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Vintage Rustic Chic Bend Wedding | Aspen Hall, Bend, OR | Emily + Jacob

Emily and Jacob’s vintage rustic chic Bend wedding was my first of the 2017 season, and was it ever a beautiful one! Emily’s gorgeous gown was full of lacy detail with a sweetheart neckline and her bridesmaids all wore shades of cream, with baby’s breath flower crowns. The color palette of white, cream, pale lavender and greens flowed with the vintage rustic details throughout the day.

It was a warm, sunny morning when I arrived at Emily’s parents home in Bend. The girls were all wearing beautiful floral satin robes and hair and makeup was underway. I worked on documenting the details and snapping candid photos of the ladies getting ready. Meanwhile, Jacob and the guys were at his and Emily’s home. My second photographer, Gwen, worked with the guys to capture their getting ready photos.

A bride and her bridesmaids get ready in her family home in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

The ladies busy getting ready!

A gorgeous updo for this Bend, OR bride by Edge Hair & Makeup. | Erica Swantek Photography

Lori creates a gorgeous updo for Emily.

Cream and lace bridesmaid dresses are perfect for a vintage rustic chic Bend wedding. | Erica Swantek Photography

Beautiful cream colored bridesmaid dresses are perfect for this vintage rustic chic Bend wedding!

A beautiful lace bridal gown and gold pumps. | Erica Swantek Photography

Emily’s gorgeous lace gown and gold pumps.

Gorgeous simple invites for a vintage rustic chic Bend wedding. | Erica Swantek Photography

Love the invites they chose for their vintage rustic chic Bend wedding!

Gorgeous white roses and greenery make the perfect bouquet for this vintage rustic chic Bend wedding by Summer Robbins Flowers. | Erica Swantek Photography

Emily’s flowers were absolutely gorgeous!

Beautiful satin floral robes are the perfect thing for your bridesmaids by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

Emily & her girls wearing their pretty satin floral robes.

Some pre-wedding cocktails are in order for this groom and his guys as they get ready for his vintage rustic chick Bend wedding at Aspen Hall. | Erica Swantek Photography

A few pre-wedding cocktails are in order for Jake and the guys.

Groom's details are just as important as the bride on their wedding day by Bend, OR wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

I love the sage tie  & pocket square Jake wore.

A groom and his guys get ready at his home by Bend, OR wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

All the guys getting ready at Emily & Jacob’s abode.

A groomsmen helps the groom with his tie as he gets ready by Bend OR wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

Helping Jake with his tie.

The cufflink and other details tell the story of your wedding day. | Erica Swantek Photography

Little details make the day.

Once the guys were dressed and the girls hair and makeup was complete, it was time to head to their venue, Aspen Hall. The girls all arrived a bit before the guys so Emily could get dressed. Once there, the guys also needed to pin on their boutonnieres, with help from the girls.

A gorgeous bride dresses in her lacy gown at Aspen Hall in Bend Oregon. | Erica Swantek Photography

Emily’s mom helps her into her gown at Aspen Hall.

A bride, in timeless black and white as she puts on her gown and slips on her shoes, by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

Emily looking radiant!

A groom's mother pins his lovely boutonneire created by Summer Robbins Flowers in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Jacob’s mom pins his boutonniere over his heart.

Beautiful wedding and engagement ring from Saxons in Bend OR for this vintage rustic chic Bend wedding. | Erica Swantek Photography.

Jacob’s ring holds sentimental value, as his was his father’s ring.

Aspen Hall was transformed into a vintage rustic chic Bend wedding theme! 

The details throughout the reception hall really fit with the theme. Vintage china and stemware adorned rustic farm tables decorated in greenery and pale florals, topped with pretty fabric napkins tied with twine. A beautiful distressed white table topped with lace doilies and mason jars filled with baby’s breath greeted guests at the doorway, inviting them to sign the guest book.

A distressed table greets guests at the door of Aspen Hall, providing a perfect vintage rustic chic Bend wedding theme for Emily & Jacob's wedding. | Erica Swantek Photography

The guest book table greets guests for the perfect vintage rustic chic Bend wedding!

