I find myself feeling right at home when life's going a thousand miles per hour. You know when there's like a million things to do or places to be all at once. For me, it creates this sense of clarity. It makes me look at life a little deeper. Focus more on the littlest of details.
If you’ve looked at places to elope in Alaska you’ve probably heard of a place called Hatcher’s Pass and with good reason. I mean where else can you can go and exchange vows while being completed immersed in nature. Standing side by side while surrounded by mountains and maybe if your lucky in a field of wildflowers.
And not to mention for the amount of beauty and wilderness you get to see and explore it is extremely accessible. I’m talking most places only a require a short walk from the comfort of your car. Which also means that you’ll have plenty of time to explore multiple locations if you so choose. Talk about a win-win!
As a Alaska wedding photographer Hatcher’s Pass is one of my most requested locations from my couples. Whether it’s their engagement session or adventure elopement I’ll never turn down an opportunity to capture their love in this absolute gem of a location.
But in order to get the full experience of eloping in Hatcher’s Pass I highly recommend planning your day between July and September. During this time the state park is far more accessible as the road from Palmer to Willow is open allowing you to explore more than just the lodge and lower area.
One of my favorite locations in Hatcher’s Pass is summit lake. Which is only accessible by car when the road to Willow is open. The road is typically open from July to September but this is all depends on current road conditions. The road is primitive and is only open to the public when it is safe to drive on. And believe me the drive up the road is 100% worth it!
So if I had to pick the perfect time of year to elope in Hatcher’s Pass knowing what I know now from living here. I would pick mid to late August. During this time temperatures are around 65 to 70 degrees during the day and drop to around 45 degrees at night. The hillsides are covered in a blanket of green and usually this when you’ll be able to spot some wildflowers or even blueberries!
No matter where you decide to elope inside of the state park there are so many beautiful landscapes to choose from. Whether your looking for mountains, rivers or a lake there is a special place here just for you.
Hatcher’s pass in my opinion is truly the perfect place to go if your wanting to elope in Alaska. If you need help planning your dream day in this beautiful state feel free to peak around at some additional resources that I have on the blog or feel free to send me a quick message. I am more than happy to help!