A couple celebrating their new marriage in front of a stunning mountain range during their Alaska elopement

Alaska Elopement Photographer

A couple cuddling in front of a massive mountain peak during their adventurous Alaskan elopement in the mountains

Elope in Alaska

There's something about Alaska that's just magnetic. It has an almost magic quality in the air and the ability to make you feel truly alive. The first time I ever visited Alaska I was completely entranced. I remember texting my husband "I wish I could bottle up this feeling so you could feel it too". It's hard for me to put into words, but being in Alaska you just feel free- there's so much space to think, explore, breathe, and just be. I mean, they don't call it the Last Frontier for nothing! Alaska is hands down the most breathtakingly beautiful place I have ever been to in my entire life. If you're looking for an incredible place to elope, I can promise that you won't be disappointed with Alaska!

 

Massive, seemingly endless mountain ranges, jagged peaks, places where mountains touch the sea, impressive volcanoes (like the tallest mountain peak in North America!), breathtaking icy blue glaciers waiting to be explored, glacier lakes filled with icebergs, fjords, stunning valleys and overlooks, waterfalls, incredible wildlife, wildflowers or dazzling fall colors depending on the season- Alaska truly has all the best places to elope.

 

An adventure lover's paradise, Alaska has it all and makes for the perfect elopement destination. Whether you want to hike, go off-roading, climb, ski, backpack, camp, skydive, kayak and see icebergs & glaciers, star gaze, dog sled, explore a glacier, take a helicopter tour, watch the aurora, go whale watching, or even go grizzly bear watching, there are endless activities you can do on your elopement day.

 

The search for the best place to elope in Alaska ends here- I got you covered.

Meet Your Alaska Elopement Photographer

Hi! My name is Kathleen and I’m an adventure wedding and elopement photographer. I photograph elopements across Washington, Alaska, Arizona, 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.  If I'm not adventuring outside, you can find me binge watching The Office for the millionth time eating Ben & Jerry's.

I am a HUGE outdoor enthusiast and advocate! I’m happiest when I’m hiking with my dog Ranger, exploring new, wild places. I became an elopement photographer to pursue my biggest passions in life- being outdoors and photographing couples on the happiest day of their lives. I truly believe that elopements are the best way to get married.

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 a 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 exploring a glacier in Alaska
A couple kissing in front of a valley of snow capped mountains in Alaska during their incredible Alaska fall elopement

Alaska Elopement Packages

A couple experiencing a waterfall in Keystone Canyon near Valdez, Alaska during their elopement day after getting married in the mountains
Alaska Elopements & Weddings// Starting at $4,200

 

4+ hours of continuous documentation

Every Package Includes:

Help crafting and planning your elopement step by step

Unlimited consultations while planning 

Location scouting and customized location suggestions

Help acquiring permits & navigating the legalities

Help creating a timeline for your day

Vendor Recommendations

Optional Officiant Services

Access to my VIP Elopement Planning Client Guide

Tons of advice to help you have the best day ever!

All photographer travel included

Digital gallery of high-resolution images

Unlimited downloads of your gallery and personal printing rights

Best Places to Elope in Alaska

Alaska is hands down one of the most incredible, breathtaking states (and elopement destinations) out there. There's so much beauty to be discovered, adventures to be had, and endless places to explore! Filled with the best and prettiest scenery that nature has to offer, Alaska is full of the best places to elope.

 

If it isn't obvious, I love Alaska and could talk about why for hours on end (which is why I'm so stoked to share these epic locations with you!). Here are just a few places to consider for your Alaska elopement:

  • Hatcher's Pass Area

  • Thompson's Pass Area

  • Denali National Park and Preserve

  • Seward

  • Kenai Fjords Area

  • Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve

  • Chugach National Forest

  • Various Glaciers

  • Juneau

A groom lifts his new bride up in the air for a kiss in front of snow capped mountains after saying their vows during their Alaska elopement in the mountains

Things to Do During Your Alaska Elopement

A couple saying their vows and performing a handfasting ceremony during their Alaska elopement near Valdez

There's SO much to do and explore in Alaska, so I wanted to provide a few ideas of what you could do during your elopement that are specifically unique to Alaska:

  • Take a helicopter tour to a glacier (or another destination!) and land on a glacier to explore the ice

  • Go on a dog-sledding adventure (even in summer!)

  • Try and chase the Northern Lights, aka the aurora (Fall-early spring)

  • Kayak in the fjords, a glacier fed lake, the sound, or an iceberg lake

  • Go whale watching and see how many different species you can see

  • Eat all the delicious fresh seafood (Salmon, halibut and crab are incredible!)

  • Visit Katmai National Park and Preserve to see the grizzly bears

  • See the tallest peak in North America and one of the most incredible National Parks- Denali

  • Do an epic backpacking adventure and do a multiday Hut to Hut Traverse 

  • Visit the least visited National Park in America- the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve and explore without roads or trails

  • And that's just the beginning!

The Best Time of Year to Elope in Alaska

In my opinion, the best time of the year to elope in Alaska is May-September. If you're looking for the best weather imaginable, peak season is mid-June through mid-August. The driest, sunniest weather in Alaska tends to be May through the end of July with the most rain being in the end of July through October. The summer also brings long days with plenty of daylight full of time for lots of fun activities! August may bring a higher chance of rain, however it also brings fall foliage, no more mosquitos, and a chance to see the aurora (later in month)- plus I love the *moody* Alaska look that rain and fog can bring. If you're looking for crisp weather, stunning autumn foliage, less crowds, and perhaps even a dusting of snow (and maybe even a chance at seeing the aurora!!)- late August and September is the month you're looking for!

The shoulder seasons will have slightly more unpredictable weather, but can offer the chance of places being less crowded. Depending on what region of the state and scenery you want to elope in, it is important to research the weather. Snow can stay in the mountains well into the summer and render many spots inaccessible

A couple cuddling on their adventurous elopement day in the mountains

For Those That Live Adventurously and Love Fearlessly

What are you waiting for?!

 

If you want:

  • A wedding day that is focused on intimacy, connection, and experiences

  • The freedom to express your deepest emotions and feelings in your vows without fear of judgement

  • Your love to be celebrated with an adventure that is absolutely unforgettable

  • Your entire story documented so you can relive the best day of your life over and over again

Then you're in the right place.

A couple spinning and dancing in Keystone Canyon in front of a magnificent waterfall at sunset during there elopement day in Alaska
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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!