“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting… so, get on your way!”
At home, Jim & Molly have five kids…count ’em… FIVE. They have a ten year old, a six year old, a four year old, and two fifteen month olds! So you can imagine, that for five whole days, all they wanted was peace, quiet, clean mountain air, each other, and maybe a small ceremony to make their union official.
They hired me to photograph their ceremony, which they were referring to as an elopement even though I think their immediate family must’ve known about it. My husband & I eloped, so I find that I have a special place in my heart for fellow elopers; but I have to be honest with you, I really didn’t know what to expect! I had never met them, and you never really know with an elopement, and I truly didn’t have a clue as to what their story was, and I was thinking, was it going to be this shotgun wedding or something, and they’re dressed in shorts & t-shirts, or what? I don’t know… I didn’t know what to plan for or to expect!
But when I met them in the foothills of Mount Rainier, all of my fears fell to the wayside. First of all, Molly ( I just love the name Molly, so I should’ve known) was wearing the most exquisitely simple and absolutely stunning gold dress from American Rose Bridal, and she had had her makeup done at some small salon in one of the quaint neighboring towns. Jim was looking pretty spiffy too, but what was most noticeable about him was his relaxed smile—he was admittedly very happy to be spending all of this alone time with his soon-to-be-wife. The ceremony itself consisted of the two of them and an officiant. The witnesses to this union were two employees of Alexander’s Country Resort & Inn, where they were staying for those five blissful days, the trees, the mountains, the blue sky, and all the wildlife… I’m serious, it felt like we were in the movie Snow White, but without all the evil stepmother-turned-sorcerer/witch drama and without the seven dwarfs. Picture it: Man & his wife saying “I do,” surrounded by birds chirping & flying around, fish jumping in & out of the nearby pond, the sound of a bubbling creek, deer prancing out & about! As a photographer, I felt like Thumper (oh wait, I think he’s from Bambi!?!!), not able to control how happy I was to be there!!!
Anyway, it was gorgeous. It was everything a simple wedding wants to be, in my opinion… in nature, on a sunny day, with nothing to spoil or distract them from the love & commitment that they vowed to each other.
Congratulations, Jim & Molly! I wish you a lifetime of many, many more peaceful, loving days just like your wedding day…