Washington is one of the most geographically diverse states in the country, with mountains, deserts, rainforests, rocky coastlines, waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, and more. Since I live here in Washington, I can tell you that it’s the perfect spot for an adventure elopement– no matter what kind of adventure you’re looking for!

These dramatic landscapes are the only backdrops that could do justice to your love story, which is why I moved to the PNW in the first place. I was obsessed with photos I had seen of couples in front of jagged peaks and moody lakes, and so my partner and I moved across the country so that I could be a Washington elopement photographer.

What You Need To Know About Eloping in Washington State...


If you're hoping to hike through the mountains or see wildflowers, you'll want to elope in late summer or early fall! Our winters and springs are great options for forest, beach, and lakeside locations– or a snowshoeing adventure.


Getting your marriage license is super easy in Washington! You can apply online and all you need to make it official is one ordained individual (like myself) and two witnesses (like two hikers that we might find on the trail!)


Western Washington is a paradise for elopements– we have just about everything you could want for your magical day, and it's all within a few hours of Seattle. Scroll through the slideshow to see Olympic National Park, Mt. Rainier National Park, the North Cascades, Mt. Baker, Snoqualmie Pass, and much more.

A washington elopement photographer in a maroon sweater smiles at the camera while holding her backpack straps, in the Hoh Rainforest of Olympic National Park

Meet your Washington elopement photographer

Hi, I'm Marla, and I'm so glad that you're here considering a true-to-you wedding day here in the Pacific Northwest!

I'm a photographer for the couples who want a wedding day that feels like the real them; the couples that want gorgeous, timeless pictures to tell the whole story of their big day. Those who value fun and adventure, and are looking for a memorable, meaningful experience.

I'm here to guide you through this whole process– from choosing the perfect location to say your vows, securing permits, and crafting a timeline, all the way to that celebratory hug after you've leveled up from fiancé(e) to spouse.

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click on any thumnail for more info on some of my favorite Washington elopement locations!

Washington Elopement Photography Packages

A bride and groom walk leisurely up a grassy trail at their Washington elopement at Mt. Rainier

Full Day Washington Elopement Timeline

Half-Day Washington Elopement Timeline

9:00 - marla arrives, J + M start their morning together with coffee on the porch

9:30 - J + M copy their vows into the vow booklets, marla starts photographing details

10:15 - J + M help each other get ready

10:45 - final getting ready/detail photos

11:00 - leave for lake crescent

2:00 - arrive, find perfect ceremony spot

2:15 - vows + ring exchange

2:30 - first kiss, champagne pop, sign the marriage docs!

2:45 - picnic lunch

3:15 - leave for hoh rainforest

4:30 - arrive + explore the hall of mosses, taking portraits amongst the trees

6:45 - leave for ruby beach

7:15 - arrive, read letters from loved ones

8:00 - golden hour portraits

8:40 - sunset

9:00 - coverage ends

12:00 - marla arrives for details & getting ready photos

1:15 - first look outside cabin

1:30 - drive to trailhead

2:15 - arrive at trailhead

2:30 - begin our hike up, taking our time and stopping for photos along the way

4:00 - arrive at fire lookout

4:15 - ceremony

5:30 - head to ruby beach

6:00 - arrive with family & picnic

7:00 - golden hour photos

7:40 - sunset

8:00 - coverage ends

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Whether you're interested in more information, have a couple of questions, or are ready to book with me, getting in touch is the first step!

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mt. rainier National Park


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