Farmhouse tables provide the rustic feel, while the china and linens lend to the vintage look at Aspen Hall in Bend, Oregon. | Erica Swantek Photography

Farmhouse tables provide the rustic feel, while the china and linens lend to the vintage look.

Vintage china and white and green floral centerpieces decorate the tables at this Aspen Hall vintage rustic chic Bend wedding, photographed by Erica Swantek Photography.

Love the soft color palette for the table centerpieces next to the vintage china!

A sweetheart farm table in front of the amazing hearth at Aspen Hall in Bend, Oregon adds to the vintage rustic chic Bend wedding theme. | Erica Swantek Photography

Emily & Jacob’s sweetheart farm table in front of the amazing hearth at Aspen Hall in Bend, Oregon.

A vintage suitcase holds cards from guests at this vintage rustic chic Bend wedding theme. | Erica Swantek Photography

A vintage suitcase with beautiful handkerchiefs holds cards from guests.

Emily & Jacob chose a first look among the tall pines that surround Aspen Hall. 

A handsome groom waits to see his bride at their first look outside of Aspen Hall by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

Jacob anxiously awaiting to see his bride.

Anticipation and excitement fill this bride and groom's face as they await to see each other during their first look, captured by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

The excitement of seeing each for the first time is evident on these two cuties faces!

A first look at this vintage rustic chic Bend wedding at Aspen Hall. | Erica Swantek Photography

I just love first looks! Having that time to be together before all of your guests arrive is priceless.

An incredible first look at Aspen Hall in Bend, Oregon captured by Erica Swantek Photography.

A private moment right after the first look for these lovebirds.

We took the opportunity after their first look to get some portraits of the two of them before doing the wedding party photos. Emily and Jacob wanted as many formal portraits out of the way before the ceremony, so they could enjoy some of their cocktail hour with their guests.

A beautiful series of wedding portraits at Aspen Hall by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

Such a sweet couple!

A romantic wedding photograph at this vintage rustic chic Bend wedding at Aspen Hall. | Erica Swantek Photography

Love when couples whisper into each other’s ear!

A wedding couple poses on the bridge over Shevlin Pond at Aspen Hall, captured by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

Making harsh daylight work for us with the beautiful bridge over the pond at Aspen Hall!

The tepees were set up outside of Aspen Hall in Shevlin Park, making for some beautiful portraits for the wedding couple at this vintage rustic chic Bend wedding. | Erica Swantek Photography

The tepees were set up by Shevlin Park, so we used them to our advantage.

A vintage rustic chic Bend wedding with tepees at Aspen Hall in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

A little behind the scenes shot helping pose Emily & Jacob between the tepees (and maybe picking out forest debris from Emily’s dress too)!

We headed back to the venue to grab Emily’s gorgeous bouquet before taking a few more portraits.

A beautiful natural green archway creates pretty portraits for the happy wedding couple in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

The green willows on the path towards Shevlin Park create a perfect archway.

A gorgeous outdoor Bend Oregon wedding photographed by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

A groom adores his gorgeous bride at this Aspen Hall wedding in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

The way Jake looks at Emily says it all.

A gorgeous couple poses for some classic wedding portraits before their vintage rustic chic Bend wedding at Aspen Hall. Photographed by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

The happy couple!

Before it was time to photograph the wedding party, I had to make sure to get some bridals of Emily, looking absolutely stunning! While I did this, Gwen grabbed some more portraits of Jacob.

A gorgeous bride poses for bridal portraits outside of Aspen Hall in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Emily looking absolutely radiant!

A beautiful bridal portrait at Aspen Hall by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

What a beautiful bride!

A gorgeous bridal bouquet by Summer Robbins Flowers in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Emily’s bouquet, created by the amazingly talented Summer Robbins!

A dapper groom poses for formal portraits at Aspen Hall in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Jacob, looking very dapper.

