How to elope in OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

AN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK PHOTOGRAPHER’S GUIDE

Thinking of eloping in Olympic National Park?

…. and feeling a little confused about all of it? This is for you!

As an elopement photographer (and all around lover of exploring wild places), I’ve been to a lot of National Parks … and Olympic is, without question, my favorite.

Olympic National Park elopement locations

Olympic National Park is full of stunning and diverse places to elope and one of the BEST things about this area is that you can hit multiple landscapes all in one go! Here are some of my favorite Olympic National Park Elopement Locations!

Eloping at Ruby Beach

Ruby Beach is absolutely iconic and definitely one of the best places to elope in Olympic National Park. This moody stretch of beach is easily accessed and has sea stacks, crashing waves, and those perfect PNW vibes.

Eloping at hoh rainforest

I’m obsessed with the Hoh Rainforest. Mosses, mushroomes, trees, banana slugs … what more could you want?! This place is absolute PERFECTION and I honestly can’t get enough of it. If you decide to elope in the Hoh Rainforest, please please please resist the urge to go off trail to help protect this place!

Lake Crescent Elopement

Lake Crescent is the kind of place you have to see to believe. This gorgeous lake is the most beautiful color and is surrounded by trees that often have misty clouds hanging over them. It is stunningly a stunningly beautiful spot on your Olympic National Park elopement day.

sol duc Falls Elopement

The Sol Duc Falls area is absolutely gorgeous and includes a beautiful bridge over a large, rushing waterfall. This area also has hot springs, hiking trails, and so much more!

mount storm king Elopement

The hike up Mt Storm King is hard but worth it! This gorgeous hike takes you through the forest most of the way up. Near the top you have the option to use ropes for the last little scramble up to the summit. From the top of Mt Storm King you get STUNNING views of the Olympic Peninsula and Lake Crescent down below

Best time of year to elope in Olympic National Park

Colorado is stunningly beautiful year round but every season has a very different vibe – and some are easier for planning elopements than others. When you should elope in Colorado largely depends on what kind of weather you hope to have and the kinds of activities you want to do!

Eloping in olympic national park in summer

Summer is the most popular season for an Olympic National Park elopement, with milder weather and longer days. However, popular locations can be busier during at this time of year.

Eloping in olympic national park in Fall

Fall elopements in Olympic National Park are GORGEOUS!!! You can experience vibrant fall foliage and fewer crowds. The weather is generally pleasant, making it an ideal time for an elopement.

Eloping in olympic national park in Winter

While snow-covered landscapes can create a magical atmosphere, be prepared for colder temperatures and lots of rain. If you want to Olympic National Park in winter, you’ll have to be ready to roll with whatever weather Mother Nature throws your way!.=

Eloping in olympic national park in spring

How to plan an elopement in olympic national park

1. Hire your Olympic national park elopement photographer and Planner

EAs elopement photographers our job is to help you through this planning process – which is why I always recommend bringing your elopement photographer on early! (pssst …. If you are looking for an elopement photographer for your Olympic National Park elopement, I’d love to help!)

2. choose your Olympic national park elopement location

Olympic National Park is full of gorgeous places to elope and I highly, highly recommend visiting more than one spot on this day! Why JUST celebrate your marriage in one place when you can hit so many gorgeous landscapes in one pic day!

3. BOOK YOUR LODGING

The biggest downside of eloping in Olympic National Park is that, in some of the most beautiful areas, your lodging options are fairly limited. Trust me when I sat this park is REMOTE (which is part of what makes it so gorgeous!). Unless you want to stay in a not-so-great roadside motel, I recommend booking lodging sooner than later. See below for awesome Olympic National Park lodigng options!

4. get any permits you. need

Now is the time to work with your photographer and the park service to get any required permits!

5. have the best day of your life in one of the most beautiful places in the U.S.

This day is going to fly by so make sure you soak in every moment! Relax, take your time, and enjoy it!

do you need a permit to elope in Olympic National park?

Olympic National Park Wedding permits

Where to stay for your olympic national park elopement

Lodging options in and around Olympic National Park are somewhat limited, especially as you get out to the far western part of the peninsula (which happens to be my favorite!). If you’re looking to elope at one of the spots I talked about above (and don’t want to settle for a low-budge motel), you’re going to want to book your lodging as early as possible.

The Best Lodging Near Olympic National Park

lake crescent lodge

KALALOCH LODGE

Sol duc hot springs resort

Log cabin resort

dog-friendly elopements in olympic national park

Compared to some of the other national parks, Olympic National Park is surprisingly dog friendly. This does NOT mean that your dog is welcome everywhere (there are definitely some strict rules in place about this!) but it does mean that you have more options than in some of the other National Parks where dogs are strictly prohibited. My favorite spot for dog-friendly elopement locations in Olympic National Park is the beaches along the far west side of the peninsula. They are perfect and you and your pup will love them!

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