Stacy + Chris met on the subway in Chicago on their way to a White Sox game three years ago – fun! So they naturally initially thought Chicago would be the perfect place to exchange their vows. After changing their minds about the particulars a few times, they realized that a traditional wedding was just not for them, so they began to plan an idyllic elopement at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon with their amazing photographer, Allison Harp, instead!
From Allison, I had recently relocated from Dallas, TX to Bend, OR, when one day Stacy called me and said, “We’ve decided! We’re coming to you!” We brainstormed locations, picked a date, and settled on a Monday evening at Crater Lake National Park – my favorite place in the world. We arrived at the crater, did a first look, then hiked up a ways to a spot for the ceremony where they recited their own vows. I took them down the rim trail for portraits and then we finished up with a picnic and a champagne toast overlooking the lake. It was seriously a dream – a dream to shoot and a dream to witness.
Stacy snagged her ADORABLE Free People dress in a FP store in Dallas, but you can flip through a slew of boho beauties on their site to get a similar look.
Their hike up to the top was well worth it – check out that view!
We adore Stacy’s eye-catching bouquet by A Native Bloom!
The most memorable moment of the day was after the ceremony and after all of the photos when we had a wonderful little spread of sandwiches and snacks to celebrate in one of the most beautiful places. It was a real take it all in kind of a moment.
My advice to those planning an elopement is to keep it about the two of you. That's the beauty of an elopement, you have no one else to please.
photography: Allison Harp // venue name: Crater Lake National Park, in Oregon // florals: A Native Bloom // wedding dress: Free People // bride's shoes: Free People // announcement design: Sam Palencia // groom attire: Chris's vest and hat were Brooks Brothers + his orange tie was from the Tie Bar // assistant photographer: Natalie Puls // hair piece: serenitycrystal