Browse by category

STUNNING SUNRISE HIKING ELOPEMENT — OREGON ELOPEMENT

Lauryn + David

Washington

 

When Lauryn and David were planning their elopement, they had a few specific things in mind.

They wanted a family ceremony, but they also wanted a private, intimate adventure for just the two of them. They wanted their elopement ceremony to be somewhere overflowing with dreamy, scenic nature, but they didn’t want to be too far away from a city full of epic food choices. They wanted to hike somewhere beautiful together, but they also didn’t want to force their families to endure miles and miles of rugged wilderness just to attend their ceremony.

With all that in mind, they settled on something uniquely meaningful—a two-day elopement spanning the PNW, a region they’d already fallen in love with.

For the first day of their elopement adventure, Lauryn and David planned a small, intimate ceremony with their closest family in the Columbia River Gorge. The day began with Lauryn and David getting ready separately so they could experience the surprise and excitement of a first look. But—as I’ve learned to expect (and love!) from adventurous couples— they put their own little, custom twist on their moment.

Instead of David standing somewhere and waiting for Lauryn to sneak up and tap him on the shoulder for their big reveal, Lauryn and David decided they’d swap roles. Lauryn stepped out on a rocky ledge overlooking the Columbia River and patiently waited for David to surprise her for their first look.

Let me just say, this was absolutely adorable.

No matter how you plan your elopement—first look, no first look, family ceremony, or just the two of you—make sure you’re doing exactly what you want to do, big wedding traditions, expectations, and opinions be damned. This day, this beautiful and meaningful day, is about what you and your partner want—lean into that as much as you possibly can.

After their first look, Lauryn and David gathered with their family at their ceremony spot in the Columbia River Gorge. All in all, there were about 10 people in attendance, which in my opinion, is just about the magic number for an intimate ceremony—you’re inviting the people who are closest to you, while maintaining a meaningful, private day.

Lauryn, David, and their chosen officiant took a few moments before their elopement ceremony to arrange a circle of flowers and foliage that would surround them during their vows. Their sunset elopement ceremony was intimate, sweet, and emotional—they said meaningful vows,  were surrounded by people who loved and supported them, and incorporated handfasting into their ceremony.

Once their ceremony ended, Lauryn and David took a few private moments away from everyone to soak it all in together. They’d signed their marriage license, they’d said their vows—after ten years of being partners, they’d chosen to commit their lives to each other.

We spent a while exploring a special section of the Columbia River Gorge, picking and eating wild blackberries growing in abundance, and scrambling up some coastal rocks to pop a bottle of celebratory champagne.

Just like Lauryn and David wanted, they were in a gorgeous, nature spot that was nearby to an epic city filled with incredible food choices—Portland. The rest of the night was spent eating delicious food, cutting into their wedding cake, hearing amazing (and hilarious) toasts from their families, and enjoying genuine, sentimental moments.

The two got barely any sleep before they rousted themselves out of a warm bed for the second half of their elopement—their epic, hiking adventure. We rose well before dawn, piled into the vehicle, and we were on our way to Washington for an amazing sunrise hike, which we’d read was proceeded by a pretty challenging 4x4 road.

Lauryn and David had come prepared, though. They’d rented a Jeep, we did our research, and readied ourselves in the wee hours of the morning to face the notoriously rough 4x4 road leading to our trailhead.

There was just one tiny issue—neither Lauryn or David had driven on an off-road trail before. That’s where I stepped in. I’ve driven on back roads and 4x4 roads several times (for elopements and for my own personal adventures, too). With Lauryn at the wheel, and me doing a little passenger-assisted-driving to help her maneuver some major potholes and obstacles (mostly shouting out “left!” “right!” “swerve!”), we carefully crawled our way up the trail head.  

And you know what? They had an absolute blast. (Such a blast, in fact, that they mentioned later the impromptu driving lesson was one of the factors that put their elopement experience over-the-top).

