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Kyle & Haley // Beautiful Mt. Shuksan & Mt. Baker Bridal Portraits

Kyle & Haley Bridal Session

This Mt. Shuksan & Mt. Baker Adventure elopement in the North Cascades is straight up unreal!

 

Mt. Baker in the north cascades was a dream come true for this adventure elopement!    On a stunning September evening, Kyle and Haley accompanied me to not only Mt. Shuksan but Mt. Baker too. To put it more specifically, Artist Point. It’s this magical spot that is nestled in between the two mountains.

Living on the Olympic Peninsula is pretty great.  However, from there you can see all these other mountains like Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, and many others if it’s clear enough out.  Finding the perfect place for an adventure elopement is my jam.  I tried to imagine for so long what it would be like to go to the north cascades and Mt. Baker and take photos there.  I had never imagined it would be this amazing.

To get to this beautiful north cascades location, head north from Seattle on I-5 and follow the signs and the drove of people up to just past the Mt. Baker ski area.  You will know you are there when you can’t find a parking spot and you see everybody walking in one direction.

For the people who may be considering the North Cascades, there are also many other locations.  One of my favorites is Diablo Lake.  Go check it out if you haven’t heard of it.

When most people think of Mt. Baker, they usually think of going up skiing.  Many people flock here during the winter months to do just that.  It is an amazing place for skiing, snowboarding, inner tubing or just enjoying watching everybody else do those things.  There are a lot of lodges to stay at during the winter but they tend to fill up quickly as it is a very popular place to go.

Having been married 3 months earlier, it was unfortunately too cloudy/snowy to get the photos they dreamed of having on their wedding day.  So when they saw that I was heading to Mt. Shuksan for the first time they asked if they I would be willing to photograph them in their wedding attire. Being the adventurous photographer I am, I of course jumped at the opportunity.

What follows is one of my favorite sessions ever. Mt. Shuksan is other-worldly and the fact that you turn around and BAM, there is Mt. Baker! This place already holds a dear place in my heart as it was my grandmother’s favorite place in the whole world to go.  I never got to go with her before she died. I have a photo of her sitting, looking at the mountain. When I was there I sat in about the same spot and took a moment from shooting. Sitting quietly, gazing at the mountain. I could feel her presence there with me. Thank you Kyle for capturing that moment for me.

So in doing this session, two dreams came true.  I am eternally grateful for it. I am so glad that Haley and Kyle loved the photos so much and that I continue to be friends with them to this day and have hopes to do their anniversary photos next year.

 

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Can we just take a moment and be in complete awe of that stunning dress Haley is wearing?? Like, damn girl. LaineeMeg makes a killer dress!

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Haley’s stunning bouquet was made by the wonderful Carlee Donnelly of Rusted Vase floral. It was perfect for the session.

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I have heard about Artist Point before but I had no idea it would be THIS beautiful in person!

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