Written by our rad team member, Kiersten Roy
Picture this: Your spring elopement day in Washington state has finally arrived! You’re met with the smell of fresh pine trees in the air, the sounds of rushing waterfalls and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest all around you (does that sound magical, or what?). Well, this is exactly the experience Jenni and Dylan had during their elopement on the Olympic Peninsula. After traveling all the way from Texas to say ‘I Do’ the couple enjoyed a beautiful elopement day at multiple locations AND got to experience some incredible Washington weather! Keep scrolling to see more from this couple’s best day ever and learn some things to consider when planning an elopement in the spring. (Oh, and we’ll also be sharing a few of our favorite Washington spring elopement locations and I promise you won’t want to miss them!)
Meet Jenni & Dylan: The Couple of This Spring Elopement in Washington State
Jenni and Dylan flew into Washington from Austin, Texas for their spring elopement on the Olympic Peninsula. When we first chatted together over the phone, they told me they were really drawn to this area because they loved the pine trees and the whole vibe of the Pacific Northwest (seriously though, what’s not to love?). They decided to plan a spring elopement and we all crossed our fingers and hoped for good weather. One thing about weather in Washington is that you never quite know what you’re going to get but that’s part of what makes eloping so exciting. When their big day finally arrived, mother nature truly delivered on the vibe for their day and we couldn’t have been more excited!
Jenni and Dylan’s spring elopement day started with the couple getting ready at one of my favorite cabins on the Olympic Peninsula. From there we packed up and started heading toward the forest where we had planned to take some couple photos. On our way to the forest we passed Lake Crescent and I have to say the lake was the most still I have ever seen it and just perfectly reflected the surrounding pine trees and mountains. Of course we couldn’t let that beautiful view go to waste so we made a quick detour to the lake (which is not the worst detour to have on an elopement day).
After snapping a few photos, we continued on to explore the forest before making our way to Marymere Falls. When we arrived at the waterfall, we were so excited to find that we had the entire area all to ourselves (another pleasant surprise!). This is one of the huge advantages of planning a spring elopement in Washington state. The spring months are considered shoulder season here in Washington, so less people are traveling here on vacation and out and about exploring (this becomes even more true on weekdays.) Jenni and Dylan were able to have complete privacy and we were able to explore the waterfall at our own pace, which made for a very relaxing and fun experience.
Our last location of the day was Rialto Beach. From the waterfall, we packed up and drove out to the Washington coast for Jenni and Dylan’s sunset ceremony on the beach. We got there as the sun was just beginning to set so we raced down to the beach so the couple could have their ceremony and exchange their vows before the beautiful light disappeared. Afterward, they took in the views of the jagged sea-stacks, walked across the giant piles of driftwood, and soaked in every last second of their spring elopement day.
Things to Consider When Planning a Spring Elopement in Washington State
Plan for All Types of Weather
One of the biggest things to consider when planning a spring elopement is the weather. Like I mentioned earlier, the weather in Washington can vary greatly throughout the year and it can change on a day by day basis. Sadly, none of us can predict the weather and different locations within Washington state can even experience different climates and weather conditions so we always do our best to come prepared!
While this might sound difficult to plan for, here at Between the Pine, we’ve learned a thing or two about planning for elopements in the spring. We’ll help you find the best places for your spring elopement (keep reading to learn a few of our favorite locations) and we always come prepared with lots of clear umbrellas and extra layers to keep warm.
Choose the Best Spring Elopement Location
When deciding where to have your spring elopement in Washington, there are a few locations we always recommend. These general areas (like the Olympics or Snoqualmie Valley) have snow free terrain at the base of the mountains but still give you the option to drive up to higher elevation places like Hurricane Ridge or Snoqualmie Pass where you can also get the snow. This is a fun way to experience the best of both worlds and get multiple locations out of your spring elopement day. Click here to see some of the different locations Karleigh and Hunter experience during their two day adventure wedding at Snoqualmie Pass.
If snow is not important to you on your elopement day, we love showing couples around the San Juan Islands. The weather here is temperate and you’ll be surrounded by the ocean with lots of old growth forests and hiking trails with beautiful overlooks to explore.
Three of the Best Places in Washington for a Spring Elopement
These locations are some of my favorite places in Washington for a spring elopement! One of the best things about eloping on the Olympic Peninsula is all the different sceneries you can experience from forests, to beaches, to waterfalls, to mountains and more!
If you’re going to experience rain on your elopement day, a forest is one of the best places you can choose to elope. The pine trees make the best umbrellas and help shelter you from heavy rain. Places like the Snoqualmie National Forest or Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park are especially great as they remain relatively snow free and are absolutely beautiful all year long!
Beaches in Washington are unlike most other beaches on the West Coast. They tend to be rockier and filled with jagged sea-stacks, piles of driftwood, and are perfect for exploring! Just like Jenni and Dylan went to a rugged Washington coastal beach, a beach elopement is always amazing because you’ll still get the dramatic Washington landscapes and you’ll have a higher chance of getting a really nice sunset when you’re on the coast. Some of our favorite Washington beaches for a spring elopement are Rialto Beach and Ruby Beach.
One of the best things about eloping on the Olympic Peninsula is that you can get all three of these PNW vibes in one area! Before going to the beach for sunset, Jenni and Dylan stopped at a waterfall on the Olympic Peninsula. These waterfalls are not only beautiful, but (if you’re lucky like we were) you’ll get to have the whole place to yourselves. Some of our favorite waterfalls on the Olympic Peninsula are Sol Duc Falls and Marymere Falls.
What You Need to Know About Packages For Your Spring Elopement
When choosing to have a spring elopement, we highly recommend one of these elopement packages to our couples – half-day or full-day. If you are looking for a more budget friendly option, our half-day package would be a great choice and can take place at either sunrise or sunset with a stunning backdrop for your spring elopement.
Our second option for your spring elopement is our full-day package, which 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! Click here to learn more about our packages for your spring elopement.
Meet Your Photographers For Your Spring Elopement
We feel most at home in the outdoors, so it’s no surprise that is where we gravitate towards as your photographers for your spring elopement. 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 soring elopement. Since 2018, we’ve grown our team and hired three incredible photographers (cue Whitney, Dawn and Kass)!
Dawn has photographed elopements couples’ spring elopements all over the Pacific Northwest for the last seven years and is truly incredible when it comes to capturing all the in-between moments of your best day ever!
Kass was previously an outdoor recreation guide and knows all the best locations to adventure during your spring elopement. She transitioned from guide to photographer six years ago and hasn’t looked back since!
Whitney is an outdoor enthusiast turned elopement photographer and loves to capture all the details during your spring elopement. She is guaranteed to take you to some of the most secluded settings with the most jaw-dropping views your eyes will ever see.
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 spring elopement photographers!
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