This Lake McDonald Elopement was to die for and is a perfect example of how going with the flow is the perfect mindset to have when eloping outdoors! We started their day off at Lake McDonald where they shared a first look along the lakeshore. Afterward, we hopped in their car and started driving along Going-to-the-Sun road and enjoyed the epic views along the way! This elopement was at the beginning of October during the fall color change and seeing all the yellow and orange trees was absolutely breathtaking.
The weather can be a bit unpredictable this time of year, but we got the lucky end of the stick because the sun was out and the temperatures were perfect! As we enjoyed the drive we stopped along the road to take in the views and snag a few pictures along the way. The mountain views and valleys were truly incredible!
As we pulled off at an overlook near Logan Pass they decided that’s where they wanted to say their vows to each other. So, that’s what they did! It was quiet and nobody was around so it was perfect for them. That’s one of the greatest things about elopements! You can easily be spontaneous and do what feels right to you as a couple.
After they said their vows to one another we got back into the car and kept driving along the road down to a spot where they planned to have a picnic and relax. Once we got to the spot it was so windy that we could hardly hear each other talk! They decided it wasn’t the relaxing spot they wanted so we changed plans got back in the car and head down to Lake McDonald. When you elope outdoors and especially in the mountains you truly never know what’s going to happen. You could have sunshine, rain, crazy winds, etc. It’s all about having the right mindset and going with the flow!
Once we arrived at Lake McDonald we pulled off the road and found a peaceful little beach area where they were able to have a nice picnic and enjoy the beautiful views. We got to see the most epic pink sunset so be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see it!!
This Lake McDonald Elopement was a dream come true for them.
Here are some words from the bride herself about her epic Elopement at Lake McDonald!
How did you two meet?
We met on Tinder! I was a freshman in college and Ayrton was living/working in the same town. Our first date was at Starbucks, and the rest is history!
Tell me about the proposal!
We had a trip to the Pacific Northwest planned. The first day we went on a hike, but it was super cloudy, so there wasn’t much for views, but the second day we woke up to beautiful blue skies! We headed out on a hike up to a fire tower with a beautiful view. When we got up to the fire tower a few miles into the hike, we decided to take a break and just enjoy the views! Ayrton had suggested that we set the camera down and record us standing in front of the mountain, then we could take some screenshots from the video to have some pictures of us. So, we’re standing out on the edge of some rocks posing for some pictures, when Ayrton started saying a few things about how well our life has been lately (as I’m trying to walk away to turn off the video that’s recording because I don’t expect a thing!), and it wasn’t until he got down on his knee, pulled out a ring, and asked me to marry him until I realized what was going on! The first word out of my mouth was actually “Noooo!” in disbelief haha! Then I said yes, we hugged and cried, then continued the rest of our hike in pure bliss!!
What was your favorite moment?
Our favorite moment was dancing on the shore of lake Mcdonald! We had some champagne which loosened us up, and we were just enjoying each other’s company and of course all of the views!
Describe your wedding day in your own words.
Our wedding day was great. We picked up Courtney on the way into the park, and Ayrton was blindfolded until we got to Lake McDonald. We had our first look on the shore, then headed out to St. Mary’s lake to have a picnic and say vows. When we got there it was SUPER windy, so we decided to change plans. We started driving back towards Lake McDonald and found a quiet spot for vows along the way. We explored a couple of spots along the river, then had a picnic and champagne on the shore. We had a first dance as the sun set and everything was so perfect!
What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be eloping?
Just do it!! If you want to elope, don’t worry about what other people think, just do what makes you happy! Eloping is becoming super common anyway! Also, be flexible with planning your day! Going into your day with a carefree mindset will allow you to enjoy it to the max without worrying too much about anything. Plans change, just go with the flow and it’ll still be the best day ever! 😊
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