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A gorgeous Tumalo Creek engagement session in Bend, Oregon. 

I met Halley at Thump Coffee in downtown Bend and we immediately hit it off. When it came time to plan her and Ryley’s engagement photos, they knew they wanted sunshine and blue skies. They chose a Tumalo Creek engagement session, as they both love that little gem of a location so close to town. Halley also mentioned they would be bringing along their dog, Ranger, and that he’s an important part of their family. As a dog lover myself, I just love when they are included in the photo session. We started out at the closed gate and strolled along the creek.

An adorable Tumalo Creek engagement session by Bend Wedding Photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

An adorable Tumalo Creek Engagement session.

A happy couple walks hand in hand at their Tumalo Creek engagement session in Bend, Oregon.

You can just see how much Ryley loves Halley!

A joyous couple laughs at their outdoor Tumalo Creek engagement session in Bend, Oregon.

Such joy with these two!

Sweet moments are shared with this gorgeous Bend, Oregon couple at their Tumalo Creek engagement session.

Sweet moments are shared with these two at their Tumalo Creek engagement session.

A timeless black and white photo for this Tumalo Creek engagement session by Bend Oregon wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

Black and white is always timeless.

Gorgeous evening light at this Tumalo Creek engagement session in Bend, Oregon | Erica Swantek Photography.

The love these two share is special, you can see that.

Ryley and Halley met in college and dated for 4 years before Ryley popped the question. He’s a traditional guy and asked Halley’s parents for permission to marry their sweet daughter right before the holidays this year. He knew they would all be gathering for Christmas and he wanted Halley to have great news to share with her family. Ryley worked with a family friend to design the custom engagement ring he gave Halley. He wrapped it up and gave it to her as an early Christmas gift the day before her family arrived to town. Isn’t her ring gorgeous?

A stunning custom designed engagement ring at this Bend Oregon engagement session. | Erica Swantek Photography

Halley’s gorgeous custom engagement ring!

A cute dog always makes your engagement session that much better in my eyes! | Erica Swantek Photography

I love dog people!

Ranger, the chocolate lab, was definitely a fun part of this cute Bend, Oregon couple's engagement session at Tumalo Creek. | Erica Swantek Photography

Ranger was definitely a fun part of this cute couple’s engagement session!

Halley & Ryley changed into a more casual outfit for the second half of their Tumalo Creek engagement session. 

These two love adventure and last summer went bungee jumping together! When they were first dating they backpacked around Europe. Basically, they love anything to do with the outdoors, spending time with Ranger, their adorable dog, and their families.

An adorable Tumalo Creek engagement session featuring a cute chocolate lab by Bend Oregon wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

Um yes, you can always bring your dog to your engagement session!

A gorgeous evening for a Tumalo Creek engagement session by Bend Oregon wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

Evening light is my favorite light!

A classic black and white engagement photo by Bend Oregon wedding photographer Erica Swantek.

Love finding these sweet moments.

A gorgeous Tumalo Creek engagement session in Bend, Oregon.

The sweetness these two have for each other melts my heart.

We hiked to the top of a ridge to get to this spectacular view! We waited as the sun dropped behind the gorgeous rock outcroppings to get that perfect light I’m always chasing. I just had Halley & Ryley play a bit, while I captured some candid moments. Halley took Ryley’s hand and danced. I mean, how cute are these two?

A beautiful engagement session in the Tumalo Creek area of Bend, Oregon. | Erica Swantek Photography

Gorgeous evening light has me like…

A spectacular view at this couple's Tumalo Creek engagement session by Bend Oregon wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

This view is spectacular!

As the evening light was fading, we headed back down to the car where Ranger was patiently waiting in Ryley’s truck.

A cute engagement session featuring a chocolate lab, a truck and an adorable couple sitting on the tailgate by Bend Oregon wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

I just love this series of photos with their truck and dog!

I so enjoyed working with Halley & Ryley (and Ranger) and can’t wait until August for their wedding at Rock Springs Ranch. I know it’s going to be a great one. These two are so great together!

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A Smith Rock Engagement Session. 

Mary & Andrew chose Smith Rock for their engagement session, even though neither of them had actually been to the park yet. They recently moved to Bend after Mary finished up her degree in Arizona where they met. The park reminded them of Arizona, and they wanted a different scene than their wedding at Elk Lake this fall.

I met these cuties over a drink on a cold January evening at the The Barrel Thief and I could tell right away that I was going to love these two. They are such genuine, kind, beautiful people, exactly the free-spirited couple I love working with. A few months later, we met up on a warm April evening and drove out together, along with their dog Bolt, to Smith Rock State Park.

