Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier

Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier

This moody PNW elopement in Mount Rainier National Park perfectly captured the feeling of being in a magical PNW wonderland. We all woke up to a moody, rainy day and decided to embrace the mystical beauty of it all. This gorgeous elopement adventure took us all over Mount Rainier National Park, and we wouldn’t have traded it for “better” weather even if we could.

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Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington

A MOODY PNW ELOPEMENT IN MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK

When you choose to elope in the great outdoors, you can’t control the weather. You can plan to elope during the best weather months, but even then Mother Nature can throw a wildcard at you. But the great thing about eloping in the PNW is that it’s beautiful no matter what kind of weather you get. Some of the first images we ever saw from the PNW were these moody, misty mountain photos where clouds clung to the hillsides, obscuring the tops of the tall evergreen trees. It was mystical. It looked like nothing we had ever experienced anywhere else in the country. Although they were hoping for a clear sunrise, this was exactly the type of day that Nathan and Hala woke up to on their elopement. 

Want to see a sunny Mount Rainier elopement? Check out this Mount Rainier Elopement

We had planned to meet at Reflection Lake in Mount Rainier National Park for a sunrise ceremony. On a clear day, Mount Rainier looms directly in front of you, reflected perfectly in the lake. As luck would have it, we didn’t even see a sliver of the hulking mountain that we knew was just behind those clouds. But te most important part of dealing with adverse weather is embracing it, and that’s just what Nathan and Hala and their friends did. They had seen the weather report and came prepared with cute umbrellas, waterproof bags, and rain gear, ready to play in the rain and have a blast. They started their day with an extremely beautiful and intimate ceremony beside the lake. It felt like we were all in a cozy little bubble, insulated from the world beyond the clouds.

Related: Check out this blog on how to find the best elopement dresses for your adventure wedding.

Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington

AFTER THE CEREMONY: A MOODY PNW ELOPEMENT ADVENTURE

After the ceremony, we had originally planned to hike around the Paradise area of Mount Rainier. But seeing as we wouldn’t be seeing Mount Rainier anytime soon, we made a spontaneous decision to switch up our plans a bit. One of the best things about elopements is the ability to be flexible, even short notice. We always keep a backup plan in mind in case of bad weather or other unexpected events. This is when it’s particularly helpful to really know the area well. Gabi and I have done quite a bit of exploring all over Mount Rainier National Park, so we had a few ideas of places to check out that would be fun and beautiful in the rain. 

For another Mt Rainier elopements, check out this Mt Rainier Wedding 

The first stop was Grove of the Patriarchs. This short trail takes you through an ancient grove of giant Cedars, Hemlocks, and Douglas Firs. There’s no better time to explore an old-growth forest trail than in this wet, misty weather. Droplets of water cling to the ferns and moss, and the soft light filtering down through the canopy makes everything glisten a bright green. This is the kind of weather that allows these monstrous specimen to grow so big. The damp earth softens your footsteps and everything is quieter, adding to the mystical vibe. Though we hadn’t originally planned or even talked about going here, Nathan and Hala absolutely loved it! They were so in awe of the huge trees and we all had a blast wandering the trail, which we pretty much had all to ourselves since it was shortly after sunrise. 

Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington

ONE MORE PNW ELOPEMENT ADVENTURE: IN SEARCH OF MOUNTAINS

Experiencing the Washington mountains was a big reason why Nathan and Hala wanted to elope in the PNW. So after exploring the forest, we decided to drive to a mountain pass on the east side of the park where we thought there might be some breaks in the clouds. In Washington, precipitation tends to come in from the ocean, moving west to east. When the clouds hit the Cascades, they dump most of their rain or snow on the western slopes. So the eastern side of the mountain range is typically dryer (read more about Washington’s diverse climate). Knowing this, we drove to a mountain pass on the east side of the park where one of our favorite trails is located. Sure enough, we caught a glimmer of the sun! 

