March 29, 2020

Alternative Mountain Elopement

Kat and David’s Alternative Mountain Elopement

What a beautiful, alternative mountain elopement! We knew we connected with Kat and David the minute they told us that they wanted an intimate elopement, just for them that reflected their alternative style. They were so in love and so ready to toss out the traditional to do something that so completely reflected their relationship, we immediately got to work planning the perfect, adventurous, Washington mountain elopement.

Artist Point is the location they chose. Artist Point is a tricky but masterful beast, an unpredictable area of the Mount Baker Wilderness. You can check the weather a million times and it can change on your way up there. It’s the one of the highest roads in Washington State, and it sure is a sight to see. 360 views of mountains, it’s one of many state favorites for many visitors. However, like all great things, it can be temperamental, and is closed most of the year due to heavy snowfall. Checking their website for closure updates and weather is helpful, but sometime you just have to throw on your hiking boots on summer day and drive on up.

Kat and David rented a beautiful A-frame cabin and got ready there. They surrounded themselves with a couple close friends, and did their first look in the front yard of the cabin. They laughed, the cried (so did we). Kat in her fitted, lace, open back gown, and David in his black and grey suit, they shared a moment among the evergreens.

We ventured to Artist Point, temperamental as usual, and while it looked bleak for a minute, we lucked out with amazing mountain views. They had their ceremony alone, with just their officiant. The shared intimate vows, exchanged rings, shed tears and kissed in front of the most beautiful mount views. Afterward they popped champagne and celebrated with some sips and some more portraits. It truly was a magical, Washington mountain elopement at Artist Point.

For couples out there planning your very own elopements, I asked Kat and David a couple questions about their experience and you can read their answers throughout this post.

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What made you choose an elopement over a wedding?

We are both introverts and this was both of our second wedding. We wanted to do something for us, not for everyone else. It was hard to tell our family that we would not share this time with them since we eloped with only our best couple friends. It would have been nice to have family there but to be honest they have their own expectations and cause a lot of stress. We experienced this when we had our small reception when we got back. It felt so freeing and right to have just the two of us married by our friend. 

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What was the most important part of your elopement to you?
For me it was to make it easy, but have nature there to witness us. I believe that God is found in nature and that’s why I wanted sweeping mountain views. Something about that grips my heart. My husband is a homebody (borderline hermit I’d say hah) so he was going along with my wish to fly across country to get married. I wanted to compromise and make sure we had an easy day with pizza at the end. He really appreciated that.

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Florals: Oh Dina: Website

HMUA: Hannah Bush: Website