Kaity and Peyton came down from Northern Washington to have a cabin elopement somewhere they had never been: Mount Hood, Oregon. They chose the lucky date of 11-11-21, so you know their gallery is going to have some magic. Kaity and Peyton rented out the woodsy and cozy Mt. Hood Chalet cabin to have as their home base as we explored the area.
The day was wet, and I mean really wet. But they say rain is good luck on your wedding day–and it gave some of those moody Oregon vibes. Kaity and Peyton had some of the best small details. Not only did she have one engagement ring, she had two. One from when they were teenagers, and one now. So naturally we had to photograph both. They had vow books with some mountainous vibes and personalized elopement coffee mugs because they are huge coffee drinkers (seriously, Kaity started a pot of coffee at 7pm, and not decaf).
Because it was cold, wet, and muddy, Kaity opted for the warm and comfortable option: boots. I have to say, these are the most beautiful bridal boots I’ve ever seen! She also wore some of my favorite fleece lined leggings underneath to make sure she stayed toasty warm. They got ready separately and Kaity did her own hair and makeup. Peyton helped Kaity zip up her dress all while keeping his eyes closed and waiting for their first look to see her gown.
We headed to Trillium Lake at the base of Mount Hood to have their ceremony and exchange vows. I always have two clear umbrellas in my car because, ya know, it rains a lot here. The weather was moody and the clouds hung low just brushing the tops of the Oregon pines. Another good thing about rain, we had the lake almost completely to ourselves, which, in the summer, is not realistic. After exchanging their vows & rings we played in the forest for a while being sure to capture the true green that comes with an Oregon cabin elopement.
Because the fog had the view of Mount Hood blocked, we decided to say “screw it” and head up the mountain to Timberline Lodge for some epic views. But what do you know, we couldn’t see ANYTHING. It was cold, windy, and snowy and these two braved all of the elements for their perfect day. Since we all were freezing and our fingers going numbed we headed to a local restaurant Wraptitude for burgers, fries, and of course BEER. No Oregon elopement is complete without some local grub. The staff were excited to serve a couple of newlyweds and they were even more ecstatic to sign their marriage license as witnesses, a fun way to ensure the legal side of things is taken care of while still having the private and intimate day you imagined. After our delicious meal we headed back to Mount Hood Chalet for some Nothing Bundt Cake, champagne, and dancing in the rain. Another perfect elopement day in the books, thank you Kaity & Peyton for allowing me to be a part of your special cabin elopement!
For more mountainous elopement vibes, check out Halle & Kayden in Mount Rainier!