Resa & Grant

One thing I love about adventure weddings is you never quite now how exactly they will turn out. You can have ideas, plan, and schedule—but the thing about wild outdoor elopements, is that nature always has the beautiful final word. 

Resa, Grant, & I had spent months finding the most perfect epic hike in Mt. Rainier National Park (one that I definitely still want to do for an elopement), but by the time September came, Rainier had both forest fires, and early snow causing closures all over the park. We put our heads together, pivoted, and came up with several alternative plans the week of their elopement. 

Honestly I don't think it could have been more beautiful or perfect. It was rainy & cloudy all day, with no views of Rainer, but we found a perfect piece of rainforest for them to say their vows with their 2 closest friends (one of whom officiated). I got the honor of being their second witness on their marriage license. We played some more under the trees, until we were all soaking wet from the rain.

We decided to try for some more Rainier views the next morning before I headed to the airport—hoping for a gap in the clouds. Luckily that the wiley temptress, Rainier, poked through the clouds and put on a show for Resa & Grant, to wrap up their beautiful elopement story, frolicking around in the fresh snow.

I love that elopements boil down the idea of a wedding back to what really matters: 2 people, in love, committing their lives to each other. At the end of the day, all that matters is that you married the love of your life—and it's phenomenal when nature plays along and creates a magical day like this turned out to be. 

 There are some things that you can usually count on when it comes to the Pacific Northwest...the trees, the moss, all the varying tones of the same pallet, and the damp fog giving everything a certain romantic feel. The PNW is a stunning place for an intimate wedding or elopement. This elopement adventure was originally scheduled for elsewhere, but there's nothing like starting your marriage off with an adventure. Photos of this Washington state intimate wedding by traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
 Mount Rainier National Park is one of the most stunning green places. The tall evergreens that peek out from the fog and the tranquil breezes that bring movement to the lakes and streams make a magical flora and fauna backdrop for a romantic elopement in the forest. Photos of this Washington intimate wedding in the woods by traveling photographer Maddie Mae.
 Grant wandered his way through the tall ferns and pine trees to a secluded place along the lake in Mount Rainier National Park where he would wait patiently to see his bride for the first time before their intimate wedding ceremony in the wood. Photos of this romantic woodland wedding by intimate elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
 Resa walked out of the woods in the mist with her maid of honor. She saw her handsome groom waiting patiently for her in the clearing of Mount Rainier National Park in Washington where they would soon say their vows in a private ceremony attended only by their closest friends and intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
 Resa held up her white wedding dress revealing her hiking boots as she made her way through the tall ferns of the clearing to her soon to be husband. As he turned to see her for the first time as his bride the excitement in his face couldn't be hidden. These adventurous lovers got married in an intimate and private wedding ceremony in the woods of Mount Rainier National Park. Photos of this PNW elopement by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
 Resa and Grant both became emotional with excitement and joy. They threw tradition to the wind and opted for an intimate wedding ceremony in a private location in Mount Rainier National Park with on two witnesses and their intimate traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
 They hiked away from the clearing in their wedding clothes and headed down Wonderland Trail in Mount Rainier National Park for their private wedding ceremony in the woods. Resa and Grant were joined by only two of their closest friends and their intimate traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae. 
 With the fog slowly starting to burn away they began their intimate wedding ceremony surrounded by the tall tress and wild ferns of Mount Rainier National Park. Flanked by two of their closest friends as their witnesses Resa and Grant glowed with delight. This romantic forest elopement captured by traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
 Grant's best man began their ceremony with words of love and commitment, adventure and challenges. These two adventurous souls knew they'd found their perfect match and chose to express their love in their way by eloping in Mount Rainier National Park with their two friends and intimate traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
 Grant pulled out his hand written wedding vows from his pocket. As he began with jokes Resa couldn't help but giggle at the memories of all they'd gone through. As he ended he told Resa of the promises of the life that he would make sure they would live. Photos of this emotional intimate Mount Rainier National Park forest wedding by traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
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 They held back tears of joy as their intimate elopement ceremony in Mount Rainier National Park among the ferns and tall trees started to come to an end. Photos of this emotional and private forest wedding by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
 Although their wedding was hardly anything but traditional they exchanged rings after their emotional wedding vows. No wedding - no matter how big or small is complete without a first kiss. This intimate Mount Rainier National Park wedding on a foggy morning was captured by traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
 With no one around but their closest friends and traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae, Resa and Grant let out hoots and hollers of excitement to celebrate their intimate marriage among the trees in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state.
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 They hiked back to the fork in the road where they said their goodbyes to their friends and began their hiking adventure with their traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae. Their plans of eloping in two other locations in Washington state were foiled so with help of their destination wedding photographer they were able to find a perfect private location in Mount Rainier National Park.
 The wandered through the trees towards the sound of water when they found a little waterfall jutting out through the mountainside. Mount Rainier National Park is a stunning location for an intimate wedding or elopement for the adventurous types who wish to say their vows in nature. Photos of this romantic wooded elopement by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
 Resa knew that she wanted a bouquet full of color and life with a variety of wild flowers and foliage. Her warm toned oversized tumbling bouquet looked like fire against her bright white wedding dress and the muted greens and earth tones of the forest in Mount Rainier National Park where she and Grant had just eloped with their closest friends and intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
 Grant's stood out against the earthy tones of Mount Rainier National Park in his light grey suit. His tall frame mimicking the tall trees that surrounded him.  This adventurous couple opted out of a normal wedding and went hiking through the trees with their intimate elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
 The sun began to peek out through the fog, in typical Pacific Northwest fashion, as they wandered through the woods and rain. Resa jumped into her husbands arms as they shared a moment almost as though no one was there in the forest of Mount Rainier National Park with them. Their intimate elopement photographer Maddie Mae snapped away capturing each dreamy elopement moment.
 The mist rolled in and out, their wedding clothes showing signs of their adventurous elopement hike. This stunning couple went all out for romance and eloped in Mount Rainier National Park with only their closest friends and their intimate elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
 They continued on to higher altitudes through the sun spotted forest of Mount Rainier National Park. The colors and tones of the Pacific Northwest are perfect for any nature lover looking for a forest adventure elopement or intimate wedding. Photos of this foggy Washington wedding by traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
 They made their way above the clouds into the snow and sunshine of Mount Rainier National Park. Ready for anything in their hiking boots they wandered through the snow after their intimate elopement ceremony with their traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae for some snowy bridal portraits.
 Resa and Grant were all smiles as they hiked through the snow on their intimate elopement day at Mount Rainier National Park. Although their previous plans of eloping in other locations around Washington state were foiled by weather and natural disaster, this adventurous couple took it in stride and found the most perfect location in the forest to say their vows. Photos of this romantic elopement by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
 With no one around other than their traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae, Resa jumped affectionately into Grant's arms, kicking up the snow with her hiking boots and reminding them of how much fun they have together on an adventure. They began their marriage with a hike through Mount Rainier National Park to a perfect spot in the forest for their intimate ceremony followed by a hike in the snow.
 Spinning and twirling in her flowing white wedding dress Resa lead on their hike back towards the car and ending their adventurous elopement day through Mount Rainier National Park with their intimate traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
 She jumped playfully into his arms one last time as the fog rolled in on the mountains of Mount Rainier National Park where they had just spent their elopement day in the forest and hiking through the snow with no one around but their intimate elopement photographer Maddie Mae.

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