Washington

A Guide on where to elope in Washington state

Meet your WAshington adventure elopement photo + video team

Hey friends! It's Hannah and Adam, your adventurous elopement photographer and videographer team! We are based in Washington and couldn't imagine a more incredible place to live! We love being outdoors, hiking, and adventuring in new places. Out of all the places we’ve been, though, Mount Rainier National Park is definitely one of our favorites. The epic overlooks, wildflower meadows, and alpine lakes are just unbelievable. And it makes us so happy that our job allows us to adventure there! We love meeting new couples and capturing their authentic love stories (especially in beautiful places like Washington).

WASHINGTON's Seasons

SPRING

Spring is great for snow melt and the start of hiking season! It's also when plants start to bloom!
 
March-June

SUMMER

It can get pretty hot in the summer, but it’s also prime water time! If you want cooler weather, head to the coast.

June-September

FALL

Fall is beautiful in Washington, especially in places like the North Cascades with so many larch trees! 

September-October

WINTER

There are tons of mountains in Washington, so winter is very snowy. Check out Mt Baker or Mt Rainier!

December-March 


Average weather in Washington locations

all the
legal stuff

Marriage license






You have to apply for a license through a local county clerk’s office. Depending on the county, there may be waiting period of a few days before you can get married. 

An in-person application with both applicants present at the time of application is required. You will need to provide your full names, address(es) and dates/places of birth. Both of your social security numbers are also required. You will need the names and birthplaces of your parents, including your mother's maiden name. A valid picture ID such as a passport, birth certificate, driver license, or state ID card is needed, and the application can cost anywhere from about $30-$70.

Officiant + witnesses







You have to have your wedding solemnized in Washington, meaning that you'll need someone who is ordained to officiate your legal marriage. You are also required to have 2 people over the age of 18 sign as witnesses (hey, that can be us!)

fun washington adventures 

hiking
Backpacking 
Boating
kayaking
SUPing
rafting 
Off roading 
surfing/skim boarding
Skiing
snowboarding
snowshoeing 
Mountain biking

The Best places to stay in Washington

Tye Haus A-Frame Cabin

This beautiful A-frame cabin is one of three located in the Skykomish area. This town is near Stevens Pass, which is a great skiing and snowboarding location! There's also a hot tub off the back deck. You can find this cabin on Airbnb!

Starting at $401/night

Location: Skykomish

Hansel Creek Gust 

This is a beautiful treehouse sitting on 150 acres of peaceful forest land! It's 15 minutes from the quaint town of Leavenworth and minutes from trails in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. This is a great little getaway! Check it out here.

Starting at $241/night

Location: Peshastin (near Leavenworth)

Canyon Creek Cabin

This cabin is one of three Canyon Creek Cabins! This one is our favorite, though. Not only does it have such a unique shape, but the way the light shines through the trees and the windows is unreal! Check this cabin out on their website.

Eagles Perch Over The Water

I guess we have a thing for treehouses in Washington, huh? This epic treehouse is located in one of the northwesternmost parts of Washington! It's cozy and it overlooks the Strait of Juan De Fuca. Check it out on Airbnb!

Starting at $297/night

Location: Port Angeles

Posthotel

If you're looking for more than just an Airbnb, this is one of our best recommendations! The Posthotel in Leavenworth is STUNNING. You can't beat the mountain views from their infinity pool or the spa experience. Check it out here.

Starting at $565/night

Location: Leavenworth

Captain Whidbey Inn

If you're looking for a fun place to stay near the water, this is it! This Inn has beautiful rooms with deep bathtubs and views of the water. This property is also very close to the Port Townsend ferry! Check it out here

Starting at $225/night

Location: Granite Falls

Starting at $185/night 

Location: Whidbey Island

Mount rainier National
park Elopement 

Park Entry Information - In order to enter Mt Rainier NP, there is a $30 fee per vehicle. Or you can purchase a Mt. Rainier Annual Pass for $55. 

Best Hikes To Do - Below is a list of some of the best hikes to do in Mt Rainier NP! Please make sure to practice Leave No Trace and take care of this amazing park. The alpine meadows are extremely fragile and need to be taken care of!

Permits - You most likely will need a Wedding Permit in order to have a legal wedding ceremony within the park. Still photography and videography for your small wedding/elopement should be covered under that permit, but we always want to check with the park beforehand just to make sure!

What To Do - Below are some awesome activities that you could include on your adventure!

