“Think Outside” Elope Up North Weddings was initially built back in 1948 six years before the Mackinac Bridge was started. Nine years before the bridge was finished for cars to drive across. Back then the only way to get to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan from the Lower Peninsula of Michigan was by car ferry boats. The single way to drive to the U.P. was driving from Wisconsin.
Back in 1948 “Think Outside” Elope Up North Weddings was called the Pointe LaBarbe Lodge and Motel. It had been closed and mothballed for over twenty years when I purchased it. Then I renamed it “Think Outside,” as a retreat, to be used by the employees, customers & vendors of Dot First Aid & Safety, a company that I started and owned.
When I sold Dot First Aid & Safety, I didn’t need an employee retreat anymore. So I moved into the main lodge. Nothing compares to Summertime by the lake in Northern Michigan. Just ask Kid Rock. For the next few years, after I sold Dot First Aid, I didn’t do much except play. I told everyone “just call and invite yourself” there’s plenty of room in the guest cottages. Our ex-employees, ex-customers, ex-vendors, friends, and family used Think Outside whenever they wanted too.
Then I got the idea that “Think Outside” would be the perfect place for Outside Waterfront Weddings. And that is what we have been doing every summer since 2002.
That’s the short version of how we (Margaret and I) started hosting outdoor waterfront weddings and elopements. If you corner me I’ll tell you the long version.
Weddings and Elopements are the way we use “Think Outside” and some of my other toys, like my Rolls Royce and Limo, to create special moments and memories for couples getting married who love the water and being outside.
We’re not some big corporation where it’s all about Return on Investment (R.O.I.) and Profits. Weddings for them are just another way for them to make their sales quota and bottom line. For us, Weddings are about sharing our unique place and property on Lake Michigan.
I try to follow the first rule my Mom taught me. Your Mom told it to you too “always share your toys.” Think Outside Elope Up North is one of my toys and letting you have Your Wedding here is my way of sharing, just like my mother taught me.
It’s fun sharing our place with you and your guests. Your wedding, for us, is about making your ceremony special, unique and memorable.
It’s about sharing the love that the two of you have found in each other.