It was time to gather the wedding party and get their formal photos done. We used the natural pine forest behind Aspen Hall, which really fit with the whole vintage rustic chic Bend wedding theme!

The cutest wedding party at this Aspen Hall wedding in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Emily and Jacob’s wedding party!

A great looking wedding party at this Bend Oregon wedding with a vintage rustic chic Bend wedding theme. | Erica Swantek Photography

Such a great looking group!

Bridesmaids all wearing shades of cream with baby's breath floral crowns fit this vintage rustic chic Bend wedding at Aspen Hall by Erica Swantek Photography.

The girls were all wearing shades of cream and floral crowns made of baby’s breath.

Stunning bride and her bridesmaids wearing all white for this vintage rustic chic Bend wedding theme at Aspen Hall. | Erica Swantek Photography

Gorgeous ladies!

Individual portraits with the bride and each of her bridesmaids is so important. Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography is sure to document these.

Emily’s bridesmaids consisted of her siblings and some of her derby girls and they loved being goofy!

A dapper groom and his groomsmen pose for formals at this vintage rustic chic Bend wedding at Aspen Hall. | Erica Swantek Photography

A handsome bunch of guys Jake assembled, don’t you think?

Handsome fellas at this Oregon wedding at Aspen Hall photographed by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

Dapper looking fellas!

Individual portraits with the groom and each groomsman is important and sure to be captured by Erica Swantek Photography.

Bend wedding photographer Aspen Hall wedding.

Such a good group of people right here!

The guests were starting to arrive, so it was time for Emily & Jacob to go into hiding to prepare for their ceremony in front of the pond. 

The ceremony site was ready, with more vintage rustic chic Bend wedding details. Mason jars filled with baby’s breath lined the aisle. An archway draped with chiffon and greenery, with a whitewashed table provided the alter for the couple. As guests began to arrive, they were handed birdseed to toss at the happy couple.

A beautiful outdoor ceremony site at Shevlin Pond outside of Aspen Hall in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

A beautiful summer day for a wedding ceremony at Shevlin Pond!

Mason jars, birdseed and distressed tables are the perfect details for a vintage rustic chic Bend wedding theme. | Erica Swantek Photography

Love all the details for this vintage rustic chic Bend wedding theme.

A treasured photo holds the place for a family member who is no longer with us at a wedding ceremony in Bend, OR.

Jacob’s father is no longer with us, but his seat held a treasured photo of Jake and him together.

A wedding ceremony at Aspen Hall by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

Jake and Emily’s mothers being escorted down the aisle.

A gorgeous vintage rustic chic Bend wedding at Aspen Hall. | Erica Swantek Photography

Jake’s uncle performed their ceremony.

A bridal party at an outdoor Aspen Hall wedding in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

The bridal party walks down the aisle.

A groom sees his bride walking down the aisle towards him at this vintage rustic chic Bend wedding at Aspen Hall. | Erica Swantek Photography

Jake’s eyes light up and he’s grinning ear to ear as he sees his bride make her way towards him.

A stunning bride is escorted down the aisle at her outdoor Bend Oregon wedding at Aspen Hall. | Erica Swantek Photography

Emily is an absolutely stunning bride as she walks down the aisle alongside her father.

A father gives his daughter away at this gorgeous Aspen Hall wedding by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

Emily’s father gives her away to Jake, waiting to marry the love of his life.

A gorgeous Aspen Hall wedding in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek PhotographyA gorgeous Aspen Hall wedding in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek PhotographyA beautiful wedding ceremony in front of Shevlin Pond in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

A beautiful wedding ceremony in front of Shevlin Pond in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Time to exchange the rings!

A beautiful wedding ceremony in front of Shevlin Pond in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Emily and Jacob did a sand ceremony and then signed their marriage license.

A beautiful wedding ceremony in front of Shevlin Pond in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Sealing the deal…

A newly married couple is showered with birdseed as they walk down the aisle at the outdoor ceremony in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Officially and Mr. & Mrs!

The cocktail hour begins and we quickly do family photos so Emily & Jacob can enjoy their party!

