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Since 2018, I’ve photographed over 150 adventure elopements and weddings, including countless in the gorgeous state of Washington. My work has been featured in The Knot, Green Wedding Shoes, and PNWonderland, and I also won Junebug’s 2019 Elopement of the Year.

Drew and I recently purchased a house in a little mountain town just outside of Seattle. We have called Washington home for the past seven years and spend most of our time outdoors. Some of our favorite activities include hiking, skiing, biking and sitting fireside with whiskey in hand.

I've hiked hundreds of miles through the North Cascades, Mount Rainier and the rugged coast of the Olympics. I may be a little biased, but Washington truly has it all - from the ocean, to the mountains, to the rainforests and the desert, making it the perfect location for your adventure elopement! With so many stunning backdrops and miles traversed, I have gathered a ton of knowledge on all the perfect spots to take my couples based on backdrop, time of year, hiking advility and more! If it is your first time visiting Washington or if you live here, too, I can’t wait to help you plan your dream adventure elopement in Washington.

I’m Mollie: adventure wedding and elopement photographer, founder of Between the Pine, hiking fanatic, and snack queen (just ask any of my couples about my famous homemade chocolate-chip cookies).

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  • A light puffy jacket 
  • Rain jacket
  • Hiking boots
  • Sunglasses for the summer 
  • National Park Pass

What you need to pack:

Sun: ★★★
Forest: ★★★★
Beaches: ★★★★★
Mountains: ★★★★★

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Seattle Tacoma International Airport

Airport:  

  • Mountains
  • Ocean
  • Old Growth Forests
  • Oh and incredible food, whales, and yes…even Twilight

Famous for:

  • Whale Watching
  • Hiking the North Cascades
  • Exploring the Rugged Coast
  • Wandering through Bellingham for the best brews

Can’t miss honeymoon Activity:

May - October

Best Season:

Washington, in a nutshell

Why you should get married in Washington

  • Known for the tallest peak in all of Washington, Mount Rainier stands at 14,411 feet above sea level and is an active volcano. Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous United States. With five major rivers spawning from Mount Rainier herself, there are so many different micro-climates and ecosystems here. Spend the day hiking and exploring this national park lined with colorful wildflower meadows in the summer. 
  • The Swiss Alps of North America are absolutely stunning and are the perfect place to adventure with your new partner! Less than three hours from Seattle, take a drive through the North Cascades or plan a hiking trip to one of its iconic destinations like Diablo Lake, Desolation Peak or Blue Lake!
  • Looking to explore the beach and the mountains all in one day, then Olympic National Park is the perfect place for you to explore with your partner! Personally, I love Olympic National Park because it is the least visited national park in the U.S. and is the most diverse in terrain, landscape and so.much.more! The rugged coast is an absolute dream and will take your breath away. Plus, you can explore a lush rainforest and mountain peaks all within the park. Talk about a win win!

For more ideas on what to do during your Washington state honeymoon, click here!

And if you choose to stay in the area for your honeymoon, we’ve got recommendations on what to see and do, like:

  • Mountains that are also volcanoes: There are so many stunning mountain ranges in Washington state, from the North Cascades, to Mount Rainier and the Olympic Peninsula, there's no shortage of snow capped peaks and hiking trails to explore. One of the most iconic mountains in all of Washington, standing at 14,411 feet above sea level is Mount Rainier! Visitors flock far and wide to gaze at her in all her glory. Choosing a mountain backdrop for your elopement day would be an absolute dream!
  • Old growth forests (including a rainforest): Do giant ferns, tall pines and hanging moss sound like what you envision for your dream day? Or maybe it’s lush greenery, boardwalks through the forest and glacier blue rivers. If this sounds like you, then a forest elopement is exactly the backdrop you dream of for your adventure wedding!
  • Giant waterfalls: Picture this, starting your day hiking to one of the largest waterfalls in Washington, getting to the base and having the mist hit your face. You and your partner exchange personal vows, while I capture all the emotion and beauty of this incredible moment!
  • Crystal clear alpine lakes: Hike to one of these secluded alpine lakes, where you and your partner get to adventure together alone in the wilderness. Stand at the edge of the crystal clear water as your reflection paints the most stunning image of you and your partner.
  • There are so many locations to choose from in Washington state! My team and I know the best locations for couples looking for an ADA accessible overlook to couples looking for a multi-day hiking trip! Whatever you envision for your day, we have you covered! Head to my ADA Elopement Guide for all the details!


When you plan your adventure elopement in Washington, we’ll help you find gorgeous places to stay near:

  • One of the great things about Mount Rainier National Park is the year-round accessibility! No matter what time of year you’re dreaming of eloping, Mount Rainier has so many options. From lush forests filled with a variety of pine trees to serene alpine lakes to stunning wildflower fields and historic fire lookouts with amazing 360-degree views, there is truly something for everyone. Not to mention Mount Rainier herself standing at 14,411 feet above sea level. Check out this stunning sunrise elopement at Mount Rainier!
  • Olympic National Park is known as the most geographically diverse national park in the country and is a perfect year-round location here in the Pacific Northwest. This national park features hot springs, rainforest, whitecap mountains and the rugged Washington coast. It truly is a dream elopement destination and has it all! You can explore the mountains and the ocean all in one day, making it great for diverse photos! Click here for inspo to start dreaming up your Olympic National Park elopement!
  • It’s hard to think of something I love more than helping a couple plan a North Cascades National Park elopement. And that’s because the North Cascades have so much to offer! From snow capped mountain peaks, to fields of wildflowers, fire lookouts and of course the larches, the North American Alps are truly a dream come true! Here's a little inspo to help you invision what your North Cascades elopement could look like!


here are A few of our absolute favorite places for a Washington adventure elopement:

If you want the option of alpine lakes, old growth forest, rocky beaches, and mountain peaks cascading overhead, then a Washington State elopement is perfect for you! With three national parks and thousands of miles of national forest, there is so much waiting for you here! 

You seem like the adventurous type – so we’re going to break down exactly why Washington is the perfect place for an epic elopement or adventure wedding.

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Take a look at our packages and travel schedule, and when you’re ready to say ‘yes’ to Between the Pine, we’ll be here to greet you.

Convinced that a Washington adventure elopement is for you?

We’re going to let you in on something: we don’t just show up on your wedding day to take photos. Instead, we work with each of our couples to develop a completely custom itinerary for their Kauai adventure elopement or wedding, including guides with recommended vendors, places to stay, and (of course) trails we’ll need to hit up.

Still have a few questions about
how to plan a Washington adventure elopement?

We’ve compiled what we’ve learned in our resource library, so that you can get answers to all your questions.

Washington elopement resources

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Here are just a few weddings Between the Pine has been honored to photograph in Washington.

Washington adventure log

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— danyel & andy

"You will get top notch photos, a friend, a resource, a hiking guide, and much more with Between the Pine."