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A Gallery of Lake Crescent Elopement Photos
Like so many 2020 couples, Melissa and Ryan’s wedding day plans were thwarted by Covid. Instead, they decided to have a portrait session at Lake Crescent, near where they had planned their wedding day originally. Melissa had an additional request for me—she and Ryan were both both whitewater rafting guides and met on a Grand Canyon rafting trip, so she thought a river location would be neat. Well, the Olympic Peninsula has rivers to spare! I picked a location on the Sol Duc River that was a few miles up a winding old logging road, so we had the place nearly to ourselves! Melissa and Ryan were totally game for bushwacking up the riverbank through dense underbrush, and they even braved crossing the river itself! Thankfully at that point there were lots of rocks and logs to hop on as we found the perfect spots for photos along the riverbank.
Next we made our way east to Lake Crescent itself just in time for sunset. We had enough time to visit a couple spots around the lakeshore for iconic portraits, ending at my favorite location with the perfect view of the sun falling towards the western hills.
How to plan a Lake Crescent Wedding or Elopement
If you’ve heard of or visited Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park, you can probably imagine it’s a spectacular location for a wedding or elopement. Couples travel from all over the world to get engaged, elope, or get married on the shores of the azure waters or under the soaring evergreen and broadleaf maple forest canopies. Something I really love about being a Lake Crescent wedding photographer is sharing this incredible location with people from all over the world, whether they’ve visited a hundred times or it’s their first trip. Since I grew up coming to the lake for scenic drives, picnics and hikes, as well as occasionally swimming in the frigid water, it’s become so meaningful to share the area with my clients on an important day in their lives.
If you want to officially tie the knot at Lake Crescent, you’ll need a Special Use Permit from Olympic National Park. You’ll also need an officiant and you may want an armful of local flowers! Here are a couple of my favorite florists who are available in the area:
If you want to go the DIY route and put your own bouquet together, you can get blooms by the bucket from Tin Can Floral!
Even though I’ve visited the Lake Crescent area several hundred times now, there are always new surprises to be found! Every season shows a different facet of the Lake’s personality. No matter how many times I visit I’m always entranced by the changing of the seasons and the flora and fauna of the area.
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If you want to document your wild and adventurous Olympic National Park or Washington State Elopement with an enthusiastic photographer/cheerleader and stunning imagery, Get in Touch with me asap! Dates for 2021 are filling fast!