Royal Arch Park Elopement – Gillian & Matthew’s Elopement in Maple Valley, WA

January 8, 2022

You don’t have to travel far to have an elopement – it’s not always mountain tops, cross country flights, and adrenaline rushes! The best adventures are the ones where you’re together, and an adventure elopement is all about doing what feels right to you, and what makes you feel content.


Gillian and Mathew eloped at Royal Arch Park in Maple Valley, a suburb close to Seattle. Their day was adventure themed, with adorable details that perfectly reflect their sense of wanderlust!

A bride and groom hug and laugh and smile at the camera on their elopement day by a river in Maple Valley, WA

The Details

One of my favorite things about elopements is how personal each one is – how each one is custom made for the couple, perfectly tailored to them and their story. Gillian and Matthew’s personalities shone through in the details of their Royal Arch Park elopement – the theme was “adventure,” and they had the most perfect representations of it. With vintage suitcases, hiking backpacks, an adventure bucket list, and mountain shaped cupcakes, the elopement captures their personalities!

Hiking backpacks lean against a tree with wood-burned signs that read "just married"
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Royal Arch Park Elopement

Royal Arch Park is a gorgeous nature oasis in Maple Valley, located on the Cedar River. There are tall trees, river views, and gorgeous nature views along with the wooden log shelters! It’s a stunning place for an intimate elopement, and Gillian and Matthew tied the knot with their family around them.


Gillian walked with her dad from the parking lot to the gorgeous floral arbor, where Matthew was waiting for his soon-to-be wife. The two of them exchanged vows with a meaningful ceremony full of laughter, surrounded by the lush greenery and the people they love most!


After their elopement ceremony, we took some portraits with the family. I just love the light filtering through the trees!

An older dad kisses the cheek of his grown daughter, dressed in a long ivory gown on her elopement day at Royal Arch Park in Washington
A man and woman stand on an alter with green woods behind them, at their intimate wedding ceremony
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Next, Gillian and Matthew and I walked down to the rocky shore of the river, taking some couples portraits of the two of them by the water. Of course, we had to get some photos with their adventure gear too! We walked along the trails of Royal Arch Park, snapping photos of them in full “just married” bliss.

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A brunette bride smiles at the camera, wearing a hand-knitted, green poncho with large wood buttons on the shoulder
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A happy couple smiles at the camera, holding hands at their Royal Arch Park elopement

After a few more photos of the family, it was time for their “reception!” They celebrated at the picnic shelter in the park, just spending some time hanging out together with their families, and a giant game of Jenga.

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A little later in the evening, they cut their cake, and the family made toasts to the newly married couple. It was the perfect intimate celebration, and reflected the couple so well! With the theme of adventure, the beautiful location close to home, and their families by their sides, Gillian and Matthew’s Royal Arch Park elopement was a reflection of everything elopements are about – warmth, authenticity, and connection.

A bride and groom, wearing hiking backpacks and wedding clothes, lean in for a kiss surrounded by trees at their Royal Arch Park elopement
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Eloping in Maple Valley?

Or any other lovely spot in Washington? As an elopement photographer, my job is to make sure your wedding day is exactly what you want! Whether that means eloping at your favorite park with your family nearby, or traveling across the country for a solo adventure, you deserve these memories captured for you to look back on and cherish for the rest of your life.


Contact me and we can start planning your own elopement!

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