Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life. – Herman Hasse⠀
There’s something extra enchanting about a Washington wedding ceremony tucked away beneath tall pines. Forests feel charged with life, like there’s something essential and raw in the air. A sacred space for a sacred tradition. I was recently helping a few friends with their venue search for a forest wedding venue near Seattle. The resulting list was too good not to share for this Seattle Wedding Photographer.
Near Mt Rainier, WA | About 2 hours from Seattle | Up to 200 Guests
Tucked away just before the entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park, this property holds one of my new favorite ceremony spaces, appropriately named “The Sanctuary.” The property is home-grown, with rustic log cabins and a clearing nestled between a greenhouse and the edge of the forest. It’s a laid-back space, but still magical. Perfect for long farm tables and a family style reception, or a killer food truck, followed by dancing under the stars. I shot N+E’s wedding here on a warm, late summer day and would go back in a heartbeat.
Whidbey Island | About 90 minutes from Seattle by Ferry | Up to 200 guests
I feel like Whidbey Island is the perfect solution to throwing a “semi-destination” wedding. Guests can choose to stay the night on the island or hop on the ferry home after the party. It feels like an adventure but doesn’t require the complex logistics of the San Juan Islands. I love Fireseed for the golden field of marsh-y grasses that seem set on fire at sunset and the old growth forest it sits next to – but I love it most for the on-site garden and amazing food. If you are worried about rain, there are indoor options for your ceremony as well.
Whidbey Island | About 90 minutes from Seattle by Ferry | Up to 350 guests
Kiana Lodge perhaps feels a bit more like a lakeside venue, but it sits in the middle of a beautiful forest on Whidbey Island. It’s perfect for larger weddings with a picture-perfect lodge that can hold your reception and ceremony, if necessary. The grounds are impeccably landscaped and create an exceptional guest experience. Plus, my mouth is still watering from the cocktail hour oyster bar Audrey and Ben hosted during their summer wedding here. (I’m determined to make oyster bars the hottest trend for Seattle weddings… and it’s totally not because I personally want to partake…)
Anna peters is an award-winning SEATTLE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER. Since 2014 she has been documenting heartfelt celebrations and portraits full of simplicity, connection, and joy – exploring the pacific northwest with her clients and traveling the country photographing stunning destination weddings. Anna also offers business strategy resources and coaching for creative business owners who want to craft irresistible, authentic, and sustainable brands.
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