Planning a wedding in three months—no problem. With the help of event planner Sara Muchnick Events, Belle and Karl transformed their previously planned Hati celebration into a minimalist Washington DC wedding. This proves the importance of hiring trusted wedding vendors. With a talented team no dream or timeline is out of reach.
The couple prioritized fun and celebrating culture on their big day. One of the most memorable moments being the surprise rara street band from Haiti—proving you can incorporate cultural influences no matter where or when your wedding takes place. The floral arrangements by Petal’s Edge, dressed the reception space in a classy and minimalistic fashion—a mixture of the couple’s wedding day desires.
Photographer Anna + Mateo, captured the intentionality behind every element of this celebration. From the 3-month planning timeline to the destination change, and even the surprise rainy weather—nothing was getting in the way of Belle and Karl’s fun-filled lovefest.
Belle and Karl
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Sending a big congratulations to Belle and Karl on their minimalist Washington DC wedding! Thanks to photographer Anna + Mateo for capturing every cherished moment. With wedding trends constantly changing, small celebrations are here to stay. If you’re looking to hop on the micro or elopement wedding train, you’re not alone. Check out the ultimate wedding planning checklist that will help kickstart your planning season—whether your planning timeline is one year or three months.
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Imagine a snow-capped mountain reflected on glass that is surrounded by a luscious green forest. Now, end that stunning scenic route with a quaint dinner for two and you’ll get Sam and Ashley’s North Cascades elopement. Sam and Ashley chose a mountainside elopement to celebrate their love for each other and for the great outdoors. From getting ready together and writing vows, to professing their love with the mountains as their witness, this elopement was anything but ordinary.
After exploring through meadows and sneaking a few romantic kisses, Sam and Ashley headed back to their log cabin for a home-cooked meal and to read notes from their loved ones—so incredibly heartfelt. Thankfully, Wild Coast Photography captured every moment from start to finish. Lace-up your boots and let’s head to the North Cascades.
Sam and Ashley
North Cascades, Glacier, Washington
Be Present And Enjoy Every Moment
Because we had so much time to ourselves that day, we had lots of special little moments that we’ll always remember. We started by taking a run together out along the Nooksack River, showered and made breakfast, then sat writing our vows until our photographer arrived. One of our dearest friends officiated, and she spent the whole week prior asking us questions to help us reflect on our relationship and what we loved about each other. We were primed to just be present and enjoy every moment.
A North Cascades Elopement Moment
During our ceremony, we shivered through our vows, tears nearly freezing on our cheeks. Probably the most memorable moment was just after the ceremony, we continued exploring the stunning meadows and found ourselves yards away from the photographers. Thinking we were alone, we laughed, cried, and snuck a few kisses—it was absolutely perfect. When we received our gallery from Jenn, we found that moment. We’re off on our own, next to a big evergreen, mountains shining behind us. From afar, she secretly captured it so now we have that image forever. It’s definitely one of the more special shots.
Wedding Advice: It’s Your Special Day
Do what you and your partner want, what will be meaningful for you. Try not to feel obligated to do what’s expected of you. It’s your special day and you should celebrate it in a way that honors your relationship, rather than anyone else’s preconceived notions of what a wedding should be. Find a photographer that can understand your vision for your day, matches your vibe, and will elevate your experience and memory of the day without being a focal point.
Be open to going with the flow and it will all work out. You can have the best, most fool-proof plan, but when you’re planning an outdoor adventure wedding, things can change in minutes. Be okay with changing locations at the last minute, shivering a little, having photos with coats on—as long as you embrace wherever the day takes you and focus on each other, it’s going to be perfect.
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A Quaint Dinner For Two
Every element of our wedding dinner was special to us. Sam made our pizza dough from scratch, using our own sourdough starter. We made prosciutto, arugula & pear pizza, which was the first meal we cooked together when we started dating. We brought our favorite red wine to pair with the pizza. Plus, we have a tradition of seeking out cheesecake wherever we travel, so for our wedding cake we had our neighborhood market, Little Lago, bake us a cheesecake. Everything they do is delicious but this was over the top – it was the best cheesecake ever and we enjoyed it all week.
Congratulations to Ashley and Sam on your stunning North Cascades elopement. Major shoutout to Wild Coast Photography for both capturing and sharing this day with us. Check out more of Jenn’s work in her profile of wedding photographers from around the world! And if you’re looking to elope, check out our ultimate elopement planning checklist to help every step of the way.