Family portraits at this Aspen Hall wedding in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Emily’s family

Family portraits at this Aspen Hall wedding in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Emily and her parents.

Family portraits at this Aspen Hall wedding in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Two families united.

Family portraits at this Aspen Hall wedding in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Jacob’s family

Family portraits at this Aspen Hall wedding in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Jacob’s uncle officiated their ceremony.

Cocktail hour was underway and Emily & Jacob spent time mingling with their guests. Lawn games were spread around and a photo booth was set up and provided many laughs that night!

Guests enjoy bar service from Olive Catering Co. at an Aspen Hall wedding in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Guests enjoyed beer and wine during the cocktail hour.

A super fun photo booth from Bend PhotoLounge set up outside of Aspen Hall at this vintage rustic chic Bend wedding. | Erica Swantek Photography

The photo booth provided hours of entertainment and fun for guests!

Lawn games are such a hit at your outdoor Bend, Oregon wedding. | Erica Swantek Photography

Lawn games are always a hit at an outdoor wedding!

Emily and Jacob make their grand entrance as guests are seated, awaiting dinner and the reception. 

A couple makes their grand entrance into the reception at Aspen Hall in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Emily and Jacob make their grand entrance into the reception at Aspen Hall.

Country catering serves up a delicious dinner for the bride & groom at this vintage rustic chic Bend wedding at Aspen Hall. | Erica Swantek Photography

A delicious dinner from Country Catering.

After the guests have all eaten, it’s time for the toasts. This is always such a heartfelt part of the day and I am usually in tears by the end. Emily’s father started the toasts and then every single member of the wedding party said a little something. You can tell how much these two are loved by their friends and family.

A wonderful wedding reception at Aspen Hall in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Emily’s dad started off the toasts with an emotional speech.

A wonderful wedding reception at Aspen Hall in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Black and white to set the mood.

A wonderful wedding reception at Aspen Hall in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Just a few images of the many toasts given that evening.

After the toasts, Emily & Jacob cut their cake so that guests could enjoy dessert while they did their first dances. Then it was time to head outside for the bouquet and garter tosses!

A beautiful Foxtail Bakery cake that really suits the vintage rustic chic Bend wedding theme. | Erica Swantek Photography

A gorgeous Foxtail Bakeshop cake for Mr. and Mrs. Wells!

A beautiful Foxtail Bakery cake that really suits the vintage rustic chic Bend wedding theme. | Erica Swantek PhotographyA beautiful Foxtail Bakery cake that really suits the vintage rustic chic Bend wedding theme. | Erica Swantek Photography

A couple enjoys their first dance at their Aspen Hall wedding in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Emily and Jacob’s first dance together as a married couple.

The bride dances with her father and the groom with his mother at their Bend Oregon wedding at Aspen Hall. | Erica Swantek Photography.

Emily dances with her father and Jacob his mother.

A bride tosses her bouquet to all the single ladies at this Aspen Hall wedding in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

The bouquet toss is always so fun!

As they went to do the garter toss, Emily remembered she forgot to put her garter on. Jacob decided to improvise and grabbed a bean bag from the game of corn hole to use. It had everyone laughing!

A groom tosses a unique garter to all the single guys at this Aspen Hall wedding in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

When you forget your garter, you improvise!

Now it was time for the band, Precious Byrd, to take over the entertainment. They put on quite a show and had the dance floor packed!

Dancing to the tunes of Precious Byrd at this Aspen Hall wedding in Bend Oregon. | Erica Swantek Photography

Dancing to the tunes of Precious Byrd!

Dancing to the tunes of Precious Byrd at this Aspen Hall wedding in Bend Oregon. | Erica Swantek PhotographyDancing to the tunes of Precious Byrd at this Aspen Hall wedding in Bend Oregon. | Erica Swantek PhotographyDancing to the tunes of Precious Byrd at this Aspen Hall wedding in Bend Oregon. | Erica Swantek PhotographyDancing to the tunes of Precious Byrd at this Aspen Hall wedding in Bend Oregon. | Erica Swantek Photography

Precious Byrd packs the dance floor at this Bend OR wedding. | Erica Swantek Photography.

