Giselle and Mike’s original wedding was a casualty to COVID. As avid hikers, they’ve been to quite a few National Parks and it was always a distant dream to elope in one. But, because they wanted their families to be present, they decided to have a wedding back home.
The original plan was a big all-indoor wedding in August at the amazing 6th & River in Honesdale, PA. The owners of which are amazing humans, highly recommend. However, due to restrictions, they had three options in front of them: 1. Downsize quite a lot with guest size and possibly find a second location for the ceremony 2. Reschedule to the following year 3. Elope. In the end, they decided the universe was telling them it was okay to go with their initial gut – elope. Then, next year they will have a big reception party with family and friends.
The two decided on Glacier National Park for their elopement. For one, it’s gorgeous. However, at the time it also had very low cases of COVID and wasn’t on any lists for travel restrictions or quarantine mandates. The three of us found a weekday that worked, flew out, and spent a few days in Whitefish, MT together. Then, spent a truly AMAZING day in Glacier National Park for their elopement.
The park truly is gigantic so we pulled over randomly at enormous spots for photos. Their ceremony took place in a spot known as “Big Bend” all the way up the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. And, their officiant was a local human celebrant, Sarah Harding. Sarah was incredible and helped quite a lot with insider tips and spots in Glacier National Park.
I really hope to be back sometime soon!
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