Hiking and Helicopter Elopement in Seward Alaska
Seward, Alaska is a sleepy port town that is full of fun things to do, amazing food, and views to die for. When Nicholas and Melissa decided to have their helicopter elopement here, we were over the moon excited! We went to work helping them plan out all of the details from staying at a super cute A-frame cottage, to finding the perfect pilot for their helicopter elopement and planning out how to have a hiking elopement! If you’ve been dreaming of having a Seward Alaska elopement yourself, keep reading for all the inspiration and information!
And if you already know a helicopter elopement in Seward Alaska is the way to go, head on over to our contact form so we can chat about all the details!
Getting Ready at a Cozy Cabin in Seward, Alaska
Melissa & Nicholas traveled all the way from Minnesota to have their helicopter elopement in Seward Alaska. They rented a cabin at Salted Roots (super cute A-frame cabins right on the water!) where they got ready together on the morning of their elopement. Melissa had her hair and makeup done by Roxy with Hair by Jenn, as Nicholas wrote his vows into his vows books. When they were ready to get dressed, Becky went upstairs to help Melissa into her dress, as Nicholas stayed downstairs and donned his customized elopement suit, from Heimies Haberdashery.
Salted Roots has a beautiful beach area that is perfect for a first look. When they were both dressed and ready to go (complete with hiking boots for her hiking elopement and a fur shawl to keep her warm), we got Nicholas all set up outside and had Melissa walk up to do the traditional “tap him on the shoulder” first look. Before we went outside, Melissa paused for a moment at the door. She started crying and just gushed about how in love with him she was and how happy she was to be marrying him. Not going to lie, I (Becky) might have gotten a little choked up myself. It was a really beautiful moment.
A Helicopter Ride to the Ceremony Location in the Mountains
After their first look, we drove down the road to a private beach where we met Mike, a helicopter pilot for Marathon Helicopters. Mike scooped us up and we took off into the sky to our first destination of this helicopter elopement day. We rose high in the air above Seward, finally landing on top of a mountain with 360 degree views every way you looked.
Once we all got over the awe of how insanely beautiful it was, Nicholas and Melissa found the perfect spot for their ceremony. Becky officiated the ceremony for them and they read their handwritten vows to each other. We all took a moment to just be present and let it sink in just how special it was to be there.
Our favorite part of working with Mike and Marathon Helicopters was how knowledgeable he was of the area. Melissa and Nicholas were able to give him a few details about what they were looking for and based on that, he took us to 3 breathtaking locations. We would highly recommend booking a helicopter flight with him for your helicopter elopement!
Hiking Elopement Day Through the Rainforest
After their ceremony and private first dance overlooking Resurrection Bay in Seward, Mike dropped us back off on land. Melissa and Nicholas had wanted to hike a little bit on their helicopter elopement day, so when Mike mentioned there was a great short trail we could hike, they were ecstatic!
We started on the beach and hiked inland, passing through a wet rainforest, then popping back out on the beach where we played with our drone for a bit, before heading up and over a hill. The trail ended where we had parked the car earlier that day so it was perfect!
Private dinner at the Flamingo Lounge
After finishing our hiking part of the helicopter elopement day, we were all starving! Our dinner reservation wasn’t for a little while, so while we waited, we ducked into a local dive bar called Yukon bar for a celebratory cocktail!
When it was time for dinner, we headed across the street to the Flamingo Lounge. If you’re planning a Seward elopement, we definitely recommend stopping in here for dinner during your trip. The restaurant is closed on Wednesday’s, so originally they were going to cater dinner for Melissa and Nicholas back at their airbnb. But when they discovered there wasn’t a kitchen or dining room table to eat at, they decided to open up just for us for the evening!
They set a table for 4 and we feasted on some of the best food we’ve ever eaten. From halibut chunks, to Halibut po-boys and Halibut chowder (do you see a theme here?!) it was truly divine! The chef and her kitchen staff definitely know what they are doing when it comes to food. The manager had a great time creating unique cocktails for us to try and once we were completely stuffed, he joined us for a drink to finish the night off. We had a great time sharing our stories, where we had all come from, and laughing really hard! It was the best way possible to end an incredible elopement in Seward, Alaska.
Making your Helicopter Elopement in Alaska Official
Every state is different when it comes to obtaining a marriage license and the requirements for that. Luckily, Alaska is pretty straightforward. Here are a couple of things you’ll need to know before you apply for your marriage license:
- You can start the process by filling out and submitting the marriage license via the Vital Records website. Once you have the form filled out, you’ll have to have it notarized before returning it. After you have it notarized, you’ll slip it into the mail along with copies of both of your driver’s license and a check or money order of $60.
- The marriage license is valid for up to 90 days after you apply.
- There is a 3-day waiting period from receiving your marriage license and getting married. This only will apply if you’re going in person to apply for it. If you’re submitting it online (which is easy to do) you won’t have to worry about this.
- After you have applied and sent in the fee for the license, you’ll be asked to email the Vital Records office so that they can then send you your marriage license in the mail.
- You must return the marriage license to the same office within 7 days following the ceremony. If Becky is officiating for you, she will take care of that!
Seward Alaska Elopement Vendors
There are so many talented elopement vendors in Seward! We wanted to mention the handful of amazing people who helped create Melissa and Nicholas’ helicopter elopement come to life!
Helicopter Company: Mike from Marathon Helicopters (highly recommend!)
Accommodations: Salted Roots
Hair & Makeup: Roxy with Hair by Jenn
Flowers: Wild Blossom Design
Vow Books: Ox & Pine
Private Dinner: Flamingo Lounge
Seward Alaska Helicopter Elopement Photographers
Photographing this Helicopter Elopement in Alaska was one of the coolest things we’ve ever done. Not only did Melissa and Nicholas treat us like old friends and create an incredible elopement day, but also, Alaska is probably the most beautiful place we’ve ever photographed and we can’t wait to get back there!
If you’re already set on having a helicopter elopement in Seward Alaska, or you’re still searching for a different Alaska elopement location, we would love to be a part of your big day!
As Alaska helicopter elopement photographers, we’ve taken the time to scout for the dreamiest locations, learn all about amazing accommodations for you to stay at and have researched tons of fun activities (like helicopter rides and hiking trails) for your Alaska elopement day. We’ll help put together a timeline for your day that includes loads of time for spontaneity because you never know when you might see a moose out on the trail!
You can find out more about our process and how we do things at Scenic Vows here, and if you are feeling our vibe and want to chat more, head over to our contact page and answer a few quick questions! We’re so excited to connect with you and help you create an unforgettable Alaska elopement experience!