When we arrived at Ash Cave trailhead in Hocking Hills State Park for Ashley and Nate’s sunrise elopement, shadows, along with a serene quietness, still lingered heavy in the forest. The sound of the waterfall was cloaked by the morning doves’ song, but making our way down the trail, we could finally begin to hear it; softly, its voice guiding us through the woodland—echoing stronger until we felt its misty touch welcome us to its base within Ash Cave’s grandeur. Here, nature was the sanctuary, and in this shelter, Ashley and Nate poured out the contents of their hearts in precious, honest love. Vows for the future and vows for now, speaking to each other in the witness of evergreens and stones and streams.
Every love story is unique—and Nate and Ashley are no exception to the realness of this sweet cliché. Their affection for the outdoors inspired them to commit themselves to each other in a place, although hundreds of miles from their home, that was meaningful to their story and passion for nature. They welcomed the mud and dirt and chilly morning air, all as part of their wedding party, and the waterfall filled the outcropping with celebrant applause.
A Monday morning has never felt so wonderful. Thank you, Ashley and Nate, for inviting us into your wonderful. Being your elopement photographers was a beautiful adventure, and deepened our own admiration of our lovely Ohio home.
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