Precious Byrd packs the dance floor!

The band took a little break and the party headed outside for some fresh air, cigars and to refresh their drinks.

The guys enjoy a celebratory cigar at Aspen Hall for this vintage rustic chic Bend wedding. | Erica Swantek Photography

The guys enjoy a celebratory cigar.

A bride visits with guests at this Bend Oregon wedding. | Erica Swantek Photography

Emily visits with her guests.

As the band takes the stage again, the guests head back inside to dance the rest of the night away! I had so many fun dance floor photos that I had a really hard time narrowing it down to a few favorites here.

Dancing the night away to Precious Byrd at a vintage rustic chic Bend wedding at Aspen Hall. | Erica Swantek PhotographyDancing the night away to Precious Byrd at a vintage rustic chic Bend wedding at Aspen Hall. | Erica Swantek PhotographyDancing the night away to Precious Byrd at a vintage rustic chic Bend wedding at Aspen Hall. | Erica Swantek PhotographyDancing the night away to Precious Byrd at a vintage rustic chic Bend wedding at Aspen Hall. | Erica Swantek Photography

Emily & Jacob’s vintage rustic chic Bend wedding was such a fun day. They are amazing people and have such a great group of friends and family. It was a pleasure getting to know them both and I wish them a lifetime of happiness. Their day wouldn’t have been complete without all the wonderful vendors that helped make it happen.

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Venue: Aspen Hall

Wedding Gown: The Bridal Suite & Special Occasion

Suits: Men’s Warehouse

Salon: Edge Hair & Makeup

Flowers: Summer Robbins Flowers

Bride’s rings: Saxon’s Fine Jewelers 

DJ: Flip Flop Sounds

Band: Precious Byrd

Food: Country Catering

Bar Service: Olive/Twist Cocktail Catering Co. 

Cake: Foxtail Bakeshop and Market of Choice

Rentals: Set in Your Way Rentals

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Photobooth: Bend Photo Lounge

Photographer: Erica Swantek Photography

Second Photographer: Gwen Shoemaker Photography

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Cascade Mountain Engagement Photography Session | Bend, OR | Kasey + Louie

A gorgeous Cascade Mountain Engagement Photography Session at Shevlin Park and Soda Creek near Bend, OR. 

I met Kasey & Louie over a beer at Broken Top Bottle Shop on a cold, snowy January evening. When Louie told me he had some brewing skills, I knew we were going to get along just fine! As we talked about their wedding plans, I learned they both enjoyed camping and hiking and wanted to be sure their engagement session reflected their love of the outdoors. So, when it came time to plan, it was only fitting these two chose Shevlin Park and Soda Creek for their Cascade Mountain engagement photography session.

Tumalo Creek flowing through Shevlin Park is always a favorite place in the summer for engagement photos! | Erica Swantek Photography

Tumalo Creek flowing through Shevlin Park is always a favorite place in the summer for engagement photos!

A sweet laughing couple at their Shevlin Park Cascade Mountain engagement photography session near Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

I seriously love it when I can get a good laugh out of an engagement photography session!

A gorgeous Cascade Mountain engagement photography session in black & white by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

There’s just something about black & white that makes my heart sing.

As we wandered through the tall pines of Shevlin Park, I learned that a perfect date night for these two consists of dinner out at a new brewery if they are traveling, or else a nice dinner followed by wine and a movie at home. They also love a good camping trip complete with roasting marshmallows over the campfire. When asked if they prefer the beach or mountains, they said they love both and can’t decide (I totally get that, me too)!

Lovely wooden bridges over Tumalo Creek at Shevlin Park are perfect for engagement photos. | Erica Swantek Photography

The wooden bridges over the creek at Shelvin Park are so pretty!

Gorgeous, warm light at this Cascade Mountain engagement photography session at Shevlin Park in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

I love the warm afternoon light peeking through the pines in Shevlin Park!

