McKenzie and Dominic’s Intimate Elopement on Madeline Island

McKenzie and Dominic’s Intimate Elopement on Madeline Island

Photography by Skyler & Vhan Photo

McKenzie and Dominic’s intimate elopement was indeed a labor of love, one that showcased their creativity, connection, and the tremendous talents of their loved ones. The couple meticulously designed every aspect of their wedding day to express their personalities and tell their unique love story.

Creativity in Every Corner

An amalgamation of creativity, this wedding was enriched with personal touches in every corner. McKenzie, a gifted jeweler, fashioned their wedding rings with her talented hands, symbolizing their strong bond and commitment to each other. The outdoor ceremony was adorned with a rustic arch and lanterns, crafted by her father, adding a touch of countryside charm.

The mother of the bride, with her expert sense of style, curated gorgeous floral arrangements and a delicious wedding cake. The stunning bouquet was elevated with wildflowers, handpicked by the siblings, each flower adding to its beauty and sentimentality. The intimate ceremony was officiated by the bride’s brother-in-law, making the wedding all the more personal.

A tender note from McKenzie’s new mother-in-law was delicately pinned onto a handmade pocket boutonniere, a reflection of the groom’s family’s love for their son’s life partner. The wedding day was graced with the bride’s self-designed earrings and an heirloom pin passed down from the mother of the groom. These heartwarming elements were beautifully documented by myself, Skyler & Vhan Photo, the bride’s sister, offering a testament to the love and thoughtfulness that characterized the day.

A Wilderness Adventure in Wisconsin

The couple’s choice to elope on Madeline Island made for an exciting adventure. While they exchanged vows on private property, they utilized the striking landscapes of Big Bay State Park and County Park for photography. A few things to note for couples considering this location – Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources requires commercial use permits for photography, and it’s vital to follow Leave No Trace principles. This includes not moving firewood and obtaining it from the property to prevent the spread of pests and diseases.

When planning an elopement on Madeline Island, couples should be mindful of the ferry schedule. Arranging transportation back and forth to the mainland according to the ferry timetable can significantly influence the wedding day’s flow. Also, keep in mind the limited grocery options on the island and their operating hours.

Personalized and Intimate Moments

The entire day was filled with special moments and personalized details that captured McKenzie and Dominic’s love story. The intimate dinner allowed everyone to engage in meaningful conversations, laughter, and the sharing of stories, creating a warm and joyous atmosphere.

One standout memory was their private vow exchange on the dock at sunset, framed by the stunning Apostle islands. It was a moment of pure intimacy, love, and commitment shared away from the crowd, in the waning light of the day.

Unique and Sentimental Touches

The uniqueness of the couple’s wedding day was highlighted by the elements picked out and created by the couple and their loved ones. The food, floral arrangements, the arch, jewelry, officiating, and photography were all lovingly crafted by those closest to them. McKenzie, under her brand Eclectic Sol, designed her bridal jewelry and their wedding rings. The rings were a metaphor for their relationship, formed by hard work and enduring love, a sentiment echoed by their officiant during the ceremony.

A Journey of Love and Unity

Opting for an elopement over a traditional wedding allowed McKenzie and Dominic to focus on what truly mattered to them. They found joy in a smaller, more personal celebration that felt authentic and true to their relationship.

The journey to their chosen location, Madeline Island, added an element of adventure to their day, making it feel even more special. The planning process involved each loved one contributing their unique talents, leading to a heartwarming and personalized event that reflected the couple’s journey together.

The couple’s favorite moments, like the emotional ceremony and the private vow exchange on the dock, were a testament to the love and unity they shared. The day ended on a magical note with the couple stargazing on the deck, marking the beginning of their new journey together.

As for the cost, the couple was lucky to have many aspects of their day gifted or self-made, leading to a unique and personalized celebration. However, they advise other couples to choose vendors familiar with the area to anticipate any potential hiccups and ensure a smooth day.

McKenzie and Dominic’s intimate elopement on Madeline Island was a beautiful testament to their love story, full of personalized details and heartwarming moments, making their special day truly unforgettable.


Photography – Skyler and Vhan Photo
Videography – Hoffland Films
Arch + Lanterns – Jay Lellman
Tables and Chairs – Lace and Brass
Catering – Grampa Tony’s