This snowy, magical, intimate wedding in Mt Hood, Oregon was one for the books. Tralee and Chris were joined by their immediate family and closest friends to celebrate their vows and commitment to one another. It was no fuss, just a short walk from the car, and happened just in time to catch the Super Bowl! The weather could not make up its mind in the best way. We had patches of dumping snow, a light sprinkle, and even sunny blue skies all in the span of a couple hours. Typical Oregon for you!
The Mt Hood Wilderness is a perfect place to elope year round. This elopement is actually at a small lake of which they are standing on! Don’t worry – it was very solidly iced and snow packed over. In the Mt Hood area there are countless snow parks, hikes, lakes, waterfalls, and mountain views. There’s of course restraints based on the time of year but no matter when you go, you’ll find something stunning. It’s one of my favorite places within a couple hours of Portland as I’m constantly exploring new spots. If you don’t like the snow wait for summer when wild flowers bloom, the peak itself is still beautiful and coated in white, and the weather warms up. For the snow bunnies, did you know you can ski year round at Timberline Lodge? Speaking of, Timberline also has multiple great options for those who are looking for a wedding venue space.
Tralee reached out to me a couple months prior to their wedding date (2/2/20) telling me she was looking for just a couple hours of coverage and am emphasis on simplicity. We met up at a small coffee shop shortly after to discuss my work flow, her dress, and all the fun details. Everything came together so beautifully and I felt that I was truly engulfed in their love story. Tralee and I spoke on the phone a couple days before the big day and she said, “Kelsey, I can’t get through practicing my vows without crying!” to which I responded, “Thats okay! If you cry you cry! Emotion is great!” I have to say I love a good tearful moment on camera.
This Mount Hood elopement was chilly but their love kept us warm and present (cliche yet SO true). The ceremony was a bit longer than most elopements, which I actually loved. It was filled with excerpts from multiple books, family readings, story telling, vows, and the brides father played the flute for us all. I’m telling you… magic. We spent about 20 minutes taking portraits, just as long as we could until the numbness set in. Again and again I’m incredibly inspired by my couples, their families, their stories, and the way these days always make me feel. Full. Filled to the brim. Overflowing with love.