I was leaving Ryan and Angel’s 4:30 p.m. wedding ceremony at Volunteer Park yesterday when I checked my messages to hear…
As you think about where you’d like to elope in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, here are 5 amazing locations to consider for your small ceremony and they are free!
On A Washington State Ferry (from downtown Seattle, Mukilteo or Anacortes, WA) ~ There is nothing more quintessential “Washington” than to exchange your vows on a Washington State Ferry. Some of the most popular routes for this are downtown Seattle – Bremerton, downtown Seattle – Bainbridge Island, downtown Seattle – Clinton and Anacortes – Orcas Island.
You do need to contact the Washington State Ferry System and get permission to be married on the ferry crossing. The staff at the ferry office are very accommodating and it’s easy to make your booking. They do require advance notice of at least a few days.
Hurricane Ridge on the Olympic Peninsula (Port Angeles, WA) ~ On the Olympic Peninsula and several hours by car from downtown Seattle is the seaside town of Port Angeles and neighboring Olympic National Park. From Port Angeles, it takes about 30 minutes to drive through the mountain pass on a twisting road to Hurricane Ridge, a most scenic mountain vista and launch pad for many hiking adventures. There is a Visitor’s Center at Hurricane Ridge, coffee/tea cafe and facilities. And just a short walk from the parking lot, there are sweet and hidden mountain view spots to get you hitched!
At The Base Of Snoqualmie Falls (Snoqualmie, WA) ~ Like Hurricane Ridge, this location is also for an adventurous couple. However, instead of hiking up, you are hiking down. In the small town of Snoqualmie, which is about a 30-minute drive from Seattle, you’ll find the popular Snoqualmie Falls.
Each year, couples choose to elope to Snoqualmie Falls because of the spectacular waterfall back drop. It’s about a 10-15 minute walk down to the bottom of the Falls and this little spot is a once-in-a-lifetime memory. And for a marvelous celebration meal afterwards, check out the neighboring Salish Lodge which offers dining overlooking the Falls.
Alki Beach (Seattle, WA) – Each year, couples take off their shoes or sandals and get married in the sand at Alki Beach, located in West Seattle. Alki Beach is very popular during the Summer months with locals and offers an informal beach experience for your wedding ceremony.
Union, Washington – Union Washington is a tiny town in Jefferson County, Washington. It boasts miles and miles of scenic beach spots along the Hood Canal. Couples love to travel to the Union area and pick their spot on the water along Hood Canal because this area is little known for tiny weddings and offers a quiet and peaceful spot for a ceremony. For a celebration lunch or dinner, treat yourselves to Alderbrook Resort in Union!
With happy family and friends looking on, Sean and Alexa took advantage of a “holiday weekday” to get married on a Washington State Ferry, enroute from Bremerton to Seattle!
Ann and Robb (and 25 of their family and friends) eloped to Seattle’s Edgewater Hotel in style!
I love The Edgewater Hotel for an intimate wedding ceremony and celebration. Ann and Robb secured a private waterview suite next to the Hotel’s restaurant and were married on the suite’s veranda with a ferry and sunset in the background.
Kier Smith from Firstlight Photography captured this sweet photo of Ann and Robb on their wedding day. Kier and his team love small and intimate ceremonies and if you need a first-class photo guy for your small ceremony/celebration, contact Kier at www.firstlight-photography.com
Zach and Meghan “eloped” on a sunny February afternoon at one of my favorite elopement hot spots in the Pacific Northwest – Willows Lodge!
Ron Shaw, fab wedding photo guy at AAAAmazingPhotography captured the sweet photo at right of Zach and Meghan as they exchanged their vows in a park-life setting at the Lodge.
Zach and Meghan then treated about a dozen or so family and friends to a celebration dinner at the venue’s popular Barking Frog Restaurant. This is what I love about a small/tiny wedding or elopement – it’s fun, it’s intimate and with great photos, memories to last a lifetime.
If you are eloping or planning a small/intimate wedding ceremony, I invite you to contact Ron Shaw for more info on his affordable elopement packages. Ron is a terrific guy with a huge heart and he’s a professional in every sense of the word!
www.aaaamazingphotography.com ~ inquire about the “Annemarie discount!”
I was fortunate to marry two wonderful couples on Valentine’s Day – Erik & Sabrina at Salty’s on Alki and Troy and Jessica at a private home in South Seattle.
– Small Is Vogue: Over the years, most of the couples I marry on Valentine’s Day choose a small and intimate ceremony gathering rather than a large affair.
– Evening Is Out/Day Is In: It’s funny but on Valentine’s Day (on a Monday this year), a majority of couples get married during the day. Perhaps this is so their family and friends can enjoy a Valentine’s evening? Who knows!
– Fashion Is “Non-Wedding” – I’ve noticed in past years, that brides and grooms don’t get hugely dressed up in “wedding wear” on Valentine’s Day. A simple suit, a beautiful cocktail dress or even casual jeans seem to be the ticket to wedding wear!
For many couples, an elopement isn’t complete unless Fido is long for the ride! Today, many hotels and venues in Seattle have terrific “pet friendly” policies and couples come from all parts to be married with their canine ring bearer or petal girl.
So, if you are thinking of eloping in Seattle and want to bring your pooch along for the shared experienced, do it! Contact me for a list of pet friendly hotels, venues and bed and breakfast establishments.
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Just look at this smile! This little guy took center stage with his cuteness and good looks while his Mommy and Daddy were married at a sweet chapel in Port Gamble, Washington.