Wow you guys! This North Cascades vow renewal took my breathe away. Between the location, the gorgeous couple, the dress, and bouquet, everything from this day was like a dream.
Lauren and Mark contacted me for an adventure session when I first moved to Washington. We had so much fun at Mount Rainier running around in the fog at sunset, the only ones there! We instantly clicked. Lauren, with her infectious laugh that travels across every room she’s in, and Mark with his dad jokes and gentle nature, they were like old friends.
They have been married for five years, and Lauren herself, is a photographer. They moved out here from sunny California for Mark’s job. And while they were sad to leave all their friends and family, they were so excited for their PNW adventure. She expressed that when they got married, before she picked up her first camera, she didn’t appreciate the value of photography as much. She said that she wanted, more than anything, to have an adventurous vow renewal, and do it right this time!
The North Cascades Vow Renewal
It took us a long time to settle on a North Cascades vow renewal. We were overwhelmed with endless options here in Washington. We thought about Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. We thought about going back to Mount Rainier, or La Push Beach.
We landed on the North Cascades because Lauren and Mark, after many pros and cons lists, decided it was definitely their favorite park. It is home to the Cascade Mountain Range, one of the most beautiful, and expansive mountain ranges in Washington: a sea of peaks if you will.
Lauren ordered a boho Grace Loves Lace dress, and told her florist to “get creative” with her bouquet. Her and Mark wrote out their vows in the same vow book, an environmentally friendly notebook made from all recycled materials.
It was a windy day and they laughed through windy swept hair (and pages) as they read their vows. There’s something so special about photographing couples that have been married for a time. They’re effortless, carefree, almost fearless. They know everything about each other, they’ve run out of surprises, they have fallen, gracefully, into a routine; they are second nature to each other.
Dress: Grace Loves Lace https://graceloveslace.com.au/
When I asked them for advice about couples planning their renewal this is what they said:
“This is not a wedding, or an elopement. This is a reminder of why you’re here, through thick and thin. So my best advice is treat it that way. Pick somewhere special to you two, somewhere that represents your marriage. This isn’t about declaring your love, starting your lives together, and sharing with everyone you’ve ever known. This is about you two, reconnecting, redeclaring, and sitting down and saying ‘these are the things that have made fall in love with you more and more every day’.
We chose a North Cascades vow renewal because this park, and this spot, means the world to us. It represents a deeply adventurous, and scary time in our marriage where we didn’t know where life was going to take us. But we knew we had each other, and this absolutely gorgeous state with so much to offer us. We felt at peace in this spot, at a time of such uncertainty.”
This North Cascades vow renewal was photographed by Lexi, a lead associate photographer for Nick Plus Danée Photography, a Seattle based wedding and elopement photography team.
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