One of my favorite things about elopements is that you have complete control of your special day. So, if you want to include your favorite holiday in your ceremony, go for it! I had such a blast working with Catherine Lavy to capture this Halloween-themed elopement styled shoot in Discovery Park. Read on for some spooky season photoshoot ideas, discover the magic of Discovery Park, and take a sneak peek at these Halloween elopement photos!
I LOVE a spooky photo shoot and every year as the fall season approaches, it’s so fun to see some of the unique and fun ideas that couples come up with! Here are a few ideas to consider if you are planning a Halloween elopement.
To capture the spirit of the holiday, I recommend locations such as a forest at dusk or a haunted house. I’m also a big fan of bringing props. Pumpkins, bedsheets, masks, smoke machines – this is your chance to really have fun and get creative! As far as outfits, you can’t go wrong with a black wedding dress or suit.
For this Halloween elopement shoot in Discovery Park, we incorporated beaked masks which really gave the day the spooky feel we were going for!
Located in Seattle, Washington, Discovery Park is the largest park in the city and is an absolutely amazing place for an elopement! Here are a few of my favorite reasons why.
Discovery Park is seriously one of the most picturesque places in all of Seattle. It’s located at the western edge of Magnolia Bluff and offers GORGEOUS views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Puget Sound, and Bainbridge Island. Within the park, you can experience so many different landscapes, including beaches, meadows, sea cliffs, sand dunes, forests, and more giving lots of variety for your Halloween elopement photos!
Discovery Park has a rich and vibrant history. For thousands of years, it was inhabited by several Native American tribes, including the Squamish, Duwamish, Muckleshoot, and Tulalip. Then, in the late 1800s, the United States built Fort Lawton, a military base that occupied the land until it was acquired by Seattle in the 1970s. Today, the park includes many green spaces, remnants of the fort, and the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, a Native American community center and land base.
There are so many iconic landmarks that make Discovery Park such a memorable place for your elopement. I love the West Point Lighthouse, which was constructed in the late 1800s and is still in use today. It overlooks the Puget Sound and is just such a gorgeous piece of Seattle history! Other favorites of mine include the White World War II Chapel (which you can see featured in this photo shoot) and all the historic buildings in the Fort Lawton Landmark District.
This Halloween elopement was such a dream and I can’t wait to shoot another one soon! For another elopement adventure, check out this adventurous Oregon Sand Dunes elopement. And if you’re looking for wedding inspiration, visit my recent blog post from this Winery Wedding at Gorge Crest Vineyards.
Florist: Seablush Floral
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