Washington Coast Elopement Ideas from Outshined Photography

The Best Place to Elope on the Washington Coast…for YOU

Whether you dream of rustic landscapes on an ethereal shoreline or an outdoor beach adventure, here are the best places to elope on the Washington coast.

If you and your partner have determined the majestic Washington coast as the perfect place for your elopement, congratulations! You have chosen one of the most extraordinary locations in the world to celebrate your love. This coastline provides a wide variety of natural landmarks and experiences, which means you can make an elopement celebration that aligns with your vision, no matter what that may be. Creating that authentic elopement experience starts with determining the best place to elope on the Washington coast… for YOU!

Before settling on a location along the Washington coast, I recommend deciding the story you want your elopement to tell. Is it an outdoor adventure or a luxurious getaway? A mystical celebration or a modern take on a traditional wedding? These answers will provide a great blueprint for creating the elopement of your dreams, with all the simplicity (or bells and whistles!) you desire.

Below you will find an excellent jumping-off point for three of my favorite places to elope on the coastline. Not only will it give you some ideas on what your celebration could look like, but it also can give you some clues as to the best place to elope on the Washington coast…for you!

Washington Coast Elopement at Rialto Beach with Outshined Photography

The Best Place to Elope on the Washington Coast for the HIKER

If your love story is represented by outdoor adventure, Rialto Beach may be the perfect location for your “I do’s.” Nestled within Olympic National Park, this beach provides stunning sunsets, an intimate setting, and endless hikes and outdoor activities.

Why I Love It: Rialto Beach

Awe-Inspiring Hikes

Rialto Beach provides a long stretch of stunning coastline with countless hiking opportunities. Integrating a hike before or after your ceremony is a great way to get some candid photographers and provides some unique opportunities for celebration. Additionally, the sprawling beauty of Olympic National Park provides plenty of coastline so you can celebrate your love (while avoiding crowds and onlookers.)

Pristine Tide Pools

The numerous tide pools brimming with life is an intriguing feature of Rialto Beach. Not only does this provide a stunning setting for photos, but it also adds a unique experience to your itinerary.  For active couples who envision a perfect elopement day with an outdoor activity (or two!) Rialto Beach could be the best place to elope on the Washington coast for YOU!

The Best Place to Elope on the Washington Coast for the DREAMER

There is no better way to describe it… Ruby Beach is what dreams are made of. With majestic sea stacks (those intriguing rock formations that make certain beaches unforgettable), Ruby Beach is as unique as it is mysterious, creating the ideal backdrop for a one-of-a-kind elopement.

Why I Love It: Ruby Beach

Sea Stacks and Rock Towers

Ruby Beach sets the scene for an elopement experience that is uniquely yours. One of the main reasons I love Ruby Beach is because of the unique natural features that enhance the authenticity of the couples that choose to elope here. There is nothing cliche about these elopement photos!

A Backdrop That’s as Unique as You

If you are eloping, my guess is you and your partner have a distinctive style and flair that you aren’t afraid to share with the world, and Ruby Beach has the unique capability of enhancing this individuality. Welcome the sunrise on the pristine sand, enjoy blue hour amid towering sea stacks, and share your vows in a location that allows your love story to shine through.

(Pro tip: looking for ideas on how to incorporate authenticity into your ceremony? Check out this blog post.)

The Best Place to Elope on the Washington Coast for the HONEYMOONER

If you dream of pairing your elopement celebration with an epic honeymoon, then Cape Flattery may be the place you are looking for. This location provides a stunning elopement location and a great jumping-off point for further adventures, making it one of my favorite places for an unforgettable Pacific Northwest elopement.

Why I Love It: Cape Flattery

Cliffside Views

Cape Flattery may be the best place to elope on the Washington coast if exhilarating heights and cliffside views  send your heart fluttering. Sunrise, sunset, and any season, this view for your elopement photographs is hard to resist.

An Unbeatable Start to Your Adventure

For those who plan to make their elopement adventure several days, or pair a honeymoon with their celebration, Cape Flattery is an excellent choice. This portion of the shoreline has easy access to a variety of additional adventures, including:

  • A stunning drive or plane ride to the interactive city of Vancouver
  • An easy day trip to Makah Cultural & Research Center Museum
  • Access to lighthouses and resorts

For a great start to your Pacific Northwest honeymoon, Cape Flattery may be the best place to elope on the Washington coast for you!

Outshined Photography at Rialto Beach

Determining the Best Place to Elope on the Washington Coast

The truth is, with a little imagination and some planning, countless places on the Washington coast can fulfill your elopement dreams. Rest assured that there is no “wrong answer” when it comes to your elopement, and the best place to elope on the Washington coast is the one that creates beautiful memories of your love story.

To learn more about potential locations for your coastline elopement or discover some of my favorite meaningful activities to pair with your celebration, reach out! There is nothing I love more than helping you create the elopement of your dreams.

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  1. Washington Coast is so beautiful and a perfect place for an elopement! I think I love Ruby Beach the best. Thanks for sharing this helpful guide!

  2. Such great locations! And great info for anyone trying to decide between these beautiful areas of the WA coast – love it!

  3. These three locations are all spectacular! Makes me want to visit again. Great information for anyone trying to decide on a location for their Washington coast elopement!

  4. What a great collection of locations to elope on the washington coast. It’s great to hear your thoughts on why you like each location, thanks for sharing.

  5. Such a wonderful resource for those who are considering an elopement on the Washington coast! Loving the photos you included, they illustrate all those beautiful locations perfectly!

    1. Thanks for reading this resource. It’s easy to find so many beautiful places to photograph along the Washington Coast.

  6. Wow! Washington Coast here I come!! This is such a great guide full of locations to elope on the Washington Coast, and the photos you included are absolutely beautiful. I also love that you shared your personal opinion on each location– super helpful for those of us coming from out of state!