Washington Coast Elopement | Erin & John | Olympic National Park

There is some otherworldly magic about the places where the ocean meets land. The Pacific Coast of the Olympic Peninsula is undeniably one of those magic places. From the northwesternmost point at Cape Flattery to the postcard-perfect cottages of Seabrook to the dunes of Ocean Shores, the Olympic Coastline is a wild and breathtaking stretch of sandy beaches, rocky seastacks, and windswept conifer forests.  I get goosebumps when the car rounds the last bend in Highway 101 and you begin to glimpse the twinkle of the ocean through the coastal forest. South of the town of Forks by an hour’s drive through some of the most rural parts of the Olympic Peninsula, Highway 101 follows the Pacific Coast for just over ten miles before veering eastward again towards the forested foothills of the Olympic Mountains. As you drive those miles of isolated road, the sun flickers between the trunks of fir and hemlock, and little vistas open between the trees, offering a glimpse of windblown evergreens, sandy beach, and wild open ocean.

When Erin and John contacted me about photographing their elopement on the Washington Coast, you can only imagine how excited I was to document a wedding in one of the most breathtaking places on earth. John and Erin had scouted up and down the beaches from Ruby to Kalaloch and finally landed on a lesser-known spot designated only by a green road sign as Beach 3. Erin’s brother walked her down a winding trail from the highway to the beach and over a stretch of sand to the spot they had chosen for their ceremony, designated only by a beach log and the colorful attire of the handful of family members waiting for them.  On the shining sand under the windblown branches of the coastal forest, Erin and John said their sweet vows and were joined in marriage.

After the bride and groom and their guests celebrated by dipping their toes in the waves, we took some time on the beach for relaxed portraits of their couple and their nearest and dearest. The guests departed for a reception dinner at Lake Quinault Lodge, and Erin and John stayed behind a little longer to stroll arm-in-arm across the sand. The bride’s intricate gown and romantic bouquet were lovely accoutrements of the wedding festivities, but by far my favorite part of the day was the joy that John and Erin shared during their first moments as husband and wife!

Gown – BHLDN

Officiant – Autumn Pappas, Happy Heart Ceremonies

Ceremony Site – Beach 3, Olympic National Park

Florals – Thatch Floral

Reception – Lake Quinault Lodge

Hair and Makeup – Sara McCarter

Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Seattle Florist Thatch Floral Bouquet
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
 Seattle Florist Thatch Floral Bouquet by Sara Jane Camacho
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Seattle Florist Thatch Floral Bouquet by Sara Jane Camacho
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Seattle Florist Thatch Floral Bouquet by Sara Jane Camacho
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Seattle Florist Thatch Floral Bouquet by Sara Jane Camacho
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Seattle Florist Thatch Floral Bouquet by Sara Jane Camacho
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Lake Quinault Lodge Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Lake Quinault Lodge Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Lake Quinault Lodge Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Lake Quinault Lodge Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Lake Quinault Lodge Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Lake Quinault Lodge Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Lake Quinault Lodge Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Lake Quinault Lodge Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Lake Quinault Lodge Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Lake Quinault Lodge Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Lake Quinault Lodge Wedding Elopement
Olympic National Park Beach Kalaloch Wedding Elopement

Franklin Falls Adventure Engagement Session – Lauren & Gavin

There aren’t words that can accurately convey the majesty and drama of standing next to a thundering waterfall. The falling water sends off a light spray that scents the air and the roaring sound surrounds you and fills your ears. I had the honor of hiking the Franklin Falls trail with Lauren and Gavin to capture their engagement photos this summer. We made the short hike from the trailhead as it follows Denny Creek up a gradual climb, winding around rocky outcroppings and between towering evergreens. The coolness of the evening air was so refreshing after a hot summer day! We emerged from the lofty spires of whispering evergreens onto a rocky riverbank surrounding the deep pool where Franklin Falls tumbles into a deep, azure pool. Cool mist heightened the smell of fir needles, moss, and water. I loved capturing this romantic waterfall engagement session with Lauren & Gavin! Stay tuned for the second part of their session!

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Pacific Northwest Waterfall Engagement Photographer
Couple at a waterfall engagement session
Pacific Northwest Waterfall Engagement Photographer
Couple at a waterfall engagement session
Pacific Northwest Waterfall Engagement Photographer
Couple at a waterfall engagement session
Pacific Northwest Waterfall Engagement Photographer
Couple at a waterfall engagement session
Pacific Northwest Waterfall Engagement Photographer
Couple at a waterfall engagement session
Pacific Northwest Waterfall Engagement Photographer
Couple at a waterfall engagement session
Pacific Northwest Waterfall Engagement Photographer
Couple at a waterfall engagement session
Pacific Northwest Waterfall Engagement Photographer
Couple at a waterfall engagement session
Pacific Northwest Waterfall Engagement Photographer
Couple at a waterfall engagement session
Pacific Northwest Waterfall Engagement Photographer
Pacific Northwest Waterfall Engagement Photographer
Couple at a waterfall engagement session
Pacific Northwest Waterfall Engagement Photographer
Couple at a waterfall engagement session
Pacific Northwest Waterfall Engagement Photographer
Couple at a waterfall engagement session
Pacific Northwest Waterfall Engagement Photographer
Couple at a waterfall engagement session
Pacific Northwest Waterfall Engagement Photographer
Couple at a waterfall engagement session
Pacific Northwest Waterfall Engagement Photographer
Couple at a waterfall engagement session
Pacific Northwest Waterfall Engagement Photographer
Couple at a waterfall engagement session
Pacific Northwest Waterfall Engagement Photographer
Couple at a waterfall engagement session
Pacific Northwest Waterfall Engagement Photographer
Pacific Northwest Waterfall Engagement Photographer
Couple at a waterfall engagement session
Pacific Northwest Waterfall Engagement Photographer

Shamber & Brian Preview – Port Townsend Wedding

Classic Wedding on the M.V. Skansonia | Holly & Jason

Holly an Jason’s classic black and white wedding found the perfect backdrop in the M.V. Skansonia! A refurbished ferry boat docked on the northeast shore of Lake Union in Seattle, the Skansonia’s crisp black-and-white color scheme created a stylish and timeless backdrop for a romantic nautical wedding. Holly wore a gorgeous one-shoulder lace gown with a black sash, her blonde hair gathered into a feminine chignon of curls and braids topped with a birdcage veil. The bridesmaids wore elegant floor-length plum gowns, and Jason and his groomsmen used touches of purple in their ensembles as well.

