Well, adventure is an understatement. If you are looking for an adventure elopements, you must check out this Sahale Arm Elopement.
When Taylor and David asked us to photograph their elopement in the North Cascades, we were SUPER pumped. Everything about the mountain top elopement sounded perfect, including the 12-mile round trip hike to get to the location they wanted photos at (The Sahale Arm). Taylor and David are avid hikers and know their way around the mountains.
So when they planned their Sahale Arm elopement, they wanted to incorporate their raw and rugged love for the mountains in their big day. Let’s just say we (Nick & Danée) were not quite in the shape we needed to be in for a hike like this. That being said if you plan to hike this far for a mountain elopement, get your booty in shape! Don’t believe us? Check out this Alltrails Rating before you plan your Sahale Arm elopement.
Their Sahale Arm Elopement
Nonetheless, we made the 6-mile trek past Cascade Pass, and up the Sahale Arm. Taylor and David got dressed at the top of the mountain. This is my favorite part of hiking elopements: the rugged, dirty, adventurous nature. We love when couples toss out everything traditional about having a wedding and get dressed in nature, dirty and so full of life. And this Sahale Arm elopement was not short of adventure and life.
They got all dressed and found their ideal spot, pup in tow. They took in the beautiful scenery and enjoyed the epic 360 mountain views, the perfect reward for a grueling hike. We took endless photos, because the views just took our breath away, and explored the mountaintop freely as we were the only ones there. What a treat!
We then started our journey back down the mountain, stopping for photos along the way. We made our way back to Cascade Pass where we stopped and enjoyed a nice cigar and an even nicer view before changing back to hiking clothes and hiking back to the car in the dark.
I asked the bride and groom if they had any advice for future couples planning their elopements and they said this: “Don’t worry about following the rules. You can do whatever you want with your wedding. You can get married at the courthouse, and then do a second elopement on top of a mountain. You can elope and have a big party with your loved ones later. You can have an intimate wedding with just your few closest people around.
You can have a big, enormous, elaborate wedding that everyone dreams of when they were kids. Our best advice, is meditate on your options and decide what’s right for you, not what’s right for anyone else. And you’ll know in your gut what’s right. At the end of the day, your loved ones want you to be happy. It’s not worth living in regret. And remember that no matter what, it’s not about anything except you two, and the live you’ve built, and the life you’re going to live, together.”
Everything about Taylor and David’s elopement was perfect (remember their courthouse wedding where we were the witnesses – HERE). They even brought their dog, Kinley, along for the adventure. Congrats to this awesome couple. Thanks for letting us be a part of your wedding adventure!
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This Sahale Arm elopement was photographed by Nick plus Danée Photography, a Seattle Wedding photographer.