Kayleigh & Gage’s Black Beach Elopement in Minnesota

When you think about a beautiful elopement, your first thought is probably along the lines of: “we have to travel somewhere “popular” for a pretty elopement” and let me just say… that’s a wrong assumption 😘 Minnesota’s very own North Shore has gotten popular over the last couple of years and is full of beautiful locations for the perfect elopement day. Kayleigh and Gage’s Black Beach Elopement will make you fall in love with Minnesota’s North Shore and even inspire you as you and your partner dream about the perfect elopement.

Why Kayleigh + Gage Decided to Elope on the North Shore

“We had been engaged since 2019. We are both introverts with small families, and coupled with the pandemic, eloping sounded perfect for us!” Kayleigh also grew up in Two Harbors, MN, so Kayleigh was definitely familiar with the area!

Kayleigh and Gage’s Timeline for Their Black Beach Elopement

It is important to note that Kayleigh and Gage had me for 4 hours!! 🥰

4:00pm: Sam Meets Kayleigh + Gage at Palisade Head

5:00pm: Leave Palisade Head + Head to Black Beach
5:10pm: Arrive at Black Beach

5:15pm: Begin Family Photos! (only immediate family attended)
5:45pm: Break Before Ceremony for water, etc.
6:00pm: Ceremony Begins

6:15pm: A Toast to Kayleigh + Gage

6:30pm: Celebrating + More Portraits of Kayleigh + Gage

7:31pm: Sunset
8:00pm: Depart from Black Beach for DINNER TIME!! 

How To Elope at Black Beach on Minnesota’s North Shore

Since Black Beach is actually public land, there is no permit needed to have your elopement at the beach!! With that being said, you won’t be able to close off the beach for your elopement. This beach gets crazy busy during the summer, especially at sunset and on weekends!! If you’re wanting to elope at this beach, I highly recommend picking a day of the week (like Mondays or Tuesdays) or eloping at sunrise/early morning to avoid the crowds!

The only thing you need to do legally is get your marriage license in Lake County, which spans from Two Harbors and past Silver Bay. There are many county clerk offices in the county to get your marriage license at!

If you are hoping to bring decor items such as a rug and an arch, please be mindful of the other guests on the beach and clean up after yourself! Don’t leave anything hanging around. I highly recommend going light on the decor so you don’t take away from the natural beauty on the beach!

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Samantha Burke Photographer | MN Elopement Photographer

Samantha Burke is a traveling adventurous elopement photographer for the wild and goofy soulmates that’s based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota! She’s also an educator for fellow photographers that are wanting to grow their business! Samantha is also a traveling addict that’s always looking for somewhere to travel too! Sam is also obsessed with Star Wars, Marvel, and Chai Tea! Please contact Sam if you would like to have her be your elopement photographer or if you have any questions!! She is always here to answer any questions you may have!

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