There are amazing spaces to elope in Minneapolis or St Paul - let me share some of my favorites and some tips along the way.

Choosing a more intimate celebration of your wedding means you get to focus on only the most important things – you and your partner.

I approach elopement photography with two goals – document your joy together, and make sure the photos feel natural and intimate.

If you are planning on eloping in Minneapolis or St Paul, I have some tips to keep in mind and also some suggestions for your photography. I also offer special elopement photography packages for weekday weddings (Monday – Thursday) and for winter.

Minneapolis Elopement tips:


If you want an intimate feel, choose times when spaces will be less used. At Minneapolis Government Center, this means perhaps looking at the end of the day so that you can use the central atrium space for your intimate ceremony. At St Paul City Hall, likewise using the space after hours will allow you to use the stunning art deco lobby. At Como Conservatory, mornings before opening are a perfect space for a slot of sunshine. Think about mornings and weekday afternoons!


Choose a location you love for your ceremony, and consider an additional location that you love. You can take a walk with your new spouse and have a few portraits along the way.


Minnesota is a gorgeous state, but it is also really into proper paperwork. Check out the requirements for your marriage licenses (most counties require a few days to process) and also make sure you line up an officiant (I've got recommendations if you need them).


Parks in the metro can be reserved for a small fee, and many can be used without reservation but will remain open to the public. Most public spaces (theaters, museums, como conservatory, etc) have small rental fees and require a reservation.


Think about a few flowers and otherwise keep the details to a minimum. An intimate wedding doesn't need anything but love, an officiant, and two witnesses!


You do need two witnesses, but I count as one so you can keep your wedding as intimate as possible!

Minnesota elopement photography packages

Elopement pakcages include

- timeline assistance
- location ideas
- photography of your ceremony and portraits afterward (with just you two or with your guests!)
- travel within 60 miles of Minneapolis
- Travel to all of MN available!

Locations for your Minneapolis Elopement

Its a land of 10,000 lakes, and there are no shortage of amazing spaces for weddings outside. Here are a few of my favorite parks and park districts to look into, as well as my favorite architectural spaces for elopements in the twin cities. I include location ideas and brainstorming along with every elopement package, so please contact me for more info!

Minneapolis metro parks for elopements

•MINNESOTA STATE PARKS FOR ELOPEMENTS: Fort Snelling is in Minneapolis, and both Afton and Interstate park are a close distance.
• MINNEAPOLIS PARKS FOR ELOPEMENTS: Take a look at Minnehaha Falls and Stone Arch Bridge for truly iconic backdrops. A smaller park might offer more privacy- check out Gluek park in NE, Boom Island, and Lake Hiawatha.
• THREE RIVERS PARK DISTRICT FOR ELOPEMENTS: TRPD in the metro area offer spaces and really well maintained trails for some gorgeous parks. They also require permits and reservations. Silverwood is a tiny gem. Gale Woods Farm Richardson Nature Center are lovely spaces.
• ST PAUL PARKS FOR ELOPEMENTS: Hidden Falls, Raspberry Island, and Swede Hollow.

Historical and Architectural spaces for elopements

Hennepin County Government center
Minneapolis City Hall
St Paul City Hall
Minnesota Capitol Building
Gale Mansion
Aster cafe
Landmark Center St Paul
Como Conservatory

Minneapolis City Hall Elopement MN

My husband and I were recently married in a small civil ceremony at the Hennepin County Government Center. Becca was so easy to work with and captured all of the best moments of our wedding ceremony including some portraits over at the Gutherie afterwards. Our personalities came shining through and we were so happy to have her capture the beginning moments of our lives together.
- Melanie