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Kaila & Ben's Sunset Elopement in the North Cascades

A couple kissing in front of Mount Shuksan with lanterns during their North Cascades elopement

North Cascades Wedding

Kaila & Ben are the type of couple that when you meet them, you just know they are perfect for each other. They complement one another so well and they just light up whenever the other is around. It's so clear how happy they are when they're together. It's the kind of love that spreads happiness to others.

After nearly 4 years together, they decided to elope in Washington so they could have a wedding day they truly enjoyed together. They fell in love with the idea of the North Cascades and decided to have their elopement somewhere in the mountains. Photographing their elopement day really felt like photographing a couple of friends- their day will be impossible to forget and I feel so lucky to have gotten to tell their story.

We started their day in a cozy cabin, tucked away in the woods in the nearby town of Glacier, WA. Having a first look experience was something that was special for them, so they got ready separately. They had lots of sweet details that included family members who couldn't be there with them on their day and Ben's ring was personalized with Kaila's fingerprint & a sweet engraved messaged.

After a short walk to a little trail in the forest, they shared an emotional first look among the lush green ferns & trees as they reveled in the feeling of their elopement day and the fact that they were to be officially married soon.

We then drove up the gorgeous mountain pass to one of the most scenic areas in Washington where we wandered into the picnic area to find a table with a gorgeous view of the mountains for them to eat their delicious (and very beautiful!) cake with champagne.

Next they decided to explore around the beautiful meadows & wander through the trees- eating wild blueberries that were growing along the trail as we hiked by. We wandered down to the lakeshore where they had so much fun spending time with one another, dancing with one another, joking & laughing, and soaking in the beautiful views and the start of sunset. After finding the perfect spot overlooking the lake, with beautiful mountain views, Kaila & Ben decided to say their vows.

Their ceremony was so incredibly emotional & sweet- with personally chosen readings & beautiful, handwritten vows, it was so very moving. Their joy and happiness radiated throughout both of them, in the ceremony and through the entire day. It was so clear just from looking at them how in love they were and how happy they made one another- they couldn't stop smiling.

They then shared their first dance at the very end of sunset, having so much fun swaying and twirling to the music. We ended the night with a quick stop at a little lake that has a gorgeous view of Mt. Shuksan during blue hour, which was quite the magical and perfect end to a perfect day.

A bride putting on her earrings in the mirror of their Airbnb before her North Cascades elopement

A couple kissing in the forest after their first look during their North Cascades elopement

A couple cuddling at sunset in front of the mountains during their North Cascades elopement

A groom carrying his brides dress during their elopement in the North Cascades

A couple hugging by a lake in the mountains at sunset during their North Cascades elopement

A couple hugging during their North Cascades elopement

A couple hiking in the mountains during their elopement in the North Cascades

A couple hiking in the mountains during their elopement in the North Cascades

A couple sharing their first kiss during their elopement in the mountains in the North Cascades

Kind Words From the Couple:

"Where do I begin?? I am still lost at words with the experience I had with Kathleen.

From day one, Kathleen was extremely involved with the process. She scheduled a call to personally get to know us and feel out what we were looking for. She constantly reassured us to relax and enjoy each moment.

The reason why Ben and I chose to elope, was to avoid the stress of wedding planning. We both had a very busy summer ahead and our last priority was creating a picture-perfect wedding. Kathleen sent us simple, yet detailed, questions to create and capture the elopement of our dreams. She had lots of fun ideas we hadn't even thought of!

Since we had so much communication, I felt like I had known Kathleen forever! So, when the elopement day arrived and my nerves were slightly buzzed, Kathleen waltzed in, and I knew I had nothing else to worry about. She was so kind and thoughtful...she brought me fleece lined leggings because she remembered I get cold easily!! (like whaaat?!)

I hope you're grasping how easy it was to connect with her.

During our elopement she made us both feel so comfortable in front of the camera. I honestly forgot it was there most of the time. She had the cutest ideas of where to pose and fun movements like running up a small area (the running shots turned out super cute!!) In 24 short hours, we received DOUBLE what we thought we would in sneak peaks! UGH it just made us that much more excited to view our full gallery.

Once Kathleen sent us our gallery (a few days before she had originally proposed) I was blown away. She created the cutest sneak peek video that flashed pictures from our day. This built up our excitement. Upon finally entering our gallery, with tears in my eyes, I was greeted with shivers down my spine.

The pictures were magical. They felt unreal. It was as if I was a drone peering into someone's elaborate dream. (Mine!!) I would love to scream Kathleen Elizabeth Photography from the rooftops.

You. Will. Not. Be. Disappointed.

I look forward to keeping in touch with her and I hope to have more planned shoots with her in the future."

-Kaila & Ben

Are you considering eloping in the North Cascades?

Check out my North Cascade wedding packages or contact me to get started planning your dream Washington elopement!

A couple laughing and cuddling during their Washington wedding in the mountains

A couple sharing a beautiful first dance in the mountains during their North Cascades elopement

A couple kissing illuminated by lanterns at Artist Point during their elopement

Want More Resources?

Still deciding between an elopement & a wedding? Read these Stories & Advice from Couples who've eloped here.

Want more elopement inspo? Check out this incredible elopement in the mountains in Alaska!

A Washington elopement photographer in the mountains

Hire a North Cascades Elopement Photographer for Your North Cascades Elopement

Hi! My name is Kathleen and I'm a North Cascades wedding and elopement photographer (and your new friend!). I'm here to help guide you to having the ultimate North Cascades wedding day experience, and to document every single moment of it. I would love to help you plan your elopement and answer any questions you may have! Learn more about me or my North Cascades Elopement Packages.

Get in touch with me and let's start planning your dream adventure.

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