Your Up North Wedding

1. Just because you’re having a beach wedding doesn’t mean you can’t walk down an aisle. Create one in the sand by lining the path to the altar with stiff-stemmed, hardy summer flowers. Find wedding-friendly locales in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore website. Photo by Sauger Wedding Photography

2. Old traditions become fresh and fun when you give them a Nordic twist. Photo by Williamson Weddings

3. Forget the frou-frou satin-and-lace pillow, a simple sheaf of birch bark is an inexpensive and organically pretty way to bring the rings down the aisle. Photo by Cory Weber Photography

4. The North’s fruitful bounty, sugared and artfully arranged around a cake’s tiers, adds color and flavor. Photo by Time in a Frame Photography

5. Go beyond the usual big water beach background and set up your shots in a forest, meadow or other outdoor spot that holds special meaning. Photo by Cory Weber Photography

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