Wedding dip kiss in downtown Grand Rapids.


Michigan Elopement in Downtown Grand Rapids

Michigan Elopement in Downtown Grand Rapids

The fall colors were on fire for Cassie and Bruno’s elopement in downtown Grand Rapids! I first took Cassie and Bruno’s engagement photos earlier in 2023 and they tied the knot in November. 

For their portraits we started with a first look and then hit up some of my favorite locations around downtown near the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Cassie and Bruno’s photos are a mix of classic portraits, creamy film-inspired photos, and fun flash photos from inside a hotel! As a local Grand Rapids photographer, I’m an expert at locations around Grand Rapids and especially in the downtown area! I have a few favorite areas and hotels that never disappoint!

Fall elopement in downtown Grand Rapids, MI.

How to Elope in Grand Rapids, MI  

If planning a small, intimate elopement feels more like your vibe over a big wedding, you can easily plan a beautiful day in Grand Rapids! You could have a ceremony at the courthouse or have an officiant and two witnesses with you for a ceremony at a location that you both love! Explore downtown while you do wedding portraits. To end the day, hit up a few local bars or restaurants! 

If a more private feel out in nature aligns better with your vision for an elopement, there are several beautiful parks in Grand Rapids and outside the city like Kirk Park. Silver Lake Sand Dunes is another favorite location with its magical dunes that border Lake Michigan. 

How to legally elope in Michigan:

To legally get married in Michigan be sure to review the county’s website on their requirements. You’ll need to: 

  • Apply for a marriage license through the county. 
  • You will need an officiant. 
  • Two witnesses also have to attend. 

For Grand Rapids elopements, you can find all the details on the Kent County website here!

Michigan Elopement Photographer

I’m a local Grand Rapids wedding and elopement photographer! To get in touch about all things photography head to my contact page to tell me about your dream day!

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If you loved these downtown wedding photos, you’ll be obsessed with this engagement session in downtown Grand Rapids!

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