Whimsical Snow Day Wedding Inspiration with Summer Crystal Mountain, WA
Imagine a magical fairy stepping out of the snowy woods in a light as air gown with a bouquet and a crown that she conjured up from the forest she calls her home. This whimsical romance was the inspiration for this snowy winter wonderland bridal inspiration shoot at Crystal Mountain. I wanted to play with texture, color, and proportion to create a unique look perfect for a wood nymph.
Like a fairy tale in a story book, some days are made for adventure and that was definitely the case for this beautiful session. After meeting up with the rest of our fabulous vendor team to finish up hair and makeup, the amazingly talented Reyna, our beautiful model Summer and I loaded up into our cars to search for some snow. There was a tiny bit at the ski area, but nothing epic so we went off in search of the perfect shooting location. Over the river and through the woods we went (and down a slick little hill) and we stumbled upon this magical little bridge over an icy river. It wasn't too far off the path, so we trekked in with our gear and set up for some pretty photos. (Huge shout out to our wonderful model for braving the cold and donning a sleeveless gown in the middle of a ton of snow!) Once we started to lose the light we set off to head for home - and quickly realized my Prius (which we had literally just bought a week before) was not going to make it back up the slightly inclined hill that we so easily slipped down. Why we didn't all pile into Reyna's SUV I will never know (actually, it was for the flowers and decor...) but we were stuck. Cell phones didn't work, we didn't have chains, and we were completely at a loss. Summer changed out of the gown and we all started pushing. And sliding. And pushing. And cracking up. And almost crying. Several hours later, with the light fading faster and faster, after many attempts to get the sucker out of there (pro-tip: using your floor mats upside down on the ground and driving over them for traction can help a little!) we had the great fortune of two travelers driving down the road to visit a little camp nearby. With Summer behind the wheel, Reyna (who was preggers at the time!!), myself, and these two good Samaritans, pushed and huffed and puffed enough of the way up the hill to get the little Prius that could unstuck. We all cheered Summer on as she punched it, sticking her arm out the driver's side window in victory just like in a movie. It was truly a couple of hours I will never forget!