Tips from an Elopement Photographer
Ok, ok — so you want to elope in the Pacific Northwest. There are so many locations for your adventurous elopement with or without friends and family. We have a few planning guides on adventure elopements and intimate weddings — click here to find more info.
If you’re thinking about an elopement it can be hard to feel valid and really iron out the details of your wedding day. There isn’t a template that’s pushed for elopements — this is truly a build-your-own adventure sort of day.
Letting Go of a Traditional Wedding
Want to get tattoos? Have smores? It’s your elopement day, do what you want. Whatever you choose to do on your elopement day is valid, and important.
Making sure you feel comfortable on your perfect day is everything. There are not any traditions that you have to do. You don’t need to wear makeup and have your hair done, snag a white dress or some kind of suit. You can wear what you want — even if it’s just your underwear.
Weddings and Elopements in the Olympic Mountains
Just a 40-minute drive from Port Angeles, Hurricane Ridge is the best mountain view location for an elopement in Olympic National Park. It’s epic for sunrise — drive up and park your car at the top and make some coffee and grill up your favorite thing for breakfast. The views from even the parking lot are absolutely stunning.
Professionally photographing elopements gives you a different kind of perspective and insight into hiking through a National Park, and the Olympic Peninsula. Definitely bring snacks, and comfort food — take your time. You never need to hike a bajillion miles very quickly.
Having an Epic Wedding Day
Having an epic wedding day doesn’t mean grabbing that bougie dress, or renting the most expensive camper van, or AirBnb. Honestly, it just means being as vulnerable with your decisions as you can be. When you’re intentional about your decisions, you and your love shines in every part of your day — making it unique, unforgettable, and totally epic.
Airbnbs for a Hurricane Ridge Elopement
Mapleroot Hollow — Hurricane Ridge Elopement Off Grid Airbnb
Off the grid, you’ll find this beautiful little glamping style spot for your elopement. If you’re into being off grid, away from wifi, and the like, this is the spot for you. This spot is easily accessible to Hurricane Ridge.
Cozy Country Cabin — Cabin Life for a Hurricane Ridge Elopement
Check out this Port Angeles spot for your elopement. Just 40 minutes to Hurricane Ridge with plenty of nearby restaurants and amenities it’s a perfect spot for your Hurricane Ridge elopement.
Rain Forest Cabin — Off Grid Adventure in the Olympics
If you’re looking for something really private, and a little off grid with a few amenities, this is the spot for you. Not quite as rustic as the yurt above, this spot in the trees is perfect for the couple that loves to adventure on the daily.
Private Loft Cabin Near Olympic National Park with Mountain Views
This quaint little loft is perfect for just the two of you. Having a little room to spread out, with a short drive to Olympic National Park, this spot is perfect for a couple getting ready for their elopement.
True Tiny Home on the Olympic Peninsula
Any weddings photographer’s dream is to photograph an elopement in the Olympic Peninsula. This Airbnb is definitely a spot to check out for any couple getting ready for their elopement.
Check out our elopement guide by clicking here.