Excited by the now visible mountains that surrounded us, we all trekked out to a spot Gabi and I knew of just a short ways down the trail. It was still moody as clouds moved quickly through the mountains. They’d occasionally hide the view, and then reveal it again as they suddenly lifted, all in the span of minutes. Seeing a landscape constantly experiencing such changes was super cool. When we made it out to the small, scenic alpine pond, we gazed at the mountains around us in awe. It was a scene that epitomized the magic of this PNW wonderland, and it was the perfect way to end this amazing PNW elopement. 

For more PNW wonderland mountain magic, check out this North Cascades Backpacking Elopement

Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Moody PNW Elopement at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington

The Foxes are Brandon and Gabi Fox, an adventurous husband and wife elopement photography team living and traveling in their DIY renovated 1972 Airstream. They are loosely based in the Pacific Northwest, but travel for work and play throughout the western states and beyond. Their elopement photography is award winning and is described as candid photography that captures couples as they are, where they are, blending images of love and natural beauty in the great outdoors. 

CUSTOM PHOTO ALBUM AGREEMENT

THE FOXES PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC

These Terms and Conditions are a legally binding agreement is between you (“Client”) The Foxes Photography, LLC (“Photographer”) (collectively the “Parties”, or in the singular “Party”), for the purpose of Client purchasing a custom photography album from Photographer. This Agreement shall become effective upon the date you complete the checkout process.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  1. Fees & Retainer

Client shall commit to a custom album package by signing and returning this Agreement along with the initial payment for album service. Photographer will not begin its custom album services until the Agreement is signed and the album design fee is received. No final album will be printed until the full payment is made. In the event Client fails to remit payment as specified, Photographer shall have the right to immediately terminate this Agreement with no further obligation and retain any monies already paid as liquidated damages. Full payment must be completed by Client within 60 days of this Agreement’s date.

The fees in this Agreement are based on Photographer’s current album pricing at the time of booking. The price list is adjusted periodically, and any changes to custom albums will be charged at the prices in effect at the time.

  1. Album Design Procedure

The following outline indicates the general procedure of a custom album design. Client understands and agrees to this procedure.

  1. Photographer will use photos and album specifications to create their first custom album design.
  2. Photographer will send Client first draft of album design.
  3. Client will approve or send in revisions to album design.
  4. Photographer will make edits to album design. Only two rounds of edits are allowed.
  5. Client will approve final album design.
  6. Photographer will send in album for printing.
  7. Album is printed and shipped.
  8. Client receives final printed album.
  1. Album Spreads

Albums will include 35 spreads and no less. The definition of a “page” is one side of a spread in an album (for example, a 70-page album contains 35 spreads). If Client requests more than 35 spreads, additional spreads are $50.00 each. 

  1. Revision Rounds

The first draft will include photos selected by the photographer and will be sent to Client for approval. Client may request modifications to be made. Photographer shall complete modifications and send the second draft of album design to Client. Client may then accept the design or request one more round of modifications. Photographer will complete this second modification request and send the final draft of album to Client. After these two rounds of revisions to the album design, no further revisions are allowed. Any additional revisions are invoiced at a rate of $75.00 per round. All additional revision rounds must be paid before the revision is made by the Photographer. Photographer requires up to 10 days to complete a revision request. Client has 50 days to send Photographer any and all revision requests. Any revisions requested by Client more than 50 days after this Agreement’s date will not be accepted by Photographer.

  1. Final Approval

Photographer will not place an album order with the album Manufacturer until Client approves the design draft, and the balance is paid on any upgrades or additional spreads. Client agrees to check the final album design very carefully before giving final approval. Once final approval is given, Photographer is not responsible for typos, image defects, duplicate images, or other errors that may have been missed. 

  1. Parent/Duplicate Albums

Parent/duplicate albums cannot be altered from the original designs. All parent/duplicate albums shall be ordered at the time of final approval of the original album design and will be invoiced and must be paid prior to Photographer sending in album for printing. No parent/duplicate albums are available after the original album ordering phase is complete.

