Say Yes! to the Keweenaw

Posted on April 16th, 2021

Congratulations! You’re considering saying “I Do!” in the best place on Earth!

The Keweenaw Peninsula is the Upper Peninsula of Michigan’s northernmost peninsula and offers a diverse range of wedding venues from historic churches, secluded beaches, to mountaintop vistas with panoramic views. 

We are here to help you discover the best rehearsal dinner spots, wedding photographers, activities for your guests, and ultimately Say Yes! to the Keweenaw.

Set the Date

Setting the date is an important first step in the wedding planning process. Do you want a winter wonderland-themed wedding? Do you envision yourself exchanging vows barefoot on the beach? Do you have guests traveling from out-of-town to help celebrate? An intimate Northwoods elopement? Answering these questions will help narrow down which season you’d like to have your wedding.

Summer

“Some of my favorite locations to shoot weddings…Esrey Park, Great Sand Bay, and White City Beach.” -Brita Haapala, Brita Caroline Photography

Couple kissing on breakater in Keweenaw

Photo credit: Adam Johnson, Brockit Photography

Swathed in sunshine, deeply-hued blue skies, and that invigorating Lake Superior breeze, you can’t beat summer in the Keweenaw.

  • At the turn of the 19th century, White City Park was the premier summer resort for the creme de la creme of society. A long pier leads to the Keweenaw Waterway Lower Entry Light. White City’s remote location and breathtaking white sandy beach make this an idyllic destination for beachgoers and those seeking invigorating solitude. 
  • Unparalleled beauty awaits at Great Sand Bay. Located on the northwest shore of the Keweenaw Peninsula, you’ll discover stunning windswept sand dunes and jaw-dropping views of Lake Superior.
  • McLain State Park offers two miles of Lake Superior shoreline. Being a state park, there are also restrooms, pavilions, picnic tables, fire pits, and campsites. There is also a small convenience store.

Rehearsal dinner spots: Fitzgerald’s Restaurant; Eagle Harbor Inn & Restaurant; Harbor Haus Restaurant; The Library Restaurant; Dreamland Restaurant & Bar; The Continental Fire Co.; Parkview Lodge & Grill

Friends gathered on balcony viewing Lake Superior Sunset

Photo credit: Mike LaMotte, Fitzgerald’s Restaurant

Activities for guests: explore miles of shoreline, take a dip in Lake Superior, hunt for Yooperstones (What are Yooperstones?), rent a kayak or paddleboard from Portage Paddle Sports, take an underground tour of Quincy Mine, or hit the links.

Fall 

It’s about light. It’s about beauty. It’s about you. We don’t consider photography our job – it’s our lifestyle, our passion. Take advantage of this by stepping in front of our lens. We work with you. Not for you. We hold your babies, we cry at your vows – our clients become our friends.” Adam Johnson, Brockit Photography

Wedding couple atop Brockway Mountain

Photo credit: Adam Johnson, Brockit Photography

Last year, according to Brides magazine, October dethroned September to become the most popular month to get married. The Keweenaw’s fall colors have been featured in publications such as Midwest Living and USA Today.

  • Copper Harbor’s Brockway Mountain Drive is a winding 9.5 mile stretch off M-26 between Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor. At 1,320-feet it is one of the highest above sea-level drives between the Rockies and Alleghenies. Brockway Mountain offers sweeping panoramic views of the Keweenaw wilderness–which from late August to October, erupts into a blazing fall color palette; inland lakes, and Lake Superior.
  • Esrey Park is five miles west of Copper Harbor and is home to rare conglomerate rock formations. There are stone steps carved into the hillside that lead up to an overlook featuring breathtaking views of Lake Superior and miles of unadulterated shoreline.
  • Located in Tamarack City, five miles north of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, Hungarian Falls is a series of cascading waterfalls on Dover Creek. There are several lookout points and a bridge to view the falls, which range from 12-foot to over 70-foot drops. 

Rehearsal dinner spots: Quincy’s Restaurant & Lounge; Glacia Tavern; Carmelita’s Southwestern Grille; Keweenaw Mountain Lodge 

Activities for guests: leaf-peeping, chasing waterfalls, exploring ghost towns, hiking, mountain biking, visiting art galleries, taking a tour of the Laurium Manor Inn, shopping, visiting the Mine Shaft Sports Plex to try out a wide variety of sports (fun for kids and adults!)

Winter

Snow covered church in Keweenaw

Photo credit: Phoenix Church

For the adventurous soul, an unparalleled winter landscape awaits you in the Keweenaw. We receive 250+ inches of snow annually. There are over 230 miles of groomed snowmobile trails; Mount Bohemia, an extreme ski resort with the highest vertical drop in the midwest; Mont Ripley, the oldest ski area in Michigan; human-powered trail systems for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snow biking.

  • Central Mine Church is over 150 years old and is located in the heart of the Keweenaw Peninsula. The town of Central was once a thriving mining community but when the mine closed, the town’s population dwindled. This “little church on the bluff” celebrated its first winter wedding in over 100 years, February 2021. Volunteers strapped on snowshoes and made the trek out to the church to shovel the steps and get the church ready for the ceremony.
  • Calumet Waterworks Park’s 16 acres of rocky coastline, possible sighting of Lake Superior volcanoes, and breathtaking winter landscape make this an idyllic destination for those seeking to experience a winter wonderland.
  • The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge is located in Copper Harbor and is an all-inclusive wilderness resort with on-site catering, the ability to accommodate a variety of budget and party sizes, and plenty of recreational activities–rent snowshoes and venture out on the trails (with an abundance of wildlife–don’t forget to bring a camera!)

Rehearsal dinner spots: The Den Restaurant; The Ambassador Restaurant; Michigan House Cafe & Red Jacket Brewing Co; Pilgrim River Steakhouse; The Continental Fire Co.

Activities for guests: explore the Keweenaw’s frozen waterfalls or Horseshoe Harbor, cross-country skiing, relax and unwind at Mount Bohemia’s Nordic Spa, watch a show at the Calumet Theatre, or visit an iconic U.P. brewpub

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