Finding the perfect Washington state national park to elope in was at top of mind when Stan and Michele reached out to me about photographing their destination elopement. Hailing from Wisconsin, these two were in search of mountains and water, and there is no better place to find the two than the North Cascades National Park. With 300 glaciers, over 500 alpine lakes, and some of the most rugged peaks in the United States, the North Cascades is jaw-dropping to say the least.
Wow, where do I start with Chris and Margaret’s wedding story!?
Let me begin by saying they are both extraordinary people. I gathered that they were kind and fun people from the short time we had together during their engagement session and communications leading up to their wedding, but it was their wedding guests that tipped me off on how amazing these two really are.
High Rock Lookout, right outside of Rainier National Park, has all the perks of eloping inside the park with out the need of a permit, park entrance fees, or the crowds. This hike boasts of 360 degrees of jaw dropping views, dramatic cliff sides, the perfect view of Rainier, and access to the historical fire lookout in case of inclement weather .
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.