August 19, 2019

San Juan Island Elopement


How to Elope on the San Juan Islands

Pacific Northwest Elopement Photographer - Traci Edwards


Amy & Shaun

Before I tell you how you can elope on the San Juan Islands just off the Washington coast, meet Amy and Shaun! These two met up with me for an anniversary session where we hiked up above the trees to a beautiful view of the ocean. Amy and Shaun are locals to the San Juan Island that moved away for some time to be on the mainland and have also traveled all over the world, especially Europe. They originally got married on the island at a local venue. They have the sweetest souls and a beautiful love for each other. Our hike together was spent with laughter while remembering moments from their wedding day. They even recreated their first dance, a foxtrot, at the top of the mountain as the sun set behind them. We hiked down just in time to catch the ever colorful sunset on the coast of the island. In the short time of their marriage thus far they have done so much! Amy and Shaun started their own winery on the island! All of their hard work is paying off, their wine and cider is delicious! Madrone Cellars & Ciders is truly them with European influence and can be found at local restaurants and stores in Friday Harbor, Lopez, Eastsound & Bellingham. For a full list check it out on their website!


How to Elope on the San Juan Islands

The San Juan Islands is a super romantic place to elope with stunning sunsets, beautiful ocean views, and lots to do! If you are thinking of eloping here, the best time of year is between April and October, because you can expect lots of visitors on the island in July and August. While the San Juan Islands are made up of Orcas Island, Shaw Island, Lopez Island, and San Juan Island, here I will tell you everything you need to know about eloping on the main one, San Juan Island! The town of Friday Harbor is super cute, and as soon as you get off the ferry you feel right at home! As you travel around the island, look for views of Mt Baker and Mt Rainier, on a clear day you can see their beauty from the island. This island is perfect for a small, intimate wedding or an elopement with just you two! If you will be doing the legal aspect of getting married on the island, please visit the clerk’s office website to make sure you have all your ducks in a row. There is a three day waiting period, no exceptions so plan accordingly!

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23 comments on “San Juan Island Elopement”

  1. Loved the outline of the blog so simple and so much great information for eloping couples! Photos are amazing too!

    1. I had not heard of it either until this year, but it is a popular spot to escape the seattle clouds!! Thank you very much!

    1. Thank you girl!!! Just here to spread the love and make it easier for those couples trying to find the perfect nook. <3

  2. So so helpful! I can't imagine planning a destination elopement, especially to islands. This guide has all the information a couple needs to elope in the San Juan Islands!

    1. Thank you, I hope to help couples who are going to a new location feel completely comfortable in their planning!! Thank you for reading and commenting!

  3. So so helpful! I can't imagine planning a destination elopement, especially to islands. This guide has all the information a couple needs to elope in the San Juan Islands!

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