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A couple kissing at sunset in front of Mount Rainier during their Washington elopement

Washington Elopement Photographer

A couple hiking up a trail in front of a lake & mountains in the North Cascades during their elopement in Washington

Elope in Washington

Stunning mountain ranges, jagged peaks, peaceful alpine lakes, impressive volcanoes, rugged coastal beaches, mossy rainforests, wildflowers, waterfalls, and glaciers, - Washington truly has all the best places to elope.

 

An adventure lover's paradise, Washington has it all and makes for the perfect elopement destination. Whether you want to hike, go off-roading, climb, ski, backpack, camp, skydive, kayak, star gaze, or white water raft, there are endless activities you can do on your elopement day.

 

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

What is an Adventure Elopement?

An elopement is an intimate, experience-driven, intentional celebration of your relationship that focuses on what matters most- two people exchanging their vows and committing their lives to one another. There are many types of elopements, but adventure elopements are typically outside in nature and involve some element of adventure.

 

Eloping allows you to set aside stress, expectations, and throw out any traditions you don't feel connected to. You can elope just the two of you, or you can elope surrounded by your very closest family and friends. The beautiful thing about eloping? There are no rules.

A couple and their guests hiking in the mountains of the North Cascades after eloping in Washington

The day you get married matters!

Nobody deserves to feel pressured into a type of wedding day that they don't want or that doesn't feel like them. Your wedding day should be a reflection of who you are and a unique celebration of your love. The experience in which you say your vows to your partner, when you commit the rest of your life to them, MATTERS. You deserve to have a wedding experience that is authentically you and everything you've ever dreamed of. If a traditional wedding doesn't align with who you are, or what you want- that's perfectly okay!

                                                                                                                                      Instead, you could have an adventurous elopement.

Why Should Your Elopement Last All Day?

I get it. At first glance the idea of having an all day elopement (and having the entire experience documented) sounds absolutely wild. But trust me, it's really not!

 

The way you get married is important! Your wedding day will be your anniversary for the rest of your life- your elopement is so incredibly special. You deserve to have your ENTIRE adventure captured (not just your vows and some quick portraits!) for you to relive time and time again. Traditional weddings get their entire story told, from the time they're getting ready to the time they leave the venue. Even though the activities and timeline of an elopement are completely different, your story still deserves to be told. So why not make the day you get married the best day you can possibly imagine?

 

This is not an all-day photo shoot, you won't have a camera in your face the entire time. We'll be hiking, laughing, doing whatever adventures and activities you want, exploring some really epic places, and at some point along the way you'll get married! This is about documenting the fun and excitement that is your wedding day and the two of you having the time of your lives. 

A couple kissing in front of Mount Baker at sunset during their Washington elopement

Things to Do During Your Washington Elopement

So, what would we even do all day?! Honestly? Anything you want. The great thing about eloping is that you are deciding to get married your way. There's no pre set expectations or "rules" that you have to follow. You can do anything you want.

The better thing about choosing to elope in Washington? There are an endless amount of insanely fun things to do, beautiful places to explore, and things you could do during your elopement that are specifically unique to Washington.

You could say your vows in front of Mount Rainier in a field of wildflowers (while on the trail of course!) and explore the National Park full of lakes, waterfalls, and beautiful trees. You could take a sea plane tour to a lake in the North Cascades and get married on a shore. You could see mountains, the rainforest and the coast all in one day on the Olympic Peninsula. You could go ziplining after exchanging vows in front of a beautiful waterfall on the Columbia River Gorge. 

 

You can elope with just you and your partner or with your closest family and friends. You could have a picnic on a mountaintop after relaxing in a hammock or have a private chef cook dinner for you in your Airbnb. You can write each other letters or sing each other songs. You can have a first look or get ready together. You can have an elaborate ceremony or a very simple one.

The point is? It's your elopement day- do what you want! Make it the best day for you imaginable. Don't let anyone tell you what your day should or shouldn't look like. No elopement is exactly like another- so don't get caught in the trap of doing it a certain way. I mean isn't that one of the reasons you decided to elope anyways? To get married in a way that is fun and authentically represents you? Have the type of wedding day that makes you happy and feel full.

A couple cuddling in front of Mount Rainier during their fall elopement in Washington

Best Places to Elope in Washington

Washington is hands down one of the most underrated states (and elopement destinations) out there. There's incredible 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, Washington is full of the best places to elope. I love hiking as much as I can in my free time and finding gorgeous, hidden gems.

 

If it isn't obvious, I love my new state 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 Washington elopement:

Mount Baker Wilderness

North Cascades National Park

Mount Rainier National Park

Olympic National Park

Snoqualmie Pass

Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Leavenworth

And so much more!

The Best Time of Year to Elope in Washington

In my opinion, the best time of the year to elope in Washington is May-October. If you're looking for the best weather imaginable, a sea of wildflowers in the alpine, and a low chance of rain, July and August are the best months to visit. If you're looking for raging waterfalls, rainy days, and more seclusion- May and June are the best times to elope. If you're looking for crisp weather, stunning autumn foliage, less crowds, and perhaps even a dusting of snow- September and October are the months you're looking for! And finally, if you picture snow dusted trees, snow-shoeing, and winter wonderland- December, January, and February are where it's at.

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

Less posing, more you.

