Everything You’ve Secretly Wondered


Do you reschedule adventure elopements for weather?

Our schedule is set months in advance, so we don’t reschedule due to weather. 

But rain or shine, your wedding day is going to be magical. We’ve photographed adventure weddings in all kinds of weather: rain, snow, fog…even hail.

The secret is preparation: Not only do we always have a Plan B for every wedding, but we also have a Plan C (...and sometimes even a Plan D). For each plan, we’ll have a day-of timeline, and then we’ll bring everything—and we do mean everything—that we could possibly need to have a good time…and get amazing photos.

I know you’re elopement photographers based out of Washington & Oregon, and Mollie also travels regularly to Hawaii and California. But what if my dream elopement destination is somewhere else—would you consider coming?

The answer is yes, of course! 

Mollie’s travel schedule for 2023 already includes some new destinations, but if you don’t spy your dream location on there, just fill out the contact form and let us know.

What type of adventure elopement packages do you offer?

We offer 3 elopement packages, each with different coverage based on how many locations you want to visit (and whether you’re planning on guests). You can learn more about each package here.

I’m from out of state but want to elope in Washington or Hawaii. Is this realistic?

A hundred times yes! We’ve helped dozens of out-of-state couples plan destination elopements in Washington, Kauai, and elsewhere.

Our famous elopement planning guides contain advice on where to stay and what vendors to book, plus everything you need to know about marriage licenses at your destination. (Oh, and we’ll also throw in a list of can’t-miss activities for your honeymoon!)

How will I carry my elopement attire and flowers to the location?

One of these days, we’re going to be able to truthfully say that our mule does the heavy lifting.

But until that day comes around, you have us to help carry everything to your ceremony site. We’re seasoned pros when it comes to tying bouquets to backpacks, not to mention packing suits and gowns so they don’t wrinkle on the way to the perfect spot.

I love the idea of an adventure elopement, but hiking isn’t really my cup of tea. Can we still make this happen?

Of course we can—we’d estimate that close to half of our couples are first-time hikers.

You wouldn’t believe how many stunning places there are for an elopement which require just a few minutes’ walk. Some you can even drive right up to. Just say the word, and we’ll share our suggestions with you.

What’s the best time of year for an adventure elopement?

In the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, and northern California), most of our couples choose to elope during the summer or fall. That said, if you’re dreaming of a snowy elopement, we can definitely make that happen.

Kauai is best in the winter and spring months, and for desert spots in southern California, we strongly recommend late fall and early spring.

How far in advance do I need to book my adventure elopement?

The sooner the better! We book on a first-come, first-served basis, and couples often book six months in advance (or more). 

Here’s our travel schedule so you have an idea of where we’ll be when (in addition to Washington & Oregon, where we’re always booking). If you’d like to go further afield, we recommend reaching out as soon as possible.

Do you officiate elopements?

This is one of the few things we don’t do. We want to be able to capture all of the sweet moments during the ceremony yourself, and we can’t do that if we’re also conducting it. 

But when we send you a planning guide, it will include recommendations for officiants in the area, as well as advice on how to get ordained if you want a friend or family member to be your officiant.

Can I bring my dog along on my adventure elopement?

There’s nothing that we love more than a pup-of-honor! If your dream elopement wouldn’t be the same without your dog, we’re going to make it happen. We’re experts on elopement locations that allow dogs…in fact, we wrote an entire guide about dog-friendly elopements.

One of us (or one of our guests) requires an accessible venue. Is it possible to have an ADA-accessible adventure elopement?

Absolutely! Our biggest passion in life is giving everyone the opportunity to get outside in a way that works for them.

There are plenty of scenic places that are also ADA-accessible. When we chat for the first time, you can walk us through your specific needs and we can suggest specific locations. We even wrote an article on our favorite ADA-accessible elopement locations in Washington.

Just a note: we’re conscious of the fact that disabled people do not have marriage equality. If getting married will cause you to lose your disability benefits, but you still want to celebrate your love, we’re here to support that. Reach out and we’ll plan an amazing celebration, with or without a marriage license.

Will we really be alone at our location for our adventure elopement? 

Most of the trails we’ll use are on public land, so we can never guarantee that we’ll be completely alone.

However, we’ve got some tried-and-true strategies for minimizing the number of people we run into: we only book adventure elopements on weekdays, since there are fewer people on the trails. And since we’ve got years of experience photographing adventure weddings, we know which trails will yield epic photos—without having tons of people.

One last note: it also depends on where you want to go—for example, Yosemite is always going to be more crowded than remote areas of Kauai.

Can we do an overnight elopement?

Yes! Bring on the camp stove and the sleeping bags. Our two-day adventure elopement package can be used for your overnight backpacking wedding.

Do you also help us plan our adventure elopement?

You bet! Once we’ve settled on a site, we’ll prepare a completely custom guidebook for you that includes recommendations for vendors—especially who bakes the best wedding cake in the area; lodging that’s cozy and looks good in getting-ready photos; and even advice on fun activities nearby for you and your guests.

The guide also includes trail reports (with photos, of course), so that we can decide exactly where we’ll head on the day of. With weather in mind, we’ll plan multiple routes so that we always have a safe and scenic choice, rain or shine.

As we get closer to the day, we’ll send you a detailed day-of timeline, and we’ll make adjustments to that as needed for weather and other surprises.

Will I save money if I plan an adventure elopement instead of a wedding?

According to The Knot (and they know a few things about weddings), the average wedding in 2021 cost $28,000. 

Just like weddings, elopements range in cost, but on average our couples spend between 15-25K. That includes our fees as well as attire, lodging, travel, and more. Elopements with just the two of you usually run cheaper than adventure weddings, where the couple typically caters a meal for their guests.

How many guests can we invite to our elopement?

At Between the Pine, we typically call it an adventure elopement if it’s just the couple and their officiant (okay, and maybe their dog).

If you invite guests, we think of that as an adventure wedding—and we strongly recommend that you keep the size of the entire wedding to 15 people or less. 

Why? Once we have more than 15 people in a group, it’s almost impossible to stay on durable surfaces while hiking and not block public trails. (Also, the day-of logistics can start to get a lot more complicated with more than that number of guests.)

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You’ll be retelling the stories—and showing off the pictures—for decades.

Ready to start planning your adventure elopement?

— Karleigh & Hunter

"14/10 would HIGHLY recommend to anyone looking for a wedding you’ll NEVER forget!"