North Cascades National Park Elopement

 
North Cascades National Park Elopement Champagne Spray Nick Plus Danee

Where do we even begin with this one? This is one of those prime examples where we drive home completely blown away by what just happened. We are seriously so so grateful that our job involves being a part of something so magical with our clients. We can't thank them enough for trusting us and allowing us to be a part of such a special and intimate time in their lives. 

Moira and Scott live in Washington DC and their plan was to elope in the mountains of the PNW (Pacific Northwest) during their short layover on the way to Japan!! They told no one about this plan, except for us and 2 of their closest friends.

Moira and Scott first got ready in a parking lot near Diablo Lake. This is where they did their first look and HOLY COW, it was windy!! Of course they were good sports and embraced it. Their focus was only on each other. We then proceeded to drive down the road a ways, and prepared for a 4 mile hike in to what became their ceremony location in the mountains of North Cascade National Park. None of us had ever been to this part of the North Cascades so we had no clue what we were getting into or when we would find a spot suitable for their ceremony. We chased the light as the sun was going down, and found the perfect peak with just enough room for the 6 of us to stand. The tight quarters made it a little tricky to photograph, but luckily we found another peak a short trot away which gave us an amazing vantage point to photograph from.  We all changed into our formal attire at the top and with only minutes of light left, conducted the most amazing elopement ceremony on top of that peak... Immediately followed by a champagne celebration! Duh!We hiked back down the mountain in the dark with headlamps where the couple shared an impromptu first dance on the trail. Once we made it back to the parking lot, they signed their marriage license to seal the deal.  

Huge thanks to Moira and Scott for trusting us with this epic adventure elopement. It was certainly one for the books!

Be sure to scroll to the end to see the epic spot they picked to have their wedding ceremony.

 

Yosemite National Park Elopement

 

3:30am - We wake up and hit the road

4:30am - We arrive at the trailhead of Taft Point in Yosemite National Park and meet Kiki and Avram. 

5:00am - We arrive at Taft Point and Kiki and Avram start getting ready for the most magical intimate elopement!!

When we say magical, it is such an understatement, and we are pretty sure there are no words that can describe how amazing this entire experience was (hence why we included lots of photos to tell the story). 

Kiki and Avram anxiously got ready cliffside in the near pitch black. And just as the first light started to show itself, we started with a few portraits of the two of them. The goal was to take photos all the way up until just before sunrise and then have their ceremony just as the sun popped out. It turned out that our timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Their officiant, Carole, showed up right before sunrise and we started the intimate elopement they had always dreamed of. They cried, Carole cried, WE CRIED! It could not have been more perfect. There was something so special about their ceremony and knowing that the rest of the world was sound asleep while they quietly said "I do". 

We are so grateful and blown away that we get to be a part of such beautiful moments with amazing humans. Kiki and Avram even asked us to be their witnesses and sign their marriage license (such and honor).  They actually got married on the longest day of the summer, summer solstice. What better way to celebrate a marriage than with champagne and summer solstice beer :). 

The moment we left, we were immediately hoping for another email to come in, which would take us back to Yosemite National Park for another intimate wedding or elopement. Seriously so in love with this place. 

Kiki and Avram, here’s to a long lasting friendship. We hope to share a beer with you again in the near future. Cheers!