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Elopement stories, adventures, tips, tricks, and guides. From my brain to your screen.

Micro wedding and elopement timelines. Two marriers walk away from the camera down a forest path, surrounded by trees. They are holding hands, and one is holding a bouquet.
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How to Plan the Perfect Micro Wedding or Elopement Timeline

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Planning a micro wedding or elopement timeline feels like a daunting task if you’ve never done it before. Which, statistically, most of you haven’t. It’s something of a catch-22 sometimes, isn’t it? You need to book your vendors early enough that they’re still available for your date. But when it comes time to book a […]

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When is the Best Time of Year to Elope in Washington?

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Choosing the best time of year to elope in Washington state isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation. If it was, this would be the shortest blog post ever, and you probably wouldn’t even be here. But here you are, with your preferences and daydreams, so here I am to help you pick the perfect time of year […]

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The 15 Best Places to Elope in Washington State

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When it comes to the best places to elope in general, Washington is pretty high up on the list. The variety in the evergreen state is wild: mountains, coastline, old-growth forests, lakes (both at sea level and the alpine variety), waterfalls, meadows, glaciers, a desert, and even a rainforest. We’re spoiled for choice here with […]

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How to Plan a Queer Wedding

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Planning a queer wedding seems a wee bit more daunting than planning a cis-/het- wedding, doesn’t it? Partly because the wedding industry is largely focused on straight, cisgender people. Times are (thankfully) changing, but the availability of resources and representation for queer couples is still lagging far behind. Even well-meaning “advice” can be misguided or […]

An engaged couple walks along a lake, holding hands and looking at each other
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Top places for Seattle engagement photos

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Near the city, the opportunities for Seattle engagement photos are almost limitless In less than an hour, you can be taking your Seattle engagement photos in the mountains, on the Sound, or downtown if you fancy a city backdrop. I love variety.  There are many many more locations that I could add to this list–and […]

An engaged couple walks along Puget Sound, arm in arm, during their Seahurst Park engagement session
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Seahurst Park Engagement Session

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Seahurst Park is yet another gem on the water in the Seattle area.   And Seahurst Park is perfect for an engagement session. I like to show up early, for most things in life. Partly because I hate being ‘that guy’ who shows up late, but for engagements and elopements specifically, I like to get […]

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Point Defiance Engagement

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Meeting up with A + K for this Point Defiance engagement session rounded out a really good weekend.   Point Defiance is a sprawling park north of Tacoma, WA. It’s got beaches, a zoo, an aquarium, gardens… And miles and miles of trails. Alexis, Kay, and I went out to Owen Beach, and then walked […]

Courthouse weddings are the best! A newly married couple walks down the hall in the Milwaukee courthouse, holding hands.
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Top 5 reasons why courthouse weddings are secretly the best

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Courthouse weddings are a hidden gem in the world of weddings. Plenty of people just kind of…brush off courthouse weddings. They don’t think about them too much or pay them any real consideration. But folks, they’re great. Here’s why:   1. Low stress   Even for people who love big weddings…you have to admit that there’s […]

Two Field Notes notebooks with a bouquet
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The ultimate guide to writing your own elopement vows

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Want to know how I know that you’ve googled elopement vows? I’m a witch. Kidding. It’s because we all do. I did it when I eloped. My partner did it. My couples do it. We all freaking do it because, chances are, we’ve never written elopement vows before! I was going to say it’s like […]

The first look on a wedding day: what, why, and how
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First look tips: what, why, how?

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The term “first look” may have come up while you were doing some wedding research. Or you heard someone mention it. Maybe this is the first (…haha) you’re hearing about it. Either way, the first look has gotten more and more popular over time, and there are several reasons why. (I think it’s a great […]

Discovery Park engagement session
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Discovery Park Engagement

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I met up with Ashley and Allison for their Discovery Park engagement session in some…uncooperative weather. But they rocked it anyway. Listen, it’s Washington. Rain is rain, it happens, and your session can still be incredible. A Discovery Park engagement session gives you so much variety that you won’t know what to do with yourself. […]

Pike Place engagement session ideas, couple embracing in front of the Pike Place Market sign
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Pike Place Engagement

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When I scheduled this Pike Place engagement session with Andrea and PK, no one knew what the weather was going to be like (story of my life), but we lucked out so hard. We even saw sunshine! Andrea and PK brought Andrea’s brother’s girlfriend along, and she was a delight. Thank you for the chats and […]