Winter Elopement + Libra Gown
By Laura & Devon from Forthright Photography
(Along Snoqualmie Pass on Dec 1st 2018)
The vision: This was our big, end-of-season project working with a ton of very talented, wonderful people. I’ve always loved the Snoqualmie Pass area, particularly Lake Kacheelus. It’s always been so enticing & beautiful whenever I drive by it on i-90, and since shooting a gorgeous vow renewal there last year, I knew I wanted to come back. The couple who modeled are actually old friends of ours. We ran into them at another wedding we were shooting and got to chatting about wedding planning. Petra told me she’d always wanted to have a stylish, adventure elopement, but they had gone with a big traditional wedding at the time. I was hoping to have a big, end of the season styled shoot so I offered to have them model for us & we’d design an elopement day for them!
The day of: While planning,we wanted this shoot to feel more like a fun, end of the year retreat for all the vendors and less like a workday, so we rented a big, gorgeous A-frame cabin for everyone to share for a few days. We hung out and talked late into the night and bonded over some coffee & breakfast the next morning. It was such a wonderful contrast to busy, hectic shoot schedules with a bunch of strangers all working together for the first time, and everyone loved the experience and how relaxed everything was. It was so much fun I think we might plan all of our future shoots this way! After creating a cozy, fireplace lounge that was almost too pretty for words, the team packed up and headed out to the Lake Kacheelus lakebed, where we transformed some tree stumps into a magical woodland aisleway for a ceremony space. Despite an iffy forecast, the weather was as wintry & perfect as I could have asked for, and we made so many amazing friends by the end of the day it truly felt a bit magical.
Coordinating & Styling: Emily Aitkens Events
Floral: Schuhbox Floral Design
Desserts: Figgy Bakes
Donuts: Hello Sugar
Rentals: Artifact Rentals
Hair & Makeup: Bethany Yackel Beauty
Vacation Rental: VR365
Photo: Forthright Photo
Camera: Nikon d750