Written by our rad team member, Kiersten Roy
We are still not over Tingy and Robin’s gorgeous Artist Point elopement from this summer! The couple planned an incredible day focused solely on the two of them and their love for each other. After exploring several of the beautiful trails in the North Cascades, the couple said ‘I Do’ with their pup of honor as witness. Keep scrolling to see more from this beautiful North Cascades elopement and learn some of the top things you should know when planning an Artist Point elopement.
Meet Tingy & Robin: The Couple of This Artist Point Elopement
One of the first things that stuck out to me (Kass) when talking with Tingy and Robin for the first time was just how kind and grateful these two were! One of the biggest things for them when planning their Artist Point elopement was that they wanted to celebrate their day with just the two of them (and their pup of honor, Rudy). It was important to them that their elopement day was an experience, not just a photoshoot and this is something that we hope all our couples experience on their best day ever. In fact, from the very first moment we meet with a couple, our focus is on building a relationship. An elopement day is about so much more than pretty photos which is why we approach your elopement from a documentary standpoint. We give guidance, but also just look for moments to unfold naturally and allow couples to savor where they are and what they are experiencing.
Tingy and Robin’s Artist Point elopement started out with a sunrise session at one of our favorite trails in the North Cascades. This location is a little less popular which meant that the couple had the whole area all to themselves. The couple chose to wear more casual clothes for the morning session so they could have some lifestyle photos along with their elopement photos which I absolutely LOVED! As the sun rose over the horizon we had views of Mount Shuksan and Mount Baker in both directions (talk about incredible!).
From there, we took a midday break before meeting back up at the couple’s cabin where they got ready side by side, along with their dog, Rudy. Afterward, the four of us went out and explored an old-growth forest before making our way up to Artist Point for their sunset ceremony. Partway there, we made a pit stop at an alpine lake, where the couple enjoyed a mountain picnic before completing the hike to Artist Point. There we ended the day surrounded by mountain peaks while Tingy and Robin said their “I dos”. This Artist Point elopement was so fun and relaxed and I loved how fully immersed Tingy and Robin were in the day.
Best Time of Year for an Artist Point Elopement
Wondering when the best of year to elope at Artist Point is? Well, the answer actually depends on what you envision. When choosing a date, the first thing you need to consider is if you want snow or a snow-free trail.
If you’re hoping for snow-free trails, we highly recommend that you plan your elopement during the summer months (we typically suggest July-September). In the PNW, snow melt in the mountains varies every year, so while some years you can have snow-free trails starting in mid-July, other years might take until the end of July for the snow to melt completely. Eloping in the North Cascades in August or early September will give you the highest chance of sunshine, wildflower fields, and snow-free trails.
If you want snowy elopement photos, we highly recommend planning your elopement between January and April. During these months you’ll also be able to include activities like backcountry skiing or snowshoeing in your elopement, making for a truly adventurous winter elopement.
Three Things to Keep in Mind for an Artist Point Elopement
Artist Point Can Be Crowded
The first thing to keep in mind when planning your Artist Point elopement is that the area can sometimes be crowded. We’ve been exploring this area in the North Cascades for over five years now, and each year we see more and more visitors come to Artist Point. While we love seeing everyone get outdoors, we want to make sure that we are giving our couples the best experience which is why we have a list of lesser-known locations and hidden trails in the area that we love showing our couples. These locations will still allow you to experience the beauty of the North Cascades, while also allowing you to have the area all to yourself and keep the focus on what matters most.
A Permit May Be Required
When eloping at Artist Point, keep in mind that you may be required to get a permit through the National Forest. The process is fairly simple and as your Artist Point elopement photographers, we’ll help walk you through every step of the planning process. To learn more about permits, click here to visit the National Forest website.
We Can’t Control the Weather
As much as we always hope for sunny, 75-degree days, the thing about eloping in the mountains is that the weather can be unpredictable. Sometimes the days are moody and rainy, while other days bring clear skies and sunshine. But not to worry, as your elopement photographers, we are experienced in photographing in all types of weather. We’ll be sure to pack the clear umbrellas and help you prepare for whatever the day might bring.
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What You Need to Know About Packages For Your Artist Point Elopement
When choosing to have an Artist Point elopement, we highly recommend three elopement packages to our couples – full-day, sunrise to sunset, or two-day.
Our full-day Artist Point elopement package includes first-look photos at your cabin in the early afternoon. We will then head out to two unique locations for you and your partner to explore. After, we will head to your ceremony location, where you will elope in the mountains with the most stunning backdrop at sunset!
The second elopement package option is our sunrise-to-sunset package. This is one of our most commonly booked Artist Point elopement packages and here’s why: when booking a sunrise-to-sunset elopement, you are going to have golden hour and blue hour at BOTH sunrise and sunset! This means you are going to get the best light on your day (twice!!) and get to experience multiple locations.
If you are planning on inviting guests to your Artist Point elopement, we highly recommend our two-day elopement package. This package will allow you to enjoy your ceremony and celebratory meal with loved ones, while also allowing you enough time to explore all the types of trails and terrain at Artist Point with just the two of you. Click here to learn more about our packages for your Artist Point elopement.
Meet Your Artist Point Elopement Photographers
We feel most at home in the outdoors, so it’s no surprise that is where we gravitate towards as your Artist Point elopement photographers. Between the Pine was founded by Mollie in 2018 and she has hiked hundreds of miles all over the Pacific Northwest and Kauai, to capture couples during their best day ever. Since 2018, we’ve grown our team and continue to hire even more incredible photographers!
Our team at Between the Pine is passionate about our jobs and adventuring to the most beautiful locations to document your best day ever. We know the Pacific Northwest like the back of our hands and are dying for a reason to head back to the mountains, forest, and everything in between! Click here to learn more about the Between the Pine team, your Artist Point elopement photographers!
Meet the Incredible Vendors From This Artist Point Elopement
Photography: Between the Pine
Florals: Young Flowers Seattle
Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Apphia
Officiant: Tapestry Event Co