We are a husband & wife team. Based in the mountains of Montana & Washington State, we’ve been photographing and filming couples since the start of 2021.
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When we met these two, we instantly clicked! They had been on top of their planning, so we only had to check in every few months before their special day. But once we finally saw them, we were so excited to celebrate their Hoh Rain Forest wedding!
We met early in the morning, a little after sunrise. They arrived separately at the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, so we could help them set up a first look under the mossy trees. Adam and I scouted a spur off the main trail for them. We help scout all of our couples locations prior to their elopement, but sometimes we pick more specific spots the day of!
Anneliese and Brennon arrived at the Hoh Rain Forest before most of their family, so we decided to do some portraits after their first look. We walked the trails together, exploring as we went, and found beautiful locations to stop at. We followed little trails through the trees and chased the morning sun rising!
These two were in awe of the massive Sitka Spruce, Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir, and Western hemlock trees! Did you know that the Western Hemlock is actually Washington’s state tree? Anyway, if you haven’t visited the Hoh Rain Forest, you should. It’s 100% worth it!
For their ceremony, we got a permit for a location along the Hall of Mosses trail. And man, it did not disappoint! This Hoh Rain Forest tiny wedding ceremony was magical, complete with moss-draped trees and morning light shining through the canopy. They even chose to incorporate a knot tying unity tradition known as handfasting. Handfasting using the pressure of the knot to symbolize strength in a marriage. It’s an awesome tradition that we’ve seen many couples use for their ceremony!
Please make sure to always apply for a permit when getting married within the Olympic National Park. Permits inform the park about what activity will be taking place. You can apply for the permit here, but it’s also recommended to email them! And as always, please practice Leave No Trace.
Once we got to Ruby Beach, we were greeted with the most STUNNING morning light. We were shocked at the way it filtered through the trees down at the beach! I mean, just take a look for yourself! WOW. We spent some tme admiring that and carefully balancing on driftwood.
Then, we found some reflections in the water and adventured around the rocky shore. Always make sure to check the tide charts before you head out to the coast! And please be cognizant of sneaker waves (potentially deadly waves that can sweep people into the ocean because they surge further up onto the shore than expected).
After exploring the coastline for a bit, we picked a beautiful spot for a more secluded first dance. While we were still surrounded by some Olympic National Park visitors, these two were in their own world! They played a song off the phone that Brennon had in his pocket and swayed to the tune. We walked back along the beach as the tide came in and said our goodbyes for the day! These two went back towards Port Angeles to spend the remainder of the day with their imediate family at an Airbnb.
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.
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