Tolmie Peak: This hike is about 6.5 miles roundtrip with an elevation gain of around 1,500 feet. The views are stunning, and definitely worth the trek. 

Burroughs Mountain: We've always wanted to do this hike! You start at the Sunrise Visitor Center and climb 2,500 feet! It’s about 9 miles roundtrip, but you basically work your way to the bottom of Mount Rainier. 

Sunrise Rim: If you don’t want to do all of the Burroughs Mountain trail, you can do Sunrise Rim because you start on the same trail. This hike is a 5 mile loop, climbing less than 1,000 feet. Definitely easier than other hikes at Sunrise, and probably more manageable with kids or for a shorter photography session!

Spray Park: Spray Park is not an easy hike, but it can be done in a day. It’s approximately 8 miles roundtrip, and you gain around 1,700 feet in elevation. 

Skyline Trail: This hike is about 5.5 miles roundtrip, and you gain 1,700 feet in elevation. This trail gives you incredible views of Mount Rainier, plus you reach Panorama Point, which gives you panoramic views of Rainier and the Cascade Range. 

Check out these Mt Rainier galleries

north cascades National park Elopement

Park Entry Information - There is actually no fee in order to enter North Cascades National Park. Enjoy your adventure! 

Best Hikes To Do - Below is a list of some of the best hikes to do in the North Cascades! Please make sure to practice Leave No Trace and take care of this amazing park.

Permits - You most likely will need a Special Use Permit in order to get married in the park, and have both photo + video.

What To Do - Below are some awesome activities that you could include on your North Cascades National Park adventure!

Maple Pass Loop: This hike is approximately 8 miles long and you gain about 2,000 feet of elevation. This is definitely not an easy hike by any means, but it's worth it for 360 degree views of the cascades!

Cascade Pass Trail: This trail is near Rockport, Washington, and it's a 7 mile out and back hike with an elevation gain of around 1,700 feet. This hike is full of glaciers and peaks, so it's 100% worth the effort!

Diablo Lake: If you're wanting views of Diablo Lake, this is the hike to do! This 7.5 mile hike takes you up to an overlook with incredible views of the blue lake! 

Desolation Peak: This incredible trail takes you through open meadows of wildflowers to a historic fire lookout known as Desolation Lookout. This 9.5 mile hike is NO JOKE! It's worth the views, but it's an over 4000 foot climb, so make sure you're well prepared. 



Mount Baker-Snoqualmie national forest elopement

National Forest Entry Information - There are no entrance fees for the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie area, but you will need a Northwest Forest Pass (or an America the Beautiful Pass) in order to do most of the hikes in the National Forest.

Best Hikes To Do - Below is a list of some of the best hikes to do in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest! Please make sure to practice Leave No Trace and take care of this amazing area in Washington.

Permits - Most of the time you don't need a permit to elope in the National Forest, but it's important to reach out to the ranger district in order to verify this. Reach out explaining your day and ask if there are any Special Use Permits for your ceremony or photography!

What To Do - Below are some awesome activities that you could include on your Washington adventure in and near Mount Baker!

Bridal Veil Falls + Lake Serene: This hike is challenging! It's 4 miles one way, and the last mile or two climbs extremely quickly. Bridal Veil Falls is halfway to the lake and it's an extra mile! It's well worth it, though, and it's one of our favorite hikes!

Franklin Falls: If you're looking for an easy, short hike to an epic waterfall, this is it. It's a 2 mile roundtrip trail, but the last little section is a bit sketchy, so please be careful!

Hidden Lake Lookout: This is a classic Washington hike with killer mountain views! It's about 8 miles roundtrip with over 3000 feet of elevation gain. So, it's definitely NOT easy!

Gold Creek Pond: This short 1 mile loop is worth checking out! It has incredible mountain views without the pain of a steep hike. There's a pond that freezes over in the winter and lots of little picnic areas!

Artist Point: This is probably our most popular elopement location in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, and for good reason! The views from the parking lot and incredible! The hike itself is also amazing with a gain of about 1000 feet. 

olympic national park elopement

National Park Entry Information - In order to enter Olympic NP, there is a $30 fee per vehicle. Or you can purchase an America the Beautiful Pass for $80. 

Best Hikes To Do - Below is a list of some of the best hikes and areas to explore in the Olympics! Please make sure to practice Leave No Trace and take care of this amazing area.

Permits - A Special Use Permit is required for wedding ceremonies in the park. It's important to fill out the application and email the park ranger with any pertinent info for your day!