  1. Album Delivery

Client understands and agrees that Photographer’s album manufacturer (“Manufacturer”) generally takes 6-8 weeks to print and manufacture the album. While every possible precaution is taken and Manufacturer has been selected by Photographer for its superb quality, Photographer assumes no liability for the loss or damage of album while in possession of Manufacturer. 

  1. Ordering Date

Client shall agree to final album design within 60 days of this Agreement’s date. Any delay by Client in approving final album design will result in termination of this Agreement and no further obligation by Photographer.

  1. Retouching and Edits

Photographer will use the final edited images delivered to Client to make the album design. Photographer will not re-edit or retouch any images.

  1. Returns

Client understands and agrees that once final approval of album design has been given to Photographer, no returns or refunds are allowed whatsoever. In the event Client receives the printed album and sees any manufacturer defects or dislikes the album quality, Photographer will work with Manufacturer to the best of their ability to remedy the situation. Client is responsible for any additional fees associated with returning or reprinting the album.

  1. Album Archiving

Photographer shall keep a copy of final approved album design for 90 days but does not permanently archive the final album design. Client understands that after 90 days the album design will not be available to order additional copies and a new agreement must be signed to start the process over.

  1. Photographer Copyright

The final album design by The Foxes Photography, LLC is their property, will remain their property, and are protected by United States Copyright Laws (USC Title 17). Client hereby waives any claims for ownership, income, editorial control, and use of the images and album design. Violations of this federal law will be subject to its civil and criminal penalties.

  1. Reproduction

Client and Client’s agents agree to acquire the album design and product directly from Photographer through their professional album company. Client and Client’s agents agree not to scan, copy or reproduce the album design in any manner without written permission, including using the custom album design to create other albums. Photographer may seek damages for any illegal reproduction. Client and Client’s agents further agree not to supply the album to any third-parties.

  1. Communication

Photographer’s office hours are 9:00am – 5:00pm PST Monday through Friday. Photographer’s primary source of communication is through their email [email protected] Photographer will respond to Client’s emails within those office hours.

  1. Indemnification

Client shall indemnify, release, discharge and hold harmless Photographer, its heirs, legal representatives, assigns, employees, contractors, or any persons or corporations acting under permission or authority of the Photographer from and against any and all losses, damages, liabilities, and expenses and costs, including reasonable legal expenses and attorneys’ fees, to which Photographer may become subject as a result of any claim, demand, action or other legal proceeding by any third-party to the extent such losses arise directly or indirectly out of activities performed by Photographer pursuant to this Agreement, except to the extent such losses result from the gross negligence, willful misconduct, or intentional acts of Photographer.

  1. Maximum Damages

The sole remedy for any actions or claims by Client shall be limited to a refund, the maximum amount not to exceed the total monies paid by Client under this Agreement.

  1. Limitation of Liability

If, during the production and/or before the album(s) are delivered to Client, the media has been lost, stolen, or is unusable because of defect, damage, equipment/platform malfunction, processing, or other technical error caused by Photographer or by forces outside the control of Photographer, Client agrees to relieve and hold Photographer harmless and will not impose any additional liability.

In no event shall Photographer be liable under this Agreement to Client or any other third-party for consequential, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, punitive, or enhanced damages, arising out of, relating to, or in connection with any breach of this Agreement, regardless of (a) whether such damages were foreseeable, (b) whether or not Client was advised of such damages, and (c) the legal or equitable theory (contract, tort, or otherwise) upon which the claim is based.

