Hilary and John planned the most PNW inspired waterfall elopement. The day began getting ready in a nearby hotel with only close family. Hilary’s mom and sister helped get her into her dress and perfect her boho braid. Then we headed off for a private first look at the base of an iconic Columbia River Gorge waterfall: Latourell Falls. John waited for us on the trail in his sharp-looking Coast Guard uniform. They both looked amazing and couldn’t keep their hands off each other!
The ceremony was held at the base of the falls, so close, in fact, that I had to keep wiping mist and spray off my lens! Their close family members gathered round and their long-time pastor officiated. Hikers and families gathered round to cheer on the bride and groom while still admiring the towering basalt and 200′ waterfall. I’m sure it was most of their first times witnessing such a magical waterfall elopement.
After the beautiful newlyweds said “I do” and sealed the deal with a kiss, we focused on signing the legalities, family pictures, then heading off for a more private adventure. We checked out the overlook for an epic view of the Columbia River Gorge and took some dramatic editorial type shots. Then we headed down into the trees and grass. Hilary, being the beautiful and crafty woman she is, planned and decorated the most extravagant and jaw-dropping picnic for the two of them. It consisted of crackers, meats, cheese, fruits, and a tiny little cheesecake to feed each other. It was honestly a picnic of my dreams.
They had a private first dance in the sunset and enjoyed their snacks while we laughed and admired the perfection that was their wedding day.
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