Have you and your love discussed the idea of eloping near a waterfall? Here at GWS, we’ve seen some pretty dreamy images of couples doing just the thing! When it comes to saying your vows at the base of a waterfall, or with the misty falls behind you—there are a few things you might want to consider!
Let’s take a look at the images With Love and Embers shared with us from Minnewaska State Park in Kerhonkson in New York. Got a pen ready? You might want to take notes! ;)
Inspired by the surrounding greenery and environment, Hungry Heart Ink created this beauty!
1. Take Portraits Before
One of the biggest tips? Take pretty portraits and detail shots beforehand! The falls will definitely be misty and there’s a good chance you’ll be drenched afterwards, so plan for portraits before embarking on the adventure.
Even if that means sharing a slice of cake before vows! ;) Your photographer will thank you for allowing time for the pretty detail shots…and you could always opt to bring the cake along to share after the ceremony or dig in once you return home!
We are LIVING for the sleeves on this vintage gown. Find a dress that will be conducive to the environment and won’t get too heavy when soaked.
Also make sure you’re comfortable with your gown getting a bit dirty.
It’s helpful to pick a hairstyle that will stay slightly out of your face (rather than being completely drenched and in your face). Air Hair and Makeup created the perfect braided up-do for the event!
2. Natural Décor
The scenery is the reason you chose the location, right? So take advantage of how pretty it is!
If you want to create a frame for the space, opt for natural greenery that complements the environment. Isn’t this floral hoop Wild Indigo crafted such a gorgeous way to highlight the couple while allowing the background to shine too?
Try to find somewhere that is not crowded…and even better, maybe go on a weekday! Though you might have an iconic spot in mind that you’ve seen on social media, it’s much easier to not battle a sea of selfie sticks and crowds!
3. Plan for the Environment
Make sure you consider the terrain! Not only at the waterfall, but also what it takes to get there, too. Many couples tend to wear hiking boots for the journey, and some choose to change into other shoes…but also remember the rocks and surrounding area will likely be slippery.
Check with your officiant or photographer to see if they’ve been there before and if they know the landscape or best points of access.
How breathtaking is this?!
Getting a bit wet is inevitable, so bring a change of clothes, along with a towel or blanket for after—especially if it’s chilly out!
The Main Takeaways:
- Take portraits beforehand
- Find a dress that’s conducive to the environment and you can get dirty
- Pick a hairstyle that will keep hair out of your face
- Embrace the natural décor
- Find somewhere that’s not crowded
- Consult with your officiant and photographer
- Bring hiking boots and a change of clothes + towel
So, would you elope at a waterfall? We’d love to hear why or why not in the comments below!
photography: With Love and Embers // venue name: Minnewaska State Park, Kerhonkson, New York, USA // florals: Wild Indigo // wedding dress: Vintage // hair stylist: Air Hair and Makeup // makeup artist: Air Hair and Makeup // groom attire: Christopher Schafer CLothiers // paper goods: Hungry Heart Ink // cake: Whole Foods // models: Ashton Gardner and Aaron Huie // photo booth: Tiny Tin Photo Booth