Mount Hood Elopement

Valerie + Alex

Valerie had been living in Portland while finishing up a teaching job, while Alex was in Chicago, working as a research scientist. Long distance love is never an easy feat, and soon they would both finally be living together in the same state, where they both found jobs at the same university. Before leaving the Pacific Northwest, they wanted to capture it's beauty alongside their newly said vows. Of course, we can't document the Pacific Northwest without including a waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge! After making that first stop, it started sprinkling [in typical Oregon fashion, even though this was a summer day!]. Rule #1 when choosing an adventure elopement or session out in nature: things don't always go according to plan, and we cannot stress the importance of being prepared for all scenarios! Weather can change relatively quickly, and although we keep an eye on the weather, there is always an element of unpredictability. Since our second spot would be a gorgeous lookout near Mount Hood, we knew that it could be cold at that high elevation. Hiking boots on, backpacks and waterproof jackets in tow, we made our way out on the trail. We were greeted by tempestuous skies and a chill in the air. Much to our surprise, it started lightly snowing! It wasn't quite cold enough to stick, but definitely unexpected. The closer we got to the lookout, the foggier it became. There is something so mystical about fog; whispy clouds hugging the mountainside. But Valerie + Alex really wanted that epic view, and seeing as we were completely encased in clouds, it didn't seem like they would get it.

It's easy to be disappointed when something you've envisioned ends up not working out. You do all of the right things [who could have predicted such cold and stormy weather in the summer?!] and it may still not pan out. We find that mindset helps tremendously! It is ALL a part of the adventure. making your elopement something you will never forget. Unexpected snow on your elopement day? How's that for a great story! As soon as we got to the viewpoint, the clouds shifted, revealing the rich green tones of the tree-studded mountain slopes. Hey, it wasn't the golden hour summer elopement that may have been, but a foggy, moody mountain adventure. Still their day, and still absolute magic.

Mount Hood, OR

Alex and Valerie stand in front of a waterfall. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Alex and Valerie stand forehead to forehead at a waterfall. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Valerie smiles at Alex. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Alex smiles at Valerie. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
A gif of Alex and Valerie in front of a waterfall. Elopement photography by Sienna Plus Josh.
Alex and Valerie walk along a trail. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Alex holds Valerie. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Alex and Valerie hike up the trail towards Mount Hood. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Valerie and Alex hike toward Mount Hood. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Alex and Valerie kiss as they walk toward Mount Hood in Oregon. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Valerie and Alex stand side by side at Mount Hood. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Valerie and Alex stand side by side on the trail toward Mount Hood in Oregon. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Alex and Valerie face each other. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Alex holds Valerie's dress as they hike. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Alex and Valerie dance in the middle of the woods near Mount Hood. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Alex holds Valerie along the trail. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Valerie and Alex walk through the woods of Mount Hood. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Alex and Valerie look at each other as they walk. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Alex and Valerie watch the clouds part near Mount Hood. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Valerie and Alex look out at the view near  Mount Hood, OR. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Valerie and Alex share a moment of victory at Mount Hood, OR. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Alex and Valerie share a moment near Mount Hood, OR. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Alex holds Valerie. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Valerie and Alex hug at Mount Hood, OR. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Alex and Valerie face each other with a view of the ravine near Mount Hood. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Mount hood obstructed by fog and clouds. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Alex and Valerie forehead to forehead. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Alex and Valerie stand before the fog. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Alex and Valerie stand before the fog at Mount Hood, OR. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Alex and Valerie look at Mount Hood, OR. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Valerie tosses her veil into the wind. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Valerie throws her veil up into the wind. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
A shot through the veil as Valerie and Alex kiss at Mount Hood, OR. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Valerie holds her veil as Alex goes in for a kiss. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Alex and Valerie at Mount Hood, OR. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Alex and Valerie hold hands. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Alex smiles at Valerie. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Valerie and Alex admiring one another. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Valerie smiles at Alex at Mount Hood. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Valerie and Alex smile. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Valerie and Alex hug at Mount Hood. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Valerie and Alex hug at Mount Hood. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Valerie and Alex show off their muddy boots and shoes. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
The view of the trees at Mount Hood. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.
Valerie and Alex hike back toward the trailhead. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.