If you love the idea of a remote, scenic wedding venue in the old-growth wilderness of a National Park, you'll want to consider the Olympic Peninsula for your wedding day! Whether you're planning a large gathering with all your family and friends, or an intimate elopement with just a handful of nearest and dearest, the Olympic Peninsula has dozens of locations for a wedding day featuring epic scenery and wilderness adventure. From the magnificent Olympic National Park beaches and the moss clad Hoh rainforest cathedrals to the farmland of Sequim and the historic architecture of Port Townsend, the vast array of locations that are available to Olympic Peninsula wedding photographers are truly unlike any other place in the nation. Each region within the Olympic Peninsula has its own unique identity, which makes every major destination a special and distinctive place to capture Olympic Peninsula wedding photography.
The Olympic Peninsula is located in the northwest corner of Washington State and is home to Olympic National Park, an iconic destination for Pacific Northwest enthusiasts. Olympic National Park offers a myriad of places for photographers to choose from when photographing a bride and groom on their wedding day. From the mountain views of Hurricane Ridge and Deer Park in Olympic National Park to the rolling farmland and lavender farms surrounding Sequim, Clallam County is home to diverse and unique settings for wedding photography in Northwest Washington. The Hoh Rainforest and La Push beaches are great settings for wedding photos that incorporate iconic scenery from the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. Salt Creek State Park and the Dungeness Spit are both recognized for their extraordinary views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Wedding photographers in Northwest Washington love to photograph weddings on the Olympic Peninsula because of the scenic beauty of this isolated, rural area. While Port Angeles is the largest city on the Olympic Peninsula, it’s far from a metropolis. Recently a runner-up in Outside Magazine’s Coolest Small Town of the Year, Port Angeles offers rich historic architecture along the waterfront, access via ferry to Victoria, BC, and lodging and shopping for destination wedding guests. To the west of Port Angeles lie Lake Crescent and Lake Sutherland. While Lake Sutherland is smaller and more developed, Lake Crescent offers the rugged northwest lake scenery that brides and grooms love.
Olympic National Park Wedding Venues
Possibly one of the foremost destinations on the Olympic Peninsula, Lake Crescent offers several venues for brides and grooms to choose from. Nature Bridge on Lake Crescent is an incredible venue for any bride and groom. NatureBridge is a beautiful historic event and conference center; small colorful cabins and a spacious bunkhouse provide a variety of lodging options for your guests to stay on the property. You can make your wedding into a weekend event with a Friday evening welcome dinner, Saturday morning canoeing and lawn games prior to the wedding ceremony, and Sunday farewell brunch before your guests depart. Rosemary Inn, built at the turn of the century, provides indoor dining and dancing space in addition the the beautiful meadow just outside, which can serve as a ceremony location or space for a tented reception. Views of the sapphire blue lake are easily accessed from the floating docks or the gravely lakeshore, and soaring Douglas fir trees surround the venue on three sides.
NatureBridge is located on Barnes Point and provides stunning views of Lake Crescent and Storm King, and easy access to nearby lakeside and waterfall trails. A trail leading to nearby Marymere Falls offers a short excursion for your guests, or a unique opportunity for unique wedding portraits at a waterfall, and for the more adventurous the Storm King trail offers a steep climb and unparalleled, iconic views of Lake Crescent. Just around the corner on Barnes Point is Lake Crescent Lodge, another historic Olympic National Park location. Lake Crescent Lodge offers couples a rich historical background in the rustic turn-of-the-century lodge and cozy Roosevelt cabins. Just steps away are the pebble beaches of Lake Crescent, which afford incredible views of the glacial lake and surrounding forested mountains. On the north shore of Lake Crescent is Camp David Junior, a rustic and historic venue perched on a steep hill above the water.
