Planning Your Magical Olympic National Park Elopement

Planning Your Magical Olympic National Park Elopement

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about planning your Olympic National Park Elopement.


There are very few places in the world where you can be standing on a mountaintop in the morning, wandering through a lush rainforest in search of waterfalls in the afternoon, and watching the sun set on a rugged ocean beach in the evening. Eloping in Olympic National Park is incredible because the ONP really does have it all!

Located on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington’s western “arm”, the park is home to 1400+ square miles of wilderness, tons of wildlife (both on land and sea), the quietest place in the US, Twilight filming locations, delicious seafood, coffee, coffee, and more coffee. And if you’re traveling from Seattle, you can hop on one of the Washington State ferries for a scenic ride across Puget Sound, which is an essential PNW experience!

We could go on and on, but we don’t think it will take too much convincing after you see these epic photos of all of the incredible locations the ONP has to offer for your Olympic National Park elopement 😉

↓ Keep reading for the full story + pics ↓

Olympic national park elopement photography

Olympic National Park Elopement Guide

Couple walking along Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park

Best places to elope in Olympic National Park

The best thing about having an Olympic National Park elopement is its incredible diversity – from gushing waterfalls to mossy rainforests to sparking lakes to snow-capped mountains to rugged beaches, there’s just so much to explore! With so many location combinations, every elopement day is different, providing endless inspiration for us photographers. It truly never gets old and keeps us coming back here year after year ❤️ And even if you can’t see EVERYTHING on your wedding day, you can check off the rest of your list throughout your honeymoon trip!

Here’s our list of 5 jaw-dropping places to explore for your Olympic National Park wedding:

  1. Hoh Rainforest
  2. Coastal Beaches
  3. Olympic Mountains
  4. Lake Crescent
  5. Waterfalls
elopement in the hoh rainforest

Eloping in the lush Hoh Rainforest

If you’re looking for a magical, mystical, fairytale backdrop for your elopement, look no further than the Hoh Rainforest. Seriously, we’re pretty sure fairies, elves, and Sasquatch all live here. Not to mention the black bears, roosevelt elk, and moose that can be found roaming along the banks of the Hoh River (be sure to pack your binoculars). With twisting old-growth trees and curtains of moss draping down to the forest floor, the Hoh Rainforest is one of the lushest places in the world! A whopping 140+ inches of rain per year keeps the landscape green through every season, but our favorites are spring and fall to dodge the summer crowds.

Check out one of our favorite fall elopements in the Hoh Rainforest.

elopement on ruby beach washington coast

Frolicking among sea stacks on the Washington Coast

“La Push baby, it’s La Push.” – Twilight

There’s no better place to watch the sun set than on the wild west coast – we get the most insane sunsets out here on a clear day! Washington has so many epic coastal beaches to choose from, featuring towering sea stacks, ocean cliffs, caves, and driftwood galore. And moody weather makes everything so cinematic and ethereal, with fog swirling along the coastline. There’s a reason this area inspired the Twilight series, and there’s even a vampire-themed festival, museum, and shops in the nearby town of Forks for all you “twi-hard’s” to check out during your trip.

Here’s one of our favorite sunset elopements on the coast to give you some inspo!

Hiking in the Olympic Mountains

If you’re hoping to do some early-season hiking, Olympic National Park is the perfect place for it! While other national parks like Mt. Rainier and the North Cascades are still buried under snow well into July and August, the Olympic range tends to melt out a month or two earlier, revealing lush meadows, wildflowers, and epic 360-degree mountain views. From easy, paved loop trails to hellish rock scrambles up jagged peaks, there’s something for everyone 😉 We’ve done them all and can steer you in the right direction for your elopement day!

Pro tip: if you’re up for an early morning wake-up call, it’s definitely worth sacrificing a little sleep to catch sunrise up on the peaks, then heading out to the coast for sunset to experience two completely different landscapes in a single day.

