Lake Crescent is one of the those places you never forget seeing for the first time. Lake Crescent is located in Olympic National Park. It’s one of the most popular places to visit in the summer, yet also one of the most peaceful, especially in the winter. The lake is known for its crystal clear water, hiking trails, and gorgeous mountain backdrop. It also happens to be one of the best places to elope, which is why I wanted to share this Lake Crescent elopement I photographed with you, in hopes that will get you inspired and ready to start planning your very own Lake Crescent elopement.
Lake Crescent Elopement Inspiration
Jannet and James reached out to me a month before their elopement date, hoping I was available for their January 15th date. When they first inquired, they were torn between having their ceremony in Sonoma, California or Washington State. After hearing more about their vision of wanting dramatic landscapes and lots of greenery, I knew Olympic National Park would be the perfect place for them.
It’s not very often that couples want to elope during the winter months, but it’s a season that I think is extremely underrated for elopements, especially for elopements in the Pacific Northwest.
I got started with planning right away, creating a location list with some of my most favorite hidden gems in the park. Ultimately, Jannet and James decided on a small hiking adventure to Marymere Falls, followed by an intimate ceremony at Lake Crescent, and then ending the day with cake and champagne.
I met the couple at Emerald Valley Inn, a quaint cottage-styled inn located off Highway 101 just outside Port Angeles. Tucked behind the trees, this inn was one the cutest places I’ve ever been to. I now recommend it to all my couples. Around the property were meadows, dense forest trails, and even a small zoo with goats, chickens, cats, and birds.
After getting ready, we headed to a meadow on the property for Jannet and James to have a first look. The fog covered the pine trees, dew still on the ground from the chilly morning. The couple embraced each other amongst the trees before we set out for our first adventure of the day.
We drove to Marymere Falls where we hiked the 1.7 mile loop, stopping for pictures in the lush green forest and among the famous bridges along the trail. When we reached the base of the falls, we were all surprised at just how empty it was. We explored some more of the forest before heading to Lake Crescent for their ceremony.
When we pulled up to the parking lot, I was shocked. There wasn’t a single soul around, something that rarely happens at a place as popular as Lake Crescent. Jannet and James had the entire dock and lake to themselves. The ceremony was short and sweet. You could tell just how excited and in love these two were, ready to start their lives as one.
After the ceremony, we ended the day with a cake Jannet made (she used to be a baker), and an epic champagne toast.
Laughs were had, hugs were exchanged, and many happy tears were shared. This is one of those elopements I’ll never forget, and I can’t wait to photograph the next couple who decides to exchange their vows at a place as special as Lake Crescent.
Lake Crescent Elopement Packages
I’m Brianna, an elopement photographer who specializes in adventurous outdoor elopements in the Pacific Northwest (and mainly in Olympic National Park). Take a peek below at what I include in each and every elopement package, because this experience is so much more than just pretty pictures.
- 4 hours – 1.5 days of elopement coverage anywhere in Washington
- A personalized elopement planning experience with unlimited assistance
- Personalized elopement location recommendations
- Vendor, lodging, and activity recommendations
- Assistance and information to help you with permits, licenses, etc.
- 90+ page elopement planning guide filled with tips and tricks
- Customized elopement timelines
- Optional complimentary officiant services
- Online gallery with full resolution images and printing rights
- 24-48 hour sneak peeks to share with the world
- Travel fees to anywhere in Washington are already included
- Starting at $6,500
If you’re looking for similar inspiration for your elopement, be sure to check out this Ruby Beach Bonfire Elopement, Boho Lake Cushman Elopement, and this Sunrise Elopement at Hurricane Ridge, all elopements that took place in beautiful Olympic National Park.
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YOU? YOU’RE THE KIND OF PERSON THAT GETS A LIL’ TEARY EYED LOOKING AT AN EPIC VIEW.
That moment when you turn to the person you’re with and ask, “Are you seeing this?” I live for it. Places with trees and mountains and soft breezes that make you say, “I can’t believe this place exists,” I spend pretty much all of my free time searching for and exploring them.
These places have always felt like home to me. And if you’re the kind of person who also feels more at home surrounded by trees than by people? Then we’ll get along really well. The Pacific Northwest is full of secret spots that are too special to share with just anyone. But it would make me happy to share them with you on your wedding day.
(I promise you won’t regret it.)
P.S. I’m Brianna, and I plan, craft, and capture elopements around the Pacific Northwest. My mission is to create custom, one-of-a-kind elopement experiences in the Pacific Northwest that allow couples to fully immerse themselves in the highest levels of excitement and wonder on a day designed exclusively for them.