Meet Your Adventure Elopement Photographer

A hiking elopement photographer at Colchuck Lake

Hi! My name is Kathleen and I'm an adventure wedding and elopement photographer. I photograph elopements across Washington, Arizona, Alaska, and Utah.

 

I truly believe that life is an adventure and I strive to live that belief every day. I am a HUGE outdoor enthusiast and advocate! I'm happiest when I'm hiking with my dog, Ranger, exploring new, wild places. I grew up traveling and camping with my family all across the United States, sparking my passion for the outdoors, adventure, and travel. I love spontaneous road trips and would rather eat a local brewery than a five-star restaurant. One of my favorite hobbies is scouring Washington Trails Association and Google Maps for new places to explore. If I'm not adventuring outside, you can find me binge watching The Office for the millionth time eating Ben & Jerry's.

I grew up and spent most of my life in Arizona and am now currently living in Washington. While I love the desert and miss it very much, moving to Washington was hands down the best thing I've ever done in my life. A spontaneous decision made on a road trip to Colorado, my husband & I uprooted our lives in the Southwest and moved to Washington. I've always felt at home in the mountains, and now I'm lucky enough to live by many of them.

I became an elopement photographer to pursue my biggest passions in life- spending more time outdoors and photographing couples on the day they get married. I truly believe that adventure elopements are the best way to get married. Elopements are centered on experiences, rather than things. Elopements bring the focus back on what matters the most- two people exchanging their vows and having the best day of their lives! Everyone deserves to get married the way they want to, however that may be. 

My favorite thing about this job? It is SO much more than the photos. It's the people- the relationships we build and the experiences we have together. It's experiencing epic places with new friends, and witnessing two people commit their lives to each other. One of my favorite things in the world is getting to adventure with a couple in an beautiful place and document them getting married. It is such an honor to be a part of an elopement day, and a responsibility I don't take lightly. I promise not only to take beautiful photos, but I will capture your wedding day in an authentic way that showcases your relationship and personalities. 

When you work with me, I'm not just your photographer. I'm your new friend, adventure buddy, elopement guide, and practically your planner. I'll help you every step along the way, giving you advice and tons of planning guidance. I'll help you find your dream elopement spot by sending you customized location scouting lists made just for you. I'll also help you acquire any permits needed for your elopement day, give you vendor recommendations, and anything else you may need. 

An Alaska Elopement Photographer in front of the Matanuska Glacier

What Couples are Saying:

An elopement photographer and eloping couple on their snowy elopement day

"Kathleen went above and beyond for our adventure elopement day and we are over the moon with how the photos turned out as well! She is so personable and easygoing it was an absolute joy to work with her! She made our day a truly magical adventure!" -Holly & Kody

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A couple dancing in front of an alpine lake on their elopement day

"We honestly had no idea how to plan our elopement, we only knew that we wanted epic views and the chance to express how much we love each other. Kathleen handled EVERYTHING and made our experience phenomenal and unforgettable! She is the absolute perfect choice to capture the love and magic of your elopement day!! She was so much fun to adventure with and not only did she have great and creative ideas of her own, she was open to all of our ideas and exploring new areas on the fly! We could not have asked for a better experience. All of our photos are gorgeous and exactly what we had pictured!
If you want to feel like you are spending the day with the love of your life and also with a friend who wants to capture the very best for you, then I would absolutely recommend that you hire Kathleen Elizabeth Photography to capture your special day!!." -Kara & Nate

An elopement photographer, officiant and eloping couple smiling after they just eloped in North Cascades National Park
An elopement couple and their photographer cheersing after getting married in Alaska

"Kathleen was so amazing to work with. Planning our elopement in a place we had never been to could have easily been an overwhelming experience, but Kathleen helped us at every step of the process. You can tell that she not only has a passion for her work, but also for the outdoors. She was so flexible and easy to work with and we were never stressed at any point in the planning." -Kaitlin & Derek

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An elopement photographer photographing in the snowy mountains of Washington

"We had such a great experience with Kathleen! My partner (and now wife) and I were looking to elope during the pandemic. We wanted a fun, sweet, adventurous wedding day. We needed someone who would be a helpful, informative, and confident presence throughout the process and who has a knack for capturing those special moments on camera. We found all of this and more with Kathleen.

We reached out to Kathleen just weeks before our proposed elopement date and she immediately got us set up with a consultation appointment with her. Kathleen was a flexible and supportive partner in the process, from working around the logistics we had planned, to encouraging our imaginations for how we could make our special day uniquely ours. Kathleen used her knowledge of the area to recommend several locations based on the ideas we brainstormed and she also provided guidance for the preparation and materials we'd need for the day. Some of our favorite memories of the day--playing board games, exploring the coast, and an impromptu dance party--stem from the inspiration Kathleen gave us that allowed us to be ourselves and celebrate who we are as a couple.

