It seems as if there are only two options to get married – go the courthouse route or host a large wedding. However, eloping and creating your own kind of wedding day is beginning to catch on. There’s more to it than saving money or being able to get married quickly. Nowadays, elopements are more about creating an authentic experience with less stress and pressure than a traditional wedding.
Jessica and Dave currently live in Pennsylvania and have family on both the east and west coasts. They realized that, no matter where they decided to get married, they would have to fly family in to celebrate. That’s why they chose to fly everyone to an incredible location—the Redwoods National Park—and focused on giving them a great experience!
Mount Rainier is known as “the mountain” here in western Washington. At 14,417 feet, it’s the state’s tallest mountain. It’s so tall and prominent, in fact, that it creates its own weather. Often, you’ll see Rainier wearing a “cap,” or lenticular clouds that regularly form atop it. That being said — reliable weather is not what Rainier is known for.
When Cindy and Joe told me about their idea of a woodland fairy-inspired elopement, I was thrilled to hunt down the best ceremony location for them. In fact, Manchester State Park was the first place to come to my mind. They were hoping to stay close to Olympia, additional beach or water views would be a bonus, and, in case of rain, they wanted shelter nearby.
Despite the threat of a wildfire at Rainier earlier in the week, Yun and Alex’s Mount Rainier engagement shoot was all I hoped it would be. They wanted the best views of Rainier and were happy to hike to a short distance to get them. I suggested a trail I recently found — it’s a short, gentle walk to a fire lookout overlooking Mount Rainier, and it offers more privacy than shooting within the gates of Mount Rainier National Park.
Finding the perfect Washington state national park to elope in was at top of mind when Stan and Michele reached out to me about photographing their destination elopement. Hailing from Wisconsin, these two were in search of mountains and water, and there is no better place to find the two than the North Cascades National Park. With 300 glaciers, over 500 alpine lakes, and some of the most rugged peaks in the United States, the North Cascades is jaw-dropping to say the least.
I never intended to own my own business. In fact, when I was studying photography in college, I vowed I never would. I thought that entrepreneurship would be stressful and be the kind of job where you can’t always leave work at the office — exactly what I was trying to avoid. The idea of a steady paycheck, benefits, and defined work hours was all I wanted in college.
Wow, where do I start with Chris and Margaret’s wedding story!?
Let me begin by saying they are both extraordinary people. I gathered that they were kind and fun people from the short time we had together during their engagement session and communications leading up to their wedding, but it was their wedding guests that tipped me off on how amazing these two really are.
With the super bloom happening in California now, we’ve all seen the photos of people trampling the flowers to get their iconic Instagram shots. What they don’t know, or simply ignore, is that their actions have major effects on the landscape. In fragile places, like the meadows in California, it takes as few as 10 people following one person off trail to create a path. Once this happens, it takes several more years to start growing flowers again, but only if the path isn’t used.
Zoe and I arrived at the trailhead to a dusting of snow while it was still dark outside. The one thing that was visible was the cloud cover. There was a heavy fog everywhere. Our plan was to hike two miles to an overlook and take photos at sunrise, but I was beginning to wonder if it would be worth the time, considering we could get the same foggy images where we were.