The Olympic Peninsula holds a huge part of my heart. Its scenery is unmatched, in my eyes, and there’s a calmness unlike anything I’ve experienced amidst its landscape. Since my first visit in 2017, I have continued to seek every opportunity to witness its glory again. When Meg and Landon wanted to spend the weekend wandering around the Olympic National Park and elope on Hurricane Ridge, my heart skipped a freaking beat. What better way to celebrate this huge adventure of marriage than to embark on one heck of an adventure yourselves!
We canoed the vivid blue waters of Lake Crescent, hiked through the lush coastal forest, walked the beaches of La Push at sunset, and ended the celebration by exchanging their vows surrounded by the Alpine mountain ranges of Hurricane Ridge. Every moment of this weekend was full and rich. From the excitement of exploration to the burning in our lungs as we hiked to this humbling peak. I love the choices they made to commemorate this chapter of their lives with an unforgettable experience. & can you believe Meg’s BHLDN gown?
Meg & Landon’s elopement is the perfect example of the opportunity to truly make your wedding your own. You don’t have to do this the way others are doing it. Big weddings are beautiful, but if that doesn’t feel like you then don’t do it. Instead, cultivate intimate memories around what you’re passionate about. If you’re an outdoor junky like these two, put yourself in front of a life-altering view. Give your heart the peace and smallness you encounter when you stare giant mountain ranges in the face. Remove yourself from the ongoing drone of everyday life and allow yourself to see things from a new perspective.
This time is valuable, and you’ll never get it back, so why worry about having the right silverware set if that doesn’t matter to you? It can be a process that honors you instead of drains you. Yeah, it’ll probably require you to boldly own what you love, even to the point of being unconventional, but I promise you this. You will feel alive with every breath rather than glazing over this significant season. And that is worth it.