Often times, couples feel pressured into choosing a traditional venue for their wedding festivities, but living in the beautiful lush greenery and forest surrounded PNW, they’d feel much more at home in the great outdoors. While searching for venues that fit that quintessential Northwest Wedding, we found that there are several little known sites scattered all over our gorgeous state – and very few resources to find them. All of the places listed are in Washington State.
We’ve got quite the round up of amazing sites for you – places perfect for elopements, small intimate wedding celebrations and all the way up to all 200+ of your favorite people partying alongside you. Whether you want a wedding weekend or a day of fun, there is bound to be an option that is ideal for your outdoor-loving little PNW heart. We haven’t shot at all of these locations, but have hiked or visitsed many of them. Feel free to add any we missed in the comments!
Big Four Ice Caves: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/big-four-ice-caves
As of July 2015 the caves are closed to the public, so while you can no longer access that area, the trail has some amazing spots and there is a large area that will accommodate a few friends & food.
Barclay Lake: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/barclay-lake
This is a little bit of a hike (2.2 miles one way), especially since the early 2016 has downed a few trees. This is great for an elopement, but make sure you’re prepped for the up and over and duck under moments and crossing of a couple waterfalls.
Shangri-La on the Green: http://shangrilaonthegreen.com/
This is a beautiful campground venue with a waterfall, open meadow, bridge, hiking paths, and a cute lodge style house with patio and fire pit. This can accommodate a small to mid size wedding and is great for that wedding weekender couple.
The Lookout Lodge:http://www.thelookoutlodge.com/(this is one of our preferred venues, please message us for a special pricing package on your wedding photography!)
Nestled in the woods near Lake Stevens and Snohomish this venue is surrounded by beautiful trees and mountain views – everything we love about WA. They are perfect for elopements and larger weddings alike. You’ll be serenaded by birds, frogs, and amazing sunsets.
Hoh Rainforest:https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/camping.htm(this is one of our preferred locations, please message us for a special pricing package on your wedding photography!)
This is one of my favorite places in the entire state, and there are multiple hikes and a campground. This would be a great location for an Elopement.
Hampton Hideaway:http://www.hamptonhideaway.net/(this is one of our preferred venues, please message us for a special pricing package on your wedding photography!)
This venue has a barn, orchard, two separate houses you can rent for getting ready areas, and an awesome staff.
Shi-Shi Beach/Point of Arches: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/north-shi-shi-access
The Island House: http://www.theislandhouseoncamano.com/
This venue is perfect for a mid-size wedding. It has a great patio area for the reception, sits next to a pond and has a smaller pond on the property, and a beautiful home with multiple levels for getting ready.
This lodge sits up against the river and provides a stunning backdrop for your ceremony and reception. It has a home with multiple levels, a deck, and patio space.