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PNW Elopement at Mt Rainier with Unpredictable Weather

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I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I was for this PNW elopement at Mt Rainier. But even more than that, I was SO excited to finally meet Chelsea and Kyle. Every interaction I’ve had with them has done nothing less than warm my soul. It’s hard to explain the energy you experience between client interactions but in short- I know wish I could bottle theirs up.

It started the second I read their inquiry form. I ask couples to describe their vision and Chelsea said, “I want a day stripped back of everything but just my future husband and I sharing vows and committing our lives to each other. Preferably in front of some gorgeous mountain!” We planned for a PNW elopement at Mt Rainier. Their wedding day had the most unexpected weather I’ve experienced as a PNW elopement photographer, but these two greeted the experience with utter joy, and Mother Nature, in return, responded the same.

Rain, Fog and Snow. I wasn’t mad and neither were they.

Despite the forecast looking a little less than ideal for mountain views, when I arrived at their Airbnb, I met Kyle and instantly knew that it was going to be the best day rain or shine. Most people would have seen the downpour, but they saw the beauty all around us. And just before their first look, we caught a break in the rain- it could not have been more perfect.

Then, on the way to Paradise, we drove through torrential downpour and thick fog. Once at Paradise, we exchange the rain and fog for snow and wind! But again, despite what was in front of us…Chelsea, Kyle, and their family all wanted to move forward with our hike. We made it to a gorgeous location, the snow stopped and clouds lifted giving us the most beautiful view of the mountains and Mt Rainier.

As we were leaving, the snow picked up again, and once again, it could not have been more perfect. Weather can “only” dampen your day if you let it. I can’t help but look at Chelsea and Kyle’s vision and feel like it was everything and more than they could have hoped for, and it was an honor to be part of!

Elopement details | Megan Montalvo Photography
Elopement details | Megan Montalvo Photography
Bride's wedding dress hanging up at AirBnb in Mt Rainier | Megan Montalvo Photography
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Groom getting ready for elopement | | Megan Montalvo Photography
Groom getting ready for elopement | | Megan Montalvo PhotographyGroom portraits outside of Airbnb | | Megan Montalvo Photography
Bride getting ready for elopement | Megan Montalvo Photography
Bride getting ready for elopement | Megan Montalvo Photography
Bride getting ready for elopement | Megan Montalvo Photography
Bridal portraits at Airbnb in Mt Rainier | Megan Montalvo Photography
Bridal portraits at Airbnb in Mt Rainier | Megan Montalvo Photography
First look between bride and her dad | Megan Montalvo Photography
First look between bride and her dad | Megan Montalvo Photography
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First look between bride and her dad | Megan Montalvo Photography

Chelsea: Probably when I realized how easy it was to be myself with him. It’s hard to pinpoint a specific moment but just several instances of realizing that we had the same values and outlook on life made me think he would be a good partner. But also he pushes me to live life at the moment and take every day one at a time. I feel like he was the one person I truly always enjoyed being around and knew I kept wanting to see him.

Kyle: So many things- her warm energy in a room. Her fiery personality was so interesting and enticing. Her huge talent and energy on stage when we would worship together. Obviously, she’s beautiful. I just started to notice that when she was in the room it felt brighter and better, and when she would leave I didn’t feel the need to be there anymore either. It just got to a point where I knew I was super into her and once we started dating it was just obvious to me that I knew I loved her. I asked her if she’d say yes to marry me after three weeks.

First look in the middle of the forest at Mt Rainier | Megan Montalvo PhotographyFirst look in the middle of the forest at Mt Rainier | Megan Montalvo Photography
First look between bride and groom before elopement at Mt Rainier | Megan Montalvo Photography
First look between bride and groom before elopement at Mt Rainier | Megan Montalvo Photography
First look between bride and groom before elopement at Mt Rainier | Megan Montalvo Photography
First look between bride and groom before elopement at Mt Rainier | Megan Montalvo Photography
Wedding portraits | Megan Montalvo Photography

Chelsea: His carefree spirit. He inspires me to let go of fear and truly experience life.

