If you love the outdoors and want to get married with a beautiful mountain landscape behind you, look no further! I have found the top 10 mountain wedding venues in North Idaho that are perfect for your intimate wedding or elopement with friends and family!
These options are perfect if you want your family there to witness the ceremony, but you still want that adventurous, outdoorsy feel. A lot of my couples elope outdoors and if it's just the two of them, they use the hiking trail to say I do. But if you choose to have family and friends as guests, these venues are great options so you can still get married with awesome views and with the people you love most.
An elopement tip: If you want to elope and get the best of both worlds by having some alone time and while having some guests, you can start the day with an adventurous hike or with whatever activity you love most, and then meet back up with your family and guests at one of these locations (all of which have amazing hikes and places to adventure nearby) and have a little ceremony, reception with food, and whatever else! Elopements are so flexible which is so nice! And since I'm a local, I know some amazing photo locations near these spots to adventure at!
Located in Sandpoint Idaho, Baldy Mountain Lodge offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains. It offers an outdoor space and an indoor space. This location is 2 hours away from Spokane International Airport. Sandpoint is a beautiful town here in North Idaho and has lots of amenities if you're from out of town. There isn't an available website for this venue but here is a phone number to contact the vendor. (208) 610-3609.
Photo by Mindy Stevens
Also located in Sandpoint Idaho, Schweitzer is another great wedding venue with absolutely stunning mountain and lake views. It overlooks several mountain ranges, and Idaho's largest lake, Lake Pend Oreille. There are a few places to choose from for your venue, and there are indoor and outdoors spots. Some are available year-round, and others are only open certain months of the year. You are also able to use this venue in the winter as well - and then imagine getting into your ski or snowboard gear and hitting the slopes on your wedding day!
Photo by Sara Grace Photography
Elk Point is located in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. It overlooks Lake Coeur d'Alene and the mountains around the lake. This space has a building on suite, so you can choose an indoor or an outdoor setting. This venue is just a short few minute drive from Downtown Coeur d'Alene and Sherman Ave. There are many great places to eat on Sherman and the Coeur d'Alene Resort is also right down the road. Get town amenities along with stunning views and outdoor activities all within a few minutes of each other!
Photo by Katie Wilke
The Coeur d'Alene Resort is such a gorgeous venue for any occasion! It overlooks Lake Coeur d'Alene, which is so beautiful as is. If you opt for the Celebration Garden, you'll be surrounded by flowers and the gorgeous blue lake while you stand on a platform over a ceremonial reflection pool. The resort itself is also a great place to stay, shop, and eat/enjoy some drinks.
Photo by Jennifer DeBarros
If you love the lake, then why not get married on a boat? You can get married on a cruise boat by Lake CDA Cruises as well! They come with all-inclusive packages that include food, cake, champagne, a DJ, table, chairs and a dinnerware setup.
Photo by Katie Wilke
These are 3 amazing resorts on Priest Lake! Priest Lake, located north of Sandpoint (or just over 2 hours from Spokane Airport) is the northern most lake in Idaho, also known as Idaho's Crown Jewel. Priest Lake is a stunning lake, perfect for camping, fishing, and any other outdoor activity. But if you seek a more luxurious place while still being amongst the outdoors, these resorts are perfect for your ceremony and/or reception!
Hill's Resort - Photo by Kali Hylton
Elkins Resort - Photo by Jennifer DeBarros
Resort at Cavanaugh's - Photo by PNW Elopement
I can't say enough good things about Farragut! I live about 10 minutes away, so I do so many shoots here. It has amazing rocky beaches with giant mountains that come straight up out of the water, such a pretty backdrop! There are cabins you can rent that overlook Lake Pend Oreille, and there's a pavilion area that you can rent as well. Farragut has lots of stunning hiking trails in and near the park, and I have found some amazing locations in the park for your adventure bridals and/or elopement! Check out more of these adventure bridals in Farragut!
Photo by Karlie Larson Photography
7. Mt. Spokane
Even though Mt. Spokane is located in Washington and not Idaho, I had to include it! I live in North Idaho and I can see this mountain from my property. Mt. Spokane has the most insane views! It feels like you're on top of the world. There are stunning views everywhere you look! Plus there's also a gorgeous forest setting on the mountain as well, making it a great option for a wedding venue if you're craving those mountain views.
Photo by PNW Elopement
You can only book this venue if you are an active member of the country club, but this venue still offers stunning views of Hayden Lake! This is perfect if you're wanting a more private option, with a place to host a reception at the same location. Their wedding events include wedding services like tables, linens, transportation from the parking lot, and a microphone to use.
Photo by Jennifer DeBarros
Silver Mountain Resort is a perfect, all in one place to get married! You can stay in their lodges, ride the gondola, enjoy an indoor waterpark, and get married with stunning views of 2 mountain ranges. If you opt for winter, Silver Mountain Resort is also a place to ski and snowboard, which would again make for some fun photos in your snowboard/ski gear, perfect for your adventure elopement!
Photo by Hannah Smith Design
10. The Beauty of Eloping Outdoors: Anywhere is Your Venue
Eloping outdoors is my absolute favorite, hence why I specialize in it! If you are someone who would rather it just be the two of you getting married, or up to 20 of your closest family and friends, then you can read more about elopements here! But the outdoors is the best venue because it's so beautiful, and you only really need to pay for a permit (if necessary) to get married there.
But you're in luck, because I'm not only a photographer, but I also help you plan your elopement in the outdoors. I create a day around what you actually want to do, not what everyone else wants!
I have tons of free elopement planning resources on my blog if you're interested! Check them out to get you started on planning your adventure elopement, either here in Idaho or the Pacific Northwest!
Here's some of my favorite locations for elopements in North Idaho. And yes, all of these photos are taken by me here in North Idaho! I have an Idaho Elopement Guide available exclusively to couples who hire me for their adventure elopement! You'll get access to all these spots that you can choose from for your elopement (if you don't have a location in mind), and all the elopement planning tips you could need.
If you want family and/or friends there for your elopement who aren't able to hike to the top of a mountain to witness your marriage, you can definitely choose one of the venues listed above to get married at, but then spend the main part of the day exploring any of these places! You can say vows, we can take some adventure bridals, and I can just document you two as you enjoy the views and the adventure of your choosing. The options are endless!
North Idaho is such a stunning state to get married in, especially the Northern Panhandle! These are the top 10 mountain wedding venues in North Idaho with amazing places to say your "I do's." If you would like me to photograph yours, you can contact me here.