Kayla and Joe had one of my favorite intimate weddings to date. They wanted an intimate hiking elopement at one of their favorite spots, so that’s exactly what we did!
Tyler and I packed up and headed to the trailhead at 2:30am. We all met at the base of the hiking trail around 5:00am, and hiked up to Whitaker point just as the fog rolled in. Kayla changed into her dress in the woods while their officiant lined the cliff with tea lights, creating a beautiful aisle for Kayla.
To Joe’s surprise, Kayla walked down the aisle to a song she had secretly commissioned a local songwriter to compose. It was all about them as a couple and their lives together; it even included their dog’s name. Joe was in tears, along with the rest of us!
The two said handwritten personal vows to one another, exchanged rings, and shared their first kiss as husband and wife as the sun rose above the peaks. We took their couple portraits in the most stunning morning glow, and they cracked open a funnel cake ale to celebrate. One of my favorite parts was capturing their shoe choice for the day: hiking boots that matched their wedding ‘fits.
The whole morning was intimate, emotional, personal, and beautiful — everything a wedding should be. Plus, we ended it with breakfast at Cracker Barrel. What could be better?!