February 9, 2021
Taking six hours to circumnavigate it – the Olympic National Park has boundless beauty to offer. From rugged coastline to turquoise lakes, fields of flowers, year-round evergreens, steamy hot springs, waterfalls, and vast peaks and valleys why wouldn’t one choose to Elope here.
But where do you start? Don’t worry, I got ya covered from start to finish so you don’t forget a thing!
Each area of the Olympic National Park offers different advantages depending on the season. It’s important to understand how the season affects accessibility, weather, and the look of locations.
Not to sound like the sales-pitchy person that I’m not, but a great Olympic National Park Elopement Photographer can make all the difference on your wedding day. I truly believe in being not only being a photographer but a full elopement guide. That means my insider knowledge of the area and ability to deliver an unforgettable experience regardless of circumstances can make all difference.
I aim to intentionally build a foundation that sets the tone for your entire marriage, to be your true selves and truly have THE BEST freaking wedding day. The entire process should feel like a breath of fresh air and truly unforgettable. The average wedding in the United States costs almost $34,000. Investing in an elopement, AKA best vacation and wedding all in one is significantly less but worth every freaking penny.
Considering that the Olympic National Park has over 900,000 acres, choosing an area to focus on is about as easy as climbing Mt. Olympus. Don’t worry – that’s why I offer a one-on-two planning session to help talk through it and figure out the best location for all your elopement dreams. Some popular areas to explore:
A marriage license is a legal document you need to get married, whereas the marriage permit is what you obtain in order to have permission to get married at certain locations with the Olympic National Park. Commercial photography permits are NOT required but a Special Use Permit for over 5 guests is required, should it be applicable to your day. Important information regarding the marriage license:
Whether it be waking up to fancy coffee, an all-day hike, a road trip to all the epic locations you can dream of, a low-key picnic with a view, popping champagne, ending with your first dance at a brewery or back home to your Airbnb, your wedding day deserves thoughtfulness and intentionality. It’s not about being rigid, it’s about planning ahead and hiring the best team of vendors so when the day arrives, you can relax, reconnect with your partner along-side mother nature and enjoy. I am here to help you every step of the way!
And because I’ve been talking (or writing ;)) for way too long, here’s one of my favorite Olympic National Park Elopements from 2020!
To see more elopements photographed by MMP, click here!
If you’re still trying to decide if an elopement is right for you, check out our blog “5 Reasons To Elope or Have an Intimate Wedding.”
Megan Montalvo is a PNW Elopement Photographer based out of Seattle, Washington. Megan offers intimate wedding and elopement photography to surrounding PNW destinations such as Tacoma, Olympia, Mount Storm King, Lake Crescent, Hurricane Ridge, Mt. Rainier, Lake Quinault, Snoqualmie, Snoqualmie Pass, Cle Elum, Suncadia, Leavenworth, Ruby Beach, Cape Kiwanda, Canon Beach and the San Juan Islands.
Welcome to the blog! I’m a small-town Florida girl and Army wife relocated to the Seattle Suburbs, documenting love from one coast to the other. I live for a good PNW mountain breeze, sweat pants, and local eats. Let's be friends!