That’s one of the best parts about the kind of adventures I’m able to help couples embark on. They’re experiencing something new (maybe something they’ve never done before), with the person who matters the absolute most to them, and they’re choosing to take it on together.

Here were Lauryn and David, newly married, trekking out into the dark in the Washington wilderness at 3 in the morning with no 4x4 driving experience whatsoever and they’re still so enmeshed in each other, so enthralled in their partnership, that they’re willing to take on anything to make their dream day happen.

It’s hard to not love that about adventure elopements.

When we made it to the trail head, we were met with exactly what Lauryn and David wanted—solace and isolation. We flipped our headlamps on, Lauryn packed her epic hiking bouquet into her backpack (it was absolutely amazing), and we started the trek up to their scenic hike in complete darkness.

There’s something so other-worldly about hiking in the dark.

It’s so much more ethereal than day-hiking. You’re wrapped in total quiet—no fellow hikers, no chatter from passersby, no wilderness white noise. It’s just you, your footsteps, and your own heartbeat. With only your headlamp to guide you, there’s nothing to rely on but your own feet marching on, one after the other. There’s no timeline, no sense of distance traveled, no visual to psych you out or make you second-guess your abilities.

There’s nothing but you, the path ahead of you, and the promise of what’s waiting.  

As Lauryn and David crested the top of their mountain, the black outlines of the landscapes melted away into a gauzy, glowing sunrise over the volcanic mountain peaks in the Washington wilderness.

This view, this unreal, can’t-be-replicated, dramatic view was entirely theirs—well, almost.

Right as we hit the top of the mountain, we stumbled on a camping couple and their tiny (adorable) puppy, who promptly attacked Lauryn with sloppy kisses and nuzzles—it was pretty obvious Lauryn and David didn’t mind.

From where we were, we could see everything that makes Washington so uniquely beautiful—volcanic mountains, salt columns like you’d find in Scotland, and an entire forest filled with the dreamy trees that the PNW is famous for.

We soaked it all in. Lauryn let her hair down. The hiking bouquet came out. Lauryn and David, so perfectly in sync and enthralled with each other, embraced this experience with genuine amazement.

When it was time to leave and hike back down (which, admittedly, it was hard to tear ourselves away from the view), we trekked back down the mountain the same way we came up, truly seeing the trail for the first time.

When we’d embarked on our adventure this morning, we’d had our grounding, ethereal experience. But with the sun up, everything was illuminated. It didn’t matter that we’d technically done this entire trail before. With the light, it was all beautifully brand new.

I think there’s something meaningful in that.

You’re choosing to embark on this wild adventure, committing your lives to each other forever, never wholly certain of what’s in front of you—just complete uncertainty.

But you’re choosing it, and you know that even if you can’t see the steep inclines, the rough roads, the rocky terrain, you’re going to be okay—because you’re doing it together. Because all you need is your partner—your guiding light—to help you get through it.

And when you’re at the top of it all, with the sun coming up, illuminating a view so beautiful it doesn’t seem possible to be standing there, you’re able to confidently look back down from where you came, hand-in-hand, finally able to really see how beautiful your journey here was in the first place.

