Sunrise Mountain Engagement Photos in the Central Cascades

Written by Cortlyn Adams


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Sunrise Mountain Engagement Photos in the Central Cascades

These sunrise mountain engagement photos in the Central Cascades were packed with stunning views of mountaintop backdrops, and I’ve been dying to share the adventure with you! Haley and Austin reached out to me for their adventurous engagement photos. After we decided on a sunrise Adventure Session, I knew this location in the Central Cascades would be perfect for their mountain engagement photos. It’s a little over an hour from Seattle and the hike was pretty quick, which meant our wakeup call wasn’t too early (lol, y’all know I’m not a natural morning person!). And, let me tell you, this morning in these Washington mountains did not disappoint! 

I picked Haley and Austin up at the bottom of the service road in the trusty 4Runner, and we headed up the Washington mountain road. We drank coffee as our steal-steed climbed up the mountain, and made the quick hike to this stunning overlook. This morning was absolutely stunning for their mountain engagement photos! There was no wind, we could see Mount Rainier and Mount Adams, and the sunrise painted the Central Cascades deep shades of purple. We were all in awe! After we wrapped up their sunrise mountain engagement photos, I cooked us all breakfast out of the back of the 4Runner, and I’m now convinced there’s just no better way to end a morning adventure! 


My Favorite Washington Mountains for your Engagement Photos

The Cascades

The Cascade mountain range is home to some of my favorite jagged peaks (like the ones in Haley and Austin’s mountain engagement photos!). This range is home to North Cascades National Park, where you can find Mount Baker! Want to see some other adventures in the Cascades? Explore the links below:

Mount Rainier

It’s no secret around here that I love Mount Rainier! She’s arguably the most iconic Washington mountain. Standing at 14,411 feet, this active volcano (instant cool points!) attracts tourists and locals year-round to explore its alpine lakes, blooming wildflowers and fire lookouts (my personal favorite!). Also, the Tatoosh Range is a stretch of Washington mountains that surround Mount Rainier. There are some really stunning jagged peaks within this range and some absolutely incredible views of Mount Rainier. Click the links below to explore some elopements, adventure weddings and mountain engagement photos at Mount Rainier: 


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Sunrise Mountain Engagement Photos in the Central Cascades

Why is a mountain overlook the perfect spot for your engagement photos?

If you’re wanting adventurous engagement photos, a Washington mountain overlook is the perfect option! Similar to Haley and Austin’s location, mountain overlooks provide stunning, 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains. With the photography gear I use, I’m able to provide really dramatic photos of the mountains as well as the close-up, intimate shots of you and your love. A mountain overlook is an amazing way to capture a lot of variety in your mountain engagement photos. 


What to pack for your sunrise mountain engagement photos

Curious what to pack for your sunrise mountain engagement photos? I’m here to share my top recommendations of what to pack before your adventure: 

The America the Beautiful annual national park pass costs $80 and will last you for an entire year’s worth of adventures.

  • Headlamp

This is super important for sunrise sessions because most of your hike to the mountain views will be completed prior to sunrise. 

  • Breakfast and coffee

Who’s surprised that food is on my packing list? Yeah, I figured you wouldn’t be. Like I mentioned earlier, ending Haley and Austin’s mountain engagement session with cooking breakfast in the 4Runner was such a blast! Who’s down for a mountaintop morning meal?

  • Layers of clothes

The temperature drastically changes as the sunrises, so I always recommend bringing plenty of layers that you can shed throughout the morning. Throw in a long sleeve, sweatshirt, down jacket and rain jacket and you’ll be set!

It is always a good idea to be over prepared. You just never know what furry friend you could meet along a trail in the forest!


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From the Couple: A Sunrise Mountain Engagement Adventure

Can you imagine a sunrise mountain engagement session like this stunning morning in the Central Cascades? Contact me! If you’re beginning to dream of your dream adventure, don’t just heard my side of this amazing day! Read about Haley and Austin’s experience during their mountain engagement photos in the Central Cascades.

“If you want a sweet, fun, memorable photographer, look no further. Mollie was so diligent in the planning process and answered every question quickly. She then went above and beyond to accommodate our schedules by agreeing to a sunrise shoot, made us breakfast on the mountain, and got all our finished photos to us in good time! We really appreciated her attention to detail and the romantic and dramatic shots we were hoping to get. We would highly recommend her to anyone and hope we can work with her again in the future!”


   


Ready to explore more elopements, weddings and adventures? Wander away below!

Between the Pine is an adventure elopement and wedding photography brand created by Mollie Adams. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Mollie travels with her camera in hand to document “I dos” in epic landscapes including Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii.

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  1. Laszlo says:

    Always worth to get up early. I like your informal content and their images are just beautiful.

  2. Cara says:

    Sunrise sessions are my favorite!! Less crowds, gorgeous light, and man did you absolutely kill it! These are beautiful!

  3. I absolutely love this post. The color and light and content is so spot on. You’ve spent so much time pulling this together and it totally shows off how great you are at this.

  4. I absolutely love this post. The color and light and content is so spot on. You’ve spent so much time pulling this together and it totally shows off how great you are at this.

  5. I am convinced that there is nowhere on earth quite like the cascades! I am here for more couples choosing to have sunrise sessions!

  6. I am convinced that there is nowhere on earth quite like the cascades! I am here for more couples choosing to have sunrise sessions!

  7. Rebekah says:

    Wowww! This blog is JAM PACKED with so much helpful information! I’m obsessed with this location! May have to plan a visit to the Cascades!

  8. These are absolutely stunning and 100% worth getting up before the sun! I also love how you included recommendations for sunrise shoots and what to pack!

  9. These are absolutely stunning and 100% worth getting up before the sun! I also love how you included recommendations for sunrise shoots and what to pack!

  10. Ahhh I have been missing the PNW like crazy and this stunning engagement session is killing me!!! <3

  11. Ahhh I have been missing the PNW like crazy and this stunning engagement session is killing me!!! <3

  12. Wow these are amazing!! Makes me miss the pnw 🙂

  13. Wow these are amazing!! Makes me miss the pnw 🙂

  14. Teresa says:

    These are absolutely stunning! Also, super helpful tips on sunrise engagement sessions, love it!

  15. Justyna says:

    Cascades are the dreamiest of all! Beautiful!

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    I just stumbled across this blog and am OBSESSED! Amazing details on how to properly prep for a sunrise shoot and even more amazing photos! What is the name of this hike and/or where is this specific location? I’m trying to plan a shoot myself and am so so in awe of this spot.

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