Love on Roller Skates: A Coastal, Retro-Inspired Elopement at Cape Kiwanda

Cape Kiwanda Elopement

Hannah + Ben met when they were just 15 years old. A superhero-themed costume party started them on their journey to forever, but the fun and crazy cool vibes didn’t stop there! These two are all about adventuring, which is why their original wedding plans had them headed to Iceland. Fast forward to the 2020 pandemic, and they quickly had to switch up their plans. It all worked out better than they dreamed though as they shared vows in a retro-inspired elopement at Cape Kiwanda, surrounded by dried boho flowers and their beloved pup. They even rounded out the day with board games, roller-skating and the hot tub. We’ll let H share more:

After we got engaged, we went back and forth between a big wedding at the camp we met at and an intimate destination wedding somewhere like Alaska/Iceland/Scotland. We ultimately ended up deciding on an intimate wedding in Iceland for June 2020. Fast forward to March 2020 and the Covid pandemic hit. We pretty much instantly canceled our wedding in Iceland because we wanted people to be able to get refunds on travel. After that, we had only a few months to completely replan our elopement, but it ended up being meant to be. At the end of the day, it really wasn’t about our wedding but instead about the beginningĀ of our marriage and I wouldn’t change a thing!

Dawn Jarvis captured the day with beautiful, moody imagery. Ready to see it? Let’s go!

A Muted Color Palette

Cape Kiwanda Elopement

Since the day centered around boho vibes and retro inspiration, a muted color palette of ivory, rust and blush really set the stage.

Nature Focused and Eco-Friendly

Cape Kiwanda Elopement

One thing that was important for H + B was to keep their wedding as eco-friendly as possible:

We tried not to use any single-use plastic as decor or things we wouldn’t be able to use again. A lot of our flowers were dried so we kept them in our home for decoration. The rug we got married on sits in our living room now. I love it because we have little reminders of our wedding day all over our home!

first look

first look

Retro- inspired Elopement With Dried Flower Backdrop

Cape Kiwanda Elopement

Blushing Bloom Creative was the mastermind behind the bohemian-style floral arrangements. Their ceremony designs almost look like they sprung up naturally, right there on the coastline!

Cape Kiwanda Elopement

The Perfect Attire for a Retro- Inspired Elopement

Cape Kiwanda Elopement

We’re majorly in love with H’s lace-covered bridal two-piece. It’s the perfect combination of being laid-back while still being bridal! She scored this awesome find at A and Be Bridal Shop.

Cape Kiwanda Elopement

Cape Kiwanda Elopement

Cape Kiwanda Elopement

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

It's so hard to pick just one moment! I know everyone says this, but it really was such a perfect day. One of my favorites was that we chose to spend the morning together. We enjoyed our breakfast and copied our vows into our books. We split up while we got ready, but it was so calming to get to spend some time before everything started, just the two of us.

wedding pup

We just adore sweet moments like this!!

Love on Wheels

Cape Kiwanda Elopement

Cape Kiwanda Elopement

H + B love to roller skate and skateboard, so the perfect way to celebrate their vows was to suit up and skate around the beach!

Cape Kiwanda Elopement

Cape Kiwanda Elopement

Cape Kiwanda Elopement

Newlywed Photos on the Coast

Cape Kiwanda Elopement

Even though they didn’t wed in Iceland, H + B still got their adventurous and epic views!

Cape Kiwanda Elopement

bridal crown

How about this for the perfect bridal hairpiece? This delicate, retro-inspired bridal crown from Mignonne Handmade is the perfect accent for H’s wedding day attire!

Cape Kiwanda Elopement

Cape Kiwanda Elopement

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

To anyone who is getting married out there, I would recommend being intentional about your wedding day! You only get married once. I really feel like it should reflect your love and personalities. We figured out what was important to us and spent our money there.

Cape Kiwanda Elopement

Still obsessed with the bridal jacket trend over here! You can DIY your own denim bridal jacket with our easy how-to!

Cape Kiwanda Elopement

Boho meets Retro Elopement magic! Congratulations on your beautiful day, Hannah + Ben! The GWS Team is wishing you both many more adventures to come!

Soak up more of the romance with this adorable Thistle + Pine Creative film!

photography: Dawn Jarvis // florals: Blushing Bloom Creative // wedding dress boutique: A and Be Bridal Shop // hairpiece: Mignonne Handmade // videography: Thistle + Pine Creative // officiant: Jimmie Berguin

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