Jen and Matt had a truly Pacific Northwest experience on their elopement day. Mt. Rainier was socked in and the friends and family who witnessed their union stood under umbrellas. The green hills stood in stark contrast to the white sky during this foggy Mt. Rainier elopement.
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Rainy Day Rainier Elopement
Jen snuck up behind Matt and tapped him on the shoulder, a red umbrella shielding her from the light but persistent rain so common on Washington’s tallest volcano. Matt’s first look at his bride spurred an afternoon of smiles as he could not keep his eyes off her. The two shared an intimate moment among the green forested hills of Rainier before joining family members on the shore of a lake for a short ceremony. The rain began to fall harder as Jen and Matt said their vows. No time was wasted gathering their family members to reconvene under a tent and share cake and champagne.
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Mt. Rainier is one of the rainiest places on in the US. The mountain stands so tall among the surrounding landscape that its walls catch clouds and create a unique weather pattern. Jen and Matt knew this, and came fully prepared for an elopement that might have inclement weather. Overall, they got lucky. The fog made for extremely dramatic backdrops while the green hillsides never fully hid themselves for too long. They were able to share an intimate ceremony with close family before heading higher into the clouds for portraits at a watchtower.
Foggy Watchtower Sunset
Climbing higher up the mountain meant watching the fog grow thicker while feeling the temperature drop. Jen and Matt donned a lined hat and fuzzy earmuffs to beat the cold and never once complained about the weather. Their high spirits were rewarded when we reached the old watchtower and witnessed a moment of cloud break. The view looked like something you’d see from an airplane and it was easy to forget our feet were on solid ground.
Jen changed back into her white dress and hints of blue sky peeked through the cloud cover for a moment – but only for a moment. I felt like we blinked and a cloud rolled in so thick that the watchtower became barely visible and the world dropped away. Jen and Matt were content to sit with each other among the deep silence and watch the shifting surroundings. Otherworldly is the only way to describe this foggy experience. Mt. Rainier made for the perfect location to teleport Jen and Matt into a world of their own after such a unique and beautiful elopement.
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