You feel the sponginess of the soggy path and forgiving moss beneath your boots, hear the wind rustle in the trees, and smell the sharp scent of pine. You feel the wind’s crispness, but also the warmth on your cheeks as the sun just begins to rise. The trail is quiet except for an occasional gasp of wonder from your child; their cheeks are pink, and eyes wide open. You look around and see things the way they see them for the very first time, and it is nothing short of breathtaking.
You’re there with your love, your children, the very people you spend every single day with, but somehow here it’s all different…
An elopement is the stripped down, simple alternative to a stressful and distracted wedding experience. It is centered on the couple getting married – focused on their wants, their dreams, and their goals. An elopement is a small, intentional, authentic wedding experience focused on YOU TWO – and your little loves.
It could be just you and your kids on a mountain top in Washington State, or it could be a small ceremony with immediate family in a park near your home, or you and your kids could have a destination elopement in Patagonia.
The best part about eloping is that YOU get to choose what YOUR wedding looks like! That’s right, your elopement package can be as unique as your relationship.
Some people call elopements with guests “intimate weddings” but you can call it whatever you like! Again, there are NO rules! Most elopements I photograph include the couple, their children, and maybe a few guests. Sometimes there is an officiant, but not always. The laws are different in each state, and whether you’re legally getting married during the ceremony or signing papers later will determine the number of witnesses you need.
Whether you’re eloping on a mountain top in the North Cascades, on a beach on Whidbey Island, or in an Arizona slot canyon, I can help you navigate the entire planning process. Together, we’ll craft a meaningful and authentic experience that feels just right to represent your unique love and relationship. And the best part is that you’ll be ditching all the stress and celebrating your love in a way that is most meaningful to YOU.
Getting ready, sharing a meal, driving to the trailhead, smoothing back your hair, popping champagne, trying not to cry, sitting by the campfire, hiking back to the parking lot – each moment is worth capturing and remembering.
Elopements aren’t just photoshoots at the peak, it’s the journey to get there. You can relax and be present – I’ll take care of documenting all the little details.
Choose one of the below Island, PNW, U.S., or international elopement packages. But remember, this is your elopement day and any package can and should be completely customized to YOU.
For couples planning an Elopement or Intimate Wedding on Whidbey or Fidalgo Island
STARTING AT $2000
Home to dramatic cliffs overlooking the Salish Sea, old growth forests, tide pools to explore, and quaint seaside villages, Whidbey and Fidalgo Island are perfect for couples who are looking for equal parts adventure and romance on their elopement day. There’s more than one reason I’ve chosen to settle on this island, and the fact that there is no shortage of epic views, moody vistas, and stunning sunrises and sunsets are just a few of them. Exploring the different terrains these islands offer will ensure lots of adventure, and many meaningful moments, with loads of variety in your gallery.
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For couples planning an Elopement or Intimate Wedding in the PNW
STARTING AT $4000
The Pacific Northwest is a wonderland. With a rugged coastline, drippy rainforests, impressive mountains, pristine alpine lakes, meadows with copious wildflowers, lavender fields, and endless hiking trails, there is literally a perfect location for every kind of couple. Want lots of choices? The PNW will give you all that, and probably even surprise you along the way.
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For couples planning an Elopement or Intimate Wedding outside of the PNW (available for domestic and international locations)
STARTING AT $7300
From hiking slot canyons in Arizona, to poking around old colonial cities and ancient ruins in the Yucatan, to embracing each other in one of Scotland’s moody mountainous landscapes blanketed in heather. If you want an adventurous elopement that is epic and meaningful somewhere further afield, I am here for it. Full day coverage means your wedding day experience is documented from beginning to end. All those tiny in-between and breathtakingly beautiful moments will be captured.
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Multi-day backpacking elopements, wedding weekends, and other adventurous experiences are also available! Contact me for a custom quote.
From finding family friendly off-the-beaten paths, to helping you choose gear and strategies to make adventuring with your family not only doable, but fun; I will guide you in crafting the best experience that renews the bonds you have with your partner, that you both have with your children, and that you all have with the Earth.
Getting married outside sometimes requires a permit. I know the ins and outs to wedding ceremonies on public lands and I’ll ensure each box is checked and each permit is accounted for.
I have all the best tips and tricks for hiking in wedding attire. Or I can rig a makeshift changing station, if you would rather change when you get there! I can give you the secret to maintaining wedding-ready hair and makeup outdoors. Demonstrate how to pack that stunning bouquet in your backpack so it looks just as stunning at your ceremony location. And even give pointers on keeping your kids from getting cranky on the trail.
Have you been checking the weather? I have! I also carry with me the things you might have forgotten – insulated leggings, headlamps, snacks, and the all important caffeine. You won’t be caught outdoors unprepared, trust me!
Family adventures on Whidbey or Fidalgo Island
STARTING AT $600
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Perfect for adventurous families (or those aspiring to be!)
STARTING AT $800
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