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Washington Elopement packages

The wedding industry is messed up

But LGBTQ+ couples have to navigate outing ourselves to vendors or passing as cis/straight (if possible) and feeling like we're hiding. We have to look for "clues" sprinkled throughout websites that'll tell us a vendor is safe. And often, we have to settle for people who "accept us" but don't understand us.

And then on top of that, trying to find vendors who understand eloping as more than just some "lesser wedding"...??

Horrible, right? No one wants to look back on their wedding day and have those kinds of memories.





The way you get married matters. Your elopement matters. You deserve to be safe, seen, and celebrated on your wedding day (with beautiful photos to remember it by).

Welcome home.

Let's talk about it.

Wedding planning can be stressful enough on its own.

I'm sick of it, and I want better than that for you.

Whatever you're dreaming up,
I can make it happen

I photograph elopements in Washington for LGBTQ+ couples (and all love). Couples who just want to get married without your shenanigans, great-aunt Mary. Enough already.

I'm so stoked on elopements that I eloped too! My partner and I were only engaged for 5 months; we pulled off our dream elopement, and I would love nothing more than to do it again and again.

To me, being your elopement photographer is so much more than just turning up on the day and taking pretty pictures. I work with each of my couples one-on-one to make sure that your day is truly you, and everything you've been dreaming of. 

hello!

I'm Rachel

I'm more than just a photographer! here are all the things I do for my couples:

this is how we make your elopement dreams come true

If you book me for 8 hours or more, your package also includes an album credit! I’ll talk your ear off about these incredible, heirloom albums if you give me half a chance. They’re just...gorgeous. And they’re made by an incredibly eco-friendly print lab. Love them to pieces.

I design albums for my couples at no extra charge; all you have to do is offer feedback on the design until it's exactly how you like it, and your album will be delivered straight to your door.


Albums: the best way to round out your elopement experience and preserve the memories

07.

I’m in this with you, for whatever happens. Lean on my experience whenever you like.

Throughout this whole process, I'm just a call or email away to talk things through, help you make decisions, offer advice, and make it as easy for you as possible to design your elopement day.



Unlimited consults

06.

Your elopement is going to be unique. From the location to the season to the precise date and time, I’m sorting out where the sun is going to be and when, what the weather is likely to be, which activities you're doing... All of that comes together to slot neatly into a timeline built just for you.

One of the beautiful upsides of eloping is the freedom to do whatever you like. There isn’t going to be a wedding planner tapping her watch at you because you’re late for something (again) and before you know it, your day is over in a blur of missed deadlines. We can take things as slow as you want, and we can change our minds day of if we want to. That’s what the backup timeline is for (:



a bespoke timeline: your perfect day

05.

When I say this guide is packed...I'm talking everything you'll ever need to know to plan your elopement.

You'll barely even need me. (But I'm here for you anyway.)

It's got everything: inspiration, travel tips, lodging and vendor recommendations, activity ideas, suggestions for finding attire and outdoor gear, lists of what outdoor gear you need, timeline examples, ceremony ideas, how to tell your loved ones, and on and on and on.

You’re going to be so prepared you’ll wonder why you were ever stressed at all.


The ultimate 'How to elope' guide, my favourite thing

04.

Some couples are into bucket-list experiences like helicopter rides over the mountains, and some couples would rather keep their day low-key with a Jeep and a campfire.

Whatever it is that you two enjoy, I have got some ideas up my sleeve to make it happen.

HELP WITH SECURING PERMITS AND FIGURING OUT IF YOU EVEN NEED ONE:

A lot of couples aren't familiar with permit requirements, but that's ok, I am! There are plenty of places where you don't need a permit, but when you do, they're usually only a few hundred dollars. Which feels like even less when you consider that the average wedding venue and rentals cost in Seattle is $7,826.

I spend hours and hours exploring both online and in real life to find the perfect elopement locations. Away from the crowds, where the light is just right, and you don’t have to be an ultramarathoner to get there.

a tailored list of location ideas based on your preferences

02.

It may seem weird to put this on top of a "what I do for my couples" list, but getting to know you and your partner is super important to me.

