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.
“We’ll shoot rain or shine!” is what I remember telling Diana, the wedding planner of Passionate Weddings, when we started organizing a styled shoot at Winter Green Weddings in Buckley, WA. The Pacific Northwest winter didn’t let us down either. Blue skies and sunshine teased us the day before the shoot, only to rain throughout the entire shoot on the day of. Thankfully everyone was prepared, and the venue has just as beautiful of a space indoors as it does outside.
In the last few years, I’ve come to love hiking, and if I have a free weekend, you can count on me to be on the trails. This last year I’m proud to say I logged 175 miles, and in the past three years I’ve done over 60 unique hikes in Washington. Now, I’m happy to share my favorites of those hikes with you.
My husband, Zach, and I backpacked to Havasupai Falls in the Grand Canyon in April of 2018. It felt unbelievably surreal while we were there, and it still doesn’t feel like it really happened.
Havasupai and Mooney Falls are two of the most famous waterfalls in the world, and rightly so. Their turquoise waters, surrounded by red rocks, are stunning. The trip there is quite the trek though — 10 miles each way, to be specific.
We are spoiled with gorgeous landscapes in Washington — including mountains, beaches, rainforests, and deserts. So many incredible places make decisions, such as where to take engagement photos, difficult, but that’s the best kind of problem to have.
In order to ease your decision making, I’ve compiled a list of the top 17 best locations to take engagement photos in the state of Washington. Enjoy!
Braden and Halley’s wedding took place on the last beautiful fall day in October. Halley nailed her aesthetic of vintage rustic and there was humor sprinkled throughout the day. Overall, it was the perfect fall wedding, and the couple’s portraits and sparkler exit were my favorite moments to capture.
High Rock Lookout, right outside of Rainier National Park, has all the perks of eloping inside the park with out the need of a permit, park entrance fees, or the crowds. This hike boasts of 360 degrees of jaw dropping views, dramatic cliff sides, the perfect view of Rainier, and access to the historical fire lookout in case of inclement weather .
There are few places in the U.S. as beautiful as America’s National Parks, and Mount Rainier is one that is close to my heart. Living in its shadow and adventuring there often, I am familiar with the challenges that come with planning a wedding at Rainier. Here are my best tips to make your Rainier National Park wedding come to life.