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Hoh Rain Forest Elopement | Olympic National Park Photographer

July 20, 2023

Love knows no bounds, and when it beckons, one must heed the call. For Sydney and Maverick, the allure of an intimate celebration surrounded by the pristine beauty of the Pacific Northwest brought them to the awe-inspiring Hoh Rain Forest. One of my favorite and most unique locations in the United States, the Hoh Rain Forest provided the perfect backdrop for their enchanting elopement, where they vowed to embark on a lifelong journey together amidst towering trees, cascading moss, and the gentle whispers of the forest.

Renowned for its lush greenery and ethereal ambiance, the Hoh Rain Forest proved to be the perfect destination for Sydney and Maverick’s elopement. With ancient trees draped in moss and sunlight filtering through the canopy, it truly felt like stepping into a fairy tale. We were surprisingly greeted with some lovely sun that day, which is quite the rarity when visiting the rainforest!

Everyone is used to seeing dark, cloudy, moody photos from the Hoh Rain Forest — and don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loveeee the moody forest look! — so this set of images is a bit of a different perspective of life in the rainforest which feels quite refreshing.

About the Hoh Rain Forest

The Hoh Rain Forest is a spectacular and renowned temperate rainforest located within Olympic National Park in the state of Washington, United States. It is one of the largest temperate rainforests in the contiguous United States, covering an area of approximately 24 square miles.

The Hoh Rain Forest receives an incredible amount of rainfall, averaging between 140 to 170 inches per year. This rainfall, coupled with the region’s mild temperatures, fosters a unique and lush ecosystem. The forest is dominated by Sitka spruce, western hemlock, and red cedar trees, some of which can reach impressive heights and ages. The dense canopy allows little sunlight to reach the forest floor, resulting in a dense understory of mosses, ferns, and other plants. One of the most famous sights in the Hoh Rain Forest is the Hall of Mosses, where trees are draped in mosses, creating an enchanting and magical atmosphere for elopements.

Olympic National Park, including the Hoh Rain Forest, has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognizing its ecological significance and unique beauty. The park is also protected under the National Park Service to preserve its pristine nature and allow visitors to experience this precious ecosystem responsibly.

Know Before You Go

If you plan to visit the Hoh Rain Forest, be prepared for the frequent rain and bring the appropriate gear for hiking in a rainforest environment. Remember to follow Leave No Trace principles to help preserve the delicate ecosystem for future generations.

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