The more I understand who you are, what you want, and how you want your elopement experience to feel, the better your elopement day is going to be!

I send out a questionnaire right after you book that will give me some insight on who you are, what your relationship is like, and what you're envisioning for your day.

Getting to know you

01.

activity ideas you'll love

03.

"Rachel was hands down the best photographer we've had. We are the most awkward couple and she made us look amazing. It was such a fun day and we absolutely love the photos she captured."

"She made it so easy and comfortable for us and we love the way she photographs many candid and natural shots! Rachel is very flexible, patient, and kind."

"She captured us naturally and it really shows in the photos. It was up to what we wanted and that was awesome. She did a really phenomenal job on being in the right places at the right time."

"We would give 6 Stars if we could! We loved our experience from start to finish. If you are looking for a patient, kind and naturally talented photographer Rachel is the one to book."

Let's talk all-day elopements

What was the first thing that came to your mind when you read "all-day elopements"?

Was it you and your partner grimacing through another portrait, trying not to think about how much your feet hurt or how hungry you are? 

I totally understand that reaction, and I hear about it all the time. How are you supposed to know what an all day elopement--what your elopement--can be if you've never heard of this before?




Will we be near a mountain? Yeah, there's a good chance. But this isn't a photoshoot, it's your wedding day, and it can be anything you want it to be.

I've drawn up some example timelines to show you what your elopement can be. Scroll down!

don't panic on me; it's probably not what you think!

All-day elopements are not "super long mountain Photoshoots."

What was the first thing that came to your mind when you read "all-day elopements"?

Was it you and your partner grimacing through another portrait, trying not to think about how much your feet hurt or how hungry you are? 

I totally understand that reaction, and I hear about it all the time. How are you supposed to know what an all day elopement--what your elopement--can be if you've never heard of this before?






Will we be near a mountain? Yeah, there's a good chance. But this isn't a photoshoot, it's your wedding day, and it can be anything you want it to be.

I've drawn up some example timelines to show you what your elopement can be. Scroll down!

12:00 pm: I meet you at your ceremony location and set up for a first look

12:30 pm: First look followed by capturing details

1:30 pm: Loved ones arrive and set up for ceremony

2:00 pm: Ceremony begins, followed by group photos and a champagne toast

2:30 pm: Loved ones head into town, while we leave for a floatplane adventure

3:00 pm: Arrive at the dock

3:30 pm: Float plane takes off, bringing us to a secluded lake

4:00 pm: Explore the area and take portraits

5:30 pm: Floatplane leaves to bring us back

6:00 pm: Arrive back at the dock and head to a restaurant in town

6:30 pm: Arrive at the restaurant to celebrate with loved ones

8:00 pm: Photo coverage wraps up

HOURS

8

7:00 am: I meet you at your cabin rental to photograph details (your hiking boots, rings, bouquets, etc.) while you write down your vows and pack up your attire

8:30 am: Drive to the trailhead for location one

9:00 am: A hike takes us out into the mountains, stopping to explore as we go

11:00 am: We arrive at an overlook, and you change into your wedding attire

11:30 am: You share a first look and exchange private vows, followed by exploring and portraits

1:00 pm: We head back to the trailhead, stopping for portraits along the way

3:30 pm: Arrive at location two, where your loved ones have arrived. Short hike to your ceremony location

4:00 pm: Ceremony, followed by group photos with your loved ones

4:30 pm: Hike back to the trailhead

5:00 pm: Drive back to the cabin (30 min drive) for a celebratory meal with your loved ones

7:00 pm: Photo coverage wraps up

HOURS

12

Your elopement day can look like this...

All too often, I've wished I had more time. To capture all the moments of your day, to suggest an incredible experience I know a couple would have loved.

Does anyone question it when couples having big, traditional weddings hire photographers for a full day? Nope, no one bats an eye. "It's their wedding day."

This is your wedding day. Not your "15 minute ceremony, maybe some pictures, and then I guess pick up groceries on the way home."


No one ever says, "My elopement was too good, I wish we did less."

