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Autumn Lake Elopement in Washington

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Madison + Daniel color coordinated with the beautiful fall colors for their wedding ceremony. They kept it intimate, with only a few guests attending - including their dog! They made sure to complement the nature surrounding them through their attire, and we think this budget savvy couple looked stunning doing so.

Madison + Daniel

Leavenworth, Washington
- 10/09/2023
Total wedding budget $4,030

Budget Breakdown

Below is an estimated wedding budget breakdown provided by the couple.

  • Stationery
  • Flowers
  • Partner 1 Attire
  • Alcohol/Bar
  • Venue
  • Partner 2 Attire
  • Miscellaneous
  • Photography
  • Total wedding budget

A special note from the photographer:

Madison and Daniel wanted a fall elopement, with all of the fall vibes. And boy, did they get it! The area around Leavenworth, Washington is one of the best places to enjoy all of the fall colors. They spent the morning getting ready in their VRBO, and drove in different cars to have a first look at Lake Wenatchee.

This sunrise elopement was filled with fog when we got there but quickly burned away, leaving a stunning blue alpine lake to be part of their ceremony. After saying “I do” in front of their friends and dog Ellie, we drove to the town of Leavenworth and finished off the day with a celebratory pizza and beer! It was the perfect day! 

Did you do any DIY Projects or create any handmade items for your wedding?

Madison, the bride, wanted a fall bouquet – so she went to Fred Meyer and made the bouquet herself!

What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

Madison’s best friend embroidered a beautiful handkerchief that was her something new and blue.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The most memorable moment of their day was being able to soak in every moment with their closest friends and not having to stress out over having a big wedding.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Madison stated that finding a stunning ceremony location like a state park is a great way to save money. It was only $100 to get a permit for it, and then they went to a restaurant afterwards!

What was your biggest splurge?

Photography was important to them, so that was their biggest splurge. They definitely enjoyed a couple of drinks, too!

What were your favorite details?

Some of their favorite details included using the Field Notes book to write and say their vows, and being able to bring their dog Ellie to their wedding.

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?

Wedding planning can be stressful, but having a photographer who can help you coordinate your day and come up with creative ways to celebrate is very helpful!