A sweet couple holds hands at their Shevlin Park engagement photo session by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

Take my hand and never let go….

A happy engaged couple poses for their Bend Oregon engagement photos at Shevlin Park. | Erica Swantek Photography

A prescribed burn had just happened in Shevlin Park the week before our engagement photos and the tall pines with burnt trunks were really cool!

We headed up to Soda Creek near Sparks Lake for the second half of this Cascade Mountain engagement photography session. 

After we wrapped up the first half of Kasey & Louie’s engagement photos in Shevlin Park, we drove up the Cascade Lakes highway towards Soda Creek. The warm July evening was an absolutely perfect time along the creek, but we were definitely battling some serious mosquitoes! Kasey & Louie took it in stride though and I doused myself in bug spray not wanting to relieve my last engagement session at Tumalo Falls the week before!

South Sister in her full glory at this Cascade Mountain engagement photography session near Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

South Sister in her full glory at this Cascade Mountain engagement photography session near Bend, OR.

I decided to play a little game with Kasey & Louie and asked them to make up a secret handshake that involved 6 different “shakes.” However, there was a catch! They couldn’t actually use their hands. Oh my goodness, these two had me dying laughing!!!! By the time the 6th shake rolled around, they were laughing hysterically too.

The cutest Cascade Mountain engagement photography session by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

The “secret handshake” using only your body parts, no hands!

We wandered around the large, lush meadow that surrounds Salt Creek, finding pockets of shade and waiting for the sun to begin to dip below the horizon. I asked Louie how he proposed to Kasey. They were at home, in their living room, just celebrating Christmas with the two of them the night before they were to go to the Valley to see their families. They were exchanging stockings and when Kasey reached the bottom of hers she found a little black box and immediately knew what it was. Apparently, in all her excitement she said yes before Louie even had a chance to ask! They followed up the evening by heading to one of their favorite places for dinner, Three Creeks Brewing (they love beer as much as I do)!

A gorgeous engagement ring sits atop a mossy covered rock at this Cascade Mountain engagement photography session by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

Kasey’s beautiful engagement ring!

Impressive views near Soda Creek at a Cascade Mountain engagement photography session. | Erica Swantek Photography

The views from Soda Creek are impressive at this Cascade Mountain engagement photography session!

A beautiful Oregon mountain engagement photo session by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

These two and their love for each other is undeniable!

Broken Top outside of Bend, Oregon towering over a couple at their Cascade Mountain engagement photography session. | Erica Swantek Photography

Broken Top towering over Kasey & Louie at their Cascade Mountain engagement photography session.

A couple strolls through a gorgeous meadow for their mountain engagement photos near Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

A stroll through a gorgeous mountain meadow.

A gorgeous Cascade Mountain engagement photography session by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

The way these two look at each other melts my heart!

A cute groom to be dips his fiance at their Bend Oregon engagement photo session in the Cascade mountains. | Erica Swantek Photography

Louie wanted to dip Kasey and I wasn’t going to say no!

With views like this, it’s no wonder Kasey & Louie chose Soda Creek for their Cascade Mountain engagement photography session! I’m so excited for their wedding this coming Saturday at Hollinshead Barn. The fall color should be absolutely perfect!

A gorgeous Cascade Mountain engagement photography session by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

Views for miles and miles!

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Tumalo Falls Engagement Photos | Bend, OR | Andrea + Andy

It was the busy 4th of July holiday weekend and the original location Andrea and Andy wanted for their engagement session was going to be teaming with crowds of people. So, after some discussion we decided to go with a change in location for their Tumalo Falls engagement photos. We started out at the overlook for gorgeous Tumalo Falls, before heading down the path closer to the falls and then the trail through the woods following Tumalo Creek. After an incredibly snowy winter, the area was super wet and lush, meaning it was also thick with mosquitoes. After enduring about a billion bites each, we decided to wrap up the falls section and head to Tumalo Reservoir for some gorgeous mountain views. The light on the warm July evening was stunning! Here are some of my favorite photos from Andrea & Andy’s Tumalo Falls engagement photos session.