From the world famous beaches of La Push and Rialto to celebrated destinations like Cape Flattery and Ruby Beach, the northwest Olympic Peninsula is a world-class destination for brides and grooms who love outdoor adventure and Pacific Northwest scenery. Lake Quinault Lodge, also located within Olympic National Park, is located on the shore of Lake Quinault. Visitors will feel like they’re stepping back in time when they enter the grand drawing room of the lodge, but nothing compares to the views of the lakeshore available from the Lodge’s sunny veranda. The dramatic facade of the old lodge provides a wonderful backdrop for an outdoor ceremony or cocktails on the lawn.
Venues such as Kalaloch Lodge and Seabrook Village are perfect locations for the adventurous, bohemian bride looking for amazing beach views and beautiful northwest coastline scenery. Weddings at Seabrook take advantage of the many amenities and beautiful architecture of the seaside community, as well as easy beach access and Pacific Ocean vistas. Seabrook, located on the west coast of the Olympic Peninsula just hours from Olympia, Washington, is a popular destination for northwest beach vacations and brides who love the charm of a beach town as well as the drama of the remote Pacific Northwest ocean beaches.
Hurricane Ridge, just south of Port Angeles, is a unique mountain destination for elopements or intimate outdoor ceremonies. Brides and grooms feel like they’ve escaped to a remote mountain location, while only a short 40-minute drive from town. Several small mountain meadows offer locations for scenic portraits featuring the dramatic backdrop of the Olympic Mountains.
Sequim Wedding Venues
Slightly east of Port Angeles lies the small city of Sequim. With a dairy farming past and a more arid climate, sunny Sequim affords many lovely venues for Pacific Northwest brides and grooms. From Purple Haze Lavender Farm to Gierin Creek Farm, Sequim is full of quaint farm culture and aromatic lavender fields that are sure to provide wonderful backdrops for bridal party shots and family pictures. Within Clallam County lay a number of lovely wedding venues that celebrate the farming heritage and scenic beauty of the area. Troll Haven, or Bandy Farms, offers a chance to step back in time and into a fantastical, rustic estate with sculptures and stunning castle architecture. Lavender Farms abound in the Sequim Dungeness Valley. Nothing compares to the sweet, spicy aroma of lavender and the hum of happy bees buzzing away in an abundant garden. Garden weddings in Sequim are a popular choice for Pacific Northwest brides and grooms, who take advantage of the beautiful summer weather and panoramic mountain views available in Sequim. Lost Mountain Lavender, Jardin du Soleil, and Washington Lavender are just three of the lavender farms available for weddings in the Sequim area. Hunter's Gate Farm is a newer venue in the Sequim area; located between Port Angeles and Sequim in a little community known as Agnew, Hunter's Gate Farm offers spectacular views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, acres of farmland, and ample space for a stunning reception tent and relaxed outdoor atmosphere. Eberle Barn is another gorgeous historic barn venue that can accomodate a large wedding, featuring gorgeous architecture and scenic farmland surrounding the barn itself.
Port Townsend & Port Ludlow Wedding Venues
Port Townsend is another popular choice for destination weddings in the Pacific Northwest. A victorian seaport boasting gorgeous vintage architecture and beautiful marinas, Port Townsend is also the location for many gardens, parks, and waterfront wedding venues. Fort Warden in particular offers a lovely location for a Port Townsend wedding. A charming white chapel, bluffs overlooking the Puget Sound, and an easy walk down to the spectacular beach provide a myriad of locations for gorgeous wedding portraits. At the eastern edge of the Olympic Peninsula, the Resort at Port Ludlow and Woodland Lodge and Farms offer the picturesque beauty of the Olympic Peninsu;la and views of the Olympic Mountains while still being a day-trip away from Seattle and the SeaTac airport.
From romantic venues in Olympic National Park and incredible views of the Pacific Ocean to awe-inspiring backdrops of rain forests and historic landmarks, the Olympic Peninsula has some of the world’s best wedding photography opportunities. Adrien would love to photograph your upcoming Olympic Peninsula wedding! Contact Adrien Craven Photography to book today!
Caty & Nick | NatureBridge at Lake Crescent