Adventurous Elopement Dreams Come True
Secreted away in the forest outside Darrington, Washington, there’s an old mill called Fortson Ponds. And it’s perfect for an adventurous elopement such as this. Ancient-looking and urban at once, it was the perfect setting for Cass and Will to exchange vows on a sun-dappled summer afternoon. Our onsite videographer, Tina Phillips of Miller Media, agrees and is committed to turning a couple’s most valued memories into a grade-A piece of art. She calls it an infinite time capsule to re-experience every anniversary. “Many brides may view videography as the last thought in the laundry list of to-dos,” she says. “But there’s nothing better than being able to relive your big day vividly.” A self-proclaimed bottle-popping, joke-cracking, artist-turned-filmmaker, Tina Phillips brings an artistic edge to every film she creates.
The Adventurous Elopement Wedding Details
Carlee Donnelly of Rusted Vase Floral Company highlighted the dramatic romance of the abandoned stone mill by weaving flowers into curtains of moss and fern to create a Rococo-style glamour that evoked the golden age of painting. Designing what she calls, “Flowers for the Wildly Romantic,” Carlee’s style is organic and natural with over 90 percent of her product sourced from Oregon and Washington.
Silky gray-green lace of Cass’s dress blended into the ferns, making it hard to tell where foliage ended and lovers began. They read their vows to each other from handmade calligraphed leather booklets by fine-art stationery designer Katie Grantier of Ink & Sable, who incorporates raw papers, leather, and metal materials into her designs to produce organic pieces with an edge. The grotto-like ceremony was a renaissance still-life in motion complete with fairytale soundtrack by traveling duo, the Musical Mountaineers, the creative love child of nationally acclaimed violinist Anastasia and Oregon pianist Rose.
As Anastasia tells it, one day, she had a vision of herself playing on the summit of a snowy mountain. When she met Rose a few months later, they bonded over a mutual love of music and mountains and knew then they wanted to bring music to corners of the wild where it had never been. With their instruments strapped to their backpacks, the duo spends their days scaling mountaintop and ravines, bringing their low-key, high-impact accompaniment to weddings and events across the PNW.
Leaning into Cass’s luscious natural curl, then exfoliating and priming to get her skin glowing, Shyn Midili of Pacific Brides Hair and Makeup elevated the bride’s dewy drama. Bucking heavy contouring, Shyn focuses on bringing out a bride’s natural features. “We tend to stay away from trends in makeup,” says Shyn. “In 20 years when you look back at your photos, you want to see you. Timeless, never out of trend, you!”
The Custom Wedding Rings
Drawing on the organic setting, Seattle-based Green Lake Jewelry Works forged custom pieces for the couple, crafting a rough sapphire engagement ring and fairmined silver hoops for Cass, and a recycled rock-texture wedding band for Will. “We love how the jewelry fits together but is all different because of the rustic rock, matte brush, and flowing polished finishes,” says Kristen Bales. Green Lake use fairmined metals, a certification that supports small-scale artisanal miners by making sure mining is an active force for social development and environmental protection.
Wedding Planner & Photographer
Erika Hernandez of The Greatest Adventure Weddings executed every detail meticulously, though she’s hesitant to take credit. Erika sees every adventurous elopement or wedding event as a true collaboration, with designers feeding off of client ideas and vice versa. “When you have trust in the people you are working with and give them the creative freedom to try something they have never tried before or make a spontaneous call, the results are incredible.”
“The minute Erika asked if I wanted to work with her on this special project, I knew right away I couldn’t say no,” says our photographer Henry Tieu. “I’ve worked with Erika on a couple of elopements before, and I have become a fan of her since. When she presented the list of vendors involved, I knew I made the right decision.”
Post-Ceremony Celebration Perfection
Epic rattan peacock thrones crowned a rough-hewn table set with hand-dyed napkins and linens by Wolf & Irving, an eco-friendly linen company started by married couple Erin and Justin Brownstone.
The wedding table was styled in a gorgeous tableau of Himalayan salt-crystal candles and vintage crystal tapers and tumblers from Wander Event Rentals. Wander started out collecting vintage pieces for their stock, and branched out into a signature collection of their own furniture, which is all hand built by women. Happy Camper Cocktail Co., another locally owned, woman-run business out of Enumclaw, Washington, provided picnic catering. Artisan foods and garden-to-glass craft cocktails were packed into road-ready wood and leather picnic baskets, and cocktails bottled in engravable copper growlers from Portland-based uKeg. Happy Camper’s growlers come with a cutting-edge carbonation system that keeps drinks cold, fresh, and bubbly for hours, and remain a practical, artistic keepsake for years to come.
Love was in the air not only for Cass and Will but for all the artists and makers that brought their visions of a dream elopement to life. Here’s to champagne wishes and moss-covered dreams. -WV
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The Wedding Vendors:
Planning + Design: The Greatest Adventure Weddings & Elopements | Photography: Henry Tieu | Videography: Miller Media Films | Florals: Rusted Vase Floral Co., | Cake: Baked. Custom Cakes | Hair + Makeup: Pacific Brides | Rentals: Wander Event Rentals | Dress: Asos | Calligraphy + Invitations: Ink + Sable | Rings: Green Lake Jewelry Works | Catering: Happy Camper Cocktail Company | Music: The Musical Mountaineers | Linens: Wolf & Irving