mount rainier national park day-after session | washington adventure wedding photographer

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mount rainier national park day-after session | washington adventure wedding photographer


jena + kyler's wedding day-after session in mount rainier national park | adventurous mountain bridal portraits | washington adventure wedding photographer


We are huge fans of day-after sessions! While they aren't super necessary for elopements when we have 2+ hours for portraits, sometimes wedding days can be packed and we only get 20 minutes of sunset portraits, or we do portraits all before the ceremony and don't have any in soft light, so designating a full session the day after your wedding allows for a huge variety of portraits in prime lighting, plus we can go to an epic location nearby! Jena + Kyler opted to road trip up to Mount Rainier National Park for their day-after portraits and they turned out so beautiful!

We had a great time hiking around the flanks of Washington's tallest mountain with these two. We are so psyched on how their photos turned out, and are glad they were down for the crazy ideas like the huge wide shot of them far away on a ridge about halfway down this post. You might just think it's a landscape of Mount Rainier, but if you look closely you'll see them in the bottom left corner! We ended up shooting until it was well past sunset and had a hard time saying goodbye to these two after such a fun weekend together. If you missed their wedding blog post from last week, you can find it here!

The Hearnes Adventure Photography is run by Abbi and Callen Hearne, a husband & wife wedding photography team with an emphasis on adventure. They live on the road as full-time nomads in their big white van, allowing them to serve a large portion of the western US including California, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming. They believe love is the greatest adventure and strive to create photos that are epic, romantic, true, and timeless.

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pacific northwest treehouse wedding | washington adventure wedding photographer

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pacific northwest treehouse wedding | washington adventure wedding photographer


jena + kyler's treehouse wedding | outdoor reception under the stars | washington adventure wedding photographer


I honestly think the best thing about being a wedding photographer is the fact that you get to be present for people's most sacred moments.  Even after 3 years and nearly 30 weddings, I still find myself fully emotionally invested in each couple on their wedding day. When I think back to Jena + Kyler's wedding, I am reminded of the sweetest bond between father and daughter as Jena and her dad walked around the treehouse deck he spent months building for her, the beautiful emotions Kyler's mother showed when she danced with her son, and the incredible love between bride and groom, worn openly on their faces the entire day. I have to start with the beginning - when Jena first e-mailed me she described their wedding on the land she'd grown up on, and told me her dad was building the ceremony space in the trees and clearing a grassy overlook for the reception. I was amazed, and the progress photos were beautiful, but nothing could have prepared me for how gorgeous this homemade venue would truly be! Jena got dressed surrounded by her closest friends in the cottage she was raised in. She and Kyler had their first look on the deck, followed by an emotional first look with her father in the woods. Their ceremony was perfect - it truly reflected their love for each other, their families, and most importantly, their love for God, all of this up in the tall trees with a mountain view behind them! 

We had so much fun with their reception, which included a fly-over 4-plane formation as a surprise to Kyler, delicious cheesecake, and dancing under the twinkly lights as the sunset over the valley. Jena's dad, never one to miss an oppertunity to love on his daughter, recorded a song he had written for her when she was three for their first dance. He even added a few verses about Kyler as a surprise to her! There was not a dry eye in the forest. We managed to steal Jena and Kyler away for a few sunset portraits down on the overlook and then capped the night with a fun group photo and a send-off in their subaru! It was such a beautiful day, Callen and I left feeling thankful for this incredible job. The next day, we met them at Mount Rainier National Park for a day-after session, so be sure to keep an eye out next week for that blog post!

The Hearnes Adventure Photography is run by Abbi and Callen Hearne, a husband & wife wedding photography team with an emphasis on adventure. They live on the road as full-time nomads in their big white van, allowing them to serve a large portion of the western US including California, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming. They believe love is the greatest adventure and strive to create photos that are epic, romantic, true, and timeless.

