The photographer on this Lake Wenatchee Elopement: Bill and I met Kayla and Blake in Mount Rainier National Park for their engagement session last summer. It was their first hike in the park and it definitely did not disappoint.
She attended my Love on Earth Workshop later in the fall where she asked Bill and me to capture their elopement day!
As plans came together we ended up going with a Leavenworth, Washington elopement- a place they often go to with friends or together for small getaways.
Our two musts were a dog-friendly hike so their husky, Pepper, could be in the photos and be with them throughout this very special day as well as a river floating event!
When we arrived, the sunrise was still some time away and we were able to enjoy the peaceful tranquility of the night a little while longer. We enjoyed the perfect temperatures weather on the short hike to the top with the most colorful sky surrounding us.
Due to the summer wildfires, we weren’t able to see the Milky Way, but they opted to share their first look in the light of their headlamps under the colorful sky with one twinkle star shining through. It was so sweet and fun to do the first look before the sun rose.
Blake and Kayla wrote their vows for each other sitting side by side, with Pepper not too far away, overlooking the ridge as the sun began to rise over the mountains.
I don’t know about you, but for me, it was like a scene out of a romantic movie and a magical moment to be an elopement photographer. Once they had completed their vows we headed over to the fire tower for their private vow ceremony as the smokey red sun rose over the vibrant clouds.
The vows were followed by yummy rolls and treats from a local bakery. Once we were done exploring the area, taking portraits, and of course giving plenty of pets to Pepper, we packed up and headed out to the state park for their official ceremony with family and friends.
Kayla and Blake hiked out in their matching Lake Wenatchee tee shirts which I thought was the cutest touch and every time they wear those shirts they will remember their wedding day.
This elopement is by the book what eloping is all about! These two got to have a day that fit all of their needs and desires – an adventure with just them to start the day, private vows, a small gathering with family somewhere fun, and a good dinner followed by fun with friends.
It was their day, their way. It was so joyous and fun to see them simply be them, on the best day ever!
Location: Lake Wenatchee State Park
Caterer: The Gingerbread Factory
Apparel: Kelsie Elaine Co.
Shoes: Frye Boots
Jewelry: Helzberg Diamonds
Dress Store: Brides for a Cause – Tacoma
Dress Designer: Essence of Australia
Photographer: Traci Edwards Photography LLC