What To Do - Below are some awesome activities that you could include on your adventure in the Olympics!

Hall of Mosses: One of the best ways to explore the Hoh Rain Forest is to do the iconic Hall of Mosses Trail. It's a 1 mile loop trail through the mossy old growth forest. A perfect walk for anyone!

Hurricane Ridge: If you want to see the Olympic mountains, this is the best and most easily accessible area. It's ADA friendly and jaw-dropping. You can hang out near the Visitor Center or hike the 3.5 mile Hurricane Hill trail. 

Quinault Rain Forest Trail: Another great rain forest trail is the Quinault Rain Forest! This is a 0.5 mile interpretive trail with mossy old growth trees.

High Divide Trail: This is a long 19 mile hike in the Olympic National Park. But it's one of the best ways to see this incredible part of Washington!

Washington coast elopement

Entry Information - There are no entry fees or passes to access the Washington Coast.

Best Hikes To Do - Below is a list of some of the best hikes to do on the coast. Please make sure to practice Leave No Trace and take care of the Washington beaches.

Permits - While permits aren't always required at the beach, it's important to reach out to the Olympic National Park with your request. Let them know what you're planning on doing and where. The beach is a beautiful place for your elopement, but make sure to be careful with the environment. A Special Use Permit might be required, so be aware!

What To Do - Below are some awesome activities that you could include on your Washington Coast adventure!

Cape Flattery: This is the most northwesterly tip of the contiguous 48! It's 100% worth the drive and the short hike. It's about 0.75 miles to the overlook, and you will need a Makah Recreation Pass in order to park at the trailhead since Cape Flattery is on tribal land. 

Second Beach: This is a 2 mile roundtrip hike to the beach. It's an easy hike with an incredible reward! There are some epic rock formations at Second Beach, and a lot of people choose to camp out on the beach overnight.

Ruby Beach: This is probably one of the most iconic Washington beaches! It has tons of rocks and HUGE rock formations! There's lots of driftwood and the tide is always changing the look of the beach. Highly recommend checking this beach out!

Columbia river gorge elopement

Park Entry Information - There are no entry fees for the Columbia River Gorge, but you might need a day pass to park at some of the parks! 

Best Hikes To Do - Below is a list of some of the best hikes to do in the Columbia River Gorge (on the Washington side)! Please make sure to practice Leave No Trace and take care of this amazing landscape.

Permits - There are lots of opportunities to get married along the Columbia! Make sure that if the area is a state park, you reach out and ask about a Special Use Permit. It might be required in order to have a wedding ceremony. 

What To Do - Below are some awesome activities that you could include while you explore the Gorge!

Dog Mountain: This is a great hike with views of Oregon and the Columbia River! It's 6 miles roundtrip, and you gain 2,800 feet of elevation. It's a steep hike, but it's beautiful!

Beacon Rock State Park: This is a great place to walk around, explore, or take your pup! There's a flat trail around the fields and access to the river. 

There are so many places along the Columbia River Gorge to explore, but our favorite places are across the river in Oregon! Definitely spend a day driving the scenic highway and stop along the way at overlooks and waterfalls. 




Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Entry Information - There are no specific entry fees, but if you are parking a vehicle at any of the trailheads within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area, you are required to have a Northwest Forest Pass. A single-day Northwest Forest Pass costs $5, while an annual Northwest Forest Pass costs $30.

Best Hikes To Do - Below is a list of some of the best hikes to do in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Please make sure to practice Leave No Trace and take care of Washington.

Permits - It's important to reach out to the permit office to inquire about permits for elopements and small weddings. We will help you navigate this!

What To Do - Below are some awesome activities that you could include on your adventure in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness!

Colchuck Lake: This hike is the first stretch of The Enchantments. It's about 10 miles total, and the last little bit gains around 2,000 feet in elevation. The end is a beautiful, blue alpine lake! 

The Enchantments: This 18 mile, one way hike is INCREDIBLE. The best way to do this trail is to get an overnight permit and divide the hike into 2 days! However, it's a lottery system, and it's extremely hard to get a permit! But if you are willing to thru hike, it's 100% worth the blisters, back pain, and exhaustion.

Snow Lake: The first part of the hike is grueling, but again, the trek is worth the reward! This trail is about 7.5 miles roundtrip, with an elevation gain of about 1,800 feet. 

Contact us about your Washington elopement!