Ruby Beach is located in Olympic National Park, which in my opinion, is one of the most underrated national park situated up in the northwest corner of Washington State. Filled with rocky beaches, temperate rainforests, and jaw dropping mountain ranges, I’m always ecstatic when couples reach out to me about photographing their elopement in a place that feels so much like home.
Ruby Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the park. Filled with hiking trails, tidepools, and iconic sea stacks, it’s no surprise that the beach is one of the must-see spots within the park. The beach also allows leashed dogs, perfect for couples wanting to bring their furry friends along. And while the beach doesn’t allow campfires, there are pits just up the road to end your elopement day with some hot dogs and s’mores (something you’ll see in this Ruby Beach elopement).
I highly recommend eloping on the beach during the fall, winter, or early spring months. While the weather will most likely be rainy and cloudy (which is perfect for photos by the way), you could potentially find the beach to yourself. During the summer, Ruby Beach becomes a hot spot for tourists from sunrise to sundown.
While you’re in the area, I highly recommend checking out the nearby Hoh Rainforest and small town of Forks (yes, the Twilight town). With so much to see and explore, I always advise my couples to stay a few extra days to soak everything in. For a list of other places to see within the park, check out my Olympic National Park guide.
I make it a priority to visit the park at least once a year to connect with nature and explore the area a bit more. This year, on my personal trip, I decided to put together this styled shoot to showcase what a half-day elopement could like to my couples wanting to explore the area. I was lucky enough to partner with some incredible vendors who were able to bring this vision of mine to life.
We started out at Ruby Beach right before the sun was about to set. I met the florist, Jacki, who created a stunning arch piece for the shoot, as well as the models, Maddy and Kodiak. I always like to remind my couples that just because you’re eloping doesn’t mean you have to skip out on the extravagant details! I love when couples incorporate colors, picnics, dances, arches, and all of the above into their elopement day.
After the sun began to set, we headed over to the cutest Airbnb campsite buried deep into the woods. The car ride there was a bit sketchy, but so worth the effort. Maddy and Kodiak roasted marshmallows and hot dogs, and even had their “first dance” next to the fire. One of my favorite parts about this was seeing the genuine connection Maddy and Kodiak have with each other. After all, they were getting married two weeks later!
This incredible Ruby Beach elopement will be one I’ll always remember. The tremendous rocks, remarkable light beams, and endless smiles.
It truly felt like home. And I can’t wait to go back.
- Florist: Millsweet Flower Co.
- Hair and Makeup: Zo and Co Styling
- Calligraphy: Line Ave Calligraphy
- Models: Madison and Kodiak Lyons
Ruby Beach Elopement Packages
Ruby Beach is one of my favorite places to shoot epic elopements. I’m an elopement photographer who helps craft and plan elopements along the Pacific Northwest and around the world.
- 4 hours – 1.5 days of elopement coverage at Ruby Beach and in Olympic National Park
- 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 $5,000