A Romantic Elopement in the Woods: Laura + Nick

elopement in the woods

There is something so idyllic + romantic about elopements and the thought of exchanging your vows surrounded by nature. Laura + Nick were married in a sentimental, private ceremony in the forest, led by a close friend. I love the reason behind why they decided to elope:

When Nick and I started planning our wedding, we knew we wanted something in nature and completely unique. We both love the outdoors and lead a pretty active lifestyle and wanted our wedding to reflect that. I had always dreamed of having a large Pinterest-perfect affair and never thought I would even entertain the idea of eloping. But inevitably, after realizing the immense social and financial strain that wedding planning was sure to become, Nick and I decided on a planned elopement at one of our favorite hiking spots: a mountain called Rattlesnake Ridge, nestled amongst the Cascade mountain range near our home in Seattle. We both have a ton of friends and family members and knew we would be distracted from one another on our wedding day if we invited everyone, so we decided to go a more selfish route and make things completely about us and not invite anyone – thankfully, with the support of our loved ones. I am SO glad we did. I would not trade the incredibly intimate day we enjoyed for anything in the world.

Thanks so much to Benj Haisch for letting me share these stunning photos and congrats to Laura + Nick for staying true to themselves.

elopement in the woods

first look

elopement in the woods

woodsy bouquet

elopement in the woods


We met at the base of the mountain to say our vows, and shared a very intimate 45 minute long ceremony in the forest. Then Nick and I hiked to the top of the mountain for pictures (yes, we both wore boots!) for a truly spectacular moment. We had no decorations other than the beauty of the forest surrounding us, and my only accessories were my headpiece and bouquet. The entire day was stripped down and incredible serene and romantic. We felt like Adam and Eve walking with God in the Garden of Eden.

elopement in the woods

elopement in the woods

vows in the woods

vows in the woods

rings

rings

ceremony kiss

elopement in the woods

elopement in the woods

elopement in the woods

elopement in the woods

elopement in the woods

elopement in the woods

mustard bow tie

elopement in the woods

elopement in the woods

elopement in the woods

elopement in the woods

Each detail from the day is perfectly cemented in my memory, which is the best part about eloping - you truly can focus on your new spouse and not attend to anyone or anything else. For me, the best moment of the day was reaching the top of the mountain after hiking for over an hour in my dress. The exact moment we reached the top, a thunderstorm broke out and large raindrops began to fall from the sky... like that scene from the Notebook, only better. Yes we got drenched, but it was worth it! It was as if the mountains surrounding us had broken out into a standing ovation - a truly spectacular moment that was a perfect gift from God.

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bride and groom

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free people wedding dress


What’s more amazing, Laura’s gorge dress from Free People or the view?

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lake elopement

lake elopement

lake elopement


There are so many sweet moments captured in their wedding video by Janssen Powers Media.

I never thought I would want to elope, but I'm 100% glad I did and will never regret it. If you're considering eloping, DO IT! Your friends and family will come around - it's supposed to be about you and your new spouse anyway! Not having to worry about finances is a huge plus as well - we decided to use the money we would have spent on a wedding towards two honeymoons! Also, two days after our wedding, Nick and I met up with our parents, siblings and grandparents for a dinner in San Francisco for a small, intimate reception which was a great way to make our families feel included but still kept our special day just about us.

photography: Benj Haisch Photography – see more from this wedding on his blog // videography: Janssen Powers Media // location: Rattlesnake Ridge North Bend, Washington // floral design: Ballard Blossom // wedding dress: Mara Hoffman for Free People // hairpiece: Twigs & Honey // shoes: Steve Madden // hair + makeup: Janae Allanson – makeupbyjanae@gmail.com // groom suit + bow tie: Imperial Motion, Anna Runa

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Comments

  1. I am in love with your wedding! Where did you find your dress?

  2. I saw this story back in October about a month after I got engaged. I’m getting married in August and having a small wedding with about 30 people. I’ve always wanted to elope, but never took it seriously because I knew my fiancé would never go for it. I think about this story often and if I could go back and redo my wedding planning I would 100% have been more out spoken about doing something like this. This is my dream wedding and I’m fairly disappointed I won’t have something like this, especially because there has been so much drama surrounding my wedding planning. If I hadn’t already bought my dress, put deposits on the venue and church, and asked the wedding party to be bridesmaids/groomsmen… I would ditch the plan and totally elope. hmmph. At least I still get the end result.. an awesome husbby to spend my life with :)

  3. Watching this made me teary! Such a beautiful and emotional wedding! Congratulations!! :)

  4. How did you get Jim Gaffigan to officiate? I didn’t even know he was ordained!

  5. Moved me with their heart … as deep as the soul!

  6. What an incredibly gorgeous wedding! It is definitely going all over my Pinterest! :)

  7. Ah so beautiful! I love it! It is much like I am envisioning for me and my love. Where, can I ask, is this forest?

  8. Beautiful place to organice a wedding!

  9. Such a beautiful location, and gorgeous couple!

  10. Brittney Alexandra on:

    This was so beautiful. I have never considered eloping before, but I am definitely thinking about it now. My love and I are much like this couple in that we are outdoorsy types. I cried when I saw the video bc it hits very close to home. Thank you so much for inspiring me and for sharing your special day. Good luck to you both. Kindest regards -BAC

  11. this is breathtaking! for all you lowkey, outdoorsy brides, http://www.freeheartproject.com is an awesome bridal shop for everything from edgy gowns to custom headpieces. xo

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  13. Wow, one of my favourite shoots ive seen for awhile, just see the love between the couple captured, the scenery is just breath taking. Photography is absolutely outstanding, just loved it!

    Thankyou for sharing it xx

  14. What is the name this song?

  15. Beautiful photoshoot! A lots of inspiration and positive energy!

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