Nearly forty miles northwest of Grand Marais–a town that is quite northern in its own right–there is a lovely properly named Gunflint Lodge. It is located near the end of Minnesota’s iconic Gunflint Trail, a road which had simple beginnings as a footpath to connect the outer lakes to Lake Superior and now serves as the winding road that leads any visitor into the heart of Minnesota’s Wilderness.
What started as a simple purchase of land by a mother and son evolved into a haven for hunters and fishers alike; it now serves as a year-round for all sorts of vacationers, from the same hunting and fishing adventurers but also canoe paddlers and snowshoers as well as those in search of a unique wedding experience.
Such as Andrea and Dan.
These two have a history of adventure–Dan even went as far as to pop the question while ice fishing, one of their favorite activities. It made sense that they would choose a venue like the Gunflint Lodge for their April elopement. It tied into their sense for excitement and provided the perfect backdrop for their wedding.
It was so perfect, Mother Nature couldn’t help but get into the spirit with her favorite form of confetti: A spring snowstorm. Two days prior, nearly ten inches of heavy wet snow fell, blanketing the entire area with wedding whiteness. While this would have/could have been detrimental, Andrea and Dan looked on the bright side (something they do frequently), and embraced the unexpected return of winter. In-between the canoes, beneath the cliff, amongst the pine trees…no matter where and no matter the weather, these two relished in the opportunity to be with one another.
Congratulations again, Andrea + Dan! I wish you nothing but the best!!
V E N D O R S
V E N U E // Gunflint Lodge + Outfitters
F L O R A L S // Dunbar Floral
If you liked this Spring-Winter Gunflint Trail Elopement, you may also enjoy this Fall Gunflint Trail Elopement!
Kayla Lee is a Minnesota-based wedding and elopement photographer who provides services to elegant, authentic, joyful couples who not only choose their own adventures, but also live them to the fullest.