On the day of, Kathleen arrived on time and ready to help, equipped with extra snacks and hand-warmers. She gave suggestions when we asked and otherwise gave us the space to be vulnerable, silly, and focus on one another. Throughout, she was a steady, encouraging, and quiet presence.

We are thrilled with our pictures and how Kathleen captured so many special moments—the emotions on each of our faces, the little ways my partner and I relate to each other, and the beauty of our chosen locations and activities. We especially appreciate the sneak peak Kathleen sent us the day after to help us share our joy with family and friends.

We felt safe and comfortable in Kathleen's adaptable, capable, and competent professionalism, and we would recommend her to all of our friends and family.

Thank you Kathleen for helping make our day so special!" -Chellie & Blake

An elopement photographer photographing a couple in the North Cascades

"Kathleen is an amazing photographer and elopement planner (& officiant) - she does it all! On our very first call with her she was already able to articulate her vision of our day down to the feelings we'd feel and the sights we could see. We were able to visualize it ourselves! The whole planning period, Kathleen provided resources, timelines and all the support we needed. She responded quickly to any questions we had a long the process. By the time we got to meet her I felt like we had already known her for awhile - she was a friend - which made it easy to forget she was even taking photos." -Beth & Andrew

"Kathleen did an absolutely amazing job turning our elopement into a truly unforgettable day. Not only did she take amazing photographs, but she helped with every aspect of elopement planning. I had questions about legal/logistic aspects of elopement and marriage and she was able to answer those questions easily and make my husband and I feel like we were entering the day with confidence. During the elopement day, she let us go at our own pace and choose our ideal moment for vows. We were open with her regarding our hopes for privacy for the elopement and she couldn’t have delivered better than she did. She’s also a lovely person in general, easy to communicate with, and very organized and professional. We’re truly thankful that we found her and I would highly recommend her services to any couple who wants an elopement photographer willing to work with them to plan their ideal day." -Emily 

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Not only do I practice Leave No Trace principles in my every day life, I make sure to educate all couples about LNT principles and how to incorporate environmentally friendly practices into their elopement! Additionally, a portion of my proceeds at the end of the year will go towards maintaining & protecting the trails and public lands I love & regularly recreate in!

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I believe that your experience comes first. I will do whatever I possibly can to ensure you have the absolute BEST day and experience possible, no matter what. Whether that means flexing on the time/date for better weather, staying up late to come up with a Plan B (or C), packing up extra things that wouldn't fit in your bag, cheering on your guests during the hike up, bringing all the snacks & emergency kits just in case- whatever. You come first. Always.

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 I am an avid hiker, backpacker, and adventurer who loves to explore every chance I get. I am also CPR/First-Aid certified with years of medical experience. I am an over-preparer and will be by your side for your whole adventure!

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I believe that love is love. Simple as that. I will provide a safe, comfortable space for all and document an elopement for any couple in love regardless of sexual orientation, race, or religion.

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I am an ordained officiant. Meaning, I can legally sign your marriage license (in most states in the U.S.) in order to keep your day as intimate as possible. For more details on how this works, feel free to reach out!

January 

Washington

February

Washington

March *limited*

Washington

April

Washington & Oregon Coast

May

Washington & Moab

June

Washington

Early July

Alaska

July- Mid August

Washington

Late August- Early September

Alaska

October *limited*

Washington & Moab & Northern Arizona

November 

Northern Arizona &  Sedona

December

Northern Arizona &  Sedona

If you want to elope or have an adventure session in one of these places, reach out to me today and we can chat about your dream day. By working around my travel schedule, you will receive my local Washington pricing. I'm also available to add other destinations if there's somewhere else you want to elope that is not on this list, or if you want to elope in one of these locations on a different date. Reach out to me today and we can get started planning your ultimate adventure!

2022 Travel Schedule 

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Do you want help planning your adventurous elopement?

While the freedom to have an unique wedding experience is liberating- it can also be overwhelming. That's why I compiled these Tips For Planning Your Adventure Elopement to help you step by step through the process and give you lots of helpful information on how to elope. 

 

In this guide you'll find:

  • Answers to frequently asked questions and questions you probably haven't even thought about yet!

  • How to begin dreaming and brainstorming ideas for your day

  • Logistical considerations to be aware of

  • An elopement planning checklist

  • An elopement packing list

  • Tons of advice & tips in helping you plan your elopement

  • And even a flowchart to help you decide whether or not you should elope!