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I don’t know about you, but let’s be real- I drool every time I see an A Frame Cabin Wedding. (It is my goal to build my own cabin someday)! There’s just something so majestic about the visual drama they create – huge lofted ceilings, each space so carefully thought out, the possibility for windows galore, and always nestled in nature so it feels like an escape.
I was watching The Cabin Chronicles on the Magnolia Network and I loved the description from Ryan Stephenson, The Principle Architect on a Snoqualmie Pass A Frame of what he wanted to play with: “the feeling of a cathedral, like you’re in these mountains.” I thought that was the most beautiful description of what they can mimic, especially here in Washington! I love that something so utilitarian in structure can be so beautiful.
As a photographer, I’m constantly inspired by A Frame Cabins, just like I am with the mountains. When I think about composition and framing, the building does the work for me. The high peak of the roof creates these beautiful leading lines that I get to play with! You can imagine why I’m excited when a couple decides they want an a frame cabin wedding, even if it’s just for getting ready photos – I swoon.
When Elyse and Tyler approached me with their elopement idea I was so excited. Elyse and I met each other back in college so to be able to also photograph and share their elopement story was so rewarding. On our consultation phone call, she told me she “proposed” to Tyler the idea of eloping together at this Gorgeous A Frame set near the Skykomish River.
She was 100% right. When I arrived onsite I was so giddy with excitement (remember I said I drool over A Frames earlier?) to see this gorgeous bright red A Frame with Mount Baring right behind it. I could feel the excitement and nervousness in the air as I photographed them getting ready and even needed to coordinate hiding each other before their first look because these cabins are cozy! My favorite way to share this was when I caught this gorgeous picture of Elyse sitting on the deck in her slippers waiting for Tyler to leave a certain part of the house!
After both were dressed, I set up their first look with Mount Baring looking over them. Tears all around, I let them soak in the moment and the views. From there, we headed to their ceremony site. This Airbnb had access to a private beach which made the most perfect private spot for their ceremony. They carried their rug and a lantern for decor and hiked the short way to their beach site. Imagine saying your vows surrounded by mountains and a rushing river. I personally get so emotional just looking at nature- actually getting to say your vows while feeling that way about your surroundings has to be one of the most incredible feelings!
After their ceremony, we went on a shorter local hike nearby for some more adventure & pictures! We were really lucky that the entire day was rain-free as kept teasing us it would all day. It rained juuust a little as we were walking to the top of the ridge and mostly held off while we were at the top! We were told on the way up the Mt Index was completely in clouds, however, the clouds parted just for Elyse and Tyler! We could see Mt Index and then 30 min later, it was gone!
After the hike, we came back to the Airbnb. Elyse put on some music, added some twinkle lights and made a fire to cozy up the space, while Tyler cooked up a delicious homemade pizza! They ate their pizza in a beautiful, candle-lit, twinkle-lit space, read letters from family, at cake, and then had their first dance.
It was such a beautiful day, and I hope you enjoy their photos as much as I do of this A Frame Cabin Wedding!
If you’re looking for more information on how to plan a vacation rental wedding, I have an entire blog post about what to think about while planning! If you’re looking on how to have a hiking elopement in Washington State, check out this blog post here!
And if you’re looking for someone to help you plan and photograph your elopement or intimate wedding, I’m your gal 🙂
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