Davis Elopement on 8/6/17 in the Quinault Rainforest

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“Reid was a pleasure to work with during the entire process; he was friendly, prompt, and thorough. We are unbelievably grateful for all of the amazing footage he captured. We were also amazed by how quickly he was able to put together such a beautiful video. I would definitely recommend Best Made Videos”

There’s something about the Pacific Northwest that calls out to the nature lovers, even those who prefer Birkenstocks and wool socks to hiking boots. From its expansive wildlife–bears, wolves, salmon, orca whales, and relentless squirrel population–to its near-constant rainfall, and all of the waterfalls, mountains and forests you could ever imagine, it’s no surprise that outdoor megastore REI was founded in the city almost a century ago.

But it’s also no surprise, as least when it comes to weddings, that the foreboding dreariness and dampness of the region sends couples indoors or undercover in order to tie the knot. Though the summer does indeed offer far more sun than the rest of the year, these days are always going to be a gamble, especially when it can transition from rain storms to clear skies in the matter of minutes and then back again another half dozen times throughout the day. When we say that Seattle weather is bipolar, we absolutely mean it.

Today’s video isn’t your typical wedding at a typical venue with the typical accoutrements–this is far and away the most simple yet elegantly assembled elopements we’ve ever had the honor of filming. On a misty day in August, Ashleigh and Malick trekked their way into towering Quinault Rainforest (famous for its “Valley of the Giants,” which boasts six of the largest trees in the country and world) to elope.There were no guests, no altar, no nothing–it was almost as barebones it could’ve been aside from an utterly adorable first look and officiant of the ceremony.

It’s becoming increasingly popular, especially amongst younger couples who don’t want all the pomp and circumstance, to simply elope. There’s significantly less planning (still even less than our Surprise Wedding videos), it’s deeply personal, and it saves on tons of money. Due to their increasing popularity, we’re proud to offer a special package for elopements–prices start at just $1000 and include two videographers and edited highlights and your ceremony video.

Malik, who in his vows reveals his deep, undying love for Ashleigh, opens his heart to her as he describes how she came into his life and “wrote her name on every page.” A year earlier he had left for boot camp, but they met on this day deep in the woods to establish their bond for life. Amongst the giant trees and the creeping mist, they tied the knot and walked off into the future together, even if he might have to be apart to serve his country.

All in all, Malik and Ashleigh’s went off without a hitch. While it may not appeal to everyone, elopements are often a better choice for people who either don’t have the money or simply don’t want an extravagant event. Nevertheless, there’s no way to deny that these two have something special going on. Thanks again to Ashleigh and Malik for choosing Best Made Videos to film their ceremony, we wish you all the best!

Did you elope? Have a super private ceremony? How did that go for you? Let us know below!

– Scott Johnson