Kyle: I love how artistic and creative she is! She always has a wonderful eye for artsy things and she’s a great artist herself!

Bride and groom walking through forest at Mt Rainier | Megan Montalvo Photography
Couple and family hiking to elopement at Mount Rainier with Megan Montalvo Photography.
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Bride and groom portraits at Mount Rainier National Park | Megan Montalvo Photography
Bride and groom portraits at Mount Rainier National Park | Megan Montalvo PhotographyBride and groom portraits at Mount Rainier National Park | Megan Montalvo Photography
PNW Elopement | Bridal Portraits | Megan Montalvo Photography
PNW Elopement | Bridal Portraits | Megan Montalvo Photography
PNW Elopement | Groom Portraits | Megan Montalvo Photography
PNW Elopement | Megan Montalvo Photography
PNW Elopement | Megan Montalvo Photography
PNW Elopement | Megan Montalvo Photography
Intimate elopement with immediate family | Megan Montalvo Photography
Bride and groom walking in rain and snow for elopement | Megan Montalvo Photography
Snow at Paradise during elopement | Megan Montalvo Photography

Three weeks into dating he asked me what I’d say if he asked me to marry him which was totally a cop-out! But we basically started talking about it very soon and went to look at rings about six months into dating. On a weekend trip to the beach, he asked me to marry him while we were watching the sunset. I knew it was coming cause he’d tease me about it all the time but then it was a very special intimate moment watching the sunset and hearing the calming sounds of the waves with just us.

Ring box and snowy mountain elopement | Megan Montalvo Photography
Bride and groom exchange vows in the snow at Paradise Point in Mount Rainier | Megan Montalvo Photography
Bride and groom exchange vows in the snow at Paradise Point in Mount Rainier | Megan Montalvo Photography
Bride and groom exchange vows in the snow at Paradise Point in Mount Rainier | Megan Montalvo Photography
Intimate elopement ceremony with immediate family | Megan Montalvo Photography
Bride and groom exchange vows in the snow at Paradise Point in Mount Rainier | Megan Montalvo Photography
Winter elopement at Mount Rainier | Megan Montalvo Photography
Ring exchange during elopement | Megan Montalvo Photography
Bride and groom celebrate being married | Megan Montalvo Photography
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Bride and groom portraits after intimate ceremony at Mt Rainier | Megan Montalvo Photography
Bride and groom portraits after intimate ceremony at Mt Rainier | Megan Montalvo Photography
Bride and groom portraits after intimate ceremony at Mt Rainier | Megan Montalvo Photography
Bride and groom portraits after intimate ceremony at Mt Rainier | Megan Montalvo PhotographyBride and groom portraits after intimate ceremony at Mt Rainier | Megan Montalvo Photography

It doesn’t feel right to wrap up an elopement at Mt Rainier anymore without popping a little champagne and a visit from our mountain friends!

Bride and groom celebrate being married and a deer walks through the field | Megan Montalvo Photography
Bride and groom cutting cake | Megan Montalvo Photography
Small reception with family after elopement at Mt Rainier | Megan Montalvo Photography
Bride and groom in doorway of Airbnb | Megan Montalvo Photography
Small reception with family after elopement at Mt Rainier | Megan Montalvo Photography
Small reception with family after elopement at Mt Rainier | Megan Montalvo Photography
Small reception with family after elopement at Mt Rainier | Megan Montalvo Photography
Black and white photo of bride and groom at the end of the night after eloping in the PNW | Megan Montalvo Photography

To see more elopements photographed by MMP, click here!

Interested in a PNW elopement at Mt Rainier? You can read this post for ways to prepare and what to do to have the best day!

Megan Montalvo is a PNW Elopement Photographer based out of Seattle, Washington. Megan offers intimate wedding and elopement photography to surrounding PNW destinations. Locations include Tacoma, Olympia, Mount Storm King, Lake Crescent, Hurricane Ridge, Mt. Rainier, Lake Quinault, Snoqualmie, Snoqualmie Pass, Cle Elum, Suncadia, Leavenworth, Ruby Beach, Cape Kiwanda, Canon Beach and the San Juan Islands.

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