Oregon Elopement | Tamanawas Falls Trail
Even though this Oregon elopement at Tamanawas Falls was well over 6 months ago, I could not go this year without blogging it! When Hannah and Jake first reached out to me they were living in Texas with their sweet little girl and had never met me in person. To my surprise Hannah actually found me via Instagram. Souly because I hash tagged Oregon elopement on a few of my photos! After a lot of texts back and fourth and too many FaceTime sessions to count, the day finally came and I boarded the plane. Soon I arrived in Portland Oregon, picked up Hannah’s flowers from @oakgrovefloral, and headed straight for Mt. Hood National Forest. This gorgeous Oregon elopement at Tamanawas Falls started off at the most homey log cabin that was located right next to a river with pine trees framing the edges. If you stood and looked down the river you could see mountains in the distance, most of the time they were covered in fog. The room Hannah got ready in was absolutely breathtaking, there was a large window that seeped in an abundance of natural light and looked right at the misty river across the way. Upstairs is where the boys got ready. After cleaning up, Jake (the groom) began to play pool with his buddies while his bride slipped into her breathtaking Rue De Seine dress down below. The whole morning everyone was chatting back and forth about whether it would rain because the forcast called for it all day and it looked like it would downpour at any minute. As soon as Hannah was ready we did their first look. STILL TO THIS DAY IT IS DEFINITELY ONE OF MY FAVS! I just casually cried behind the lens… No big deal.. As soon as family photos were done we loaded up the cars and headed to the Tamanawas Falls trailhead. The moment we pulled up to the parking lot the clouds parted and the sun began to peak out. Soon the sky was completely blue and we had the most gorgeous sunlight shining through the trees during the ceremony. Jake and Hannah had previously hiked the Tamanawas Falls trail and had a location in mind for their ceremony that was halfway to the falls so their parents didn’t have to hike the whole 2.5 miles there and back. A mile into the hike we came to the ceremony spot. It was perfect. Two large pine trees on either side of them framed them perfectly. Hannah’s dad was the officiant, and a good one must I tell you! My favorite part of the ceremony was when Hannah and Jake created their memory box. They had a wooden box dedicated to opening when they hit one year of being married that will hold love letters they wrote, the photos they took of each other during the ceremony, and their favorite bottle of wine. After the ceremony was over, we let the ones who didn’t want to hike go back to the Cabin to set up for dinner while we went fourth and hiked the rest of the way to the absolutely jaw dropping Tamanawas Falls. I don’t even know how to describe this moment to you. I honestly have never seen a waterfall that big before this! We immediately dove right into photos. I had to scream over the sound of rushing water so they could hear my directions, almost lost my hat quite a few times, and we all left dripping wet. But all in all it was completely and utterly worth it. I don’t even have to describe this moment any further because once you look at these photographs you won’t need any words. Soon after we hiked back and loaded into the cars we arrived to a candle lit dinner. This is how your day should be spent. YOUR way. Hannah and Jake decided to elope in Oregon because Hannah’s mom used to take her on family vacations there as a little girl before she passed away. She said that day, all she wanted was to live in the PNW. Soon after their elopement Jake joined the Navy and they are now living in Washington! This was such a special moment in their lives and I am so lucky to be the one to capture it alongside Jay and Mack Films. I will like their video below the photos! Watch it if you want to cry happy tears!!
Also, before I show you the photos I want to give a special shout out to Oak Grove Floral! Getting a flower crown, boutonnière, and bouquet just wasn’t in Hannah and Jakes budget due to the amount of family members they wanted at the ceremony. Hannah said that she wanted to forage her own bouquet out of ferns, etc. But I could obviously tell florals were one of the things she was stressing about, she had never been to the cabin before so how could she even know if there would be anything that was actually ascetically pleasing that was easily accessible? So once I caught wind I wanted to do something extremely out of the box. I soon decided to reach out to Oak Grove Floral (who I had already been following for months) on a complete whim to see if she would like to donate some flowers and her time to this lovely bride that was eloping in front of a waterfall in exchange for the amazing photographs that will be taken, and to my absolute surprise said YES!! What a generous human she truly is. When I showed up with the flowers Hannah was stunned, and even said that her dream bouquet would have had blue thistles, who would have known?! Everything on this day just aligned so perfectly and I am so thankful that I was a part of it.
“Our photographer Cassandra was so relaxed and genuinely excited for the adventure! She joined us for the rehearsal dinner and stayed in the cabin with our family and friends that weekend. The morning of, she was up early and joked with everyone while we got ready, snapping away and capturing so many little moments. I didn’t even notice her during the ceremony, which is a great thing! During bridal portraits, she would gently guide us into a few poses but captured so many great candid shots as well. She also coordinated with our absolutely phenomenal videographers, Jay & Mack Films, and they all worked together perfectly to capture our day. Cassandra was so down to earth and hiked over three miles with a smile on her face. One of the best decisions of our entire day.”
~Hannah Leighton (Bride)
The amazing team that worked so hard to make this day happen!!
Florals: Oak Grove Floral Designs
Videographers: Jay and Mack Films
Catering: Delilah’s Catering
Make up Artist: Marina Haynes Artistry
Wedding Dress: Rue De Seine Bridal
Rentals: Interstate Special Events