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Idaho Hiking Elopement in the Selkirk Mountains

Megan and Alec were such a fun and laid-back couple to work with for this September hiking elopement in the mountains of North Idaho! Them along with their two best friends and I accompanied them for their adventure. The second Megan mentioned that they wanted this location for their elopement, I was jumping up and down as I have been dying to photograph an elopement here! The day turned out to be so much fun as we started with a few getting ready photos an a secluded Airbnb, and then I followed them up to the trailhead for first look, some hiking bridals at these stunning alpine lakes, a ring exchange, and then hiking back down to the first lake for some delicious cake! This Idaho hiking elopement in the Selkirks was adventurous yet relaxed at the same time - my favorite kind of elopement!

Getting Ready in Sandpoint Airbnb

Megan and Alec rented this stunning Airbnb near Sandpoint, Idaho. The guys got ready upstairs while the girls got ready downstairs. Megan had her hair done by Krystle, which was a stunning half up with braids - I was obsessed! And her makeup done by Stephanie completed her adventurous bridal look!

First Look at Alpine Lake

For the drive up to the trailhead, Megan and Alec wanted to do a first look but had to ride in the same vehicle. So they came up with a solution to do so without seeing each other until we arrived at the lake! They hung a sheet dividing the front and backseat so they couldn't see each other! This allowed us to coordinate the first look seamlessly. I led Alec down to the lake and found a gorgeous open spot on the beach. Then I went back and grabbed Megan so they could do their first look!

Ring Exchange at Mountain Overlook

After the first look and some bridals at the first lake, we hiked up to a breathtaking mountain overlook for their ring exchange! You could see mountains for miles and this spot on the trail had the perfect little outcrop for Megan and Alec to exchange their rings and say their vows to each other.

Hiking Bridals

The awesome thing about this location is that there were several lakes. So we were able to hike to a second alpine lake to take some more bridals and photos with their friends! And when I say this is the prettiest mountain paradise I've ever come across, I'm not exaggerating! When we rounded the turn in the trail to see this lake hidden in the trees, it literally took my breath away! We found a log in the shallows that made for amazing photographs!

Cake Cutting by the Lake

After the second lake, we hiked back down to the first lake as the sun started to go down for them to cut their cake from Sweet Frostings! We enjoyed some cake together on a blanket and took in the scenery around us, and then we went and took some goofy photos with their friends. Alec had customized lettering inside his jacket, and I took some detail photos of their rings, which Alec's had an engraving on the inside. I love getting to photograph personal touches like this!

Idaho Elopement Inspiration

Idaho Elopement Photographer

North Idaho is filled with mountain gems that would make for a memorable and meaningful elopement! Here's what Megan and Alec had to say after their hiking elopement in the Selkirk mountains of Northern Idaho:

"Absolutely fantastic experience! It was a pleasure working with Karlie. She made our day memorable and is a wonderful photographer! If you are wanting to elope, you should definitely contact her!"

idaho elopement photographer taking a selfie with her clients who eloped at an alpine lake in idaho

Idaho Elopement Packages

If you're interested in eloping in Idaho, check out my pricing and info page! I go more in depth on the elopement experience, and how I assist you throughout the whole process!

Here's what comes with my Idaho elopement packages!

↠ Booking Gift

↠ 72 Hour Turn-Around Time for Sneak Peek Images

​↠ Day of Elopement Gift

↠ Beautifully Edited Final Images

↠ Access to High Quality Print Products

↠ Free Phone Consultation or Zoom Call​

↠ Timeline Creation

↠ Leave No Trace Guide

↠ 30+ Page Planning Guide

↠ Vendor Recommendations

↠ Unlimited Planning Assistance

↠ 6 Week Turnaround Time for Full Elopement Gallery

↠ Travel & Accommodations are Covered for Photographer

Contact me here to elope in the beautiful state of Idaho!

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