get freaking excited.
my exclusive client elopement guide *after booking*will help you step by step!
So you're ready to plan your Pacific Northwest Elopement but are feeling a little overwhelmed about where to start. Totally get it. The entire PNW is overwhelmingly beautiful it's tricky to narrow down! As an elopement guide, I don't just show up and capture your day. I help you plan and craft your day from the start to make it more unforgettable than you can possibly imagine. In addition, we have an exclusive 93 page clients guide designed to provide information and get you started prior to our face-time planning date.
considerations before beginning
1. Timeframe: How long are we hanging?
2. where Are we starting at & where you're staying?
3. What adventure below sounds like your dream:
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The Pacific Northwest is comprised of Washington, Oregon, Northern California and British Columbia. Within each state, there's a few well known regions or destinations but of course, many other gems along the way. Some of these regions can be driven for hours which is why if you're starting to plan your PNW elopement from scratch, it can be easier to start with where you're staying. For example, circumnavigating the Olympic National Park could take 6 hours.
How to plan your PNW Elopement...start with an Airbnb! Hear me out. If you don't have a set location in mind or a specific viewpoint and/or hike, choosing a place to stay is a great place to start. The PNW offers some really unique Airbnb's and cabins that can serve as a great place to start your elopement. Treehouse? Check. A-Frames? Check.
Keep the things in mind you want to do while you're visiting the Pacific Northwest. Do you want to hike? Explore waterfalls? Relax by your Airbnb? Sometimes determining this first can help all of the other pieces come together!
Washington has a 3 day waiting period but you can apply online and have the license mailed to your home address. You can apply within 60 days of your wedding date.
1. Hire an officiant to perform a ceremony
2. Have a family member or friend get ordained and perform the ceremony.
3. Have a friend or family member perform a ceremony OR privately read vows and I can legalize your paperwork.
Let's get married
The importance of your vows is even more so with an intimate ceremony. Check out a vow writing workshop that my fellow industry friend created below:
TAPESTRY VOW WRITING WORKSHOP
Seattle Area Application
Tacoma Area Application
Choose one of 3 options:
Marriage Permits Are Required for
Olympic National Park
North Cascades National Park
We recommend submitting for permits at least 4 weeks prior to your event.
General rules include:
• Not impeding the activities of other park visitors.
• Modest decorations may be allowed (additional permissions required).
• The setting up of chairs, tents, or awnings is not permitted.
• Throwing of rice, confetti, etc. is not allowed.
• Leaving no trace and respecting protected fields
Love is meant to be an adventure!
- Gordon B. Hinckley
Sunrise? Sunset? Or somewhere in between? Let me start off by saying the best decision is the one that best fits the experience you’re looking to have on your wedding day. There’s no exact formula for how a day will turn out but there are different pros and cons to choosing a time of day for your elopement and each location, weather forecast and season will render images in a different way. Don't worry, we'll work together to figure out the best time for you! MMP Clients receive a custom timeline as part of our joint planning process! Your coverage includes time for the in-between, pause, guidance and more. An 8 hour day looks different for each couple but here’s a quick example of what a Mt. Rainier elopement could look like:
Slow morning getting ready together while enjoying coffee soaking in the atmosphere
I arrive at the Airbnb + take photos of environmental + bridal details and ya'll getting ready
First look and photos outside the cabin in the evergreen forest and along the riverside
We hop in the car + travel to our trailhead. Quiet time enjoyed together before you say I do
Arrive at trailhead + casually hike while taking some time to enjoy capture along the way
Private picnic along the wildflowers overlooking the view
An intimate ceremony overlooking the mountains and changing colors in the sky
Pop the champagne and sunset portraits begin along the peak
Actual sunset | First dance as a married couple + hike down with headlamp photos
We part ways and you have the evening to enjoy quietly together by the campfire
When it comes to weather, it's best to be prepared. I am equipped to shoot in a variety of conditions and once even photographed a hiking elopement in a blizzard. Not my first recommendation but we made it work. ;) We can stick with the scheduled plan (as long as it's safe) or adjust time/location based on conditions and your willingness. I will keep you informed, provide a revised plan when necessary or just go with the flow! My location recommendations are based on the season with weather conditions in mind. Below is the best site to track hourly weather based on GPS coordinates + some popular locations:
I always joke that my second job is a meteorologist.
All the details
And I'm not just talking about hiking shoes with your dress or suite.
personalized recommendations are shared with each mmp client
Partnering with a few high-quality, amazing vendors who can help bring your dream wedding to reality can absolutely elevate your experience and showcase your unique style. Hiring vendors isn’t necessarily about turning your PNW elopement into a big production, but about getting some help so you don’t have to do everything yourself.
The most common vendors that couples hire for elopements & intimate weddings are florists, hair & makeup artists, officiants, chefs & caterers, and videographers.