Let’s run away from the desert sun for a minute to talk about the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Crisp air, towering forests, and breathtaking cliffside views are just a few of the many reasons to have a PNW elopement. Washington, Oregon, and Northern California all hold such a special place in my heart! With a passion for adventure, we’ve had the best time exploring all the treasures the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Fortunately, many of the opportunities we receive to explore this stunning side of the country are while capturing couples in love.
The cozy mountain-esque vibes of the Pacific Northwest are a true dream, and there aren’t many destinations quite as beautiful to shoot at if you ask me! The PNW has so many diverse photo locations to choose from, and it’s so easy to capture that dreamy, adventurous vibe. Elopements in the Pacific Northwest have been one of my favorite things to shoot lately, and I wanted to share a few of the reasons why we think you should have a PNW elopement!
Before diving into the top 10 reasons why you should elope in the PNW, let’s talk about the location. Oregon and Washington are what usually comes to mind when people think of the PNW, and for a good reason. These two states are home to some stunning scenery, and with bustling cities it’s hard to believe that you can feel like you’re completely alone just minutes away from downtown. We’ve had the best time exploring Portland and Seattle, but stepping into the whimsical forests or taking in the cliffside views have always been the best part of our trips out west.
With multiple National Parks and other well-preserved locations, the PNW would be a picture-perfect outdoor location for your elopement. For a secluded and intimate feel, we love adventuring to more remote locations with our couples to capture those WOW-worthy photos. Among the trees or against the waves, you and your partner will feel like you’re in your own world. I can’t picture anything more romantic, can you?! With a PNW elopement, you get to escape from the chaos of city and welcome aaaalllll the dreamy mountain vibes.
Picture this: clear blue skies, mountain air, lush forest foliage, and your favorite person in the world. You and your partner have chosen to elope in the PNW and the day has arrived, finally! It’s the perfect day and everything is going to plan. We adventure out to your elopement destination right before golden hour, you share your vows and say “I do”! After a celebratory kiss we pop the champagne and capture breathtaking golden hour photos through the light that filters through the trees. Sounds like the best day ever, right?! It can be YOURS!
I adore PNW elopements. There’s something special about the combination of jaw-dropping views, perfect temperatures, and cozy vibes that makes the Pacific Northwest feel like home. But, if you need more convincing as to why you should elope in the PNW we’ve got 10 for you. Spoiler alert: after reading the first two, we’re pretty sure you’re going to be convinced!
Let’s get into it, shall we?
The Pacific Northwest is known for its breathtaking landscapes, from rugged coastlines to dense forests to towering mountains. If you’re anything like us and you love the outdoors, an elopement in this region would provide the perfect backdrop for your special day.
Elopements are often chosen by couples who want a more private and intimate wedding experience. The Pacific Northwest has plenty of secluded spots where you can exchange your vows without any distractions!
From treehouses to cabins to yurts, the Pacific Northwest has some of the most unique and charming wedding venues in the world. With so many options, you can find the perfect venue that matches your personal style and reflects your love story.
The Pacific Northwest is known for its delicious and diverse cuisine, which we absolutely love. From fresh seafood to farm-to-table fare, you can treat your taste buds to a culinary adventure while celebrating your love.
If you’re passionate about sustainability and eco-friendliness, amazing! The Pacific Northwest offers many options for green weddings, which means it’ll be easy to choose a venue that is powered by renewable energy or serves organic food.
The Pacific Northwest has a mild climate that is perfect for outdoor weddings. Forget harsh heat or freezing cold, in the PNW you can enjoy comfortable temperatures and moderate rainfall (which can create romantic misty scenes for your photos)!
The Pacific Northwest is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you plan to go on a hike, kayaking, or even whale watching, you’ll have endless opportunities to add a touch of adventure to your PNW elopement.
Did you know that the Pacific Northwest is home to diverse cultures, including Indigenous peoples, who have a rich history and traditions? We love when our couples are authentic to their heritage throughout their elopement! If it aligns with your story, you can incorporate these cultural elements into your wedding ceremony.
The Pacific Northwest is a dream destination for photographers, with its stunning landscapes, moody weather, and unique lighting. Picture having a wedding album that is genuinely unique and captures the essence of your love story — this is possible for you with a PNW elopement!
If you’re planning a honeymoon, the Pacific Northwest has plenty of romantic destinations. From cozy cabins to luxurious hotels, you can extend your wedding adventure and create unforgettable memories that will last forever.
Ready to say “I do” in one of the most epic and beautiful locations on earth? Let’s start planning your dream PNW elopement! Seriously, we can’t wait to get back out there and soak up the mountain air. Send us an inquiry and share your ideal PNW elopement location with us. We would love to be your photographer/videographer team and capture all of the special, intimate moments with you.