Have you ever wondered what sunrise looks like at Mount Rainier? Look no further! Here is one of the most epic sunrise Mt Rainier elopement! We started bright and early at the Paradise Visitor Center on the west side of the mountain. The bride, groom, and a few of their closest friends all made their way up the mountain in the dark with us! It was a short, but steep hike to our location. Most hikes heading up the mountain at Paradise are super steep, like the Skyline Trail Loop for example. We always recommend to take it slow, and utilize breaks when you need them. That’s why we build extra time buffers into all of our elopement timelines!
The bride & groom got ready with their wedding party in a changing tent in the dark. We got to slowly watch the sun rise above the cascades in the east. It was absolutely stunning! They had a private first look and then a ceremony with their closest people. Afterwards, we celebrated with champagne, morning portraits, and a breakfast picnic!
For every hiking elopement we photograph and film, we have all of our couples build in time to eat! It’s super important that you’re always well fed and hydrated when hiking. So, oftentimes, we recommend doing a fun little picnic spread. This can be anything from classic peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and some fruit to an elaborate charcuterie spread created by a local vendor. We know quite a few picnic vendors in the Washington area, including: Seattle Luxury Picnics and Milk & Honey Charcuterie.
After we hiked back down from their morning celebration, we visited Reflection Lakes and the Nisqually Entrance for a few more fun portraits. If you’re going to take any photos with the Mount Rainier park entrances, please just make sure to be safe and aware of any oncoming traffic. Overall, this Mt Rainier elopement was one for the books!
Hannah and Adam are a Montana and PNW-based Elopement Photographer + Videographer Team traveling across the US and abroad to capture couples' special days. They firmly believe love is love, Black lives matter, and in respecting our planet.