I'm not here to capture forced emotions, faked moments or the same shots over and over again, I'm here to capture the real you and your real love. No forced poses, no fake smiles, no saying crazy things to get a reaction just for "the shot". In fact, this isn't about me at all. It's all about you. It's all about you having an incredible experience and having the best day imaginable. I truly believe that when you're having the time of your lives, beautiful photos will follow. I'm here to tell the story of your day, to capture images full of real emotion, laughter, adventure, love, and most importantly images that are an authentic representation of you and your relationship. I want you to look back at your photos and think "yes, this is us".

Feeling awkward in front of the camera is a very real fear, one that I understand very personally. I hate being in front of the camera myself, and have had some very uncomfortable times when my husband and I have been photographed. I get it. Which is why I never want you to feel that way. Almost everyone I photograph has this concern, being in front of the camera can be uncomfortable or even scary. Which is why I take a documentary or storytelling approach to photography. Photos don't have to be a stressful thing, they can be so much fun and easier to do than you've ever imagined. I have a very relaxed, natural posing style where my main focus is capturing the real you in the most authentic & fun way possible! My goal is that you get so comfortable, you forget the camera is even there, and feel 100% confident to truly be yourself, be deeply connected with one another and let your personalities shine. Which is why getting to know the real you is so important to me and is why I want to get to know you and connect before we ever meet in person. After all, it's much easier to be photographed by a friend than some random stranger! If you're still worried, check out my reviews to see what couples say about working with me.

Meet Your Washington Elopement Photographer

Hi I'm Kathleen! If you hire me as your elopement photographer, I'll be with you every step of the way to help you have the most amazing elopement experience possible. I'll help you find an incredible location, give you lots of planning advice, be a trusted friend throughout the process, and document your wedding day in a beautiful, authentic way possible so you can relive your experience time and time again.

I love the outdoors, Washington, and being in nature every second I can. I'm happiest when I'm out hiking a new trail or camping with my dog Ranger! I also love tea, binge watching The Office for the millionth time, eating good food, reading, or traveling to new places (and hanging out with my awesome husband!).

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'm a storyteller at heart and I'm here to tell your story of your love & the day you get married.

What Couples Are Saying:

"I cannot gush enough about Kathleen or our incredible photos. Even from the beginning she exceeded every expectation. I've never experienced anything so personal and I've never been so happy with photos before"

-Aubrey & John

"We had such a great experience with Kathleen! We needed someone who would be helpful, informative, and confident presence throughout the process and who has a knack for capturing those special moments on camera. We found all this and more with Kathleen"

-Chellie & Blake

Washington elopement photographer

"Kathleen was AHMAZING. Would highly recommend. Our pictures came out gorgeous! Especially since I typically hate seeing pictures of myself, these pictures are beautiful and I love them.

-Sarah & Crystal

A couple kissing and hugging in front of a lake during their Mount Rainier elopement in Washington

Your Customized Washington Elopement Experience

Because your elopement shouldn't fit in any box

Every Package Includes:

Help crafting and planning your elopement step by step

I'll give you tons of advice to help you plan your perfect elopement experience through unlimited consultations while planning. I'll also give you access to my 96-page Ultimate Elopement Planning Guide!

Location scouting and customized location suggestions

I love location scouting! Being an avid hiker, I love finding secret, hidden spots to explore. Many of the places my couples decide to elope at are places they had no idea even existed before I sent it to them! I'll help you find an amazing location to say your vows and get married at- no matter what type of scenery or length of hike you desire.

Vendor Recommendations

I'll help you find the perfect vendors that can help you craft the experience you're looking for.

 

Help acquiring permits & navigating the legalities

Most outdoor places do require a special use permit in order for you to legally say your vows. But not to worry, I'm experienced with the process and can help guide you on all the legalities! And on that note, I'll also help you with applying for your marriage license and making it all legal.

Help creating a timeline & finding fun activities for your day

I'll help you craft the perfect timeline for your day- taking into account all your fun activities (which I've got loads of ideas for!) and the best lighting for the most flattering images & experience possible.

Optional Officiant Services

I can legally sign as your officiant (in most states) if you want a more private experience. If you want someone to lead your ceremony in a way with more structure, I can help you find a fantastic officiant who offers that!

All photographer travel and taxes included

If it's accessible with a commercial airline & 2WD car, there's no extra travel charges. Additionally, sales tax is included so there's no surprise fees.

Candid, relaxed documentation of your day

I take a very natural, storytelling approach to photography. I want to tell your story in an authentic way and capture all of the emotion of your day so you can look back at your photos and feel present in that moment and relive your experience over and over again. I also want you to have a lot of fun! So no stiff, overly posed, awkward photos- just the real you.

Digital gallery of high-resolution images

You will get unlimited downloads of your gallery and personal printing rights- meaning you can share with friends and family and print at whichever shop of your choosing.

A couple playing with lanterns while looking at Mount Baker at sunset during their elopement in Washington
A couple kissing in the rainforest during their Olympic National Park elopement in Washington
A couple hiking through the wildflowers on the trail in the North Cascades during their Washington elopement

Oh... and I'll bring the coffee & snacks too.

Washington Elopement Packages

A couple kissing in the rain with beautiful, purple wildflowers in front of them in the foggy mountains as they eloped in Washington
Washington 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

What's it like to work with me?

A bride crying while her new husband reads his vows during their elopement ceremony in 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 and Blake