Wedding on Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park

Exploring the shores of Lake Crescent

If you want to concentrate your time on one area of Olympic National Park with minimal driving, Lake Crescent is a great option. With a deep blue lake, sandy beaches, mountain trails, waterfalls, and lush rainforest all within walking distance, it’s like a micro-version of the national park! And if you’re staying onsite at the Lake Crescent Lodge, you’ll have all the amenities you need for your trip (including a delicious restaurant and bar 😋). Lake Crescent is also our personal favorite location for elopements with guests because larger group sizes are allowed and it’s closer to the larger city of Port Angeles, so you’re not too far from civilization!

olympic national park waterfall elopement

Getting sprayed by an iconic waterfall

Olympic National Park is famous for its waterfalls, and we have lots of favorites along Highway 101. From thundering rapids to delicate, tiered cascades, they come in all shapes and sizes around here. And in the spring and early summer, melting glaciers from up in the mountains make these falls go crazyyyy! As long as you aren’t afraid of getting a little wet, there are a few spots where you can get close enough to feel the spray. And on a rainy day, a waterfall hike is always a great bet because the rain only makes things better ❤️ 

Your Olympic National Park elopement photographer is the most important decision

olympic national park elopement photographer

We’ve planned and photographed 200+ elopements in Washington state and travel to Olympic National Park multiple times per year – we are Olympic National Park elopement photography and planning experts.

Whether you’re a Washington local or you’re traveling to our beautiful state for the first time, working with a photographer you can trust to do justice in capturing you in this wildly beautiful landscape is so important! Our entire team lives here in WA and we’ve all spent a ton of time exploring every nook and cranny of Olympic National Park, so you’ll be able to lean on us for our expertise to plan the best possible day.


two brides on their wedding day in olympic national park

Everything you need to know ABOUT planning your Olympic National Park wedding

Keep these pro tips in mind when planning out your Olympic National Park elopement:

What is the best month to elope in Olympic National Park?

Our favorite times to elope in Olympic National Park are June, July, and October.

While Olympic National Park is an incredible year-round destination, we love dodging the rainy winter months and crowded summer months by visiting in early summer and fall. In June, the waterfalls are pumping and everything is lush and green, making it the perfect timeframe for a forested/coastal elopement. For hiking elopements, July is prime time because the trails are melted out and the wildflowers are blooming all across the mountaintops, which is so incredible to witness (especially at sunrise or sunset). After taking a break from the crowds in August and September, we return again in October to catch some fall colors and fog along the coast! The moody, mystical vibes make it a great destination for a Halloween elopement as well 👻

Elopement couple atop a peak in the Olympic Mountains
couple standing in forest during their olympic national park elopement

How much does it cost to elope in Olympic National Park?

The average couple spends $5,000 – $15,000 on their Olympic National Park elopement.

Olympic National Park is one of the more affordable places to elope in the US because Special Use Permit fees are low and there are lots of budget hotels, cabins, and Airbnbs available. The total cost of the elopement varies greatly based on how elaborate you want it to be and how many guests you’re inviting, but here’s a breakdown of what to expect:

Photographer: $5,000-10,000 | Hair & Makeup $500-1,000 | Flowers $500-800 | Officiant $600-1,200 | Marriage License $69 | Special Use Permit $50-150 | Lodging $200-1,200 | Flights & Car $500-1,400

How do you legally get married in Olympic National Park?

A marriage license is required and a Special Use Permit is required to elope in the national park.

Washington State Marriage License:

You need an officiant to marry you and 2 witnesses to sign your marriage license. You must apply for your marriage license at least 3 days before your elopement because there is a 3 day waiting period after the license is issued. The application is $69. You can apply in person or online.

Special Use Permit:

A Special Use Permit is required to get married in Olympic National Park. The application is $50-150 depending on group size. There are also specific locations that are designated for larger weddings – if you need any help or guidance on this, our team is well-versed with the permit application process to help all of our couples each year!

elopement ceremony on ruby beach

Olympic National Park elopement packages and FAQ's

Can you elope in Olympic National Park?

To elope in Olympic National Park you need to obtain a Special Use Permit and a Washington State Marriage License. You can apply for a marriage license online on the King County website for $69. You can apply for a permit on the Olympic National Park website, and costs range from $50-150 depending on the group size.

