Forest to Coastline: Olympic Peninsula Elopement

A bride and groom embrace in a grove of trees during their Olympic Peninsula Elopement

An intimate adventure elopement on the Olympic Peninsula featuring three stunning locations

Logan & Kelly reached out to me in February of 2022, hoping to have an elopement on the Olympic Peninsula in April of the same year. They planned to get married at the courthouse in Seattle, and then celebrate with a weekend exploring Olympic National Park and celebrating their newlywed glow! I knew when they mentioned their experience thru-hiking the Colorado trail that we would be a great match for their adventurous elopement day.

A stress-free, adventurous springtime elopement

Logan & Kelly knew that they wanted to celebrate without any stress or rules, while incorporating their love for the great outdoors into their day. What better way than to explore three gorgeous locations on the Olympic Peninsula?

A relaxed & adventurous timeline

  • Exploring old growth forest & a winding creek
  • Relaxing with champagne & fritos in their cabin
  • Reading a private letter & beachcombing at Rialto Beach
  • Exploring Ruby Beach for sunset & blue hour

Curious about even more Olympic Peninsula elopement locations? Check out my blog of the top elopement locations in Washington by vibe, where the Olympic Peninsula is featured heavily!

Embracing all that an elopement day can throw at you

Every elopement day is bound to have some wildcards. The misty Washington weather was no match for Logan & Kelly’s spirits, though! A little drizzle is no surprise here on the Olympic Peninsula, but we certainly didn’t expect this next part. As we were about to leave our first location to head back to the cabin, three wet, muddy dogs emerged from the nearby bushes at the trailhead and helped themselves to Logan & Kelly’s warm car! All three of us were so in shock and completely losing our minds laughing. It was all I could do to snap a few shots in between gasping for breath at the hilarity of the situation. Ever feel like you’re in a sitcom? This was definitely one of those moments!

Exploring Washington’s rocky coastline at sunset

Logan & Kelly finished off their day with two stunning Olympic National Park elopement locations: Rialto Beach and Ruby Beach. The dramatic sea stacks of both beaches called to them, so we decided to explore both on their elopement day! It’s so important to remove all barriers when planning the elopement day of your dreams. This couple did exactly that.

As the sun set and the tide started coming in, Logan & Kelly wandered Ruby Beach with lanterns in hand and enjoyed the last remaining light from their adventurous spring day.

We could not imagine having anyone behind the camera but you.

We can’t believe someone was able to take how we feel about each other and everything that we love about the outdoors and fit it into an image. Your skills really show, and we couldn’t imagine a better catalogue to look back on than what you’ve provided us.
Logan & Kelly
Olympic Peninsula Elopement

Want to plan your own Olympic Peninsula Elopement?

The Olympic Peninsula is one of my most popular locations, and for good reason! The sheer range of scenery, and high number of spots that are still accessible in the off-season, make this one of the best Washington elopement locations. If you’re ready to plan your dream elopement, reach out to me and let’s get started!

  1. Raini Rowell says:

    Urgh!!! SO dreamy!! The photos are beautiful and you can tell these folks had an absolute blast with you 🙂

  2. Leo says:

    This is an epic collection of photos and I love the variety in the scenery of the locations! Olympic Peninsula looks like it has it all and to have your local knowledge too would be a bonus…lucky couple! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Sydney says:

    WOW! It’s amazing that all these photos were taken in the same day! Olympic Peninsula has such a variety of places that really made their elopement photos unique and special to them. Plus who doesn’t love champagne and Fritos??

  4. Naomi Levit says:

    The Olympic Penisula is such a beautiful place for an elopement! I love that the puppies got in on it, too.

  5. Daria says:

    I love how relaxed and casual this elopement is, focusing on what’s most important – and you captured it so beautifully! The locations are stunning, and you can feel how much affection and tenderness the couple has for each other. Wonderfully done!

  6. Danielle says:

    Awe I love that you still got the dog shots even though it was in a national park! The couple must have been so happy to see their goodest boys included.

    • Janelle Schank says:

      Hey Danielle! Like I mentioned in the post, these dogs did not belong to the couple — they randomly appeared at the trailhead, which is why it was even more hilarious when they hopped into the couple’s car!
      Regardless, the forest location where this happened is near a residential area, and not within the National Park boundary, so dogs are allowed on this trail. With experience as an outdoor guide, I am very aware that dogs are only allowed on paved areas of National Parks (or sometimes not allowed at all). Thanks for doing your part to keep others accountable! 🙂

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