We had the perfect early spring day for Alec & Ariel’s engagement session at the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse!
Ariel & Alec live out of state, but Ariel was raised in the Keweenaw so they’re planning a wedding in Copper Harbor later this summer. They drove up for a week this spring to finalize their wedding plans ahead of a busy summer. We really love being able to meet our couples ahead of their wedding day for their engagement session, and it was so nice to finally meet in person after months of emailing back and forth!
Alec and Ariel are real-life archaeologists – how cool is that?! They met on an archaeological dig in Romania and have worked together in many countries.
Ariel says, “We didn’t really have a true first date. We got to know each other on the dig over the week and for the weekend we went into a local city with the rest of the crew. We hung out with the group for drinks and dinner and then went on a romantic stroll through the Medieval city.”
Eagle Harbor Lighthouse Engagement Session
Ariel and Alec are quiet and easygoing. It was a beautiful blue-sky afternoon, and Rob and I anticipated having to work around a crush of tourists at the Eagle Harbor lighthouse, even planning a secondary backup location if it got too busy. However, to our delight, we had the entire grounds to ourselves! Often Rob and I find ourselves needing to change our angles and move back and forth in order to keep people out of the background, but not today! This made for a relaxed afternoon of photographing and talking together. They also brought their dog Ozzy, who was a perfect gentleman for the entire session!
History of the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse
The copper mining industry began on the Keweenaw Peninsula in the 1840s. The original Eagle Harbor Lighthouse was built in 1851. This light was of great importance to steamers sailing between Duluth and Sault Ste. Marie on Lake Superior. The lighthouse became automated in 1980 and the last personnel left in 1982.
The Eagle Harbor Lightouse is still an active light, and the keeper’s dwelling operates as a public museum through Keweenaw County Historical Society with the purchase of an $8 ticket. The grounds are free to explore year-round, but you can only enter the buildings in warmer months, mid-June through October.
For a more extensive history of the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse, please visit the Lighthouse Friends website.
Ariel & Alec, THANK YOU for working your engagement session into your trip to the Keweenaw! It was so fascinating to hear more about your lives and adventures all over the world. WE’re so looking forward to seeing you again later this summer and celebrating your marriage!
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