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ashley + andrew // waterfall elopement in oneonta gorge, oregon

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ashley + andrew // waterfall elopement in oneonta gorge, oregon

When Ashley first contacted me, I felt an immediate connection. She had stumbled upon my blog post of a shoot I did in Oneonta Gorge from a couple years ago, and even though she lived in a suburb outside of Chicago, the organic and serene beauty of the gorge called to her. In her own words from her first email to me: " I have never dreamed of a wedding, a dress, or an extravagant party, I actually felt bad for those girls because the focus was always lost... My dream was to have a day, or a moment, that was just ours, intimate, and indescribable, something that wasn't for show but was just for us." I believe this is that and more. The water was starkly cold, yet revitalizing, and we eventually allowed ourselves to just embrace it as we made our way down the stream. The walls of the gorge surrounded them as they exchanged vows barefoot beneath the waterfall, and although people were around us, it felt like the world stood still, and all that existed was them in front of my camera. Those are the most beautiful moments to me; the ones that are poignant and that can be felt even as solely a witness.

Ironically, I visited the very city she and Andrew lived in when I went to Chicago/Illinois the month before their elopement, and didn't even make the connection until I went to mail them their USB. How incredibly random is that? I could have met up with them for a nice lunch if I had known. All that to say, I felt like being part of their day was "fate" if you will, and these two are truly special to me, and this day is forever a favorite.

florals by Ponderosa and Thyme / dress by Sarah Seven / videographer Moving Pictures

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sarah + jeff // snoqualmie pass, washington waterfall elopement

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sarah + jeff // snoqualmie pass, washington waterfall elopement

I remember the freshly melting snow glistening in the sunlight as it hung from branches, ready to fall to the forest floor...the rushing water as it surged between the river banks...and the woodsy smell that penetrated my nostrils as I made my way down the trail. It was a perfect day.
Sarah and Jeff were getting married.

After they shared a first look, we made our way along the rest of the path till we could see the waterfall. They shared their vows in the midst of nature, with nothing to disturb them other than the gentle roar of the waterfall as they exchanged tearful promises. Although the waterfall prevented me from hearing their vows, I was moved by the raw emotion before me; there was adoration, respect, and genuine love shared between them as they said their vows that was evident even without hearing the words. I think you'll find the same thing when you view these images; although you can't hear the words they say, you can see the love and respect these two so obviously share for one another.

this day was simple, yet meaningful and honest.

florals bySara Jane Camacho
dress by BHLDN

 

 

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katrina + jeremiah // intimate elopement in the woods

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katrina + jeremiah // intimate elopement in the woods

a fall elopement in the Pacific Northwest is a recipe for beauty if you ask me. fall leaves, subdued colors, and a couple in love...yes, please.

Katrina and Jeremiah had a love that was palpable. I have always been able to "feel" people and who they are beneath the surface -- and with these two, all I could feel was a quiet, yet strong love shared between the two of them.

they found a a secret place in the forest to exchange their vows beneath the trees -- somewhere only they know.


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anna + levi // alaska elopement inspiration

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anna + levi // alaska elopement inspiration

those of you who know me, know I spent a little over two years living in rural Alaska. this place will always have a hold on me; the northwest is beautiful but there is an unspoken freedom in Alaska that is unparalleled in any other place I have ever been. there is a quiet wildness, a gentle harshness.

more than anything, I wanted to capture that in this shoot...wild, yet calm, the looming glacier and the wind complemented by warm embraces and stolen glances between these two beautiful people who love each other with everything. thanks anna and levi for being perfect for this shoot, you guys have such a great connection and it is so apparent just being around you for that short time.

Alaska should be the next Iceland for destination elopements. if you are wanting a destination elopement, especially in Alaska, feel free to contact me. I'll be there next June and I'm always willing to go back.

 

dress: Rue De Seine "Sadi" from Seattle's The Dress Theory

florals: Grace Adams and myself

flag: The Wild Standard -- also perfect for home decor :)

 

this shoot was also featured on Junebug Weddings -- click

 

 


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