Why would you deserve any less than the full experience...?

Sounds great, right?

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The ultimate experience

1.5 days of photography

up to 20 people

$7,000

PHOTOGRAPHY (DUH)

-  One full day (10 hrs) and one half day (4 hrs) of photography; minimum of 600 images
-  You'll receive your beautiful images via an online gallery; no fussing with USB sticks
-  From the gallery, you can print, download, and share with whomever you like!

ELOPEMENT CONSULTING + PLANNING

-  Personalized locations, vendor recs, and a direct line to me
-  Custom timeline building + activity suggestions
-  'Getting to know you' questionnaire
Packed elopement planning guide (the holy grail of elopement planning and dreaming)
-  Customized location list

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE...

-  $300 Album credit
-  Photo slideshow
-  Elopement highlight film included ($800 value)

MY TRAVEL IS INCLUDED!
All my travel anywhere in Washington (accessible by 2WD car or a commercial flight) is included! 

get in touch to start planning your elopement!

The ultimate experience

1.5 days of photography

CLICK FOR details!

The ultimate experience

1.5 days of photography

get in touch to start planning your elopement!

up to 20 people

$7,000

PHOTOGRAPHY (DUH)

-  One full day (10 hrs) and one half day (4 hrs) of photography; minimum of 600 images
-  You'll receive your beautiful images via an online gallery; no fussing with USB sticks
-  From the gallery, you can print, download, and share with whomever you like!

ELOPEMENT CONSULTING + PLANNING

-  Personalized locations, vendor recs, and a direct line to me
-  Custom timeline building + activity suggestions
-  'Getting to know you' questionnaire
Packed elopement planning guide (the holy grail of elopement planning and dreaming)
-  Customized location list

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE...

-  $300 Album credit
-  Photo slideshow
-  Elopement highlight film included ($800 value)

MY TRAVEL IS INCLUDED!
All my travel anywhere in Washington (accessible by 2WD car or a commercial flight) is included!

get in touch to start planning your elopement!

The ultimate experience

1.5 days of photography

CLICK FOR details!

The full-day experience

12 hours of photography

PHOTOGRAPHY (DUH)

-  Up to 12 hours of photography; minimum of 450 images
-  You'll receive your beautiful images via an online gallery; no fussing with USB sticks
-  From the gallery, you can print, download, and share with whomever you like!

ELOPEMENT CONSULTING + PLANNING

-  Personalized locations, vendor recs, and a direct line to me
-  Custom timeline building + activity suggestions
-  'Getting to know you' questionnaire
Packed elopement planning guide (the holy grail of elopement planning and dreaming)
-  Customized location list

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE...

-  $200 Album credit
-  Photo slideshow
-  Elopement highlight film included ($800 value)

MY TRAVEL IS INCLUDED!
All my travel anywhere in Washington (accessible by 2WD car or a commercial flight) is included!

up to 20 people

$5,400

get in touch to start planning your elopement!

The full-day experience

12 hours of photography

CLICK FOR details!

The FULL-DAY experience

12 HOURS of photography

get in touch to start planning your elopement!

up to 20 people

$5,400

PHOTOGRAPHY (DUH)

- Up to 12 hours of photography; minimum of 450 images
- You'll receive your beautiful images via an online gallery; no fussing with USB sticks
- From the gallery, you can print, download, and share with whomever you like!

ELOPEMENT CONSULTING + PLANNING

- Personalized locations, vendor recs, and a direct line to me
- Custom timeline building + activity suggestions
- 'Getting to know you' questionnaire
- Packed elopement planning guide (the holy grail of elopement planning and dreaming)
- Customized location list

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE...

- $200 Album credit
- Photo slideshow
- Elopement highlight film included ($800 value)

MY TRAVEL IS INCLUDED!

All my travel anywhere in Washington (accessible by 2WD car or a commercial flight) is included!

get in touch to start planning your elopement!

The FULL-DAY experience

12 HOURS of photography

CLICK FOR details!

The 8-hour experience

8 hours of photography

up to 20 people

$3,800

get in touch to start planning your elopement!