Can you get married in the Hoh Rainforest?

You are required to obtain a Special Use Permit to get married in, have a ceremony, or have a gathering in the Hoh Rainforest. You can apply for a permit with Olympic National Park through their website.

How much does it cost to elope in Olympic National Park?

It costs $50-150 for a Special Use Permit and $69 for a Washington state marriage license. Including lodging, transportation, photographer, and other elopement vendors, couples typically spend $5,000-15,000 for their entire elopement in Olympic National Park.

rainy elopement in olympic national park

See more Olympic National Park elopements

Here are inside peeks at some of the days we’ve created and photographed with our couples for their Olympic National Park weddings. This is a great way to get a feel for our Olympic National Park elopement photography, where to elope in Olympic National Park, and what full day adventure elopements look like!

Want us to photograph your Olympic National Park elopement?

Hope you found our tips on eloping in Olympic National Park helpful! As you can see, we LOVE talking about elopements and the lush, fairytale landscapes Olympic National Park has to offer. If you’re considering eloping in Washington, don’t hesitate to reach out for a free planing call with us!

-Brandon, Gabi, Hannah, and Zoe

The Foxes are Brandon and Gabi Fox, an adventurous husband and wife elopement photography team living and traveling in their DIY renovated 1972 Airstream. They are loosely based in the Pacific Northwest, but travel for work and play throughout the western states and beyond. Their elopement photography is award winning and is described as candid photography that captures couples as they are, where they are, blending images of love and natural beauty in the great outdoors. 



These Terms and Conditions are a legally binding agreement is between you (“Client”) The Foxes Photography, LLC (“Photographer”) (collectively the “Parties”, or in the singular “Party”), for the purpose of Client purchasing a custom photography album from Photographer. This Agreement shall become effective upon the date you complete the checkout process.


  1. Fees & Retainer

Client shall commit to a custom album package by signing and returning this Agreement along with the initial payment for album service. Photographer will not begin its custom album services until the Agreement is signed and the album design fee is received. No final album will be printed until the full payment is made. In the event Client fails to remit payment as specified, Photographer shall have the right to immediately terminate this Agreement with no further obligation and retain any monies already paid as liquidated damages. Full payment must be completed by Client within 60 days of this Agreement’s date.

The fees in this Agreement are based on Photographer’s current album pricing at the time of booking. The price list is adjusted periodically, and any changes to custom albums will be charged at the prices in effect at the time.

  1. Album Design Procedure

The following outline indicates the general procedure of a custom album design. Client understands and agrees to this procedure.

  1. Photographer will use photos and album specifications to create their first custom album design.
  2. Photographer will send Client first draft of album design.
  3. Client will approve or send in revisions to album design.
  4. Photographer will make edits to album design. Only two rounds of edits are allowed.
  5. Client will approve final album design.
  6. Photographer will send in album for printing.
  7. Album is printed and shipped.
  8. Client receives final printed album.
  1. Album Spreads

Albums will include 35 spreads and no less. The definition of a “page” is one side of a spread in an album (for example, a 70-page album contains 35 spreads). If Client requests more than 35 spreads, additional spreads are $50.00 each. 

  1. Revision Rounds

The first draft will include photos selected by the photographer and will be sent to Client for approval. Client may request modifications to be made. Photographer shall complete modifications and send the second draft of album design to Client. Client may then accept the design or request one more round of modifications. Photographer will complete this second modification request and send the final draft of album to Client. After these two rounds of revisions to the album design, no further revisions are allowed. Any additional revisions are invoiced at a rate of $75.00 per round. All additional revision rounds must be paid before the revision is made by the Photographer. Photographer requires up to 10 days to complete a revision request. Client has 50 days to send Photographer any and all revision requests. Any revisions requested by Client more than 50 days after this Agreement’s date will not be accepted by Photographer.

  1. Final Approval

Photographer will not place an album order with the album Manufacturer until Client approves the design draft, and the balance is paid on any upgrades or additional spreads. Client agrees to check the final album design very carefully before giving final approval. Once final approval is given, Photographer is not responsible for typos, image defects, duplicate images, or other errors that may have been missed. 

