An Olympic National Park Beach Elopement

May 16, 2018

Today M. Laine Photography shares with us this sweet styled elopement. Read below on how this styled elopement was created, and start planning that beachy beautiful elopement of your dreams.




I met Jill Em through an online photography community and I was thrilled when she accepted my offer to model for an adventure shoot. She and her husband, Chris, had the perfect wardrobe for an elopement styled shoot – the outfits they wore for their own elopement in Hawaii! All that was left to do was choose a location!


Jill loved the idea of taking the photos barefoot on a sandy beach, and I absolutely love the haystack rocks Washington has along the coast. Second Beach, in the Olympic National Park, was the perfect combination of the two.


Serendipitously, I met Tawney, of Tawney Rae and Co one week after scheduling Jill and Chris’s shoot. Tawney makes the most gorgeous vintage flower crowns and accessories! Once I saw her creations I knew a flower crown would be the perfect addition to our shoot.


We scheduled the shoot for mid-day, since that’s when Jill and Chris were able to snag a sitter for their four year old. Not one to volunteer myself to shoot in the mid-day sun, which makes harsh shadows (opposite of what is pretty in photos!) I was counting on the fact that most days spent at Washington beaches are overcast! Despite the weather not cooperating with my plans, we got some gorgeous images and I do have to admit, it is refreshing to have some blue skies in my photos again!


Although this was a styled shoot, I appreciated that Jill and Chris took the effort to personalize it. Along with wearing the outfits they eloped in, they also brought along a bowl and shells which they were given as part of a Hawaiian marriage tradition when they eloped. I had a great time soaking up the sun, hearing their fun stories and unique plans for the future – to elope in every state they visit!

















Photographer: M. Laine Photography

Location: Second Beach

Model: Jill Em

DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Tawney Rae and Co.

Happy Wedding Planning!


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