In this elopement photo captured by Adventure Instead, an elopement photographer, a gorgeous PWN cove in the Columbia River Gorge is shown. The bride and groom, Lauryn and David chose to have their small simple wedding and their elopement ceremony here.
Lauryn , the bride, waits on the edge of a cove before her Columbia River Gorge Wedding as she patiently waits for David, her groom, to surprise her for their first look. Lauryn and David switched up the first look process, implementing one of their own unique eloping ideas.
The bride, Lauryn, awaits her soon-to-be-husband for their first look before their elopement ceremony. They chose to have their small simple wedding in the Columbia River Gorge. This image was captured by Adventure Instead, an Oregon elopement photographer.
The groom, David, walks up behind his bride in a golden, grassy field to surprise her for their first look before their Columbia River Gorge wedding. These elopement photos were captured by Adventure Instead, an Oregon elopement photographer.
David sneaks up on Lauryn, his soon-to-be-wife. She faces away from him, toward the Columbia River Gorge, as he walks up behind her for their first look before their elopement ceremony.
In these side-by-side elopement photos captured by Adventure Instead, a Portland elopement photographer, David sneaks up behind Lauryn and taps her on the shoulder for their first look before their Columbia River Gorge Elopement.
The bride and groom take hands as they gaze at each other during their first look before their elopement ceremony. As they stand on the edge of a cliff on the Columbia River Gorge, they take a moment to absorb the dreamy, moody PNW feels before their Oergon elopement.
In these side-by-side elopement pictures, Lauryn and David, the bride and groom, take a few final looks at each other before they start their elopement ceremony. Lauryn wipes tears from her eyes in the photo on the right, and holds on tight to David in the photo on the left.
Lauryn and David take a moment to kiss and embrace right after their first look ceremony in the Columbia River Gorge. Now, it’s time for their Oregon elopement . Lauryn and David chose to elope with family, so their Columbia River Gorge wedding will include about 10 people.
in this close-up shot by Adventure Instead, an Oregon elopement photographer, a guest at the wedding holds an open Tupperware full of bright pink flowers. This was just one of the unique eloping ideas that Lauryn and David chose for their elopement ceremony.
In these side-by-side elopement pictures, Lauryn and David delicately place flowers in a circle at their feet—one of their unique eloping ideas was to get married while standing within this floral circle that they’d help construct during their elopement ceremony.
Lauryn flips up the collar of her soon-to-be-husband’s custom suit to reveal the day’s date stitched into it. Including small details in your elopement makes for some of the best elopement photos.
Lauryn shows off her beautiful, custom bouquet of flowers — this is always one of the best elopement ideas to include in your small simple wedding. Lauryn’s bouquet includes beautiful white, light pink, and green foliage, a very PNW bouquet.
In these side-by-side elopement photos, Lauryn’s parents hug on the soon-to-be-spouses before they begin their elopement ceremony in the Columbia River Gorge. Eloping with family is one of the unique eloping ideas that Lauryn and David wanted as part of their Columbia River Gorge wedding.
Lauryn’s mom and dad hold her hands on either side and walk her toward her elopement ceremony. With her dad on her right and her mom on her left, they stride toward where David is waiting for them.
These side-by-side elopement pictures, captured by Oregon elopement photographer Adventure Instead, show Lauryn, the bride, and her parents, walking down the aisle, in a manner of speaking. Lauryn and David chose to elope with family in Oregon, making their Columbia River Gorge elopement more of a small simple wedding.
Lauryn and her dad have a close, intimate moment as they hug before the Columbia River Gorge elopement ceremony begins .
These side-by-side elopement pictures show Lauryn and David in the moments before their Columbia River Gorge elopement ceremony. David takes Lauryn’s hand and kisses it in the photo on the left, and she leans in close to laugh with him in the photo on the right.
On a cliff side on the Columbia River Gorge, Lauryn and David, the bride and groom, stand in the middle of a floral circle while an officiant marries them in front of about 10 of their closest friends and family. One of their unique eloping ideas was to have a family elopement ceremony in Oregon, standing among the dark green trees along the Columbia River.
Lauryn leans in close to David to laugh during their Columbia River Gorge wedding. Behind her, members of her family laugh along with her during their elopement ceremony.
