One of my favorite parts of being a PNW elopement photographer is that I get to see some of the most amazing places in the Pacific Northwest – as well as meet some incredible couples who are pledging their lives and their love to one another. If you have your heart set on an adventure elopement and you have chosen Washington as your location, I could not recommend a Ruby Beach adventure elopement more.
It’s my job as a Washington adventure elopement photographer to scout out the best locations for you, and one of my favorite places to recommend is Olympic National Park. It’s a dream within a dream, and there is so much diversity and dimension inside the park. There are majestic, snow-capped mountains. There are mossy, lush rainforests. There are beautiful trees and foliage — and mother nature provides the perfect scenery for an outdoor elopement. But one of the best kept secrets of ONP are the beaches, such as Ruby Beach!
They are exactly the kind of beaches you’d expect from the PNW. They’re not tropical, and depending on when you go, may require layers. They’re not full of sunshine and white sand, but they are bedazzled with tidepools and boulders. They are beautiful, albeit bordering formidable, but they make for some of the most incredible adventure elopement photographs you’ll ever see.
One of my favorite beaches is Ruby Beach, which is located along the coastline of Olympic National Park. It’s about a 3-hour drive from Tacoma, but it is worth every mile. People are most familiar with this area from La Push Beach and Forks, Washington as it’s where the Twilight series took place, but Ruby Beach is nestled into the rocky part of the Pacific Ocean, and the dramatic formations are nothing short of breathtaking. Although it’s growing in popularity, it remains relatively untouched by humans, sans the parking lot and a pathway down to the beach itself.
The location is notable for several reasons. For starters, Abbey Island looms in the background and can make for some really awesome photo ops. It’s a giant rock formation that is more or less a mountain that stands out in the ocean. It’s a very cool sight to see and can really be utilized in the foreground of background of your elopement photos.
Secondly, depending on when you go, what the weather is doing and where the tide is, the driftwood and sea stacks give it a different feel each time you visit the beach. Finally, while Olympic National Park is a tourist destination, Ruby Beach is just far enough off the beaten path that it feels like you have the whole Pacific Coastline to yourself.
If you are considering eloping in the PNW, I’d be honored to help you plan your photos and your destination. While there are many locations to choose from for your PNW adventure elopement, Ruby Beach is certainly a gem worth looking into.
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