  1. Force Majeure 

No Party shall be liable or responsible to the other Party, nor be deemed to have defaulted under or breached this Agreement, for any failure or delay in fulfilling or performing any term of this Agreement (except for any obligations to make payments to the other Party hereunder), when and to the extent such failure or delay is caused by or results from acts beyond the impacted party’s (“Impacted Party”) control that are unforeseen and unpredictable at the time of contracting, including, but not limited to, the following force majeure 

events (“Force Majeure Events”): (a) acts of God; (b) a natural disaster (fires, explosions, earthquakes, hurricane, flooding, storms, explosions, infestations), epidemic, or pandemic; (c) war, invasion, hostilities (whether war is declared or not), terrorist threats or acts, riot or other civil unrest; (d) government order or law; (e) actions, embargoes or blockades in effect on or after the date of this Agreement; (f) action by any governmental authority; (g) national or regional emergency; (h) strikes, labor stoppages or slowdowns or other industrial disturbances; and (i) shortage of adequate power or transportation facilities. The Impacted Party shall give Notice (as defined in Section 27) within 10 days of the Force Majeure Event to the other Party, stating the period of time the occurrence is expected to continue. The Impacted Party shall use diligent efforts to end the failure or delay and ensure the effects of such Force Majeure Event are minimized. The Impacted Party shall resume the performance of its obligations as soon as reasonably practicable after the removal of the cause. In the event that the Impacted Party’s failure or delay remains uncured for a period of 15 days following Notice given by it, the other Party may thereafter terminate this Agreement upon Notice. The Retainer and all other payments made by Client up to the date of Notice of a Force Majeure Event are non-refundable.

  1. Cancellation of Album Services by Photographer

In the event Photographer determines, in its sole discretion, that it cannot or will not perform its obligations under this Agreement due to circumstances including, but not limited to, injury, illness, death of family member, pregnancy, military orders, religious obligations, other personal emergencies, or total breakdown of communication with Client, it will:

  1. Immediately give notice to Client;
  2. Issue a refund or credit based on a reasonably accurate percentage of custom album services rendered; and
  3. Excuse Client of any further performance and/or payment obligations under this Agreement.
  1. Sales Tax

Should any sale and/or use tax be imposed on any part of this Agreement, such tax shall be collected from Client and remitted by Photographer. All sales tax will be included on invoices.

  1. Entire Agreement

This is a binding Agreement that incorporates the entire understanding of the Parties, supersedes any other written or oral agreements between the Parties, and any modifications must be in writing, signed by all Parties, and physically attached to the original agreement.


22. Venue and Jurisdiction

This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Washington including all matters of construction, validity, performance, and enforcement and without giving effect to the principles of conflict of laws. The Parties agree that any dispute or lawsuit arising out of, or concerning, this Agreement that is not first resolved by arbitration shall be resolved exclusively in a court of competent jurisdiction located in Whatcom County, Washington. The Parties assume responsibility for their own collection costs and legal fees incurred should enforcement of this Agreement become necessary.

  1. Arbitration

Any and all disputes or disagreements rising between the Parties out of this Agreement upon which an amicable understanding cannot be reached, shall be decided by arbitration in accordance with the procedural rules of the American Arbitration Association. The Parties agree to be bound by the decision of the arbitrator(s). The arbitration proceeding shall take place in Whatcom County, Washington, unless another location is mutually agreed to by the Parties. The cost and expenses of the arbitrators shall be shared equally by the Parties. Each Party shall be responsible for its own costs and expenses in presenting the dispute for arbitration.

  1. Severability & No Waiver

In the event that any part of this Agreement is found to be invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of this Agreement shall remain valid and enforceable. Any failure by one or both Parties to enforce a provision of this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of any other portion or provision of this Agreement.

  1. Transfer

This Agreement cannot be transferred or assigned to any third-party by either the Photographer or Client without written consent of all Parties. 

  1. Headings

Headings and titles are provided in this Agreement for convenience only and will not be construed as part of this Agreement.

  1. Notice

Parties shall provide effective notice (“Notice”) to each other via email at the date and time which the Notice is sent: Photographer’s Email: [email protected]

  1. Counterparts; Facsimile Signatures 

The Parties agree that a facsimile copy (electronic copy) of this Agreement, which contains the Parties’ signatures, may be used as the original.

Signatures

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