These side-by-side elopement photos (captured by Adventure Instead, an Oregon elopement photographer) show Lauryn and David during their elopement ceremony on the Columbia River Gorge. Surrounded by family, they take hands as an officiant marries them on the beautiful cliff side of the Columbia River.
Lauryn and David hold hands during their Columbia River Gorge wedding. Lauryn, closing her eyes as the officiant marries them, laughs out loud at David. Behind, them, their family looks on during their Oregon elopement.
The bride and groom, Lauryn and David, stand in the middle of a floral circle on the ground on the side of the rushing Columbia River. Their elopement ceremony took place in the Columbia River Gorge surrounded by family and filled with their own unique eloping ideas.
This close-up shot (captured by Oregon elopement photographer Adventure Instead) shows the officiant tying a cord around Lauryn and David’s hands. This handfasting ceremony is one of the unique eloping ideas that the bride and groom wanted to include in their Columbia River Gorge elopement.
These side-by-side photos show Lauryn and David during their handfasting ceremony, one of the eloping ideas they wanted to include in their Columbia River Gorge elopement.
Lauryn, the bride, reads her vows to her soon-to-be-husband David with their 10 closest friends and family surrounding them during their Columbia River Gorge elopement.
The bride looks down at her vows as she reads them to her soon-to-be-husband during their Columbia River Gorge elopement ceremony. David, the groom, looks at her intently as she reads.
The bride and groom embrace during their elopement ceremony right after the bride, Lauryn, finishes reading her vows to David, the groom. Behind them, the rushing Columbia River and their closest friends and family can be seen.
These side-by-side elopement pictures show David, the groom, reading his personal vows to his bride, Lauryn , during their Oregon elopement ceremony at the Columbia River Gorge.
In this elopement photo captured by Adventure Instead (an Oregon elopement photographer) , the bride, Lauryn is shown looking and smiling at her groom, David. Lauryn is dressed in a cream-colored, lace wedding gown and her hair is braided back into a bun.
The bride and groom stand within the flower circle they built for their elopement ceremony as David, the groom, reads his vows to Lauryn. Their Columbia River Gorge wedding included about 10 members of their family, and all can be seen here as they stand on the bank of the Columbia River during their Oregon elopement.
In these Oregon elopement photos, Lauryn and David’s entire family is captured as they all stand on the banks of the Columbia River watching the elopement ceremony. In the background, mountain peaks and dark green trees can be seen.
The bride’s mother and father stand, his hands on her shoulders, as they watch their daughter during her Columbia River Gorge elopement ceremony. They’re case in a golden light, as the elopement ceremony was held right before sunset.
Lauryn and David, the bride and groom, kiss — the signal that they’re finally husband and wife. They stand in the middle of a flower ring they helped construct for their elopement ceremony, one of their unique eloping ideas, on the side of the Columbia River.
Just married, Lauryn and David throw their hands up in the air (bouquet, too) as they stand on the side of the Columbia River. Their Oregon elopement was more of a small simple wedding because they chose to include family on the first day of their elopement.
In these side-by-side elopement photos, family members and friends hug on the bride, Lauryn, immediately after her small simple wedding.
Lauryn leans in close to embrace her mother, resting her head on her shoulder and shutting her eyes. Including family was one of the unique eloping ideas that the bride and groom wanted for their small simple wedding on the Columbia River Gorge.
These side-by-side elopement pictures show family and friends celebrating with the bride and groom immediately after their elopement ceremony in the Columbia River Gorge. In one photo, a man picks up the groom and poses with him for an elopement photo.
Family members hug the groom, David, as they party after eloping. Everyone is celebrating, hugging, and cheering after the Columbia River Gorge wedding.
Friends and family hug on the bride, Lauryn, immediately following their elopement ceremony in Columbia River Gorge. Everyone will head out soon for a party after eloping, but first, the bride and groom will explore a section of the Columbia Rver Gorge together.
Lauryn and David climb up the rocky side of the Columbia River Gorge, still in their wedding attire. Golden light and shadow casts upon them on the craggy rocks. David carries Lauryn’s bouquet.
Lauryn and David embrace on the side of an enormous, golden rock in the Columbia River Gorge for some of their elopement photos. Exploring after their elopement ceremony was one of their best elopement ideas, especially for additional elopement photos.
