Mt Rainier National Park Elopement


Adventurous Mt. Rainier Elopement

We’ve seen some pretty big mountains in our lifetimes. But anyone who has gotten a closer look at Mt. Rainier knows that it’s on its own level of grandiosity. The first time that we saw it—we were honestly intimated by it. We’ve hiked our share of 14ers, but to look at Mt. Rainier—it’s a different experience. Working in the PNW is always a dream for us, as we feel most at home in these landscapes. So working with these two on their elopement day was incredible—for a lot of reasons.

Sunrise at the Lookout

We were at the lookout for their elopement the night before to do some extra scouting. The lookout, and the majority of the hike had 0 visibility. We had heard that visibility of Mt. Rainier had been pretty bad the last few days as well. So as stoked as were to use the lookout for this elopement, we were equally prepared to use our back up location if it didn’t let up.

The following morning at around 4:30am we came around the bend to the trailhead parking lot, where even through the dark, you could see the visibility had completely changed. Rainier was in full view, and we couldn’t wait to get on the trail.

Carmen and Phil came all the way from Michigan to elope in Mt. Rainier before continuing on a West Coast road trip to celebrate. These two handled this hike with ease and we managed to get up to the lookout with plenty of gorgeous light.

They got ready up on the ridge at sunrise before we explored the area to take photos and enjoy the views.

Benefits of Sunrise

This is a popular hike—and it’s easy to see why. Which is why we often recommend shooting at sunrise to keep your elopement day more intimate. It’s a different level of excitement than sunset—and even though Jaclyn isn’t a morning person—she’s a morning person for all of our elopement sunrises!

Sweet rays of sunshine and Mt Rainier

The cascading shadows of mountains in the distance is something that we’ve really only seen in Washington. The shear amount of light and shadow across the landscape is unreal. Even after sunrise, the beauty lingers for quite a while. We were incredibly grateful to get such a clear day in Mt. Rainier. Being on that ridge at night surrounded by fog, to seeing it bright and early in a totally different light—just goes to show that dramatically changing nature of these landscapes.

Bring Your Hiking Boots!

We’re working more and more where it just makes sense to wear hiking boots/shoes your whole elopement day. While it’s nice to have for the trails—it also doesn’t damper style by any means. We’re pretty obsessed with seeing suits and dresses matched with some good hiking boots. We often talk to brides about getting a dress that you can easily hike in. It’s a lot more comfortable, and in our opinion, doesn’t sacrifice any style.

Amazing views the whole way

This hike was such a dream for an elopement. Some hikes only have epic views above the tree line, or after a substantial hike—but this hike had great views for the majority (if not the entire) hike. We loved getting to turn out at every turn to get a different vantage point of the Park.