Waterfall Elopement at Rock Island State Park in Tennessee
Not only was Ashley and Casey’s elopement at Rock Island State Park full of adventure, incredible scenery, and kayaking photo-bombers during their ceremony, I had the privilege of signing as the witness to their vows! Being a photographer for intimate weddings, the offer is always there that I am willing to be the witness, but no couple has ever needed me to be such. Some opt to bring along a dear companion and others are self-solemnized vows, and all wonderful options. However to actually sign as the witness was a super cool experience - so exciting that I actually ran through the idea of getting ordained just to marry people. Think about it, I could adventure anywhere with a couple where most officiants may not be willing to go, photograph the whole thing while they exchange vows amongst themselves, and scream out at the end “I know pronounce you husband and wife!” It’ll totally work. Let’s bring self-solemnization to more places than just Colorado and Pennsylvania, well sort of. I will admit the pressure of getting my signature just right may be too much, haha!
This special day was a beautiful balance of romance and chaos. We met up at a little market in Rock Island to sign the marriage license before heading to Twin Falls because we didn’t want to risk getting the piece of paper ruined and the officiant could leave while we wandered around the waterfall. Unlike the last time I went to the park for a couples session, we were kindly informed that stairs existed leading down to the falls allowing us to not have to hike the longer trail. Although the hiking distance was lessened, the shortcut didn’t put a dent in the amount of rugged rock climbing necessary to get down to where I wanted to go. With the dress in tow, we scouted for the ideal ceremony spot that happened to include some people kayaking under the falls but all part of the adventure. After the vow exchange, the couple and I found our way to the edge of the river - over the slippery rocks and through the jungle impressively in her tulle gown. We may have been a muddy mess when all was said and done, but it is always every bit worth it.