Written by our rad team member, Jessica Dastous
Fall in Washington is truly magical, which is why I always recommend my couples plan a Leavenworth wedding if they are looking to elope in October! Picture the mountainside filled with greens, yellows, oranges and reds, as far as the eye can see, with temps around 65 and sunny. Lisa and Stephen, the couple for this stunning fall elopement, got to experience just that during their intimate two-day Leavenworth wedding! Keep reading to see these gorgeous fall colors, stunning reflection lakes, and everything the Barvarian themed town of Leavenworth has to offer!
Meet Lisa & Stephen: The Couple of the Dreamy Fall Leavenworth Wedding
Meet Lisa and Stephen, the couple of this dreamy fall wedding in Leavenworth, WA! Lisa is originally from Colorado and felt drawn to Leavenworth because the Central Cascades reminded her so much of the Rocky Mountains she once called home. When Lisa and Stephen decided on a fall wedding, it made the most sense to go to Leavenworth because of the beautiful sunny skies, amazing fall colors, (as you can see from their photos!) and so many fun things to do in town!
Lisa and Stephen chose to have a two day Leavenworth wedding so they could enjoy time with friends and family on their wedding day, while also going on an adventure the next day! Their Leavenworth WA wedding started at their AirBnb on Lake Wenatchee, where they got ready and had their first look! Lisa and Stephen also had their ceremony here, surrounded by friends and family. After their ceremony, Lisa, Stephen, and I spent some time on the lake. The water was completely still which was perfect for those gorgeous reflection images you’ll see as you keep reading (and for more elopement inspo to help you start planning your Leavenworth wedding, click here) . We had incredible mid-day colors and the light was unbelievable! We ended their day at a different AirBnb that their family had rented along the river which was the perfect Leavenworth wedding venue for their reception. The cabin was surrounded by all the beautiful bright fall colors and felt so secluded and private. Everyone enjoyed a five course meal prepared by a private chef they brought in to celebrate their wedding day.
The next day, I met Lisa and Stephen at the trailhead for one of my all time favorite hikes in all of Washington. These two were such troopers and hiked all the way to the top in the rain to take in these amazing alpine lakes. Even with the chilly temperatures, we still had the most incredible time during the wedding in Leavenworth WA. The fall colors were truly stunning and made this Leavenworth wedding one to remember.
Three Reasons to have a Leavenworth Wedding in the Fall
If you are looking to have a wedding where there are incredible AirBnb’s, hotels, and things to do for your guests, then Leavenworth is the place for you! This Bavarian themed town is located in central Washington and is surrounded by the most stunning mountains. The town hosts an Oktoberfest every year, which is a great activity to incorporate into your Leavenworth wedding! There are events every weekend in the month of October and it would be really fun for you and your guests to enjoy in between your Leavenworth wedding. Looking for more activities to enjoy during your wedding in Leavenworth WA, click here!
The Fall Colors
Leavenworth is known for its fall colors, and that’s why so many people choose to visit in September and October. The Central Cascades are filled with trees and larches that change from green to all the fall colors you could dream of. Just imagine a mountainside filled with spots of green, yellow and red- it truly is amazing!
Higher Chance of Sunny Skies
Unlike Western Washington when the weather starts to shift in October to a more rainy season, Leavenworth on average has a high of 65 degrees and only five days of rainfall in the entire month. I always recommend Leavenworth to my couples who are wanting a fall wedding in Washington because of the chance for warmer temps and of course more sunshine!
Dreamy Intimate Leavenworth Wedding Venues
Alpine Lakes High Camp
Okay, okay, this location is one of the coolest and most unique locations I am recommending for your Leavenworth wedding venue. Imagine yourself at an adult summer camp, with remote cabins surrounded by evergreen forests and alpine lakes. Located just 2.5 hours from Seattle in the Cascade Mountains, Alpine Lakes High Camp is the perfect destination for those looking to have an intimate elopement while being immersed in all Washington has to offer. Click here to learn more about Alpine Lakes High Camp as your Leavenworth wedding venue!
Looking to stay right near Leavenworth, in a location that can accommodate you and your guests, then the Sleeping Lady is the perfect Leavenworth wedding venue for you! This resort is tucked in the mountains along the river, just off of icicle road, which is a main road in town. You and your guests can stay here, while also enjoying a little bit more of an upscale Leavenworth wedding venue! To start dreaming up your wedding day at the Sleeping Lady, click here!
AirBnb’s make the perfect location for you and your guests to enjoy your Leavenworth wedding. There are so many great options in Leavenworth, you can find some of the dreamiest cabins nestled along the river to large homes that can accommodate all of your guests! One detail you do want to make sure of is if the AirBnb allows events, because some don’t. But, that’s why you’ll have me as your Leavenworth wedding photographer and I will be able to make recommendations on the best AirBnb’s for your elopement day! A win-win if you ask me 🙂 Here is just one example of an AirBnb I would recommend to my couples! And if you need more inspo on planning your own Airbnb wedding, click here!
The Dream Vendor Team of the Leavenworth Wedding
Photographer: Between the Pine
Hair: Bridal Hair by Lucy
Makeup: Glow Beauty Lounge
Florals: Songbird Floristry
Bridal Shop: Amandas Bridal & Tux
Chef: Miere Catering
How to Choose the perfect Leavenworth Wedding Package
When choosing to have a Leavenworth wedding, I highly recommend the two-day elopement package for my couples. This is the package I typically recommend when couples have family and friends with them at their wedding in Leavenworth WA. The reason being is on the first day you can have your elopement and celebrate with friends and family without the distractions of timelines and taking photos! You’ll have the chance to spend the full day with your family, while I capture your day from start to finish. The next day, you and your partner will have the opportunity to go on fall adventures with me. From hiking through the golden larches to enjoying breweries and exploring the Barvarian themed town, there is no shortage of activities for you to choose in Leavenworth! You’ll get into your wedding attire, exchange private vows and reflect in one of the most beautiful places on Earth! The two-day package allows you to spend quality time with your guests and also have an epic adventure with your partner. To learn more about my elopement packages, click here!
Meet your Leavenworth Wedding Photographer
I feel most at home outdoors, so it is no surprise that is where I gravitate towards as a Leavenworth wedding photographer. In college, I was known as the “granola girl” because my outfits were always fit to go to class or hiking (not that I ever skipped class to go to the mountains, lol). From my days of exploring the hills of the Ozark Mountains, I am now hiking mountain trails across the Pacific Northwest, exploring the bases of waterfalls in Kauai and experiencing as many mountain top views in Washington as possible. I am passionate about this job of mine and adventuring to the most beautiful locations to document Leavenworth weddings with the best couples. I’m a Pacific Northwest-based elopement photographer who knows the state of Washington, the national parks, forests, state parks, and other Leavenworth wedding locations well. Basically, I’m dying for a reason to head back to the mountains, and I’d love for your adventure to be the reason! Click here to learn more about me, your Leavenworth wedding photographer!
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Between the Pine is an adventure elopement and wedding photography brand created by Mollie Adams. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Mollie travels with her camera in hand to document “I dos” in epic landscapes including Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii.