Kathy & Austin’s Dreamy Olympic National Park Elopement

Kathy & Austin’s Dreamy Olympic National Park Elopement

Photography by Marla Manes Photography

Love, beauty, adventure — this elopement had it all! Kathy & Austin chose the picturesque Rialto Beach as the canvas for their intimate wedding. From sunny Kalaloch Beach vows to whimsical portraits in the Hoh Rainforest, their special day was a true Olympic National Park adventure.

The Adventure Begins

Marla Manes, the talented photographer behind this story, perfectly captures the essence of Kathy & Austin’s relationship. The couple’s infectious energy and zest for life radiated throughout the day. They laughed, fist-bumped, and reveled in each moment, making for genuine and candid photographs.

On their elopement day, Kathy and Austin’s chemistry was complemented by the sublime beauty of Washington’s coastlines and rainforests. Kalaloch Beach provided the ideal sunny backdrop for their vows — a rarity in this region. The couple’s families, meeting for the first time, witnessed the intimate ceremony amidst breathtaking scenery.

Elopement in the Enchanting Hoh Rainforest

Hoh Rainforest, a PNW gem, was next on their itinerary. Marla describes it as straight out of a fairytale, with its vibrant moss and fern-covered trees. One highlight from this location was an unexpected encounter with an elk — an extraordinary sight even for seasoned visitors.

Before leaving this magical place, the couple sealed letters to each other in a jar, to be revisited on their 10-year anniversary. A testament to their thoughtfulness, they also penned appreciation notes for their guests.

Moody Portraits at Rialto Beach

As the day transitioned, the bright sun gave way to the moody tones of Rialto Beach. The misty shores and cloudy skies provided the classic PNW ambiance. With lanterns in hand, Kathy & Austin strolled and explored, marveling at the towering sea stacks and embracing the serene darkness.

Details, Details, Details!

Their wedding details were a harmonious blend of practicality and style. Kathy’s hiking boots had bright pink shoelaces, echoing the vibrant pinks in her bouquet and Austin’s accessories. They entrusted their big day to a team of remarkable vendors, many recommended by Marla herself, adding to the seamlessness of the event.

Tips for Future Elopers

For those considering this location, Marla offers a few insights:

  • Permits & LNT: While Olympic National Park requires permits for larger groups, following Leave No Trace principles is paramount. Sand at the beaches is durable, but veering off-trails in the Hoh Rainforest can harm the fragile ecosystem.
  • Timing: Opt for weekdays and off-peak seasons. Avoiding the summer rush ensures a more private and personal experience.
  • Vendors: Invest in them! Kathy & Austin’s elopement was enhanced by their choices, from hair and makeup to catering.

Marla’s experience with the couple was delightful. Their carefree attitude and ability to be in the moment made them stand out. They focused on enjoying their day, making memories, and ensuring every aspect was uniquely theirs.

In closing, an elopement like Kathy & Austin’s illustrates that love is an adventure, and with the right partner, it’s a beautiful journey worth every step.



Photography: Marla Manes Photography
Hair & Makeup: Anne Timss; https://annetimss.com/
Florist: Farm & Flower; https://www.farmandflowerwa.com/
Baker: Middle Name Baking Co.; http://middlenamebakingco.com/
Chef: The Elevated Epicurean; https://www.instagram.com/the_elevated_epicurean/
Dress: Dior Bridal, Maggie Sottero; https://www.dior.com/en_us/fashion/womens-fashion/celebrations
Jewelry: Faith Jewelers; https://faithjewelersinc.com/
Officiant: A friend, Paige (who is also a professional cookie maker!) https://www.instagram.com/pipingbypaige/