Chelsea Michigan Elopement | Loren & Mariette

August 26, 2020

Monday is not your typical day of the week to get married, but Loren and Mariette couldn’t have picked a better day for their Chelsea, Michigan elopement. They invited me to their beautiful home which sat on a hilltop overlooking Cavanaugh Lake. The vibrant autumn colors of the trees danced across the lake making for a dazzling backdrop. Seriously it was perfect.

The day started with arrival of Mariette’s parents. We hung out in their living room chatting for a bit. Then it was time for Mariette to change into her wedding dress. I captured a few photos of her putting on the finishing touches before she walked out to her groom. The vibe was so relaxed. I got to watch them recite their vows to one another while her parents looked on from the comfort of the couch. The six of us were the only people sharing in their commitment to each other. It was such a beautiful moment.

When their vows were over, a few heartfelt tears ran down their cheeks as they had their first dance as husband and wife. Loren and Mariette cut the cake and signed the marriage license. Fun fact: Mariette and I have the same birthday! Yay for April babies! I knew there was a reason we got along so well.

No Stress Chelsea Elopement

We took a few family photos on their deck and made our way down to the lake where I took some of just Loren and Mariette together. Most weddings I photograph for are larger, all day events, however there is just something about an elopement that makes them extra special. The day was simple and laid-back. We could take all the time that we wanted for photos. Plus the focus was purely on Loren and Mariette. There’s an element of sweetness and intimacy to them. I’m looking forward to photographing more Chelsea, Michigan elopement.


Venue: Loren & Mariette’s home
Officiant: Family friend
Cake: Zingerman’s Bakery

Check out the blog archives for more stunning Natalie Mae Photography elopements.


Aww this was so cute! Love that they got married at their home! These are the type of weddings that you know it’s truly about them and not a show. Amazing pictures!

What a sweet and sincere elopement! I’m such a sucker for couples choosing to wed in their homes

This is so cute! i love the in home wedding I think were going to be seeing a lot of this. What a sweet couple.

Gorgeous photos! It sounds like it was a lovely, quiet special way to celebrate their marriage. I especially love the bride and groom portraits – beautiful!

What an intimate day! and you captured it so beautifully <3

Wow, I loved all the special moments you got between the bride and her parents! Also their view of the lake was stunning. Amazing work!

The view from anywhere on their property is gorgeous, but I would love to hang on their balcony watching the lake in the fall with a hot cup of cider.

I love that they got married in their home! Makes the day that much more special (and easy!)

I love it! I feel like they were so much more relaxed because they were at home.