You want to hear what almost every single couple says to me?
You know what you don't want.
Sometimes what you're really dreaming of can be hard to articulate. And that's ok; most of you have never done this before!
We'll get to the heart of what you're looking for, together, and then I'll help you design an elopement day you'll love.
The effortless elopement experience
Some variation of: "We're so awkward. We want to look like ourselves. We don't want to do what everyone else is telling us to do. We just want to run away and spend time together in a way that feels like us."
"Rachel does a fantastic job of honoring the couples that they work with, meeting your energy and style so your photos feel like you. The planning support, ideals, and recommendations that they provided made our elopement much less stressful and so special."
- Julia & justin
"As easily as possible" is my preferred way to do things.
Here's how to book me as your photographer/planner for a PNW elopement.
Send me a message! I’ll get back to you within a few hours, and we can chat all about your elopement plans and answer any questions that you have.
We’ll start dreaming up the perfect day for you both. Doesn’t have to be specific or detailed: once we have a date and a general location (“Washington” is fine), I’ll send over a contract.
With a signed contract and flat-rate retainer, I’m all yours, for keeps. You’ll get the "How to Elope" guide right away, and I’ll get to work.
STARTING AT $3800
If you're interested in eloping in Ireland, I have special packages just for you that I think you'll love...
"Rachel had a great way of making us feel comfortable enough to be ourselves and was able to capture who we are as a couple. They communicated well with us about what we were doing next and never pressured us to do anything out of our comfort zone. Not to mention our photos came out gorgeous!"
- Alexis & Kay
Hello, my darlings. I’m Rachel (they/them), your Washington elopement photographer.
My approach is non-traditional, personalized, and tailored to your individual needs and dreams. I understand that every couple is different, and I work with each of my couples to make sure you have the support and space you need to have that “limitless” elopement experience.
All the elopement magic I’ve been talking about? It takes time. And I always wish I had more of it. To photograph all the moments of your day, to give you time to soak it all in, to allow for breaks when you need them, and to make art together. The most enchanting images happen when you have time to fully relax and unmask, and when I have time to get creative.
This is your wedding day. Not your “5-minute ceremony, maybe some pictures, and then I guess pick up groceries on the way home” day.
You deserve it.
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.
You can absolutely invite people! Eloping doesn't mean you have to be alone, although plenty of my couples love going that route.
I cap things around 8-10 guests, depending on how much time you book. Have to draw a line somewhere, you know? 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!
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?
I have some easy-to-choose packages based on hours of coverage. Most couples book me for 7-9 hours, but I have packages up to two full days. ...And I mean, we can make it a full-blown, week-long adventure if that's what you're into.
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.
99% of the time? Yes. I'm fully in your corner when it comes to your elopement plans.
That being said: if something won't work in the way you're envisioning, or there's information you don't have that will affect your decision making, I'll be straight with you. My priority is giving you the best experience possible, and very rarely, that does mean saying "I don't recommend that."
The earlier the better (up to 18 months). 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! (And the harder it is to get a permit.) Most of my couples book me 4-8 months out.
*NOTE: I do still have 2023 and 2024 availability. If you can see this, there's room in the calendar.
Nope! Most of my couples elope here in the PNW, but I'm a traveler at heart. Always have been. I've visited 16(?) countries and travel all the time. I'll fly wherever for you, and I'll help you travel better if you need tips.
And if you want to elope in Ireland, there are very special packages just for you:
Not for most travel, no! Your elopement package includes all my "typical" travel. Anything outside of the usual, commercial travel (e.g. 2WD or commercial flight accessible) is going to be extra.
Like...helicopters, float planes, 4WD Jeep adventures, hot air balloons, whale watching boats, etc. All I ask in those scenarios is that you cover my tickets/whatever and we're good to go; no "additional fees." (:
I'm delighted you're here, my darlings. This is your first step to having the best elopement day for you. A day grounded in gentleness that makes it easy to relax and unmask.
The more info you can give me the better; my main goal here is to be on your side and really listen to what you're saying, understand what you want, and then make it happen.