The 8-hour experience

8 hours of photography

PHOTOGRAPHY (DUH)

-  Up to 8 hours of photo coverage; minimum of 300 images
-  You'll receive your beautiful images via an online gallery; no fussing with USB sticks
-  From the gallery, you can print, download, and share with whomever you like!

ELOPEMENT CONSULTING + PLANNING

-  Personalized locations, vendor recs, and a direct line to me
-  Custom timeline building + activity suggestions
-  'Getting to know you' questionnaire
Packed elopement planning guide (the holy grail of elopement planning and dreaming)
-  Customized location list

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE...

-  $100 Album credit
-  Photo slideshow
-  Elopement highlight film available as an add-on ($800)

MY TRAVEL IS INCLUDED!
All my travel anywhere in Washington (accessible by 2WD car or a commercial flight) is included! 

CLICK FOR details!

The 8-HOUR experience

8 HOURS of photography

get in touch to start planning your elopement!

up to 20 people

$3,800

PHOTOGRAPHY (DUH)

- Up to 8 hours of photo coverage; minimum of 300 images
- You'll receive your beautiful images via an online gallery; no fussing with USB sticks
- From the gallery, you can print, download, and share with whomever you like!

ELOPEMENT CONSULTING + PLANNING

- Personalized locations, vendor recs, and a direct line to me
- Custom timeline building + activity suggestions
- 'Getting to know you' questionnaire
- Packed elopement planning guide (the holy grail of elopement planning and dreaming)
- Customized location list

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE...

- $100 Album credit
- Photo slideshow
- Elopement highlight film available as an add-on ($800)

MY TRAVEL IS INCLUDED!

All my travel anywhere in Washington (accessible by 2WD car or a commercial flight) is included! 

get in touch to start planning your elopement!

The 8-HOUR experience

8 HOURS of photography

CLICK FOR details!

The half-day experience

4 hours of photography

up to 20 people

$2,400

get in touch to start planning your elopement!

The HALF-DAY experience

4 hours of photography

PHOTOGRAPHY (DUH)

-  Up to 4 hours of photo coverage; minimum of 150 images
-  You'll receive your beautiful images via an online gallery; no fussing with USB sticks
-  From the gallery, you can print, download, and share with whomever you like!

ELOPEMENT CONSULTING + PLANNING

-  Personalized locations, vendor recs, and a direct line to me
-  Custom timeline building + activity suggestions
-  'Getting to know you' questionnaire
Packed elopement planning guide (the holy grail of elopement planning and dreaming)
-  Customized location list

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE...

-  Photo slideshow
-  Elopement highlight film available as an add-on ($800)

MY TRAVEL IS INCLUDED!
All my travel anywhere in Washington (accessible by 2WD car or a commercial flight) is included! 

CLICK FOR details!

The HALF-DAY experience

4 days of photography

get in touch to start planning your elopement!

up to 20 people

$2,400

PHOTOGRAPHY (DUH)

- Up to 4 hours of photo coverage; minimum of 150 images
- You'll receive your beautiful images via an online gallery; no fussing with USB sticks
- From the gallery, you can print, download, and share with whomever you like!

ELOPEMENT CONSULTING + PLANNING

- Personalized locations, vendor recs, and a direct line to me
- Custom timeline building + activity suggestions
- 'Getting to know you' questionnaire
- Packed elopement planning guide (the holy grail of elopement planning and dreaming)
- Customized location list

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE...

- Photo slideshow
- Elopement highlight film available as an add-on ($800)

MY TRAVEL IS INCLUDED!

All my travel anywhere in Washington (accessible by 2WD car or a commercial flight) is included! 

get in touch to start planning your elopement!

The HALF-DAY experience

4 days of photography

CLICK FOR details!

ADVENTURE SESSIONS!

PERFECT FOR ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS, ANNIVERSARIES, TUESDAYS...

-  2+ hours of photo coverage; minimum of 75 photos
-  You'll receive your beautiful images via an online gallery; no fussing with USB sticks
-  From the gallery, you can print, download, and share with whomever you like!