  1. Parent/Duplicate Albums

Parent/duplicate albums cannot be altered from the original designs. All parent/duplicate albums shall be ordered at the time of final approval of the original album design and will be invoiced and must be paid prior to Photographer sending in album for printing. No parent/duplicate albums are available after the original album ordering phase is complete.

  1. Album Delivery

Client understands and agrees that Photographer’s album manufacturer (“Manufacturer”) generally takes 6-8 weeks to print and manufacture the album. While every possible precaution is taken and Manufacturer has been selected by Photographer for its superb quality, Photographer assumes no liability for the loss or damage of album while in possession of Manufacturer. 

  1. Ordering Date

Client shall agree to final album design within 60 days of this Agreement’s date. Any delay by Client in approving final album design will result in termination of this Agreement and no further obligation by Photographer.

  1. Retouching and Edits

Photographer will use the final edited images delivered to Client to make the album design. Photographer will not re-edit or retouch any images.

  1. Returns

Client understands and agrees that once final approval of album design has been given to Photographer, no returns or refunds are allowed whatsoever. In the event Client receives the printed album and sees any manufacturer defects or dislikes the album quality, Photographer will work with Manufacturer to the best of their ability to remedy the situation. Client is responsible for any additional fees associated with returning or reprinting the album.

  1. Album Archiving

Photographer shall keep a copy of final approved album design for 90 days but does not permanently archive the final album design. Client understands that after 90 days the album design will not be available to order additional copies and a new agreement must be signed to start the process over.

  1. Photographer Copyright

The final album design by The Foxes Photography, LLC is their property, will remain their property, and are protected by United States Copyright Laws (USC Title 17). Client hereby waives any claims for ownership, income, editorial control, and use of the images and album design. Violations of this federal law will be subject to its civil and criminal penalties.

  1. Reproduction

Client and Client’s agents agree to acquire the album design and product directly from Photographer through their professional album company. Client and Client’s agents agree not to scan, copy or reproduce the album design in any manner without written permission, including using the custom album design to create other albums. Photographer may seek damages for any illegal reproduction. Client and Client’s agents further agree not to supply the album to any third-parties.

  1. Communication

Photographer’s office hours are 9:00am – 5:00pm PST Monday through Friday. Photographer’s primary source of communication is through their email [email protected]. Photographer will respond to Client’s emails within those office hours.

  1. Indemnification

Client shall indemnify, release, discharge and hold harmless Photographer, its heirs, legal representatives, assigns, employees, contractors, or any persons or corporations acting under permission or authority of the Photographer from and against any and all losses, damages, liabilities, and expenses and costs, including reasonable legal expenses and attorneys’ fees, to which Photographer may become subject as a result of any claim, demand, action or other legal proceeding by any third-party to the extent such losses arise directly or indirectly out of activities performed by Photographer pursuant to this Agreement, except to the extent such losses result from the gross negligence, willful misconduct, or intentional acts of Photographer.

  1. Maximum Damages

The sole remedy for any actions or claims by Client shall be limited to a refund, the maximum amount not to exceed the total monies paid by Client under this Agreement.

  1. Limitation of Liability

If, during the production and/or before the album(s) are delivered to Client, the media has been lost, stolen, or is unusable because of defect, damage, equipment/platform malfunction, processing, or other technical error caused by Photographer or by forces outside the control of Photographer, Client agrees to relieve and hold Photographer harmless and will not impose any additional liability.

In no event shall Photographer be liable under this Agreement to Client or any other third-party for consequential, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, punitive, or enhanced damages, arising out of, relating to, or in connection with any breach of this Agreement, regardless of (a) whether such damages were foreseeable, (b) whether or not Client was advised of such damages, and (c) the legal or equitable theory (contract, tort, or otherwise) upon which the claim is based.

