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Washington Forest Elopement

Washington Forest Elopement

When Cindy and Joe told me about their idea of a woodland fairy-inspired elopement, I was thrilled to hunt down the best ceremony location for them. In fact, Manchester State Park was the first place to come to my mind. They were hoping to stay close to Olympia, additional beach or water views would be a bonus, and, in case of rain, they wanted shelter nearby.

Mount Rainier National Park Adventure Engagement

Mount Rainier National Park Adventure Engagement

Despite the threat of a wildfire at Rainier earlier in the week, Yun and Alex’s Mount Rainier engagement shoot was all I hoped it would be. They wanted the best views of Rainier and were happy to hike to a short distance to get them. I suggested a trail I recently found — it’s a short, gentle walk to a fire lookout overlooking Mount Rainier, and it offers more privacy than shooting within the gates of Mount Rainier National Park.

North Bend Styled Elopement | Seattle Tacoma Adventure Photographer

North Bend Styled Elopement | Seattle Tacoma Adventure Photographer

Zoe and I arrived at the trailhead to a dusting of snow while it was still dark outside. The one thing that was visible was the cloud cover. There was a heavy fog everywhere. Our plan was to hike two miles to an overlook and take photos at sunrise, but I was beginning to wonder if it would be worth the time, considering we could get the same foggy images where we were.

A Styled Wedding at Winter Green Weddings in Buckley, WA

A Styled Wedding at Winter Green Weddings in Buckley, WA

“We’ll shoot rain or shine!” is what I remember telling Diana, the wedding planner of Passionate Weddings, when we started organizing a styled shoot at Winter Green Weddings in Buckley, WA. The Pacific Northwest winter didn’t let us down either. Blue skies and sunshine teased us the day before the shoot, only to rain throughout the entire shoot on the day of. Thankfully everyone was prepared, and the venue has just as beautiful of a space indoors as it does outside.

Gathering Grace Farm Styled Wedding

Gathering Grace Farm Styled Wedding

There is a new wedding venue in town — In Chehalis, WA to be exact. Gathering Grace Farm is on a picturesque farm, complete with a barn, forest, and large front yard that is perfect for ceremonies and parties into the night. The house itself is full of character. It boasts a large kitchen and five bedrooms — which is perfect if you’re looking for a place to stay before your big day.

Pacific Northwest Beach Elopement Scouting — Salt Creek Recreation Area, Port Angeles

Pacific Northwest Beach Elopement Scouting — Salt Creek Recreation Area, Port Angeles

Growing up on the East side of Washington meant that trips to the beach were a special, once a year occasion, complete with a six hour drive each way. Now that I live in Tacoma, I'm taking full advantage of the proximity to the Pacific and I'm lucky to have married a West coast native who knows all of Western Washington's best kept secrets!