When you first start planning your elopement—
the best mindset you and your partner can
have is one with no boundaries. This part of the
process has nothing to do with limits, so forget
for a moment about what’s “feasible,” and just
let yourself dream. Your wedding day is about creating a day that’s going to make you feel the most alive, happy, relaxed, and in-love.
It’s your elopement day – who you invite is entirely up to you!
At PNW Elopement, to keep our elopement experiences as intimate as possible, we don't generally photograph any elopements over 10 people, most keep it between 2-10 people all together.
Plenty of elopement spots are easily accessible, so if bringing a family member or two, or three, there are definitely ways for your loved ones (even your dog) to experience your day with you! Plus, some states require witnesses during your ceremony, why not include them!
The short answer- pretty much anything you can think of (plus the legal stuff!) You can decide to have vows only, or have an officiant (we totally can officiate) tell a beautiful love story that you craft together. It can be as customized as possible to be as authentic and intimate as you both want!
Depending on the state where your elopement is taking place, will determine if you need an officiant or not! The act of marrying each other with no witnesses is called Self-Solemnization, and several states recognize this!
Colorado, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C. allow the marrying of couples by themselves. You still need to fill out required paperwork for the state, but that totally means you can also have your dog sign as a witness!
B.S.U -> A.S.D Before sun up, after sun down. In a nutshell, an all day elopement can consist of a morning elopement ceremony, a day full of activities, with a sunset adventure session. Our couples sometimes opt for a sunset session, allowing our couples to enjoy spending time with their family and friends, or just themselves!
We here at PNW Elopement take our couples ideal elopement day and curate a timeline that allows for optimizing your day.
Leave No Trace is a set of ethics that everyone
who recreationally uses the outdoors should
strive to practice in order to do their part in
protecting the environment. It is made up of 7
principles that guide decisions to leave the least
amount of impact possible on outside spaces:
• Plan Ahead and Prepare • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces • Dispose of Waste Properly • Leave What You Find • Minimize Campfire Impacts • Respect Wildlife • Be Considerate of other Visitors
To best follow Leave No Trace, you should do research beforehand so that you can make a plan to stick to trails and other durable surfaces, be ready to leave everything you find and pack out everything that you bring in, and be prepared in case you encounter any local wildlife. Following the Leave No Trace ethics helps preserve outdoor spaces and our access to them by making sure that we use them sustainability and responsibly–so that you can return to whatever location you choose to have a vow renewal or anniversary session and still have it be as pristine as the day that you got married.
We have all of our clients fill out a contact form with the basics of name, date of elopement, locations(s), number of people, and if you are looking for photo, video or both.
This allows us to provide prompt communication if we are booked for your desired date(s) and what locations may be accessible during specific times of year.
We also will send samples of additional wedding galleries and wedding films to see the complete flows of the day.
We can't wait to here from you! Send us a message to day and let's start planning your wedding or elopement!