My little family and I hiked Wahclella Falls one summer, a trip the guidebooks called an easy trek for the whole family. With our baby boy in a front-pack carrier and our preschool-aged daughter in hand, we climbed the narrow cliffside to get to the falls at the top. At times it was nerve-wracking for this anxious mom, but the view was definitely worth it.
A few months later, I met Eric and Susan, a sweet engaged couple who told me their plan was to get married beside that very same waterfall. I knew the falls would be a moving backdrop to start their forever, and I was excited to photograph it.
Eric, Susan and I had an instant connection. They are two of the most kind, fun and easy-going people I’ve ever met, and it was truly a joy to get to know them.
Recent transplants to the Pacific Northwest, Eric and Susan’s entire families flew from the Midwest for their destination wedding in the Columbia Gorge. Everyone from grandma to toddler nieces and nephews made the hike like champions, and it was so cool to see their all their faces as they caught their first glimpses of the falls.
After an intimate ceremony, we hiked back down the trail to the awaiting party bus. There was dancing and karaoke that made for the most fun bus ride you can imagine.
The party kept on going as the fun group arrived at the Firehouse, a charming fire station-turned restaurant in Northeast Portland.
Today marks one year since that amazing day these two took their vows. Eric and Susan, I’m so glad you picked me to share your beautiful day. Happy anniversary! Here’s to many, many years of beauty and adventure, and making the climb together.