Planning a Tre Cime Elopement is a lot of work. Weather can be unpredictable, travel unstable, and planning a bit difficult. Each season brings its pros and cons, but they are all beautiful.
If your heart is SET on exploring the Tre Cime National Park during your elopement day, let K&B’s post wedding elopement shoot be your inspiration.
You deserve to know long in advance what to expect from your photos, rain or shine, summer or fall.
Weather in the Dolomites can change quickly. Even in summer, be prepared with a warm fleece to layer under a rain jacket. Before K & B’s adventure near Tre Cime, it had rained heavily the entire morning, and we were afraid it would be too wet to venture out for their sunset after wedding shoot!
Miraculously, the rain stopped 2 hours before sunset, and we explored the Tre Cime trail from the Auronzo hut parking lot in dry, misty and moody conditions. K & B’s Tre Cime elopement story unfolded so naturally along the trail.
It was perfect.
We began the shoot by exploring the trail near the Cappella degli Alpini (alpine chapel) which lies between the upper parking lot and the Tre Cime de Lavaredo hut and viewpoint.
The trail is flat, wide and easy to navigate.
The heavy midday rains scared away the day hikers, so we had the entire trail to ourselves for the full 3 hours at an otherwise busy time of year!
K & B helped each other get ready on the trail (you do not need to wear your wedding attire the whole time!)
It was so calm and silent. The mist danced around us, heaving up and down the stone pillars as if the mountains were breathing.
As we explored the grassy trail looking toward the Cadini di Misurina trailhead, K & B told me the story of their “ruined” first dance at their wedding reception. A mix up with the DJ and one of their guests resulted in the song being cut short, and K was too shy to speak up at the time.
Swearing, she told me how they would love to recreate the moment, just the two of them, in this special place. I smiled. With the mist swirling above the jagged peaks, and a calm breeze lifting her hair, I pulled up the song on my phone, and played it loudly as the two of them began to sway.
With glossy eyes, B twirled and dipped her.
As beautiful as the surroundings were, they were completely wrapped up in each other.
K turned to me, joy radiating from her face. They finally had their dance. She turned to the horizon, and told me how the lake below, Lago di’ Misurina, was her favorite color blue.
Meanwhile, the sun was setting lower, and it was time to walk further along the trail to say their vows.
The landscape had us all in a trance. No matter where we looked, was the epic, overpowering presence of the Dolomites. Imposing boulders cradled the hopeful remains of winter. Hard, icy blocks of snow dozed near soft patches of green grass and alpine flowers.
It’s a world where opposing seasons exist simultaneously.
We hurried past the Lavaredo Rifugio, and up the trail. The sun was setting fast, and they wanted to re-read their vows under the rocky trio.
The sun cast a pinkish glow to the white rocks, and the sky was a dusty peach color. K & B read their vows against the wind, fighting the chill of dusk.
To end K & B’s Tre Cime elopement story, they kissed as the last rays of light abandoned the sky. The two were giddy with the successful evening despite hours of rain in the hours before.
We started our descent back down to our cars, happy to be out of the wind.
We chatted about love, life and travel in the 20 minutes walk back, sharing stories and relief that the rain had stopped. K & B’s post wedding elopement adventure was a total success, and they were excited to begin the next few days of exploring the Dolomites on their own.
There was sun and warmth forecasted for the next two days, and we were all stoked to dry out on new trails over the next days.
Do you need more ideas or help planning your Dolomites elopement? I got you! Check out these other blogs for the Tre Cime area and Sexten Dolomites.
Hire local and get you a photographer who can “do both”! I’m Mariah, elopement photographer, trail athlete, and part mountain goat. I am uncompromising in delivering the BEST elopement experience possible. I am dedicated to creating immersive spaces for my couples to be themselves on their elopement day. More than a photographer, I am an empath and storyteller who’s passionate about holding space for my couples to connect. I don’t pose you. I guide you through romantic connection, with the goal that you know each other even better, and feel even closer, at the end of your elopement day.
You should be able to feel your photos in your bones, and your elopement story should be like lightning in a bottle every time you revisit it.
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