Ben and Juliana's Artist Point elopement is among my most memorable weddings to date. Situated in the North Cascades just above the Mount Baker Ski area, Artist Point is one of the most incredible drive-up and mostly hikeless destinations for alpenglow chasers possible. So incredible, in fact, I could see myself saying, "I do," here myself. For couples seeking that truly wild Pacific Northwestern mountain feel without breaking a sweat, this is surely the place. Artist Point's stunning view of a fiery Mount Shuksan at sunset will surely take your breath away without leaving you out of breath.
If you're looking to plan an elopement in the North Cascades where you can include a reasonable sum of guests without breaking the bank, this is a good blog to pause on. Ben and Juliana's wedding day went absolutely perfectly.
About Ben and Juliana
This was not my first spectacular adventure with Ben and Juliana, but it was definitely the most sentimental. In 2017, I made a last minute decision to join them and two of our friends on a ten day road trip through Montana and several national parks in Alberta and British Columbia. Juliana grew up in Pincher Creek, Alberta, so she really knew her stuff when it came to Waterton National Park, which Hutterite community had the most slammin' deals on sheepskin rugs, and more. That was the year I had just started hiking, and boy did some of those treks really kick my butt. But even still, Juliana, Ben and the crew showed me so much patience.
Finally in August, they made it legal and tied the knot in a similarly beautiful location. However, this time it did not kick my butt - no hiking was needed! But a part of me wishes there was so they could see how not a potato I am these days.
How to get married at Artist Point, where to stay, and where to go after
We began the day at the famous AirBNB named "Hygge Hus," which is known for its panoramic views from the hot tub and gorgeous spiral staircase. It is located in Glacier, WA in a gated community across the highway (and walkable to) the beloved Chair 9 Pizza and Bar. To call it "cozy" would be an understatement. If you can somehow score this darling little abode for a romantic getaway, I would highly recommend it. Ben and Juliana chose this charming cabin as a place to share their first look and read their vows intimately with one another.
What I love about Ben and Juliana's wedding is they were able to share the experience and these beautiful views of Mount Shuksan with their closest family and friends by having their ceremony in the lower part of Mount Baker beneath the chairlifts. Most elopements with comparable views require quite a bit of hiking and are therefore impractical for sharing with a large sum of guests.
After their ceremony, Ben and Juliana's guests were sent for a pizza and beer-filled reception at Chair 9. In the meantime, we hopped in the Sprinter van and headed to the top of Artist Point. What we found there was a flaming alpenglow that graced the face of Mount Shuksan.
Guests stayed at various cabins in the same community as Hygge Hus that were found on AirBNB. You can find similar cabins in the same neighborhood by clicking here, which will redirect you to the exact place on the map on AirBNB.
About their wedding day timeline
This entire gallery was captured in the course of just four hours. Roughly 40 standing guests attended their wedding ceremony at Mount Baker. While guests were at Chair 9, we spent about 45 minutes at the top of Artist Point taking wedding photos at sunset, then met everyone at the bar to celebrate.
And now, some photos! If you would like to see Ben and Juliana's full gallery, don't hesitate to get in touch!
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