Olympic National Park / / Scott + Rachael

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Landon and I have always loved private and small weddings, so elopements are a natural overflow of that love. Oh, just the thought of two people committing their lives to each other in SUCH an intimate way is so lovely.

So, of course, for Scott and Rachael’s (technical) “vow renewal,” we were so excited to spend a slow morning getting ready in a beautiful Airbnb. I have a background in makeup artistry, and I love to use that skill and offer makeup for the day for elopements. Honestly, it makes for a great experience. The slow morning chatting and helping Rachael get ready made for such a wonderful way to warm up before their session.

The couple felt like old friends. We rode on the zipline the Airbnb offered, drank coffee and talked all morning about our love for Pride & Prejudice. (Well, okay, the last part MAY have only been Rachael and I… haha.)

After our sweet morning, we drove to Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park. The view was absolutely stunning. I had never been before, and even though we were able to capture some pretty amazing views, you have to go in person. It is breathtakingly beautiful. Not only was the view to die for, but right next to us were deer living their lives. It’s such a fun memory to think about - Rachael and I were swapping my camera and laughing at our attempt to act as if we were Steve Irwin (but with less dangerous animals, because screw trying to ride an alligator…).

Needless to say, the session was beautiful -- not only because of the landscape around us, but because of the love the two naturally had for each other. They read love notes to each other filled with reassurance, that despite the hardships their life had recently brought them, their decision to be married was firm. I didn’t hear much of the letters, but Rachael told me how timely this experience was for them. It gave them the chance to slow down and focus on their commitment at that specific time. It was so beautifully slow, intimate and focused. It was an absolutely perfect day to sum up why we love elopments so darn much.

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