Taylor and Gage have always been in love with the greenery and the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. They one day hope to move out to the West Coast. So it made total sense they would want to elope in Washington first! I truly love when my couples are so inspired and feel so “at home” in the place where they eloped. It was clear to me how important exploring the PNW was for them. I’m always honored to share places that are so special to me too!
They had an easygoing morning at the Hygge Hus cabin before having their first look on a nearby trail. I always recommend first looks to get out some of the “jitters” and have a private moment to start your day. We explored along the trail, enjoying the sunlight on all the trees, moss, and ferns around us. The PNW is pretty magical! You can explore greenery and ferns and only be a 45-minute drive up into the mountains.
Erika (The Greatest Adventure Wed) helped them with logistics and decor at the cabin, and also met up with us to be their officiant at a beautiful riverside spot. The river truly is that blue! The river is filled with “glacial silt” or “rock flour” which creates a beautiful turquoise color. The greens and blues were so vibrant in the afternoon sunlight. It made for a pretty magical ceremony! After their short and sweet ceremony, it was time to smoke a joint to celebrate! Being based in Washington and Colorado, having a chill post-ceremony joint is always an option!
We headed back to the cabin to sign the marriage license, and enjoy the amazing charcuterie spread Erika created for them. The Hygge Hus is a really amazing cabin in general, but it also has a lot of great features specifically for elopements! I love the deck below the cabin with twinkly lights and think it’s a great place to have a first dance! You truly feel like you’re in the middle of the forest and surrounded by ferns at the Hygge Hus!
Being so close to the mountains, you know we had to go hike for sunset! I took them out to one of my favorite spots off the beaten path for more privacy. We were lucky to have a beautiful sunset and warm weather for early October. You can never know what to expect that late in the fall season in Washington. We were all ready to roll with it! After we hiked out to the spot I had in mind, we had 360 degrees views all around us. We followed the light, enjoyed the mountains, and of course, Taylor and Gage were able to have an amazing sunset adventure to celebrate their marriage!
Taylor and Gage were so smiley and in love with each other. It was so easy just to give them alone time together to just soak up the moment. We enjoyed the alpenglow and blue hour on Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan. It was such a quiet sunset having the place all to ourselves! I stepped away and gave them more space as it got darker so they could reflect on their whole elopement day. Then we hiked back to the car before it got too dark!
I cannot thank these two enough for bringing such positivity, openness, and love to their elopement day. It was truly a joy to be a part of their elopement and gave me such a beautiful way to end my season in the mountains. I hope to go on a hike or out for a drink with them the next time they visit the West Coast!
Officiant/wedding planner: The Greatest Adventure Wed
Florals: Goldenrod Floral Design
HMU: Pacific Brides
Suit: Hive & Colony
Dress: Darianna bridal
Airbnb: Hygge Hus