Wedding of the Week

Rain-Soaked Elopement, By Kyle Wilson

January 3, 2018

By Jacqueline Tobin

© Kyle Wilson/Hinterland Stills

A wedding in Washington state's Hoh Rainforest certainly wouldn't be complete without an arsenal of umbrellas, as couple Kym and Adam quickly discovered. As wedding photographer Kyle Wilson, of Hinterland Stills Photography Collective, puts it: "Even when it stopped raining for a little bit, it would collect in the trees and continue to pour down on us. Ideally on a couple's wedding day, I use a HoldFast Money Maker strap with two cameras, but on a day like this, I keep my second body in my bag and use a rain jacket to keep myself and my gear as dry as possible in between shooting. The couple, as well as their family and friends, were all so supportive of the situation, with no complaints from anyone."

All Photos © Kyle Wilson/Hinterland Stills

Wilson continues: "2017 was the first year I started to pursue elopements, so technically this was one of my very first elopements, and I knew it was going to be my ideal kind of day. Kym and Adam, who found me on Instagram, invited me pretty early on to camp with them the night before with their friends and family, as well as to hang the whole day as they did breakfast, got married and had a bonfire with a keg and partied the night away. I knew with the information going in that I wasn’t going to concern myself with hours of coverage or anything like that. Instead, I wanted to soak up as much of this day as I could for both my own enjoyment and the fact that it would be fantastic content for the future."

This image of Kym and Adam laying on the beach [above], has been Wilson's most popular photo of 2017, he says, "and the way it came into play makes me laugh, though maybe it’s only funny to me. Toward the end of our shoot on the beach, I asked Adam, 'Hey, are you going to get that suit cleaned tomorrow?' He informed me he was. So then I asked, 'Wanna mess it up today?' I then directed them to lay on the ground and for Kym to dive onto Adam like she was going to jump on him in bed on a Sunday morning!"


Cameras: Nikon D750 (x2)

Lenses: Nikon 24mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4, 58mm f/1.4.

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