Still in their wedding clothes, Lauryn and David adventurously scale a large, vertical rock to explore after their elopement ceremony. Lauryn and David chose to get married in the Columbia River Gorge for their first elopement day so they could include their family.
Lauryn and David hold hands and walk high up on the rocks as they explore the Columbia River Gorge after their elopement ceremony. Their small simple wedding included family, nature, and intimate moments for just the two of them. These elopement photos were captured by Adventure Instead, an Oregon elopement photographer.
These side-by-side elopement pictures show Lauryn and David scrambling up the side of a craggy rock face in the Columbia River Gorge. When they get to the top of the rock, they hold each other close.
At the top of a craggy rock, with the Columbia River and PNW islands dotting the river behind them, Lauryn and David pop a bottle of champagne to celebrate their Columbia River Gorge wedding.
Lauryn and David both take a swig of their celebratory champagne in these side-by-side elopement photos captured by Portland elopement photographer Adventure Instead.
With their backs to the camera, Lauryn and David walk toward the edge of a cliff with the stunning Columbia River in the background. The two wanted to include some special exploring time on thei own after their family elopemet ceremony.
In these elopement pictures captured by Oregon elopement photographer Adventure Instead, Lauryn and David hold each other close and kiss as golden light streams in on them. In the background, PNW islands dot the Columbia River.
Lauryn, holding David’s hand, leads him away from an enormous rock as they walk through a golden meadow. David, still holding Lauryn’s bouquet, follows behind as he looks off into the distance at the Columbia River and the PNW islands dotting the river.
Lauryn and David take a moment to sit down in the golden grass as the sun sets on their elopement ceremony. Behind them, the Columbia River can be seen. The two hold each other close, reflecting on their small simple wedding.
As Lauryn and David and walk back from their Columbia River Gorge exploring adventure, Lauryn lifts her wedding dress just enough to show off her flat sandals. Standing next to her, David holds the bouquet in one hand and the bottle of champagne they popped during their party after eloping in the Columbia River Gorge.
A close-up of the menu from Park Kitchen is shown in this elopement photo captured by Portland elopement photographer Adventure Instead. Lauryn and David chose to come here for their party after eloping because they wanted to eat delicious food with their family as part of their elopement ceremony.
These side-by-side elopement photos show Lauryn and David during their reception after elopement in a swanky Portland restaurant. Total foodies, one of their unique eloping ideas was to get married somewhere in nature but close enough to a city to eat delicious food.
Lauryn and David link arms at the Portland restaurant during their party after eloping and look on as their family and friends celebrate their elopement ceremony.
Family members laugh, toast, and cheer in these side-by-side elopement pictures captured by Adventure Instead, a Portland elopement photographer. These photos were captured at a Portland restaurant during their party after eloping.
Lauryn and David take hands during their reception after eloping at a Portland restaurant. Their elopement ceremony, held in the Columbia River Gorge, was just the first portion of their Oregon elopement experience.
Friends and family members of Lauryn and David sit around the table at a Portland restaurant as they party after eloping. Including friends and family was one of the unique eloping ideas that Lauryn and David wanted for their small simple wedding.
A family member stands up at the table during the party after eloping and gives a toast. The guest, smiling, holds a drink her hand as she stares at the bride and groom during their reception after elopement.
Lauryn leans in on David’s shoulder and wipes away tears in these side-by-side elopement pictures captured by Oregon elopement photographer Adventure Instead. Lauryn gets emotional prior to a toast from a family member during the party after eloping
Lauryn , the bride, hugs a wedding guest at a Portland restaurant during the party after eloping.
A white, meticulously frosted cake, layered with green sprigs of foliage, sits on a shiny cake plate in the Portland restaurant during the party after eloping. This was one of Lauryn and David’s unquie eloping ideas they wanted to implement in their small simple wedding.
Lauryn and David brandish a knife to cut into their white and green frosted wedding cake . This was one of their best elopement ideas for their reception after eloping in the Columbi a River Gorge.
