location. I think it may be my most favorite spot in Wisconsin to be totally honest! Madeline Island is the largest island in Lake Superior that has just magnificent views of Lake Superior. It has miles of sandy white beaches and lots of beautiful bluffs. If you love the outdoors, you can explore by hiking, biking, canoeing, or kayaking! Madeline Island is truly a little slice of paradise in Wisconsin. It’s quiet, and just so beautiful. Lake Superior may not seem like much, but it’s often too cold to swim in year around leaving it crystal-clear blue! In a lot of spots, you can see down to the bottom.
If you’re wanting to elope in the winter months…. maybe steer clear of Madeline Island!! The average temperature in the winter months is anywhere from 22°F-27°F…. and that’s not including the freezing cold wind that rips off the lake!
The perfect time to elope on Madeline Island is anytime between June and September! If you want EPIC colors and views for your photos, I definitely recommend eloping at sunrise or sunset!
Pssst… My favorite beach on Madeline Island is at Big Bay Town Park!
Interstate State Park
Interstate State Park is right on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin. It’s only about an hour away from Minneapolis, and offers breathtaking views from the bluffs! The Ice Age/Pothole trail (On the WI side!) offers privacy, beautiful trees, the St.Croix River, and towering bluffs to give you amazing scenery everywhere you look. This spot is perfect if you don’t want to travel very far away from the Cities, but want to feel like you’re miles and miles away from the hustle and bustle.
I recommend eloping at this location during the summer or fall months! If you decide to elope in the winter, please be EXTREMELY careful!! The Ice Age/Pot Hole trail becomes very slippery and dangerous during the winter. (If you do adventure out there in the winter, I recommend putting these on your boots to prevent any kind of slipping! YakTrax)
If one town was a mirrored image of any town in Hallmark movies, Bayfield would be it! It’s right on Lake Superior, and is actually the town you go through if you want to get to Madeline Island! There’s adorable shops, an amazing cafe (Kickapoo Coffee), a ferry to Madeline Island (Mad Ferry), a gorgeous apple farm (Blue Vista Farm), and sooo much more!
I totally recommend making a weekend out of your trip to Bayfield/Madeline Island. There’s so much to do in the area, especially if you’re an adventurer!!
If you need an incredible place to stay that’s locally owned by two of the cutest people ever – check out the Seagull Bay Motel!!
Cave Point County Park
Cave Point is on the peninsula of Lake Michigan and holy wow, is this park just jaw dropping from all angles!! Cave Point County Park is located in Door County, on the Eastern side of the state. The water is a tropical blue and crystal-clear, making you feel like you’re looking into the ocean in the summertime. This spot is truly beautiful for an elopement or even an adventurous couples session! The foliage in the fall makes for epic scenery for your elopement.
If you love kayaking, this would make for a super fun getaway for you and your lover! There are super unique underwater caves that you can visit by kayak, but if you’re not experienced, you may want to consider going with a guide!
If you’re the adventurous type, cliff jumping is also super popular at Cave Point County Park! There is no lifeguard on duty, so please do this at your own risk. But if you’re an experienced cliff jumper, I totally recommend getting some EPIC shots of you and your lover jumping into the water with your wedding attire on! It’ll truly be a day you’ll never forget.
Lake Pepin is an extremely small, quaint but beautiful town located in Western Wisconsin that is also that birthplace of Laura Ingalls Wilder who wrote the popular The Little House on the Prairie series!
There are a couple of super cute spots located in Lake Pepin, and it’s not a far drive for those who are located in the Twin Cities area!
If you love Italy and the idea of getting married in a classy vineyard with excellent food but don’t want to necessarily travel all that way – Villa Bellezza is a perfect spot for your elopement!
If you’re looking for a rustic, quaint, hidden gem with stunning fields – then The Hidden Meadow and Barn is just simply perfect for you. The fields at sunset are just absolutely magical and breathtaking for your elopement!! There is just so much to love about this adorable spot in Lake Pepin!