  1. Force Majeure 

No Party shall be liable or responsible to the other Party, nor be deemed to have defaulted under or breached this Agreement, for any failure or delay in fulfilling or performing any term of this Agreement (except for any obligations to make payments to the other Party hereunder), when and to the extent such failure or delay is caused by or results from acts beyond the impacted party’s (“Impacted Party”) control that are unforeseen and unpredictable at the time of contracting, including, but not limited to, the following force majeure 

events (“Force Majeure Events”): (a) acts of God; (b) a natural disaster (fires, explosions, earthquakes, hurricane, flooding, storms, explosions, infestations), epidemic, or pandemic; (c) war, invasion, hostilities (whether war is declared or not), terrorist threats or acts, riot or other civil unrest; (d) government order or law; (e) actions, embargoes or blockades in effect on or after the date of this Agreement; (f) action by any governmental authority; (g) national or regional emergency; (h) strikes, labor stoppages or slowdowns or other industrial disturbances; and (i) shortage of adequate power or transportation facilities. The Impacted Party shall give Notice (as defined in Section 27) within 10 days of the Force Majeure Event to the other Party, stating the period of time the occurrence is expected to continue. The Impacted Party shall use diligent efforts to end the failure or delay and ensure the effects of such Force Majeure Event are minimized. The Impacted Party shall resume the performance of its obligations as soon as reasonably practicable after the removal of the cause. In the event that the Impacted Party’s failure or delay remains uncured for a period of 15 days following Notice given by it, the other Party may thereafter terminate this Agreement upon Notice. The Retainer and all other payments made by Client up to the date of Notice of a Force Majeure Event are non-refundable.

  1. Cancellation of Album Services by Photographer

In the event Photographer determines, in its sole discretion, that it cannot or will not perform its obligations under this Agreement due to circumstances including, but not limited to, injury, illness, death of family member, pregnancy, military orders, religious obligations, other personal emergencies, or total breakdown of communication with Client, it will:

  1. Immediately give notice to Client;
  2. Issue a refund or credit based on a reasonably accurate percentage of custom album services rendered; and
  3. Excuse Client of any further performance and/or payment obligations under this Agreement.
  1. Sales Tax

Should any sale and/or use tax be imposed on any part of this Agreement, such tax shall be collected from Client and remitted by Photographer. All sales tax will be included on invoices.

  1. Entire Agreement

This is a binding Agreement that incorporates the entire understanding of the Parties, supersedes any other written or oral agreements between the Parties, and any modifications must be in writing, signed by all Parties, and physically attached to the original agreement.

22. Venue and Jurisdiction

This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Washington including all matters of construction, validity, performance, and enforcement and without giving effect to the principles of conflict of laws. The Parties agree that any dispute or lawsuit arising out of, or concerning, this Agreement that is not first resolved by arbitration shall be resolved exclusively in a court of competent jurisdiction located in Whatcom County, Washington. The Parties assume responsibility for their own collection costs and legal fees incurred should enforcement of this Agreement become necessary.

  1. Arbitration

Any and all disputes or disagreements rising between the Parties out of this Agreement upon which an amicable understanding cannot be reached, shall be decided by arbitration in accordance with the procedural rules of the American Arbitration Association. The Parties agree to be bound by the decision of the arbitrator(s). The arbitration proceeding shall take place in Whatcom County, Washington, unless another location is mutually agreed to by the Parties. The cost and expenses of the arbitrators shall be shared equally by the Parties. Each Party shall be responsible for its own costs and expenses in presenting the dispute for arbitration.

  1. Severability & No Waiver

In the event that any part of this Agreement is found to be invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of this Agreement shall remain valid and enforceable. Any failure by one or both Parties to enforce a provision of this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of any other portion or provision of this Agreement.

  1. Transfer

This Agreement cannot be transferred or assigned to any third-party by either the Photographer or Client without written consent of all Parties. 

  1. Headings

Headings and titles are provided in this Agreement for convenience only and will not be construed as part of this Agreement.

  1. Notice

Parties shall provide effective notice (“Notice”) to each other via email at the date and time which the Notice is sent: Photographer’s Email: [email protected]

  1. Counterparts; Facsimile Signatures 

The Parties agree that a facsimile copy (electronic copy) of this Agreement, which contains the Parties’ signatures, may be used as the original.


By checking the box on this order form and upon completion of purchase, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agree to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.