ASHLEY + AARON | COLUMBIA GORGE ELOPEMENT

Although I crossed the bridge 15 years ago, a 6 person wedding in the middle of gorgeous Northwest nature is probably what I would do if I were getting married right now. The simplicity just hung over me, much like the wind in the gorge. A dad and his kids, a bride, her self-described “soul-sister” as officiant, and open sky. The modern elopement, for lack of a better term, has brought into sharp focus the clarity of why I love weddings. People, commitment, love. A movable, human home. That’s why I love weddings. And seeing as how the bride, groom, officiant, and I also all happen to be photographers and friends… this truly was a rare honor.

Dad trying to listen to whispered secrets with the officiant, a rock throwing contest, the vows as paper airplane sent into the gorge, wedding pie, the instant images, the tears and laughter, and that first dance at sunset as the kids looked on. I’ll will definitely remember them all with the greatest of fondness. Damn, I’m a lucky guy to do what I do.

 

A friend of mine wrote a song that was going through my head all through the ceremony, and I thought I would share it:

“Yes I’ll build a house inside your heart…”

 

Words of Advice from the Bride: 

Our wedding was all about the 4 of us becoming a family. Having the privacy of an imitate wedding let us focus on each other, and that was really meaningful and special. Jay asked for my advice for other brides… The only thing I can say is celebrate what is most important to you. Have a wedding that feels right for you. Enjoy it, be present, and have a really awesome photographer so you can relive it over and over.

I did not pay her to say that last part 😉

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Polaroids, iPhone, and digital are all mixed in, in case anyone wonders why some images look different.

 

  • June 12, 2014 - 1:31 am

    Fong - Perfection, as always! Awesome set, Jay!

  • June 12, 2014 - 3:51 am

    Craig Flood - WOW! So good. I agree with Jay I would do a wedding like this as well.

  • June 17, 2014 - 4:15 pm

    Scott Hillson - I think, that this might just be, the best wedding album I’ve ever seen. and I’ve seen a lot of your wedding albums.

  • July 11, 2014 - 5:01 pm

    Evan - Wow, what a beautiful way to get married! So intimate and peaceful I’m sure. Beautiful photos! 🙂

  • October 21, 2014 - 4:07 am

    Kate - I was just wondering where this spot is in the gorge? Is it a state park or private property. Any info would be super helpful. 🙂 thanks!

    Kate

  • October 30, 2014 - 10:20 am

    jayeads - hey kate! hmmm, it was somewhere near cascade locks, i think? i’m not sure if it has a name or not, but it’s right off the freeway.

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