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Art Nouveau Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Inspiration

On a golden late-spring day at Lake Crescent Lodge, we created a romantic tableau featuring mixed metallics and subtle florals to complement the historic setting in Washington State’s Olympic National Park. It almost goes without saying that Lake Crescent is one of the most beautiful places on earth. I grew up going to “the Lake” for swimming days during the summer, hiking and camping, and it’s part of my landscape of memory as far back as I can remember. Lake Crescent is an unusually deep, sapphire blue lake nestled in the Olympic Mountains west of Port Angeles, Washington. Being so deep and cold, it’s color is startlingly blue due to lack of the nitrogen that would usually support the growth of algae.

If you’ve ever been to a wedding at Lake Crescent, you know that it feels like stepping out of time into a parallel reality where the most urgent thing on the agenda is what time of day you should take a canoe out on the water. Cabins dot the lakeshore, much of which is now protected by Olympic National Park, though enough residents and vacationers remain to foster a sense of lakeside community. The waves are usually ruffled by a breath of evergreen-scented air, and the sunlight dances across the azure waters like laughter.

Art Nouveau and the history of the region were the inspiration behind this wedding editorial at Lake Crescent Lodge, which itself dates to 1914 and was visited by Theodore Roosevelt during his tour of the Pacific Northwest. We wanted to showcase the best local vendors of the North Olympic Peninsula against the stunning backdrop of the Pacific Northwest evergreen forests and sapphire glacial lake. The Lodge sits on a small promontory in Lake Crescent called Barnes Point, enjoying western exposure and the shelter of tall conifers. The incredible blue-green colors of the glacial lake water inspired the color palette off aquamarine and dusty greens, set off by a hint of rose and ivory. Lake Crescent Lodge is an historical property that hosts weddings and travelers throughout the summer months, and it was the loveliest backdrop for an Art Nouveau inspired wedding day. I loved being able to showcase the incredible work of all the vendors involved!

Gold and copper accents paired beautifully with the soft greens of eucalyptus and mint, enhancing the natural textures of burlap, linen, and foliage. Candlelight, simple florals, and metallics served to elevate the rustic, timeless glamour of the historic venue. The emphasis was firmly on local vendors contributing the best of our work available on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula.

Our vision came to life through the beautiful styling by Rae Anne from Fancy That Party, thoughtful coordination from Breva of Love Note Services, impeccable skill of Bernadette from Beautiful You Makeup Artistry, elegant hairstyling from Monica Salazar, stunning gown and dapper menswear from Black Diamond Bridal, seasonal floral bouquet and boutonniere from Angel Crest Gardens, lovely cake from Raindrop Desserts, charming invitation suite from Dear Emma Stationary, classic jewelry from both Black Diamond Bridal and Solar City Boutique, and endless patience and sweetness from our gracious models Kayla and Kelly Gould! Gabe and Chloe from Bello Pictures were a delightful presence during the shoot, and their work is a wonderful complement to the photography! Charlea from Aramark/Olympic National Park was invaluable in allowing us to use the property at Lake Crescent Lodge, and Michael the General Manager at the Lodge was incredibly helpful as well.

Lake Crescent Lodge Bride
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding
Lake Crescent Lodge Bride and Groom
Angel Crest Gardens Bouquet at Lake Crescent Lodge
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding
Lake Crescent Lodge Reception
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Reception
Lake Crescent Lodge Bride
Lake Crescent Lodge Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Angel Crest Gardens Bouquet
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Reception
Lake Crescent Lodge Bride and Groom on the beach
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Reception
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Reception
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Reception
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Bouquet
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Reception
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Roosevelt Cabins
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Reception
Angel Crest Gardens Port Angeles Bouquet
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Reception
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Stationary by Dear Emma
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Bouquet
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Cake
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Reception
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Bouqet
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bouquet
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Reception
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Reception Tablescape
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bouquet
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Reception
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Reception
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Reception
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Reception
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Reception
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Cake
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Raindrop Desserts Cake
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Reception
Dear Emma Stationary Lake Crescent Lodge
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Reception
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Reception
Lake Crescent Lodge Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Reception
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Reception
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Bride and Groom
Lake Crescent Lodge Wedding Cabins

We hope you enjoy the beautiful setting of Lake Crescent, the historic Lodge, and the beautiful work from talented, passionate Olympic Peninsula wedding vendors!

Lake Crescent Lodge & Olympic National Park

Planning and Coordination: Sequim Love Note Weddings

Videography: Bello Photos

Makeup Artist: Beautiful You Makeup Artistry

Gown and Tuxedo: Black Diamond Bridal

Tablescape & Styling: Fancy That Party

Cake: Raindrop Desserts

Bouquet & Boutonniere: Angel Crest Gardens

Hairstylist: Monica Hairstylez

Jewelry: Solar City

Invitation: Dear Emma Stationary