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est. 2012


eloping in Washington


I have had the pleasure of living in beautiful Spokane, Washington for 20 years now. I scouted out Spokane over 25 years ago and fell in love. Manito park with The Park Bench Cafe and the rose gardens. The South Hill with all the 100-year-old houses and tree-lined streets. And of course all the hiking and outdoor adventure that the Inland Northwest has to offer. 
After relaunching my photography business to focus more on the outdoors, nature, and the intimate experience of elopement weddings, I have finally found my niche.  I love photographing elopements in Washington and the PNW.
Last month I had the pleasure of photographing Ben and Danielle.

Washington Elopements

I met Ben and Danielle in a location I had been scouting out and thought would be a magical forest to take photos in. It turned out to be just that. The sunlight through the trees gave everything a beautiful glow to help create some amazing photos. 
And of course I was able to capture some images of Ben and Danielle having fun and being silly together, 
because that is how this fun couple rolls.

Meet Ben and Danielle


As the sun was setting we captured some romantic images of this sweet couple hugging, kissing, and laughing. As the sunset behind the mountain, we called it a day. And what a perfect day it was.

Vows, rings and toast

After spending time in the forest we drove to a look-out location, where we captured more images and they shared sweet words, exchanged rings, and sprayed me with Champaign as they popped the cork for their toast. I stayed back as they shared their special words with each other, they looked so sweet and sincere, then Ben made a funny joke and we all cracked up. There was such a variety of emotions that were shared, all of which I was able to capture.

Fun and Photos

With the dress on and bouquet in hand, the session just flowed perfectly. They were so playful, vibrant, and easy to photograph.

Of course, we had to include this cute pup in a few of the photographs.

Ben and Danielle's day

Resources for Eloping

apply for a marriage license

Download and TYPE information on the Marriage Application before printing. Each spouse fills out separate forms. 

Each spouse signs their application in front of a notary public. Many banks and credit unions provide notary services. 

Payment of $62 by check, cashier's check or money order, made payable to the Spokane County Auditor. They cannot accept payment over the phone or by electronic transfer. ($59 if either applicant is active military).​

Choosing which season to visit

Something to consider about the seasons is the popularity of trails and traffic you may run into. Summer generally has higher traffic due to the warm weather, while you may see fewer people during the colder seasons. Another thing to consider is what day you want to have your elopement. Weekends typically see higher traffic, not only on the trails but also with vendors. Vendors get booked up on the weekends rather quickly, so choosing a weekday might provide the most flexibility.

Summer is the season for hiking in this area. And the sunsets and sunrises are always spectacular. Hiking is easier in the summer, so if you are planning on trekking up mountains, this may be the easiest time of year to do so.


Gorgeous snowy backdrops. Cloudy days can make for AMAZING, dramatic backdrops in the winter, you can do fun activities such as build a fire, roast s’mores, have a snowball fight, enjoy a sleigh ride, and more!

It may be cold, but there is something about winter photos that are just pure magic.


Beautiful fall colors sweep this state in the fall. Be prepared for jaw-dropping yellow and orange backdrops. Shimmering aspen trees and waving meadows.


Springtime in Washington is all about new life, and the flowers that grow here grow in an abundance. They will create a fairytale-like backdrop for your special day.

Another thing to consider about spring is trails will be rather mucky due to the melting snow and rain. Something to keep in mind when planning out your elopement.


hiking locations in Washington


 Washington is abundant with trails galore. You can find a location with a mountainous backdrop, or fields of green. There are forests to explore, and rivers and lakes to cross! 

If you know what kind of scenery you want for your elopement, then get in touch with me! I will send you a list of trails and locations to help you find the perfect place for your elopement!

pricing starting at $4000
Washington adventures

9 zip lines + 2 hikes + 1 Big Mama (3500′ zip) +
2 amazing guides + 2 UTV rides =
The Best Time of Your Life
Our tour is approximately 3 hours long. It begins with a short and informative 15-minute shuttle ride from our comfortable reception area at the Liberty Lake Portal to our property halfway up Mica Peak, south of Liberty Lake. From here, guests will take an exciting ride in specially outfitted (side by side) UTV’s on panoramic trails to the top of the property. Our friendly guides will then outfit guests with the appropriate gear, and after a short orientation and 2 practice zips, begin the tour.

$109 – Adult (Ages 13 to 64)

$99 – Youth (Ages 7 to 12)

$99 – Senior (65 and older)

This historic property in Spokane, Washington boasts award-winning wines, delightful events, stunning views, and park-like grounds. 

This is a go to place no matter the season.

White Water Rafting June 3-July 2

Kayak and River Float June-August. 


Additional Resources

bridal shops in Spokane

Dearly Consignment

Honest In Ivory

Believe Bride

Bridal collection


The Black Tux

Tuxedo Gallery

Mr. Tux


The Harestream
Owner Lindsay Hare
Hairstylist+Makeup artist+adventurer

Makeup by Alyssa Walsh

Kiss and Make-up

All Tressed Up

Makeup by Alexa Elise


Mcbride Floral Design

Pollen and Petal

Rose and Blossom Florist


Chanelle Carlin
Your officiant for custom, intimate nature weddings and elopements in the Pacific Northwest. www.chanellecarlin.com
Non-Denominational Officiant Services

Reach out!

Close your eyes and visualize a day specially designed to be intimate, intentional and all about you. Do you see your day waking up in a cabin, getting your first look at sunrise and saying you're vows on a mountain top at sunset? Perhaps an intimate gathering of a few close friends and family in the woods? How about sharing your first kiss while being splashed by an ocean spray?

If this is your vibe, then an elopement + intimate wedding may be exactly what you are looking for. Use the form below to reach out to me to start planning your dream wedding day with Aspenglow Photography!

Issues with the form? Email me directly at anita@aspenglowphotography.com