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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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Hey, I’m Erica, a Bend wedding photographer for sentimental, free-spirited and natural couples that love celebrating outdoors! If you are engaged and looking for photos, I would love to talk to you. I’m currently booking 2018 weddings, so if you are getting married next year, drop me a note and let’s chat over a beer.

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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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Oregon outdoor adventure engagement session | Ochoco National Forest | Kaitlyn + Juan

When I first met with Kaitlyn & Juan, I could tell right away that we were going to hit it off. They both love the outdoors and love camping, fishing, hiking and hunting. We spoke at length about our love of spending time in the woods. When it came time for their engagement photos, I knew they were going to pick an Oregon outdoor adventure engagement session. They both grew up in Prineville, OR, a small town about 35 miles northeast of Bend. When planning their session, I told them to pick a place that was special to them. Naturally, they chose the beautiful Ochoco National Forest. They took me to an amazing secret location and brought along some fun props to use. I love how much thought they put into their engagement photos!

An Oregon outdoor adventure engagement session in the Ochoco National Forest. 

A couple fishes a beautiful mountain stream at their Oregon outdoor adventure engagement session near Prineville.

Fishing together is one of Kaitlyn & Juan’s favorite pastimes.

A young buck deer appears during this Oregon outdoor adventure engagement session in the Ochoco National Forest near Prineville.

It was only fitting that a young buck showed up for this Oregon outdoor adventure engagement session near Prineville.

A super cute engagement photo session by Bend Oregon wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

These two, seriously, are so much fun!!!

The story of how Kaitlyn & Juan met is super cute. The first time they ran into each other was at a volleyball game at a park. Kaitlyn, admittedly not the best volleyball player, manged to hit the ball directly into Juan. Probably due to some embarrassment, they never exchanged names, but both felt a connection right away. It took several more months before they saw each again. It was Kaitlyn’s birthday and she was celebrating with friends out at a bonfire when she spotted Juan. After a few hours of both passing glances at each other, Juan decided to approach Kaitlyn and introduce himself. During their conversation, the music was turned up and they struggled to talk. Juan decided to seize the opportunity and grabbed Kaitlyn to dance. They’ve been dancing and having fun together ever since!

It was a typical early June day with heavy clouds and a few raindrops, making this meadow pop with wildflowers. 

Gorgeous stormy skies provided awesome moody lighting at this Oregon outdoor adventure engagement session. | Erica Swantek Photography

Stormy skies loomed overhead, but Kaitlyn & Juan hardly noticed at all!

A super fun engagement session by Bend Oregon wedding photographer Erica Swantek.

These two decided to have a footrace to the big juniper tree across the road.

Juan decided to propose to Kaitlyn this past winter. He planned a trip to visit their parents with a pit stop to play in the snow right in the very spot they shared their first kiss. He pulled the truck over and turned on the song, “Marry Me” by Jason Derulo, Kaitlyn’s favorite artist! Then they jumped out of the truck and had a snowball fight. He told her to read what was written in the snow, got down on one knee and popped the question. All of this is recorded on video too, thanks to the Go-Pro Juan had set up on the front of his truck!

An amazing old growth juniper tree catches the light just perfect at this Oregon outdoor engagement session near Bend. | Erica Swantek Photography

This amazing old growth juniper tree, and the light, are probably my favorite images from this session.

An amazingly playful engagement photo session by Bend Oregon wedding photographer Erica Swantek.

I didn’t even have to tell them to do this! Love when couples play together!

The woods are where Kaitlyn & Juan feel most at home. They are so my people! 

An awesome black & white series from this Oregon outdoor adventure engagement session in the Ochoco National Forest near Prineville, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

This enormous tree trunk was pretty amazing!

Wherever these cuties are, they are always having fun! They are two of the most laid back, down-to-earth people I have had a chance to meet and when they say they believe in enjoying every second, minute, hour and day they are given, I absolutely believe them! I seriously couldn’t get them to stop laughing, smiling, cuddling, kissing and teasing each other. Love truly is the sweetest thing!

A gorgeous Oregon outdoor adventure engagement session in which the bride-to-be receives a piggyback ride from her beau! | Erica Swantek Photography

A piggyback ride through the forest from your man is the best way to get around!

A gorgeous engagement ring sits between the cowboy boots of this outdoor lovers engagement session in Prineville, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

A ring shot with their cowboy boots was a must have. I added the one with the pine cone because it’s my favorite to do!

An adorable Prineville, OR couple at their Oregon outdoor adventure engagement session. | Erica Swantek Photography

Juan adores Kaitlyn!

An outdoor loving couple makes a dandelion wish at their campfire themed engagement photo session near Bend, Oregon. | Erica Swantek Photography

Time to make a wish!

Fishing hooks turn into a cute heart prop at this Oregon outdoor engagement session. | Erica Swantek Photography

Two fishing hooks together form a heart, of course.

The cutest outdoorsy couple at their Oregon outdoor adventure engagement session by Bend OR wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

Gah, these two are the cutest!

 What better way to spend your Oregon outdoor adventure engagement session than to roast marshmallows over a campfire? 

Now that the day was turning into early evening, it was time to get the campfire going and roast marshmallows. Juan got the fire cooking while Kaitlyn got the roasters and wrote their wedding date on the ends of each gooey treat. As the fire began to grow, they popped their marshmallows over the flames. Juan liked to scorch his until it was charred black. It resulted in the stickiest, gooiest mess, but Kaitlyn used it as an opportunity to plant a big kiss on Juan’s lips and steal his marshmallow from him!

Marshmallows roasted over the campfire with your date written on them make a great engagement photo session prop. | Bend OR wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography

Campfires and marshmallows. Two of the finest things in my mind!

Roasting marshmallows over the campfire at this Oregon outdoor adventure engagement session near Bend. | Erica Swantek PhotographyA fun loving couple at a casual outdoor engagement photo session near Prineville, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Since these two spend so much time outdoors, it was only fitting to include their truck that takes them on all their adventures! A perfect date night includes throwing together random food items for a picnic, driving out to the woods on a summer evening to watch the sunset and then bask under the stars looking for their favorite constellations. This is what love is and Kaitlyn & Juan are so in love!

A perfect country inspired engagement session near Prineville, OR/ | Erica Swantek Photography

Juan loves his truck!

After the wedding, these two plan to honeymoon with a hunting trip in the woods. They are getting married on opening day of hunting season and agreed that they had to go for their honeymoon, as it’s what they both love to do.

A moody black and white engagement session picture in the thick forest of the Ochoco National Forest in Oregon. | Erica Swantek Photography

The thick forest behind them called for a moody black and white edit.

A fun Oregon outdoor adventure engagement session by Bend OR wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

Such a fun Oregon outdoor adventure engagement session!

Seriously, I can’t wait for this wedding in October at Dee Bar Farms in Powell Butte, OR. Kaitlyn & Juan, you two are perfect together and I just know you are going to have an amazing wedding day!

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Hey, I’m Erica. A Bend, OR wedding photographer for sentimental, free-spirited and natural couples that love to celebrate outdoors. I am now booking 2018 weddings and would love to chat with you if you are getting married next year. Drop me an email and let’s connect. I’d love to meet you for a coffee or beer.

 

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