These side-by-side elopement photos show Lauryn and David, the bride an groom as they cut a slice of cake and bite into it during their party after eloping.
Lauryn and David begin the second part of their elopement ceremony as they hike a Washington trail in total darkness. With nothing but their headlamps to guide them, the two begin the second part of their North Cascades elopement.
These elopement photos show Lauryn and David silhouetted against the rising sun. The two of them are hiking to their Mount Rainier wedding and are equipped with backpacks, bouquets, hiking boots, and more.
As the sun rises in the distance, a volcanic mountain peeks out from the hazy fog. This was one of the reasons that Lauryn and David wanted to elope in Washington State—hiking during the sunrise was one of their best elopement ideas.
David leans in to kiss Lauryn on the cheek during their sunset hike. With just their headlamps to light their way, they’begin to hike up to elope in Washington State. The sun slowly rises behind them in the background.
Two wooden trail signs guide the way during Lauryn and David’s Washington state elopement. A sunrise hike was one of the simple wedding ideas that Lauryn and David wanted to include in their Washington elopement.
The sun slowly rises over the mountain ranges, giving off a hazy, pink color. Both Lauryn and David and wanted to elope in Washington state in hopes of catching this beautiful view at sunrise.
A random puppy that Lauryn and David found on the hike attacks Lauryn with kisses and nuzzles. Lauryn, in her wedding dress at the top of the mountain, very clearly doesn’t mind this as part of her small wedding ideas.
A tiny, black lab puppy nuzzles and cuddles with Lauryn, the bride in her wedding dress, as Lauryn and David finish up the hike to the top of the mountain for their Washington state elopement. Lauryn doesn’t seem to mind the puppy kisses and cuddles
Lauryn and David hold each other close as they stand at the top of a mountain in Washington, fully dressed in their wedding attire. The sun, just rising, casts a pink and golden hue across them. IN the background, dozens of mountain ranges, tall trees, and PNW landscape can be see. This was why hiking in Washington was one of their eloping ideas—this amazing view.
These side-by-side elopement photos captured by Washington state elopement photographer Adventure Instead shows Lauryn and David hugging close as the sun rises at the top of their mountain hike.
Lauryn and David lean in close for a kiss as the sun rises behind them. The two are silhouetted by the rising sun at the top of the mountain, one of the most beautiful places to elope in Washington.
As the sun rises, Lauryn and David lean in close, nuzzling their faces together. These sunrise elopement photos were captured by Washington elopement wedding photographer Adventure Instead.
Lauryn and David are silhouetted by the sun in these sunrise elopement photos captured by Adventure Instead. The two lean in close during their North Cascades Wedding.
In the distance, a mountain peak can be seen cresting through a hazy, pink fog. This hike was one of the reasons that Lauryn and David wanted to elope in Washington state.
Lauryn and David sit at the top of the mountain and watch the sunrise during their Mount Rainier wedding. These side-by-side adventure elopement photos were captured by Washington elopement photographer Adventure Instead.
Lauryn and David hold each other close in an embrace during the beautiful, sunrise moments at the top of the mountain in Washington. When they were planning on how to elope in Washington State, they knew they wanted to include a sunrise hike for this reason.
With the sun almost totally up, Mount Hood peaks out of the fog in the distance at the top of the mountain hike. Lauryn and David wanted to include these views in their unique eloping ideas for their small simple wedding.
David follows Lauryn further onto the trail as they continue forward to elope in Washington state on the top of the mountain.
Lauryn and David hold hands as they stand at the edge of a the mountaintop during their sunrise elopement in Washington state. At the top of the mountain, there’s a misty fog that surrounds Lauryn and David in their wedding clothes.
These side-by-side elopement photos show Lauryn and David at the top of the mountain, enjoying the view of the sunrise. These elopement pictures were captured by Washington state elopement wedding photographer Adventure Instead.
Lauryn and David hold each other close as they look out from the top of the mountain in these elopement photos captured by elopement photographer Adventure Instead.
Lauryn dances around at the top of the mountain in these portrait-style wedding photos as part of their Washington elopement ceremony.
David, the groom, poses at the top of the mountain for portrait style elopement pictures captured by elopement wedding photographer Adventure Instead.
