You may remember the sweet little preview I shared of this Roosevelt Inn elopement last year, but now I’ve got more for you! Evelynn and Nikita reached out to me in December about photographing their wedding in January. They’d been engaged for a while and the thought of planning out a big wedding didn’t excite them. So instead, they called around and found this sweet bed and breakfast in Coeur d’Alene (which does small weddings too!) and called me to photograph it. Besides their officiant and myself, the only two people who attended were their son and Nikita’s dad.
Evelynn and Nikita met up with me about a week before their wedding to chat about where they were getting married, taking photos, and just to talk a bit for the first time in person. We ended up talking for almost two hours! These two had me cracking up laughing, and I enjoyed every minute I got to spend with these two and their stubborn little boy who resisted smiling at me when I had the camera pointed at him. In the end, I got a smile or two out of him, but I had to earn it! :) I especially loved that Evelynn found this gorgeous and glittery green dress to wear, instead of going for something white. It really popped in the winter light!
Happy first anniversary to these two beautiful souls. I hope your first year of marriage was beautiful. Thank you for allowing me to capture your wedding last year!!
When Holly and I sat down a couple months ago, we chatted about the elopement that she and Justin were planning. Just a simple little Mt Spokane elopement at Vista House. It was absolute perfection. These two had a absolutely beautiful ceremony with vows that had me tearing up! I can’t wait to share more of their sweet ceremony when it’s done!
Thinking of eloping in the Inland Northwest? Send me an email and let’s chat!
A couple weeks ago – right before the holidays – an email landed in my inbox. This bride told me they’d been engaged forever, and life had just gotten in the way of planning. So, they decided to elope. Was I free? Uh, YES. As much as I love the big events of traditional American weddings, I also love the sweet and tiny elopements. At big weddings, I tend to blend in to the background and my job makes me a little more like a ninja. At elopements, I’m one of very few – sometimes only two – people who get to witness a couple’s first moments of marriage.
So, I may have teared up a bit behind my camera yesterday, as I rang in the new year with the sweetest small wedding at the beautiful Roosevelt Inn in Coeur d’Alene. I’d never been there before, but it’s stunning! It was still decorated for Christmas, and while the Davenport may be the place to be for a large winter wedding, the Roosevelt Inn is quaint and perfect, and was decorated top to bottom in stunning Christmas cheer. I can’t share much with you yet, because they haven’t told the world about their elopement, so you’ll have to wait for the rest of the photos! Congratulations you two!!! <3
Last year, I got an email from Leslie along the lines of this: We’re flying up to the Gorge for the Dave Matthew’s concert, and we want to elope. We live in Florida, and we don’t know much about the area, but we want beautiful photos.
You know how much I love the Gorge, and I was thrilled to photograph Leslie & Drew’s elopement at Cave B Winery and Inn. They camped at the concert, and walked over to the winery to elope. We spent an hour taking photos all over the grounds, drinking a couple glasses of wine (them, not me. I’m going to have to stop by there for a glass now that I’m not pregnant!) and admiring the views. As the sun started to set, they got married under the grapes at the Piazza, and we took a few more golden hour photos before they went back to the Gorge for a concert.
Boom. Elopements are the best, I want more of them in my life.
Special shout out to Esther at Special Touch Florist, here in Spokane. She and Leslie coordinated on the flowers, and then I brought them with me to the elopement! :)
As a follow up to my post a couple weeks ago about eloping in Idaho, I wanted to share my tips for eloping in Washington. Unfortunately, it takes a bit more planning and coordinating to elope in Washington, but it can still be done.
How to Elope in Washington State
Getting a marriage license in Washington doesn’t require a blood test, but it does require you to wait three days. Which is a bit of a bummer. However, like Leslie & Drew, who eloped here, you can request an application by mail. The King County Marriage License page has the most comprehensive information on applying by mail for a Washington marriage license.
If you want to get married over the weekend in Washington state, you’ll need to pick up your license on a Thursday (for Saturday) or a Friday (for Sunday). So if you get into town early on a Friday, you can get married on Sunday. You can find the Spokane County information page right here, but it’s not very helpful.
The other big difference between an Idaho and Washington elopement is that you need two witnesses for any marriage in Washington. That means that you need to have at least three people in attendance (two witnesses and your officiant). There are a couple ways you can make sure to have those witnesses: you can bring two people with you, or you can have your officiant and photographer make sure one of them brings another person along to sign. I’ve signed as a witness before, and it’s always an honor to do so!
Now that you’ve gotten your license and found a couple witnesses, it’s time to find a place to get married. There are elopement packages at a lot of smaller venues in Washington, just like in Idaho. Leslie & Drew got married at Cave B Winery in Quincy. Another dreamy location would be Treehouse Point, in Issaquah. There are of course, dozens of beautiful locations in the outdoors too. You could get married up at Mt. Spokane, or perhaps on the beach at Alki in Seattle. Maybe hop out to one of the San Juan Islands? I put together a list of perfect AirBnbs for eloping. Or just for a weekend getaway.
And that’s it! Get a marriage license, wait three days, grab two people and an officiant, and boom!