A gorgeous spring Smith Rock engagement session by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek.

Mary & Andrew, and their dog Bolt, at the gorgeous Smith Rock State Park in Terrebonne, OR.

Mary & Andrew’s love story starts in an adorable way. She was attending grad school in Flagstaff, AZ and Andrew was in Flagstaff for the weekend with buddies to attend Beer Fest. Somehow, these two ended up at a local watering hole on country line dance night, even though neither one of them actually do any sort of country line dancing. They caught each others’ eyes from across the room and Andrew decided to walk over to Mary and chat. According to Mary, he reached out his hand and said, “I’m not sure how to do this, but I’m willing to try for you.” That was about 3.5 years ago and these two have been inseparable since.

A Smith Rock engagement session featuring their loving dog in a drop-dead gorgeous location.

The love these two have for their dog, Bolt, melts my heart.

A gorgeous film scan from this Smith Rock Engagement Session in Terrbonne, OR by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek Photography.

I had the opportunity to play with my 35mm film camera at their engagement session and I’m so in love with the results!

A stunning black and white from this Smith Rock engagement session near Bend, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

They love each other, Lord you can see it’s true….

An amazing spring engagement session at Smith Rock State Park in Oregon. | Erica Swantek Photography

We chased the light across the plateau above the Crooked River, as these two continued to cuddle, kiss and love.

An outdoor adventure inspired Smith Rock Engagement Session by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek.

I’m pretty sure Andrew would walk to the ends of the Earth for Mary.

As we chased the light at this Smith Rock engagement session, we headed down the trail toward the Crooked River. 

A perfect date night for these two consists of a cell phone free evening in their living room fort, growlers full of beer, take out food, Bananagrams and a movie. And yes, they are well aware that they are almost 30 and still build and hang out in living room forts! Mary & Andrew love to go camping and hiking, they love road trips and they enjoy trying new beer together. That just might be why we get along so well!

They changed into their casual clothing, grabbed their fun camping chairs, and we headed down towards the Crooked River to soak in the gorgeous view!

A gorgeous Smith Rock Engagement Session along the Crooked River in Terrebonne, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

The views at Smith Rock are nothing short of amazing!

A gorgeous couple has fun at their Smith Rock Engagement Session in OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

A couple that laughs together, loves together.

Gorgeous light at this Smith Rock Engagement Session. | Erica Swantek Photography

Seriously, we lucked out on some gorgeous light!

A stunning film photograph from this beautiful Bend, Oregon couple's Smith Rock engagement session. | Erica Swantek Photography

Perhaps my love of film is nostalgia, but I just can’t help but feel all the feels when I see my scans.

A beautiful engagement session featuring the red rocks of Smith Rock State Park in OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

Such a gorgeous Smith Rock engagement session.

An engagement session at Smith Rock featuring a cute dog by Bend wedding photographer Erica Swantek.

I just love how their dog, Bolt, was such a part of their engagement session!

We headed back up the trail towards the top to catch the last light of the evening. 

A beautiful Arrowleaf Balsamwood flower at this couple's Smith Rock engagement session in Terrebonne, OR. | Erica Swantek Photography

These beautiful Arrowleaf Balsamwood flowers were in full spring bloom!

A cute couple cuddles up under a blanket as the sun sets at their Smith Rock Engagement Session. | Erica Swantek Photography

It’s never a bad idea to cuddle up under a blanket as the sun drops below the horizon.

A beautiful engagement ring at this Oregon engagement session near Bend. | Erica Swantek Photography

Mary’s gorgeous ring.

The sun had set and the beautiful blue hour was beginning with a crescent moon to create a perfect silhouette against the night sky at this Smith Rock Engagement Session. | Erica Swantek Photography

The sun had set and the beautiful blue hour was beginning with a crescent moon to create a perfect silhouette against the night sky.

Mary & Andrew are a great couple. I had so much fun getting to know more about them and meet their sweet pup. It’s no surprise that Bolt was included in their Smith Rock engagement session. After all, he did capture Andrew’s proposal for them with a GoPro mounted to his chest! Apparently he was an excellent cameraman too and I may have some competition on their wedding day!

I seriously can’t wait for their Elk Lake wedding in September. Fall is just about my favorite time of year and the high Cascades are beautiful then. It’s going to be so good!

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Hey, I’m Erica, a sentimental wedding photographer for free-spirited and natural couples that love celebrating outdoors! If you are getting married soon, we should chat. I have very limited availability in 2017 and I’m now booking for 2018. So, drop me a note and let’s together for a beer or coffee so I can hear your love story!

 

 

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