There’s an unwritten rule of weddings in the northland: When the temperature falls below thirty-two, inside is where we say “I do.”
Consider my joyous shock on Saturday when Megan and Elliot stood outside. In 18 degrees. Along the lakeshore. With a breeze from the north coming across Gunflint Lake.
It was awesome.
Megan and Elliot are kind, warm, and friendly…which made for a wonderful winter morning wedding. These two college sweethearts, however, seem to have a natural disposition towards doing things their own way. After eight years of togetherness, these former Mankato State Mavericks decided to make it official, and they let their sense of adventure and fun lead the way into their forever. This sense of exploration brought them north to Gunflint Lodge + Outfitters for a winter elopement.
What added even more to the moment was the beautiful offerings from Mother Nature, who gave these two a truly magical day. The lake breeze had carried enough moisture with it to give the trees a beautiful frost that was almost diamond-like. If that wasn’t enough, the slightest snowfall began just moments before their first look, providing the most perfect confetti to their celebration.
Even their celebration was all their own. They included a traditional quaich ceremony as a part of their own. Scottish in origin, the quaich is a two-handled cup that often contains whiskey, and it symbolizes trust as each partner holds a handle as they drink. It was a sweet and sentimental addition to an already sweet ceremony.
Congratulations to you two! Thank you for letting me celebrate with you!!
VENUE // Gunflint Lodge + Outfitters
DRESS // David’s Bridal
SUIT // Men’s Wearhouse
Kayla Lee is a Minnesota-based wedding and elopement photographer. She provides services to elegant, authentic, sentimental couples who not only choose their own adventures, but also live them to the fullest!