Your complete guide on

How to Elope in Washington

Updated for 2024

Oh Washington! What a freaking gem.

Washington is one of the most beautifully scenic and dramatic landscapes you will find in the United States for an Adventure Elopement or an Intimate Nature Wedding.

If you want breath taking, dramatic, and wild landscapes that leaves you blown away at the beauty of this planet we live on, Washington has more than you can imagine.

From world class hiking, to 3 unique national parks, diverse and dramatic landscapes to fit any kind of day you are imagining, and the best weather in the world during the peak months, this is a place that will make your elopement or wedding absolutely next level.

I’m breaking down everything you need to know about Eloping in Washington here so you feel fully equipped, empowered and excited to make the move on choosing Washington as your wedding location.

Why Washington?

It's no wonder we call it the Evergreen State

The lush Lasts All year!

Nestled in the Pacific Northwest, Washington State offers an unparalleled backdrop for elopements amidst its diverse and stunning natural landscapes. With three National Parks, including Olympic, Mount Rainier, and North Cascades, couples can exchange vows amidst towering peaks, ancient forests, and pristine wilderness.

Iconic locations such as Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, and the San Juan Islands provide enchanting settings for intimate ceremonies. Imagine saying “I do” amidst the misty forests and rugged coastline of Olympic National Park, or beneath the imposing gaze of Mount Rainier, its snow-capped summit providing a dramatic backdrop for your union.

For adventure-seeking couples, Washington’s diverse terrain invites unforgettable experiences, from hiking to hidden waterfalls to kayaking through tranquil fjords. Whether it’s exploring lush rainforests, serene lakeshores, or secluded beaches, the state’s natural beauty offers endless possibilities for couples to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

Let’s adventure together!

“You do so much more than create beautiful photographs; you create a space for couples to leave the rest of the world behind and just be in love.”

-MC & Katlin

How to find the right photographer

5 Questions To Consider when looking

for a Washington Adventure Photographer

Finding the right photographer for you is the biggest decision you will make in planning your Washington Adventure Elopement or Nature Wedding. Your photographer is going to be with you every step of the way in planning your day and of course, capturing it as it unfolds.

Making sure you feel how you want to feel with your photographer and knowing they have your back is essential to walking away from your experience knowing you made the absolute best decision for yourself.

A few really valuable questions to ask yourself in your search are…

I’m 100% focused on making sure my couples feel aligned with me before they make any big decisions. You deserve to have exactly what you know is best for you.

If you feel ready to explore that with me, click below to book a Discovery Call!

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The Best Seasons To Elope In Washington

Plsu the pros and cons of each season so you can choose the best time of year for you

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Best Venues For A Small Wedding in Washington

From National Parks to remote places only the most adventurous know of!

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Total Cost Breakdown of Eloping In Washington

A realistic breakdown to give you a solid sense of how to budget for your elopement

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How To Legally Elope In Washington

Should we get married before or wait until our wedding or elopement?

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Timeline Examples For A Washington Elopement

Plsu the pros and cons of each season so you can choose the best time of year for you

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Most Scenic Trails to Elope in Washington

From National Parks to remote places only the most adventurous know of!

level up your stoke with my

Adventure & Planning Guides

“Your personality has been a joy to be around and You have a genuine character that makes anyone feel like they can be themselves when they are around you.”

-Molly & Fednold
I fully get it…

Maybe you’re afraid
of looking awkward
& uncomfortable

Here’s why that won’t happen with me
The truth is, not one of the couples you see on my website are models. I’ve just built a shooting pocess that draws out the beauty of who you are and when you combine that with stunning light, magic happens.
How you feel in front of the camera is determined by how empowered you feel by who’s behind the camera. Here’s how I’ll help you feel comfortable and love your images in the end.

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GREAT PHOTOS START WHEN YOU REACH OUT

Looking great in your images starts with our first connection. The more we build trust before our shoot, the more you will feel safe to be fully yourself. We’re not here to fake anything. I’m here to help you embody who you are fully.

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I DON’T POSE BECAUSE IT’S AWKWARD AF

Posing makes your photos awkward and stale. I’m all about natural and authentic images so I won’t pose you but I will gently direct and guide you while helping you stay comfortable and connected.

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I HAVE A SYSTEM TO HELP YOU LOOK YOUR BEST

I have crafted a system that I will share at the beginning of our shoot that will help you look your absolute best during our time together and feel secure in knowing what to do every step of the way.

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I’ll help eliminate your insecurities

The parts of ourselves we don’t love can keep us from loving our images. We all have insecurities and we’ll explore this together before our shoot so that I can make sure they aren’t something you worry about.

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I've got your back every step of the way

I am a details wizard. The slightest shift in the body or angle of light changes a lot in images. I am always looking to tell a story from my compositions to the way the wind blows your dress. Above all, I have your back every single step of the way.

view my portfolio to inspire the

possibilities for your day

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“No words! So many emotions. We couldn’t hold back the tears again. Every single one of those pictures means the world to us and all we wanna do is look at them over and over again!!”

-Sarah & Lukas

So… what happens

after your epic elopement is over?

here’s what you can expect

Fast forward. We’ve become great friends planning your day, had an epic and unforgettable adventure together and now it’s time to see your images.

