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.
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 is a new wedding venue in town — In Chehalis, WA to be exact. Gathering Grace Farm is on a picturesque farm, complete with a barn, forest, and large front yard that is perfect for ceremonies and parties into the night. The house itself is full of character. It boasts a large kitchen and five bedrooms — which is perfect if you’re looking for a place to stay before your big day.
Last week you heard my perspective of Jordan's proposal to Shae. This week you get the treat of hearing it from the bride to be, herself, followed by their riverside engagement photos in Spokane.
I’ve been dying to shoot at Diablo Lake, ever since my first visit there, over a year ago! Diablo Lake is known for its turquoise water and I love that it has the look of an adventure session without the effort of hiking to get there. It’s got the most amazing viewpoint, and it’s only a few steps past the parking lot.