erin + ryan's intimate wedding in mount rainier national park | washington adventure elopement photographer

When we first started the process of moving toward smaller, more adventurous weddings, I'm pretty sure I couldn't have conjured up Erin + Ryan's intimate wedding day in my wildest dreams. Erin's initial inquiry said something along the lines of "we want to do an elopement-style ceremony with our family somewhere beautiful in Washington. Do you have any suggestions?" I pretty much died right there. But thankfully, I survived the shock of a dream e-mail ;) and got to planning. We decided on Mount Rainier National Park for obvious reasons and found an adorable little A-Frame cabin in the woods nearby. Erin still wanted to have some creative, stylistic aspect to the day, so she asked her father to build them a picnic table that she adorned beautifully with sweet treats and decor that looked like it belonged in a magazine. 

After their first look and pre-ceremony cake-cutting (we like to keep traditions non-traditional around here), we met up with their family on the flanks of Mount Rainier at what I'm certain is the most beautiful ceremony location imaginable. Their ceremony was perfect - sweet and full of love, followed by celebrations with their family as they were showered in lavender. After their family headed down, we hiked out to what has become a favorite spot in the park for sunset portraits. The nearby wildfires filled the air with an orange haze that made for some gorgeous light (shout out to Callen for the epic silhouette photos!) and we ran around the mountain shooting until it was dark. We especially enjoyed playing with Erin's STUNNING two-piece dress from BHLDN with the flowy-est skirt known to man. By the time we got back to our cars the mountain was covered in fog that lasted days. It was such a magical day and these are some of our favorite photos yet!

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.