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hana + evan's intimate wedding and reception in mount rainier national park

florals: Bramble Floral Design // hair + make up: Kirstie Wight // getting ready + first look cabin: AirBnb // intimate reception: Copper Creek Inn Forest Retreat // catering: Chef Sunshine // Cake + Sweets: Sugar Street Bakery + Bistro // Blanket: Pendleton Woolen Mills

Hana and Evan wanted to do something different for their wedding day, but still wanted to include their close family and dear friends, so they chose to have their intimate wedding in Rainier National Park. They started the day with a romantic first look at their A Frame cabin the the woods, and after a few portraits around there, Evan helped Hana with the final touches of getting ready before they headed to Copper Creek Inn for their lovely intimate reception. The table was set on a deck up in the trees with the most gorgeous greenery and sweet little embroidered placards made my Hana and Evan themselves. Their guests enjoyed dinner and cake, and made a few tear-jerking and belly laugh-inducing toasts before heading into the National Park for their little ceremony below the mountain.  Their ceremony was beautiful, fully of more tears and laughs, and they read their vows from beautiful embroidered hoops they made for each other in the months leading up to their wedding day. After some group photos, hugs, and a joyful send-off, the four of us made our way high up the mountain for some snowy sunset portraits on the flanks of Mount Rainier. Hana wore micro-spikes on her hiking boots as we hiked to a beautiful point that we had all to ourselves. They wanted some photos with the embroidery vows and as we pulled them out, I had the idea for them to read their vows to each other again, this time with no crowd or ceremony nerves, just the quiet mountain and us snapping photos far away. This ended up being one of the sweetest moments of the day as they re-read their promises and took time to think about each one. The day ended with the most stunning sunset full of pink clouds and beautiful hazy light. We made our way down just before dark and reminisced on the amazing day. They both agreed there wasn’t anything they would have changed about it! 

If you like the idea of an adventure elopement but still want to include a few friends and family, you might consider having an intimate wedding similar to Hana and Evans! These two got to spend time with their family and friends, and treat them to the traditional dinner + cake, but still had plenty of time just the two of them, including an adventurous hike with beautiful sunset portraits. Depending on how many people you’d like to invite, you can do anything from cater a relaxed meal to an airbnb, to hiring a private chef or even booking a small venue that specializes in smaller groups. We specialize in adventure elopements, so that’s what you typically see on our website and instagram, but we shoot intimate weddings with up to thirty guests!

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.