When I first met Brian & Aleena, they knew they wanted to have a tiny wedding in the wilderness, they just weren’t sure where. We started with some general ideas, and out they went to find the perfect spot. After several weeks of adventures, they found Henline Falls in the Opal Creek Wilderness near Salem, and fell in love.
I had been to Henline Falls a few times to photograph it on its own merit, so photographing a wedding here was an absolute blast. The roughly 1-mile hike is lined with beautiful trees, and the tiny basin the water thunders into is gorgeous.
Hiking out with a dress and suit slung over a shoulder, boots tied to a bag, portable speaker in a backpack, champagne and glasses and other celebratory items tucked away, bouquet in-hand, we all arrived rosy-cheeked and smiling to the base of the falls. They brought a small pop-up tent to change in, like a waterfall-side phone booth where everyone went in as a hiker, and emerged wedding-ready.
The ceremony was fantastic, made of inside jokes, Princess Bride references, a fantastic quote from Thích Nhất Hạnh, and vows they wrote to each other. After their first married kiss, they raised glasses for a toast, and we stayed at the waterfall for awhile for photos before hiking out and driving up the beautiful road for more portraits.