The Wildflower Experience from Simply Eloped is for the adventurous couple – the kind of couple who wants a beautiful, intimate wedding experience deep in the wilderness, surrounded by a stunning view and the best that nature has to offer. Created with the help of photographer Kathleen Elizabeth, this adventure elopement package will take you into some of the best scenery Washington has to offer.
So, what exactly is an adventure elopement?
An adventure elopement is when a couple decides to forego a traditional wedding and instead, hold your ceremony in nature, surrounded by gorgeous scenery. Living up to its name, an adventure elopement usually means that there is some kind of hiking to get to your desired spot (and yes, this means you may get some dirt on your beautiful white dress!), and typically, an adventure elopement means that it’s just the couple, their vendors, and possibly a few able-bodied friends. If you’re the adventurous types, and the idea of waking up early for a hike to find a hidden gem of a spot to recite your vows sounds right up your alley, then the Wildflower Experience — our adventure elopement package — might be right for you.
A little bit about the Wildflower Experience: You, your partner, your officiant & your elopement photographer, all exploring a gorgeous natural space together as part of an immersive experience tailored to you. You’ll get married in an incredible location, incorporating only what speaks to you – and we’ll be there to guide and document it from start to finish. If you choose this package in Washington state based on one of the experiences we offer, the cost is $3,500.
Artist Point is where you can experience full 360-degree views of Mount Shuksan and Mount Baker. The accessible path is only 1.2 miles roundtrip with a minimal 200 feet of elevation gain. The trail is typically snow-covered until late July or early August, and then snowed in by late September or early October, so there’s a small window for a completely clear path if that’s what you’re looking for!
Gold Creek Pond & Franklin Falls
Close to Seattle, Gold Creek Pond has a fully accessible trail that’s a mile round trip with just 10 feet of elevation gain. 20 minutes away, Franklin Falls is a great addition to the pond stroll: two miles roundtrip and 400 feet of elevation gain.
Kelly Butte Lookout
Rainier views abound on a clear day from the Kelly Butte Lookout. The hike is moderate, at 3.4 miles round trip with 1,000 feet of elevation gain. Includes two additional hours of photography/hiking, so the package is $500 more.
A high-clearance car is recommended; a AWD or 4WD is helpful.
Mount Baker Wilderness
Remote and deep in the backcountry, the hike into the Mount Baker Wilderness is moderate, at 3.4 miles round trip with 1,000 feet of elevation gain. Includes two additional hours of photography/hiking, so the package is $500 more.
A high-clearance car with either AWD or 4WD is necessary.
Have somewhere else in mind? Kathleen is an experienced traveler and can provide couples with a tailored Wildflower Experience anywhere in the Pacific Northwest or California.
Here’s how’s the pricing looks:
- $3,500 – travel anywhere within Washington state | 4 hours of shooting / hiking
- $4,000 – travel anywhere within Washington state | 6 hours of shooting / hiking
- $4,500 – travel anywhere in the Pacific Northwest or California | 8 hours of shooting / hiking
What does the package include?
- Up to 4hrs of photo coverage throughout the Wildflower experience, with 175+ edited, full-res images delivered 4 weeks after your event
- Tons of consultation to help tailor your experience!
- Help choosing the perfect location and time
- Deciding what to wear and what gear to bring — we’re all about safety and comfort (and snacks)
- Tons of consultation to help tailor your experience!
- Help navigating applicable permits, reservations, and rentals
- Hiking to and from ceremony spot with couples portraits along the way
- Custom ceremony and officiation
- Coordination with other vendors: florals, hair/makeup, etc
- Most of packages are designed as private experiences for a couple only. A small number of guests can be accommodated in some circumstances – reach out for more info!
How does the Wildflower package differ from the Sprout of Bloom packages?
Sprout & Bloom packages are short-and-sweet hour-long sessions at a single location. Extra time added here goes toward making time for family/friends photos and extra time to relax the pace a bit and pull off some more creative shots with a couple.
Wildflower experiences are more involved, often including longer hikes, travel time between locations, more planning, and more photo coverage throughout the session.
Who is Kathleen?
She is an outdoor enthusiast and advocate, dog mom, adventurer, and road tripper. She became an elopement photographer to pursue her biggest passions in life – spending more time outdoors and photographing couples on the day they get married! One of her favorite things in the world is getting to adventure with a couple in a beautiful place on their elopement day. Originally from the Southwest, she and her husband uprooted their lives about a year ago and moved to Washington (one of the best decisions she ever made). At home in the mountains, in her free time you can probably find her somewhere out on the trails. It is such an honor to be a part of an elopement day, and a responsibility she doesn’t take lightly.
If you feel like the Wildflower Experience is a great fit for what you envision for your elopement, contact us and let’s get the planning process started!