Such an amazing view for Andrea & Andy’s Tumalo Falls engagement photos! 

A gorgeous photograph of Tumalo Falls in Bend, OR by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photograpy.

Seriously, I never tire of this view. So lucky I live 20 minutes away!

Beautiful Tumalo Falls engagement photos in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Andrea & Andy looking oh so adorable for their Tumalo Falls engagement photos!

The walking trail along Tumalo Creek with it's cute wooden foot bridge at this Tumalo Falls engagement photos session by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

The walking trail along Tumalo Creek with its cute wooden foot bridge.

Gorgeous light filtering through tall pine trees during a Tumalo Falls engagement photos session in Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Such pretty light filtering through the tall pine trees for Andrea & Andy’s Tumalo Falls engagement photos.

After Tumalo Falls we headed out towards Tumalo Reservoir for the second half of their engagement photo session. 

Andrea & Andy met through mutual friends at a birthday party celebration for Andrea 4 years ago. They got a great laugh at how similar their names were, but quickly realized their similarities didn’t stop there. They discovered they lived across the street from each other, they both were Oregon State University alumni, they each have only one sibling, both of which are older brothers and big time gamers. Their parents have both been married over 35 years and both of their mothers are older than their fathers, and Andrea is also older than Andy. They also share the same favorite drink, a whiskey & coke! I truly think these two were destined to be together, don’t you?

A gorgeous engagement photo session at Tumalo Reservoir near Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

The warm summer evening was perfect for a stroll along Tumalo Reservoir.

A beautiful couple practices their first dance for their Tumalo Falls engagement photos near Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Practicing their first dance for their Tumalo Falls engagement photos.

I just love sentimental proposal stories. 

Andy completely surprised Andrea by proposing to her while they were on a little road trip through Western Oregon. They started their trip in Hood River, and then headed to Portland to see their favorite band, The Red Hot Chili Peppers. The next day they decided to head to the coast and took the route through Corvallis because they wanted to stop for lunch at their favorite Hawaiian restaurant they would frequent when attending OSU. Andy decided to take a little detour to show Andrea his grandparents family farm. When they arrived, they walked around the farm while Andy reminisced about growing up and spending time on the farm with his cousins and family. As they were walking back to the car, Andy told Andrea he had one more thing to show her, and when she turned around, he was down on one knee. Of course she said yes! Coincidentally, the farm is also where Andy’s father proposed to his mother all those years ago. Just another similarity they share!

A gorgeous diamond engagement ring from this Tumalo Falls engagement photos session near Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography.

This ring!!!

A gorgeous diamond engagement ring from this Tumalo Falls engagement photos session near Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography.

Such sweet love!

The light peeking through the amazing Junipers out at Tumalo Reservoir was absolutely stunning on this gorgeous warm July evening! It’s light like this that I live for as a photographer.

The sun peeks through the Juniper trees at this gorgeous Tumalo Falls engagement photos session near Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Chasing light…

The sun peeks through the Juniper trees at this gorgeous Tumalo Falls engagement photos session near Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

That light though…

A gorgeous series of black and white images from an engagement photo session near Bend, OR by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

I love a good black and white photo!

The High Desert of Central Oregon is an amazing place for your engagement photo session! | Erica Swantek Photography

The High Desert of Central Oregon is an amazing place for your engagement photo session!

Beautiful Tumalo Falls engagement photos by Bend Oregon wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

She give me love, love, love, crazy love….

I really had a wonderful time getting to know Andrea & Andy during their Tumalo Falls engagement photos and I can’t wait for their wedding at Ranch at the Canyons this coming Saturday! It’s a gorgeous venue and seems to be the perfect spot for these two.

If you loved this location, be sure to check out Halley & Ryley’s engagement session along Tumalo Creek.

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Hi, I’m Erica. A Bend Oregon wedding photographer for sentimental, free-spirited and natural couples who love celebrating outdoors. If you are engaged and looking for gorgeous photos, drop me a note. I am also booking 2018 weddings and would love to chat with you. Let’s connect!

 

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