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PNW and Ireland elopement photographer

And not strange as in “kind of peculiar but friendly.” Strange as in “why do we do it that way?”

Even in the elopement world, there can be pressures to look a certain way, act a certain way, hike the longest trail, or do the coolest thing. 

And when you’re neurodivergent, that…doesn’t work. We don’t fit neatly into the boxes the wedding world has laid out for us. And it can be difficult to find the people and experiences who understand us. 

My options felt limited when I eloped. My partner and I knew we didn’t want a big wedding, but even still, there was a script to follow. 

I have fond memories, but there’s an edge to them. Because when I look back at our lovely photos, I can see in my face that parts of me were hidden away.

Solar Rose was created because the wedding industry is a wee bit strange.

You deserve to follow your inner compass in whichever direction it’s pointing, even if it spins a little. Other people don’t get to make decisions on your behalf–it’s entirely up to you.

You deserve to relax into your elopement day so completely that the mask comes off and you get to actually be who you are.

I get it. I hear you. And I’m here for a lot more than just “accepting” you.

I take the time to get to know you and your needs so I can create an elopement experience that fits your personality and preferences. Because you, in all your uniqueness, should be celebrated.

You deserve so much better, honestly

“My wife and I had the most incredible elopement we could have ever imagined. We had an adventure we will remember for the rest of our lives because of them and could not be more thankful and happy."


I’m an Irish transplant living with my British partner (we eloped in 2018!), our three-legged dog, and a houseplant collection that we’ll never admit is “getting out of control.” We live on a few acres in northern Washington; I’ve already picked out where the chicken coop is going to go.

I grew up watching BBC crime dramas, and now I read too many mystery novels.

My partner and I have a Lord of the Rings marathon every single year. The extended editions. 

Running around the mountains makes me happy. Getting to share those adventures with eloping couples makes me the happiest.

Personality-wise, I’m a chill introvert who’s soft on the inside and just wants everyone to have a nice time.

I’m the B in LGBTQ+. All love is love, and you are so so welcome here, my darlings xx

Your Elopement Photographer

Hello, I'm Rachel (they/them)

I notice how you're doing throughout the day and will check in often to see if you need anything or want a break.

Picking up on Energy

Folks tell me I'm good at:

My goal is to be unobtrusive so you sometimes forget I'm there. This makes for some of my favourite images, the ones that look most like "you."

In-Between Moments

Elopements don't always go to plan...and that's ok! We'll always have a backup plan, and we'll roll with it smoothly.

Rolling With Changes

We’re going to make art together. Think photojournalism, but with an artist there to get creative with you. You don’t have to be a model–you get to enjoy your wedding day, and I’ll handle the images.

I’ll take care of everything. No fake moments and no cheesy prompts. Just real love, real joy, and posing that honours your relationship, boundaries, and comfort levels.

"We're going to make art together"

My photographic Style

— Me, to you

1. CONNECTION: I love getting to know my couples before your elopement. Your elopement is about you, not me, so getting to know what makes you happy helps me craft a bespoke elopement experience. 

Familiarity also makes everyone more comfortable and relaxed. The more relaxed you are, the more you’re able to sink into and honour who you really are. And that makes for some beautiful art.

2. THE DETAILS: I spend an inordinate amount of time gathering a collection of locations into my proprietary database. Locations to suit any type of elopement and any couple’s preference. It’s a massive part of my job, one that I’m pretty freaking good at. 

I’m like your weird but fun aunt who lives in a cottage and knows how many trees are between here and that one rock they really like.

We’ll also build a timeline together that leaves plenty of room for relaxation and spontaneity. Creativity and art need space to breathe, and so do you!

Working with me is more than just showing up and taking pretty photos. Everything leading up to your elopement is what makes the magic happen.

key parts of the process

I used to spend my summers back home in Ireland. Every single year. And then it became every few years. And then the gap between visits got wider, especially after The Situation that prevented us all from traveling.

But I’m back to my yearly visits whenever possible to top up the Irish in my veins, and that is excellent news for you!

If you’ve been dreaming of eloping or honeymooning in Ireland (and why wouldn’t you), I’ve got some very special photography packages just for you. I don’t have unlimited time in the Old Country, but if you’re reading this, I’ve still got space in my 2024 calendar for you!

And don’t fret. If the idea of eloping internationally sounds overwhelming, I’ve got all the info you need. Click below to read more, or message me with all your questions!

Speaking of Ireland...

Elope in Ireland!
I'm ready!

Does all of that sound good to you?

What do you think?

If you're on board, I'm on board.
Message me to get on my calendar and start planning your dream elopement xx