Moody Mount Rainier Adventure Elopement
Moody & Rainy Mount Rainier Elopement
Taryn and Steve reached out a few months back. They loved how Washington offered a calm environment compared to Washington DC, which is where they lived at the time. Their vision was an Austere Mountain Top Elopement. They mentioned their desire to have a ceremony with their closest family and friends and then break away after their ceremony for some time alone.
Literally a week before Taryn and Steve inquired, I was looking at the trail reports and images for High Rock Lookout. I saved the trail and I remember thinking “I want to shoot an elopement here!”. A week later, in their actual inquiry form, they mentioned wanting to run away for their couple portraits at High Rock Lookout. The synchronicities of that still blow me away, it almost felt like magic. I took that as a sign from the universe that we were meant to work together, which shortly after sending a few emails back and forth, and then chatting over video chat- we all agreed we were excited to move forward and work together!
We hammered out the details for their day, Evan and I scouted multiple locations for them for their ceremony with 15 attendees. As the date got close, I kept an eye on the weather (I always do this) to plan accordingly. A few days before their elopement, possibilities of thunderstorms popped up. This raised concern about how the day was going flow, as once you get to the summit of High Rock, trees are sparse- you are then essentially a lightening rod if a thunderstorm rolls in. They decided they didn’t want to make a decision until later. Since they had friends and family who would be coming along, it was hard to push the entire plan to another date. Their wedding day arrived and on the day of, I spoke to Steve on the phone and we decided we would move both the ceremony location and their portrait location, due to the weather. The park rangers at Longmire within Mt Rainier were kind enough to honor the permit change on such last minute notice.
Taryn and Steve’s plans for the day were derailed that day, but they still got married. I believe that due to our openness to letting the day flow, instead of fighting the inclement weather, the universe gave us many gifts- we all were blessed that day. You couldn’t see Rainier at all, as she was socked in the entire day and it rained all day long. EXCEPT for during Taryn and Steve’s ceremony AND during their portrait sessions- it was like magic. She decided to play peek-a-boo and then show her self at the right time and the rain seemed to only start, the moments we started to walk to our cars.
It was a beautiful day with these two, it was so much fun to work with them both. Evan and I are hoping to one day visit them in their new home, in the country of Jordan. If you’re itching to get married at Petra, please let me know!
TEAM OF VENDORS:
Hair & Makeup Artist (QUEEN at Adventure Elopements)- Anne Timss
Catering & Cake: The Custom Plate
Here’s a few highlights from their moody and rainy wedding day in Mt Rainier National Park: