Jack & Rudy

Two grooms dance in the mountains during their North Cascades National Park wedding

The Couple and Their Decision to Plan a North Cascades National Park Wedding

When Jack and Rudy told me that they wanted to experience that “on top of the world feeling” in the mountains with snow, trees, and an alpine lake, my mind immediately went to one place – North Cascades National Park! 

As Sergio and I do with all our couples, I met with them on the phone and they got to share with me a bit of their hearts and what they envisioned for their North Cascades National Park wedding. They told me they wanted a day where they could enjoy the things they liked, like being in nature, and then meeting up with their closest family and friends afterward for their ceremony. 

They laid out their vision in detail, and the thing I loved the most about it was that they were describing things that they already loved! They weren’t planning a day filled with things that other people wanted them to do, but things that they loved and wanted, which always make for the best wedding days.

This North Cascades National Park wedding is now featured on Dancing with Them.

From Sunrise Wedding Portraits To A Guest First Look, This Is How To Plan an Intentional North Cascades National Park Wedding

August is one of the busiest months of the year for a wedding photographer, but it also happens to be one of the best months to elope in the North Cascades (click here to learn more about how to plan a North Cascades National Park wedding).

Jack and Rudy didn’t want to do a typical timeline, so we reversed everything so the grooms could have some private time together at the beginning of their day to enjoy the views and get some North Cascades National Park wedding photos

We woke up early before the sun rose and hiked during blue hour to an alpine lake in the mountains. As the morning light rose around us, Jack and Roudy changed into their outfits for a first look. 

After adventuring around the mountain, the three of us drove to another location to meet up with their loved ones for the ceremony. One of my favorite moments of the day was their first look with their guests (who says a first look has to be with your partner or parents only?). 

The grooms wanted to do a “RuVeal” (if you’re a drag race fan, you understand) so we hid them behind the bus they had rented for their guests and surprised their family. 

After their wedding ceremony, everyone headed over to the venue for a reception celebration filled with flowers, just like the grooms had envisioned. 

On this North Cascades National Park wedding day, I didn’t just feel the love between Jack and Rudy, but also the love that was radiating from their family and their friends. 

From learning about them during our morning hike to listening to stories shared during toasts, it was an honor to be surrounded by this amazing group of people.

Jack and Rudy, congrats on your beautiful marriage. You’ve found a home full of love and you deserve every single moment of happiness.

Thanks for trusting in me and allowing me to document your day.

– Henry

Henry was vital in helping us to choose a location for the portrait session and wedding ceremony.

Our experience working with Henry was fantastic from start to finish. From the moment we first spoke with him on Zoom we could feel his warmth and excitement for our wedding vision and love story. As a gay couple we connected instantly with Henry and felt comfortable being vulnerable throughout the planning process and on the morning of our portrait session and micro wedding ceremony.

We were lucky to have found Henry through a less than affirming experience with another vendor, who referred us to him. We instantly fell in love with his work and him and knew we had to reach out. Our initial conversation lasted over an hour (well beyond the 30 min projected time) as we talked about our love story and our early wedding ideas. Henry was vital in helping us to choose a location for the portrait session and wedding ceremony. He also provided help and guidance throughout our planning process, from timeline development to packing lists, to make sure our day went smoothly and our pictures turned out beautifully.

Not only is Henry a consummate professional and a very talented photographer, he is a genuinely warm and kind human being. He is so easy to connect with, and that definitely made a difference in how are photos turned out. He quickly delivered some “sneaks” the day after our wedding which capture the majesty and grandeur of the environment and the gamut of emotions we and our guests experienced on our wedding day. The genius of Henry’s work is that neither one outshines the other. We’ve been obsessively viewing and sharing our sneak peek photos with friends and family.

We are so glad we invested in Henry and trusted him with these priceless photos and memories he has given us. We wholeheartedly recommend him!
Jack & Rudy
North Cascades National Park Wedding

Meet The Best North Cascades National Park Wedding Vendors:

Photographer: Henry Tieu Photography (aka Henry) 

Venue: Wandering Waters Farm

Planner: Tapestry Event Co

Flowers: Tangled Roots Floral

Cake: Saltadena Bakery & Cake Shop

Catering: Wandering Table Catering

Suits: Indochino & Bonobos

Rings: Bario Neal, W.R. Metalarts & Automic Gold

Rentals: Wander Event Rentals & Balancing Balloons

Transportation: Baker Bus

DJ: Jimmy Cafarella 

Stationary: Jessie & the Jabberwock

Pins: PinMart

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