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olympic national park engagement session | hoh rainforest campsite session | washington adventure wedding photographer

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olympic national park engagement session | hoh rainforest campsite session | washington adventure wedding photographer


morgan + alex's engagement session in olympic national park | hoh rainforest campsite session | washington adventure wedding photographer


When Morgan first reached out to me about her and Alex's session, she mentioned she was living in Seattle and he would be coming in from Montana, and they were down for pretty much anywhere in Washington! That is my favorite type of inquiry, so I sent them a list of a few different amazing locations around Seattle and they fell in love with the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park! We has so much fun running around exploring the ancient mossy trees and the gorgeous blue water of the Hoh River with these two and their sweet pup! After wrapping up their session, we made our way back to their campsite and Alex cooked us some delicious burgers over the fire. It was so fun to hang out with them afterwards and talk about everything from wedding planning to our favorite style of camp chairs. I am in love with how these photos turned out, it feels like we were on the set of Jurassic Park! 

The Hearnes Adventure Photography is run by Abbi and Callen Hearne, a husband & wife wedding photography team with an emphasis on adventure. They live on the road as full-time nomads in their big white van, allowing them to serve a large portion of the western US including California, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming. They believe love is the greatest adventure and strive to create photos that are epic, romantic, true, and timeless.

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las vegas elopement + zion national park wedding portraits | utah adventure wedding photographer

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las vegas elopement + zion national park wedding portraits | utah adventure wedding photographer


megan + zach's las vegas elopement | sunset wedding portraits at zion national park | utah adventure wedding photographer


I honestly don't even know where to start with Megan + Zach's incredible whirlwind of a wedding day, but I will preface this story with this: Megan is a complete boss, one of the most badass brides ever, and gave me her blessing (and encouragement!) to share the full story of their day, so here we go! I'd be remiss if I didn't start with the fact that Megan (and Zach) and I actually went to high school together! We went to a huge school and I was pretty anti-social (I like to think I'm over that phase) so we didn't spend time together but always knew each other. When I started doing photography professionally, I remember Megan always commenting that we were going to shoot her wedding one day and I was so psyched when they got engaged and she reached out immediately! Side bar - it's one thing when strangers love your work, but when someone you grew up with has loved your work since you were a newbie photographer and then hires you to shoot her wedding, it's really really special. So, we got to planning and threw around a bunch of different ideas - she was pretty much game for anything as long as we did portraits in a National Park and they could include their families and closest friends. After a lot of ideas, they were really drawn to Zion National Park and decided they'd elope in Vegas then drive to Zion for photos! It ended up being such a fun week for them and their guests to get to explore such a fun city, and then we got to escape to Zion for peaceful, beautiful sunset portraits. BUT - everything didn't quite go as planned haha. 

Since their wedding was between Dreema + Jay's Yosemite session and Jena + Kyler's Washington wedding, we opted to fly me out instead of drive to Vegas. I arrived in Vegas the morning of their wedding and took an Uber straight to their ceremony site where we planned to meet up. After a few minutes at the venue, I got a text from her maid of honor with news of what might be every bride's biggest fear (short of a runaway groom I guess): Megan had woken up with a horrible stomach virus and was pretty much throwing up all morning. My heart broke for her! My mind started turning with alternatives - I could delay my flight back and we could try tomorrow, or we could skip out on the Zion trip, or do sunset photos somewhere closer to Vegas, but then I got a text that they were on their way and Megan was going to try to tough it out! I'll be honest (because she told me to), she didn't quite look like she was ~glowing~ when she got there haha. BUT, she rallied, drank a ton of water, and survived (thrived!) through the ceremony and on-site portraits despite the 100 degree temps and full sun. Thankfully, we had some time before we needed to head to Zion - which Megan insisted we were still doing no matter what - so everyone ate lunch, relaxed, and Megan got some meds in her that really helped! Within an hour she was ready to road trip so we headed out to the park! One fun thing - the drive was only 2.5 hours, but we went through three states AND entered a new time zone! As we were getting closer, Megan and Zach were marveling at the rock walls in the Virgin River Gorge and I got giddy thinking of them seeing Zion.