Lauryn and David hike up the top of their mountain for their Washington elopement. Lauryn, hold her dress up, shows off her hiking boots.
Lauryn dress dramatically flits around in the wind at the top of their epic Mount Rainier elopement spot.
Mount Hood peaks out from the top of the mountain from a thin layer of fog. These views were one of the incredible, unique eloping ideas that Lauryn and David wanted to include in their Washington elopement.
Laurny points off to something in the distance while David walks over to see what she’s looking at.
A jagged, rocky mountain peaks out of the rugged, Washington wilderness. There are so many places to elope in Washington state that include gorgeous, beautiful views like this one.
Lauryn dramatically flips her dress up in the wind at the top of the mountain during their elopement pictures. These elopement photos were captured by elopement photographer Adventure Instead.
In the distance, Lauryn and David can be seen hiking up to the top of the mountain in these side-by-side elopement photos captured by Adventure Instead
Laurny chases after David during their hike to the top of the Washington mountain. David, hold her bouquet of flowers, treks up in the mountain in his suit.
Off in the distance, Lauryn and David are seen hiking up to the top of the mountain for their washington state elopement. Even further in the distance, Mount Hood peeks through.
Lauryn and David stand close, holding each other, at the top of their Washington mountain for their adventure elopement photos. In the background, the top of Mount Hood peaks through a thin layer of fog.
mount-hood-wedding-elope-in-washington-state-best-elopement-ideas
Lauryn shows off her flower bouquet and her hiking boots as she hikes up her wedding dress. Hiking in wedding attire was a unique eloping idea that both Lauryn and David wanted to include in their small simple wedding.
In this adventure elopement photo captured by elopement photographer Adventure Instead, Lauryn and David, the bride and groom, are seen hiking back down the mountain. Still in their wedding attire, their backpacks are loaded up with hiking gear and Lauryn’s hardy hiking bouquet, one of the unique eloping ideas the couple wanted to include their elopement wedding.
Still in their wedding attire, Lauryn and David hike back down the mountain from where they just elope in Washington state. Their North Cascades wedding was one of the many free places to get married in Washington state.
Lauryn and David embrace and kiss, surrounded by a thicket of trees in the Washington wilderness. These elopement photos were captured by elopement wedding photographer Adventure Instead.
David reaches down to help Lauryn free her dress from a stump as they hike back down the mountain in their wedding attire. Hiking in their wedding outfits was one of the unique elopement ideas they wanted to capture in their elopement pictures.
In this elopement photo, Adventure Instead, an elopement wedding photographer, captures the Washington wilderness after sunrise.
The newlyweds hikd back down the mountain they hiked up to elope in Washington state. Now, they’re able to see the path in front of them, as opposed to this morning when they hiked up in total darkness.
Now in hiking clothes, Lauryn and David hike back down the mountain that they hiked up (in full daylight) to elope in Washington state. These elopement photos were captured by elopement wedding photographer Adventure Instead.
Lauryn and David pose beneath a rock formation during their Washington state elopement ceremony, During their hike down, they can finally see the trail they hiked up to elope in Washington state.

THINKING ABOUT HAVING YOUR OWN Adventurous elopement?

Hey there! We're Maddie Mae, Amber, & Tori, elopement photographers & guides who are based in Colorado and Washington. We’re here to be you guides and to help you document your intimate and meaningful elopement experience. We’re also able to help you pinpoint the greatest vendors, the dreamiest locations, and more! We can’t wait to connect with you.

DON'T LET your special day dissolve into the expectations, opinions, and traditions that big weddings tell you are required—have your own unique, meaningful adventure elopement your way.

Get in touch with us and let us guide you. 

single-post.jpg

HEY THERE!

We're Maddie Mae, Amber, & Tori. We are adventurous elopement photographers & guides based in Colorado that travel worldwide to help fearless couples like you create your unforgettable, wildly different wedding experience—that is completely yours.

Are You Ready to Create Your Own Adventurous Elopement?


If you would like help dreaming up your intimate wedding day, a customized elopement location idea list just for you, planning tools, vendor recommendations, and a creative, laid-back, documentary approach to your adventurous wedding photography—we would love to help you make your adventure elopement dreams come true.

leave your comment
explore
more posts