CONSULTING


-  Personalized locations and vendor recs (because any time is a good time for a bouquet)
-  Activity suggestions
-  'Getting to know you' questionnaire
-  Customized location list

MY TRAVEL IS INCLUDED!

All my travel up to 2 hours from Bellingham (accessible by 2WD car or a commercial flight) is included! 

Starting at $1,200

get in touch to book your adventure session!

Adventure sessions!

STARTING AT

$1,200

PERFECT FOR ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS, ANNIVERSARIES, TUESDAYS...

- 2+ hours of photo coverage; minimum of 75 photos
- You'll receive your beautiful images via an online gallery; no fussing with USB sticks
- From the gallery, you can print, download, and share with whomever you like!

CONSULTING

- Personalized locations and vendor recs (because any time is a good time for a bouquet)
- Activity suggestions
- 'Getting to know you' questionnaire
- Customized location list

MY TRAVEL IS INCLUDED!

All my travel up to 2 hours from Bellingham (accessible by 2WD car or a commercial flight) is included! 

get in touch to BOOK YOUR ADVENTURE SESSION!

ADVENTURE SESSIONS!

Want something different?

or want to travel for your elopement?

contact me for a custom quote!

behind-the-scenes highlight films

I'm. so. stoked.
tell me more about highlight films!

Ever wish you could get a little "something more" without having to hire yet another vendor, yet another camera in your face...?

These highlight films are for you. 

Click that button below to learn more about this amazing add-on option!

*included in packages 12 hours or more

You deserve memories in motion

Nope! Most of my couples elope here in the PNW, but I'm a traveler at heart. Always have been. I'm at...16 countries now? I don't know. Let's just say: I'm good at travel, I'll fly wherever for you, and I'll help you travel better if you need tips.

I'm also an EU citizen, so I can legally work in most of Europe without visa issues. (...when there aren't covid-related issues.)

do you only photograph washington elopements?

The earlier the better. I can plan and pull off an elopement in a week, but the longer you wait, the less likely it is that I'll have your date available! Most of my couples book me 6-12 months out.

*NOTE: with 2020/2021 being what they are, 2021 is filling up faster than usual with reschedules/more people eloping/etc. So...if you're considering reaching out, this is a heads up that your date may not be open for long!

How far in advance do we need to book?

Very common question! And understandable. I've got some example timelines for you to help with the decision making. I also chat with my couples to understand your specific needs, desires, and plans. We'll figure it all out together.

What if we don't know how much time we need you for?


I tend to cap things around 20 guests. Have to draw a line somewhere, you know? Otherwise we can stray into "big wedding" territory, which is kind of the opposite of the point. Your elopement day is about you, your partner, and your love. Not having to worry about 200 people's opinions is one of the perks!

How many guests can we bring?

Frequently asked questions

let's make it happen

Nope!

I'm like amazon prime, my darlings, but without the exploitation (too real?). You book me, you've got me.

do you charge extra travel fees?

Fun fact: most of my couples don't know where they want to elope! Not specifically, anyway. If you really have zero idea, please email me. Part of my job is helping couples find the perfect place for their elopement, the best place to suit them, so I can absolutely help you narrow things down!

You can definitely keep hunting for places on your own, but...why?

we want to hire you, but we dont know where we want to elope yet! Should we wait till we know?

That's my jam. I have some easy-to-choose packages based on hours of coverage. Most couples book me for 8 hours, but I have packages up to two full days.

That being said, I'm not here to put anyone in a box. If you want to make something totally custom, I'm on board. We'll make it happen.

What if we want to do something custom, something that doesn't fit neatly into an elopement package?

99% of the time? Yes.

I don't care who's told you "no" in the past, I'm all about "yes." Who cares if other people aren't doing what you're doing; there aren't any rules. I'm fully in your corner when it comes to your elopement plans!

Can we do [fill in the blank] for our elopement?

Nope! I love my queer community and this corner of the wedding industry we've carved out, but I photograph plenty of straight, cis couples too (:

Do you only photograph lgbtq+ couples?