As we drove into the park, Megan's eyes were glued to the windows. They were both blown away. I always say watching a couple experience a new park for the first time is one of my favorite parts of my job! We ended up hiking to one of my favorite overlooks in the park and had one of the dreamiest sunset sessions ever. These two are so adorable with each other and we all had a great time hanging out. We stayed until the sun was long gone and left Zion with huge smiles on our faces. I love that these two will get to return to this amazing place and always be reminded of their amazing - and eventful! - wedding day. I am so thankful for their friendship, all of their amazing guests for making the day so great, and their huge amount of trust in me to create something beautiful for them on their wedding day. I'll end with this - a quote from Megan's instagram when she posted one of the photos: "Over the course of planning our day I'd randomly get the reoccurring question; "Won't you regret not having a wedding?" So here is my answer for those who care to hear it. I got to fly to Las Vegas, get married at the famous Neon Museum, and then this. This view and this human took away every doubt I could possibly have. Zion was like a dream or a postcard, and was hands down the most beautiful thing Zach and I had ever seen. @abbihearne was right. Eloping was the best decision we ever made. Not only do we have zero regrets, but now we have the bad ass pictures to show for it."

Ceremony Venue: The Neon Museum Las Vegas

Portraits Location: Zion National Park, Utah

Bride's Dress: Jacinda Gown from BHLDN

The Hearnes Adventure Photography is run by Abbi and Callen Hearne, a husband & wife wedding photography team with an emphasis on adventure. They live on the road as full-time nomads in their big white van, allowing them to serve a large portion of the western US including California, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming. They believe love is the greatest adventure and strive to create photos that are epic, romantic, true, and timeless.

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yosemite adventure engagement session + surprise proposal | yosemite valley + glacier point

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yosemite adventure engagement session + surprise proposal | yosemite valley + glacier point


dreema + jay's adventurous engagement session + surprise proposal | yosemite valley + glacier point, yosemite national park | destination elopement photographer


If you've been keeping up with my last three blog posts, you are now realizing why we have dubbed this Yosemite weekend the craziest yet! With sunrise and sunset sessions on Friday, and an all-day wedding that started at sunrise on Saturday, we were pretty excited to sleep in and chill out most of Sunday! But, after lots of sleep and coffee, we got to end our weekend with Dreema and Jay and I am so glad we did! This ended up being one of the sweetest sessions because it included a surprise proposal - it was even a surprise to me! Dreema had scheduled this engagement session with me and while we were chatting at the beginning of the session, they explained that where they're from, you don't get officially "engaged" until you go back home to your families, so she didn't have a ring on but they wanted photos in Yosemite so they booked with me. That didn't really phase me, I have taken photos of so many different couples and all that matters is their love for each other so on went the session! 

We did some photos in Yosemite Valley with the Merced River and Yosemite Falls, and then made our way up to Glacier Point for sunset. Once we got up there they asked me about doing the diving board shot, which if you'll remember from Lin + Earvin's post, I always tell couples the dangers of a particular shot, but ultimately I won't stop them and I will take photos! They really wanted to go for it, so I got in position for photos while Callen helped them get out there safely. After a few normal photos, I gave the signal that they could come back but Jay had a different plan. Much to our surprise, he pulled a box out of his pocket and got down on one knee (ON THE DIVING BOARD!!) and officially proposed to Dreema! I was in shock but kept shooting and honestly still can't believe how amazing that moment was! By the time they got back, Dreema had tears in her eyes and was so excited. It was really amazing to see Jay go out of his way to surprise her with this moment and this ring knowing how much it meant to her, even though it wasn't what they had planned. The rest of their session was super sweet, and we definitely got some photos showing off that gorgeous ring!! We are so honored to be a part of this amazing moment, and that they chose us to capture it. Well done, Jay :)

The Hearnes Adventure Photography is run by Abbi and Callen Hearne, a husband & wife wedding photography team with an emphasis on adventure. They live on the road as full-time nomads in their big white van, allowing them to serve a large portion of the western US including California, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming. They believe love is the greatest adventure and strive to create photos that are epic, romantic, true, and timeless.

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