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First, you’ll get sneak peeks in 48 hours

I know you’re going to be dying to see some images immediately after our adventure, so I’ll edit a few and send them your way within 48 hours of your elopement so you have something to cherish while you wait for the rest.

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I’ll dissapear into my editing cave

As you settle into your life after your wedding, I’ll be going through every image we created, selecting the best ones, editing them in my signature style, and then designing a wedding album to tell the story of your day.

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In 4-5 weeks, We'll have our "reveal call"

I deliver every elopement and session I do “face to face” so we can relive your day together through your album. I will have chosen all the images already and designed it in a compelling way custom to your day. Don’t worry, we’ll be making changes to it so it’s everything you want.

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I’ll leave you with your online gallery

Our “reveal meeting” isn’t to look at every image. That’s something you’ll want to do in private. After our call, you’ll have an email in your inbox with your online gallery where you can view, download and share any of the high resolution images from your elopement day.

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we’ll then have one last album call

Our final call will be to swap out any photos you want in your album and make sure the design is everything you want. 6-7 weeks later, you’ll have your beautiful album in hand to share with your friends and family!

If your stoke level is rising

it’s a sign that we should connect

My style is about evoking

how your heart naturally feels

on this journey in life together

The intention behind my style is to capture images that are evocative, cinematic and filled with genuine moments. I mix shooting very candidly while also gently directing at times so that you walk away with beautiful in-between moments of joy and laughter, intimate and romantic moments where the world has fallen away, and expansive images that capture the wild landscape you are immersed in.

What I have discovered over the years that inspires my work the most is…

Remote romance

If my work was a movie, I think this would be the title! I love exploring new places and venturing to areas in nature that most wouldn’t go. There is nothing like being out in the vastness of nature with your partner and no one else around.

otherworldly landscapes

You can never see the best views from the trailhead and I will always be game for hiking the extra miles or driving the extras hours to explore a location that truly blows your mind. The more you are in your body, the more you will love your images.

Stunning Light & Dramatic Skies

I always plan the most important part of the day around the last few hours of sun so that we have the best light and get those incredible twilight colors. Weather will always play a role in our shoot and sometimes, taking a small risk can be wildly worth it.

Authentic Adventure

You may just want a “photo shoot” but I always encourage couples to consider going all out. Let’s plan a trip and immerse in nature with some of your favorite adventurous activities so that you walk away with epic images and a story-worthy experience.

Got more Questions?

I’m here to answer them all

Here’s a few freuqnetly asked ones

Will You Assist Us In Our Planning?

1000% I’m here to assist every step of the way and guide you step by step to creating your day from locations, to permits, to desinging the day and timeline and even connecting you with other creatives you may want to be a part such as hair and make up artists, caterers,

How often will we talk?

Within the experience I have created we will connect 3-6 times between the time you book and recieving your final wedding album – it all dependws on what is included in your collection. I’m also available for text, email, and my ultimate favorite, audio messages, throughout the entire time we are working together!

Do you have different packages to choose from?

I call them Collections as they are customizable rather than a set package that can’t be changed and yes, I offer 4 different Collections that we will go through together on our initial Exploratory Call if you feel I could be a good fit for your day. You can also see some details on my pricing page.

We love physical art. Will we get a wedding album?

Having your images in physical form is the greatest way to reexperience your day so most of my Elopement & Small Wedding Collections have an album included. I also have an option that doesn’t include an album if you feel you truly only want digital images.

How adventurous do we have to be to work with you?

Adventure means something a little different to everybody and above all, I want to co-create a day that is authentic to who you are. That could look like a short hike to some beautiful scenery and then returning to a quaint private space, it could look like going on a multi-day bakcpacking trip, or I’ve even travelled across the world and roadtripped a
brand new landwcape before with a couple.

Do you travel for elopements, weddings & engagements?

Absolutely, I would love to be a part of your destination wedding or elopement and I’ve photographed couples all over the world.

Where all have you traveled to photograph couples?

So far, I’ve traveled to 21 countries around the world and 16 of those were to photograph couples for their engagement, wedding or elopement. I’ve also traveled to almost all 50 states and photographed couples in 15 different states.

WHat are YOUR BUCKET LIST Adventures right now?

I’m currently planning my next thru hike for later in 2024 while dreaming and scheming about backpacking the Torres Del Paine in Patagonia, the Tour De Mont Blanc in France and I’d love to do a rugged trek across Iceland’s interior. I also dream of visiting Morocco, Jordan and Norway.

WHY Don’t You Share All Your Past Work?

It was a wildly painful decision to take work off my site but when I decided to shift to only working with couples who were choosing to have an adventurous wedding or elopement, I felt it was important to only share the type of work I am focused on and inspired to serve couples around going forward. I was so inspired by my past clients and I know I’m going to be able to serve in even greater ways with my new focus.

How many weddings & elopements have you photographed?

Over the last 17 years I’ve photographed over 150 couples for their weddings or elopements!

“Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever imagined that we would have photos like these.

Robert is truly a master of his art and making people look and feel natural and confident in front of the camera.”

-Chrissy & Ryan

I can’t wait to hear from you

And plan an epic
adventure together

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