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If the long lace wedding dress and terracotta-colored suit weren’t enough to Pin this wedding, then the backdrop of this Pacific Northwest rainforest elopement will definitely do the trick. Chelsea and Rafael flew from Florida to the Pacific Northwest to tie the knot in the way they’ve always envisioned—a dreamy rainforest elopement. But when fires struck the West Coast, they began to worry. With the help of their photographer, Oshen Davidson Photo, this adventurous couple chose to rent an RV and explore the Pacific Northwest leading up to their elopement while Oshen checked the trails. Their wedding day began with getting ready at their campsite, and ended with a stunning picnic, featuring a charcuterie board and the cutest mini cake. If you’re dreaming of an elopement, or are opting for one—à la the global pandemic—then let this Pacific Northwest rainforest elopement give you the push in the elopement direction.
Chelsea and Rafael
Olympic National Forest, Quinault, Washington, USA
The Bride’s Favorite Memory
I think it’s safe to say for the both of us that there were many parts of the day we’ll hold dear forever. The picnic we had beside the waterfall while we listened to all our favorite love songs is definitely up there for me. Or when we finally got back to camp, shared a beautiful dinner beneath the stars, and played dominos while drinking wine late into the night.
The Groom’s Memorable Moments
Getting ready together was special for me. It’s not traditional to get ready but I highly recommend it. Helping each other look and feel the best while listening to music gave us such a sense of peace and it was a fun start to our big day. I left before her so we could still do a first look. When she tapped me on the shoulder and I turned around to see my beautiful bride, I knew everything in the world would be alright from there.
Wedding Advice For Elopers
Try not to rush the moments. We only planned for a month or so and it was gone before we could blink. Slow it down, soak it up, and enjoy it. Your day is about you and your love together. Of course we would have loved for our family to have been there and witnessed our big day, but at the end of it all, the intimate memories we created were just what we wanted our marriage to embody.
A Pacific Northwest Rainforest Elopement
I had always wanted to travel to the Pacific Northwest. It has been at the top of my list of adventures, specifically the Hoh Rainforest. When I showed Rafael, he was in awe instantly and said, “let’s go!”
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Given our boho fashion choices for the day, he didn’t want to wear a traditional tie. I had mentioned wearing a bolo tie so he decided to make one! He then surprised me with a beautiful necklace as well. Both our accessories have precious gems inside of labradorite and ruby-zoisite. It’s something we can hold on to forever.
Congratulations to Chelsea and Rafael on their gorgeous Pacific Northwest rainforest elopement. And a major shoutout to Oshen Davidson for capturing and sharing this day with us. If you’re ready to elope now, check out our ultimate elopement planning checklist to get started!
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Jenn and Martin never thought about their perfect day until the proposal—you wouldn’t be able to tell when looking at the photos of their simply elegant wedding at Club at Snoqualmie Ridge. Photographer Nick Plus Danee captured the essence of the cascading mountains, the personalized touches the couple included (such as the signature drink named after their furry friend and tables named after their favorite movies), and the beautiful first dance that they learned from Youtube. Jenn’s Rime Arodaky embroidered gown is much different than the Hayley Paige ball gown she wore for their elopement a year prior but it fits perfectly with the timeless vibe of their special day. Get your “Pin” buttons ready because this wedding is one to remember!
Jenn and Martin
Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Washington
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A year before our wedding, Martin and I had actually eloped on a rooftop – and my elopement gown was a Hayley Paige number that was more of a princess style. I completely loved it, but I also wanted my wedding dress to be very different, matching more the simplicity of our wedding day vibe. During my search, I fell in love with Rime Arodaky’s floral embroidery and backless detail on the Sewell gown.
It’s easy to get caught up in the things that don’t matter. The weather that you can’t control, the difficult parent that you love, the forgetful guests that never RSVPd—and your dog who almost chewed your wedding dress. You get caught up and forget that the day is really just for you and your person. Not gonna lie, I was unexpectedly v-e-r-y nervous that day, all the way ’til I started walking down the aisle. But once I locked eyes with Martin, every ounce of worry I had just melted away
We wanted our day to feel intimate and personal, so we put a lot of our own personalities into details of the wedding. Our guest tables were named after our favorite movie duos, one of our signature drinks was named after our pup, and we put prints of our most loved movie quotes onto each guest’s plate settings. Another big thing about me is that I live for music. We wanted the soundtrack at our wedding to be atmospheric – matching the mood of each segment of the wedding. I loved personally putting together playlists and sequencing the songs; when our guests afterward told me they loved the music at our wedding, my heart sang—and Martin literally sang.
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Congrats to Jenn and Martin on their elegant Club at Snoqualmie Ridge wedding and thank you to Junebug member Nick Plus Danee for sharing it with us! To see more of Nick and Danee’s Photography, visit their profile in our directory of best wedding photographers in the world!
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