Gold Creek Pond used to be a hidden gem location situated within the mountains of Snoqualmie, a small town in Washington State. However, over the years it’s grown in popularity, especially amongst couples looking to elope. I mean with a backdrop as beautiful as Gold Creek, it’s no surprise that so many people are considering this beautiful location for their wedding or elopement.

With that being said, littering has become a very large problem in the area, and Leave No Trace guidelines aren’t being followed, which unfortunately has led the area to develop some strict rules for elopements that you can see below. These regulations were put in place as of 2021.

  1. Arches or setups are not permitted.
  2. A parking pass is required.
  3. A special use permit is required and must be obtained through the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest.

The permit costs $246-$535 depending on the amount of people you have at your elopement. Failure to obtain a permit will result in a hefty fine. It’s important to always remember to Leave No Trace so we can all experience beautiful locations like these for years to come!

Now that the legal stuff is out of the way, let’s get into the story of this stunning Gold Creek Pond elopement.

Back in June, I attended a workshop in Washington to not only help me better my skills, but to experience more time in this magical state. I had always wanted to shoot at Gold Creek, so when the workshop hosts, Erika and Lexi, led us to this location, I was over the moon.

The elopement shoot took place on a weekday (definitely the best time to elope), and to our surprise, we only saw 3 people, which is very rare for a location as popular as this one. I was stunned by the mountains, trees, and clouds that circled the area. It was so serene and quiet. A perfect place for an intimate wedding or elopement. Plus, no hiking is required which is amazing for older friends and family members. There’s an entire path around the pond that’s ADA-accessible as well.

Overall, this location is one of the best out there. Keep in mind that this area is heavily trafficked and receives many visitors. It’s highly recommended to plan your Gold Creek elopement during the off-season on a weekday.

Check out more elopements and resources about Washington State below!

A special thanks to all the incredible vendors who made this shoot come to life.

Gold Creek Pond Elopement Packages

I’m a Pacific Northwest elopement photographer who plans and photographs elopements in epic places. Take a peek at what I offer in all my elopement packages below.

  • 4 hours – 1.5 days of elopement coverage in Washington State
  • A hands-on elopement planning experience with unlimited assistance
    • personalized elopement locations and questionnaires
    • vendor recommendations
    • permit assistance
    • customized elopement timeline
  • Online gallery with full resolution and printing rights
  • 24-48 hour sneak peak images
  • Travel fees to ANYWHERE in CA, OR, and WA are already included
  • Starting at $4,500


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