An Intimate, Natural Forest Wedding at TreeHouse Point in Issaquah, Washington

When they planned their intimate forest wedding, Alicia Lockhart (29 and an agreement sales manager) and Ryan McCallum (34 and a financial consultant) wanted to celebrate their enduring love for nature and each other. “We both have a connection to nature and love being outdoors. We have spent the last seven years traveling and exploring amazing landscapes everywhere we go,” says Alicia, who did her own hair and makeup for the day and wore a 1920s-inspired lace gown. “I wanted the ceremony to be natural, outdoorsy and not too fussy.” The couple exchanged personalized vows in the fall before an officiant (no guests) at TreeHouse Point in Issaquah, Washington; a curtain of evergreen trees served as their backdrop and a colorful blanket of golden leaves laid at their feet. “Our ceremony reflected us perfectly. We don't exactly like being the center of attention,” Alicia says. “So to be married privately in a quick 15-minute ceremony was the best. We spent two days hiking in Issaquah and checking out the surrounding area, just the two of us.” Alicia advises engaged couples to imagine a wedding that feels natural to them, regardless of how it breaks with tradition. “No matter what your plans or who is paying for what, if your family and friends do not respect your decisions, you have to accept it and move forward, and don't let your feelings be hurt.” —Carolyn Meers