Loren and Jordan are such an inspiring couple! These outdoor enthusiasts had originally planned a traditional, elaborate wedding for August, but when Loren landed her dream job in Alaska they moved their wedding up to May and had a simple yet stunning outdoor wedding on top of a hill with views of Mount Rainier. Having met at a summer camp in the Cascades, it was the perfect backdrop for their ceremony. This wedding is so full of joy, and proof that sometimes, when it comes to decorations, less is more. In this case, nature did a perfect job of setting the scene for a fabulous celebration. Read below for their full story – it’s so romantic!
Before the Ring:
Jordan and I met in June of 2011 when he decided to leave his initial summer camp job in Minnesota for a summer working in Washington State at Cascades Camp – a place I have long called home. Jordan felt called to go west for the summer and little did he know the plans God had in store for him!
As we worked in different departments, Jordan and I rarely interacted, let alone formed a relationship. However, toward the end of the summer he accepted the year-round operations internship at Cascades and thus was granted a week off to go home and spend time with his family. He needed a ride to the airport for his week off and I was the lucky girl who spent about 3 hours straight (we had camp errands to run as well) with him. We talked non-stop the whole time about all the things we really didn’t have in common. When we stopped for a bite to eat, Jordan even cracked a joke about me being on a date with a “super attractive man” (that he suggested I jokingly tell my sister).
At this point we had not established, nor really felt any romantic interest in the other but realized that we had been missing out on a good friendship all summer. So he was away for a week – and, as corny as it is to say – absence makes the heart grow fonder! When he returned we immediately resumed our friendship which included late night walks through the forest, and stargazing under twinkling skies. And, as summer transitioned into fall, so did our relationship from friendship to more. It wasn’t long before we spent every weekend together, then every evening – and we knew very early on that it would be forever.
In January 12, 2012 (after much anticipation) Jordan and I headed out to stargaze at our favorite spot at Cascades. We drove out to Paradise Point – this little hill surrounded with a 360 degree view of Mt. Rainier and the surrounding foothills, and a glorious spread of night sky. I “knew” he wasn’t going to pop the question that evening because my ring hadn’t arrived yet, and my mom “couldn’t find” her grandmother’s engagement ring (which we planned on using as a placeholder while waiting for mine to arrive). I was frustrated because I knew this evening was the last clear night for a couple of weeks, and that Jordan wouldn’t propose until he had a beautiful, clear night to do it. However, Jordan convinced me to bundle up and drive to Paradise Point, where we bundled up some more in the back of my pickup to look at the starry – though frigid – night. Jordan pulled out a glow-in-the-dark constellation book that I have had since my childhood, and that we had perused often during our stargazing nights. He handed it to me, and as I perused the pages I found a small, hand-written note tucked into the pages. Instantly I knew it was happening! I opened the note that read “The last thing I can do to show you my love is ask you one simple question.” I turned to face him, he pulled out my grandmother’s ring (that my mom had sneakily passed off) and asked me to marry him! I said yes, and the rest is history!
Photography: Ashley Williard Photography