Emma and Vince got the full spectrum of Washington beauty for their moody North Cascades elopement. We were expecting an absolute downpour at sunrise, so we changed plans to mid-morning when the rain looked like it would be better. It was such a perfect way to start the day. Rain means fewer people on trails, a quiet calm in the air, and a romantic feel to just about everything.
These two exchanged vows overlooking a beautiful lake, surrounded by mountains. There were lots of tears and laughter. Afterwards, we went down to the lake for them to set out their blanket and read some letters from family and friends. It was then time to head back to their beautiful cabin for cake, more letter reading, and exploring in the ferns (Jaclyn’s favorite).
Vince had grown up eating his Mom’s delicious hummingbird cake. So they had a hummingbird cake made in Washington for their elopement day. It tasted delicious (we got to try some)! Their cabin was tucked in the most beautiful area surrounded by ferns. Even though we were just feet from the cabin, it felt like we had hiked into a magical forest.
We went out again for sunset, not knowing whether it would still be moody or if the weather would clear. When we arrived at the trailhead the clouds were just starting to clear out. It was so majestic watching the mountains appear from behind the clouds, and they were both in awe. We explored some of our favorite spots, including some that are farther away from the main trails.
We are so, so grateful that we got to spend the day with these two. They were so easygoing and completely flexible to change plans around the weather. Everything always works out beautifully in nature, and we can’t believe we got to celebrate their marriage! Hopefully, we’ll get to hike with them in Upstate New York someday!
- Be flexible when it comes to weather! Mountains always have less predictable weather. Emma’s favorite part of the day ended up being when we explored in the rain.
- Bring an umbrella, hand warmers, and rain jackets if rain might be in the forecast.
- Get a more unique cake like a hummingbird cake. Any nostalgic cakes from growing up? Maybe a type of cake you had together while traveling abroad?