Forest Engagement Session at Taylor Creek Falls – Dave + Claire

by | Jan 20, 2024 | Upper Peninsula, Wedding/Engagement | 0 comments

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We spent an afternoon hiking into Taylor Creek Falls with Dave and Claire for their forest engagement session.

Taylor Falls is one of those hidden gem, off-the-beaten track locations that require going with someone who’s been before so you don’t miss it, While Rob and I wouldn’t have known to venture out there on our own, we were so glad Claire and Dave were shared a place they love with us!

Both Dave and Claire spend a lot of time in the woods, both for work and for recreation, and Taylor Creek Falls felt like a perfect fit. There are no barriers obstructing the view and you can move freely and enjoy the surrounding area. The falls are only about a five-minute walk from the parking area, so it’s not a long hike. However, because it’s a lesser-known hike there wasn’t a well-worn trail, so we were glad to be with people who knew where we were going 🙂

Claire mentioned ahead of time that while they were a fairly private couple, they tended to be pretty goofy together. We saw this right away, with Dave making Claire laugh while we were getting our camera settings adjusted for the light, and the laughter continued from there.

Dave and Claire are the type of couple that Rob and I immediately felt like we clicked with, and I had to keep reminding myself to stop talking and photograph! (It’s the best problem to have, though!)

Upper Peninsula Forest Engagement Pictures at Taylor Creek Falls

Claire spent the entire engagement session (other than the hike in and out) barefoot, climbing over roots, rocks, and moss. She says she spends a lot of time barefoot already and plans to go barefoot for their wedding, too.

Their Story:

Dave and Claire both hail from Duluth, Minnesota and originally met rock climbing. Claire says, “We never had an official first date. We were rock climbing buddies for a good while, then that turned into us going for pizza after climbing, and then just pizza. We became best friends and just fell into our relationship.”

Claire and Dave have been together for nearly ten years! They moved to the Upper Peninsula for work and really love the outdoors. They say part of the reason they love the UP is because it reminds them so much of Duluth. They plan to wed in October to exchange vows on their family’s property in Minnesota.

We saw quite a few pink lady’s slipper orchids along the creek, which was a nice surprise! The state flower of Minnesota is a lady’s slipper, so we made sure to include this detail in their session.

The one downside to Taylor Creek Falls is early summer has LOTS of mosquitoes! They warned us ahead of time, so we coated ourselves in bug spray and thankfully they mostly left us alone. Claire and Dave were rockstars, though, and weren’t phased in the least by the bugs.

Claire’s delicate engagement ring was designed by Ihana Jewelry in Baraga, Michigan.

Dave & Claire, thank you for meeting up with us for your forest engagement session! Rob and I loved getting to know you both better ahead of your fall wedding in Duluth.


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