elopement planning resources

Welcome to our planning resources! We're taking our 12 years in the wedding industry, plus years of backpacking, hiking, and exploring experience, and passing it on to you! Here you can find tips for planning your elopement, location ideas, and other valuable information on how to plan your epic day.

what if i feel awkward in front of the camera?

...said almost every couple that I've ever worked with.

Seriously though, I got you! My posing style is fun, light, casual, and will be sure to keep you feeling great in front of the camera.

I focus on capturing moments throughout your whole elopement day experience rather than treating it as an all-day photoshoot. 

With a storytelling approach, you'll have coverage of your day that helps you relive every magical moment.

epic ways to ELOPE in washington state

Get married at sunset in Olympic National Park - take photos under the stars!

Hop on a sea plane to the San Juan islands to tie the knot, stay for a honeymoon to relax

Say "I do" on the rugged Washington coast. Surf, hike, and explore after!

Elope on a trail in Mt Rainier, then stay at a picturesque mountain cabin

Rent a ski chalet in Leavenworth for your closest friends and family and get married while you're there

ready to get started planning your dream wedding in washington?

consider your date...

The most natural thing to do when you set out with planning a Washington elopement is to start thinking of when you want to get married. 

This can be complicated if you don't live in Washington. Want to get married at Mt Rainier? We will have snow through mid-June. How about October in the Olympic Mountains? Watch out for early snow! 

As your elopement photographer, I can help you with planning not only an epic location, but help you choose a date that will match your vision. You definitely do not need to have a date picked out when you reach out!

a few tips for elopements

mountain wildflowers



Late-July, early-August is the best time to view wildflowers in the backcountry. But it's also the busiest. Definitely consider either sunrise or sunset on a weekday if you plan on eloping during wildflower season. Our favorite locations for wildflowers are Hurricane Ridge or Mt Rainier.

It's always better to plan for more time for a hiking elopement, even if you're a speedy hiker. You'll either be carrying your clothing or wearing it, will need to figure out how to fit unique items in your pack, and you probably won't want to get too sweaty before your photos :)

If having a private ceremony in solitude is what you're looking for, we highly suggest a Monday-Thursday elopement date. You'll be so happy you ditched the weekend crowds and traffic!

let's adventure!

© Amy Galbraith Photography, LLC

Washington elopement photographer based in Port Angeles, Washington
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