I love when couples do exactly what they want on their wedding day, and these two did just that for their intimate Leavenworth elopement. When I first started talking to these two, Tracy told me they wanted the least stress on their wedding day possible and wanted it to be more about them than anything. I LOVED THAT! We chatted on the phone about a month prior all about how they wanted the day to be organic, little stress, and make it more about them and less about the drama that can sometimes come along with weddings.
Both Rick and Tracy are marriage and family therapists, and they had heard many stories about the stresses couples had faced through wedding planning. They didn’t want to have to deal with that, and so they eloped and then we had a beautiful elopement session in the mountains of Leavenworth. I initially gave them the option of doing a first look to see each other for the first time in their “wedding” attire, or the option of them helping each other get ready for their session. They chose the latter, and I loved it so much! We got them ready and headed to the Rock Island campground up the Icicle creek. It was no wonder to me on our 30+ minute trip one way how these two make some great therapists. While sometimes it’s a little awkward meeting someone for the first time and getting to photograph them right away, I felt like I had known these two for years.
We talked about Rick and his “former” life as a boat builder, and living in Antartica! WHAT!? They explained to me how in grad school, they were both in serious long term relationships, and Tracy KNEW she needed to stay away from Rick because he was trouble. We laughed about our “inner children,” and I probably over shared because that’s what I do when I’m in the car with someone. HA! It was fun getting to know these two even more while I was dodging puddles and potholes.
When we got to the campground that they had scouted out, I immediately fell in love with it. Icicle creek was roaring by on the lower section of the site, with a smooth calmness up stream. The rain had slowed down, you could see the snow capped peaks through the fog, and even though it was still pretty cold, these two crushed it. It always makes me laugh when people say “we’re so awkward!” because then I know it’s going to be THE BEST, and it was totally true with these two. We even busted out my drone, and took some fun shots with it. It’s always the saddest part to me when I have to say goodbye to my couples at the end of the day, but I have a feeling I’ll be seeing these two around soon! 🙂
Rick and Tracy, thank you SOOOO much for letting me be a part of something big for the two of you. I loved every second of the day, and am grateful to get to know you two! Good luck with all your next adventures, and I can’t wait to hear all about it! Congrats guys!!!
Intimate Leavenworth Elopement Vendors
Getting Ready Suite: Sleeping Lady Resort
Campsite: Rock Island campground