Olympic National Park Wedding Shoot
On the shores of the Olympic National Park in Washington State, two dancers join as one during this elopement styled shoot. As two souls begin to move, joy flows through them. And as they face the coastal breeze with creative deliverance, this pointedly characteristic ceremony begins to take flight. To capture the mood of the Pacific Northwest, this invitation suite combines soft and muted colors with a raw, yet delicate appearance. The brushes of gray and blue emulate the region’s weather perfectly.
It’s a tale of two dancers who fall in love on stage and decide to dance together forever offstage. A pair of handwritten letters symbolizes the intimate nature of the couple’s relationship.
The bride lets her dark tresses flow freely and accessorizes with a pearl headband. Her dress features a high lace illusion neckline and a breathtaking layered gray tulle skirt.
The bouquet is ingeniously crafted with dusty miller, thistle, roses, cornflower, and assorted greenery. The collection is complete with colorful blue silk ribbons tied around the handle.
She stands waiting for her groom on the sandy shore, with the brooding clouds and mountains in the distance.
Dressed in a gray suit and white shirt, the groom wears a boutonniere that mirrors the bride’s bouquet. Then upon seeing his bride, he accompanies her on the shore.
They join hands and together, they dare to disturb the earth with their long and graceful movements.
A table is set with a textured pale blue runner to tie in the cool ocean ambiance. Tall white tapers are placed about the center while an oversized centerpiece reminiscent of the bride’s bouquet offers a natural focal point. Gold-rimmed glasses and white china await the honored guests.
The cake table begins to collect raindrops. Two cakes, each white with gold-leaf and floral garnish, sit beautifully amidst a collection of gold candle holders.
The bride’s skirt looks like pools of water collecting on the sand as rests on an ornate sofa.
The groom joins her and the emotion between the two is palpable.
They exchange love letters and soak in the moment with the unexpected sunshine and the ebb and flow of the tide.
They walk together along the shore and finally, embrace for one last solitary kiss to signify the joining of a beautiful union.
Love is truly a dance, where you move to life's music together and react to every high and low note the best way you know how. This styled elopement is unequivocally a work of art, taking form in real life through the hearts of two dancers.
Photography | Rachel Birkhofer Photography Him + Her | Angeli Mamon and Dammiel Cruz Gown |“Mae” by Chantel Lauren Tux |“Brooklyn” by Menguin Tux Rental Hair Accessories | Erica Elizabeth Designs Styling | Megan Sophie Holman Makeup| Makeup by Vina Floral Design + Hand-dyed Linens | Gather Design Company Bakery | Deep Sea Sugar and Salt Calligraphy/Paper Goods | Simply Rooted Calligraphy