Bend, Oregon Elopement Photographer | Central Oregon Adventure Elopement
Bend, Oregon is an elopement photographer and adventurous couple's ultimate playground. Thousands of miles of high desert and mountain trails to explore and so many intentional elopement day activities are doable within Central Oregon. There are waterfalls, alpine lakes, river canyons, and killer backpacking in the Three Sisters Wilderness. This particular day in Terrebonne, Oregon, home of Smith Rock State Park, was quite smokey from wildfires, but that didn't deter this couple from taking in the beautiful high desert landscape on their vacation rental property. Ash + Mac exchanged vows along the golden cliffside overlooking the Deschutes River on a warm July day after taking their time getting ready with each other. Then they spent the rest of their weekend playing Uno, hiking at Smith Rock State Park, drinking beers at the many breweries in Bend, and enjoying their cozy fire lookout rental. My personal favorite Bend, Oregon brewery is Crux Fermentation Project! They have an amazing outdoor area, often with live music and a delicious taco truck.
Central Oregon Airbnb Elopement Planning tip: be sure to check with the property owners about their event policy and restrictions. Do not try to deceive anyone to try to get away with it! This will only cause headache. Your elopement day should be easy going and without drama.
Check out a Smith Rock Elopement HERE if you're looking for more Central Oregon elopement inspiration!
Rent this killer fire lookout Airbnb HERE !!
Host: @dawn_photo + Home (curatedmess.co)
Models: @ashmorgan.xo + @thedadddymac
Style + Design: Home (curatedmess.co)
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Paper Goods: @eastandwestdesigns
Earrings + Necklace: @opalmilk
Rentals: @partyplacepdx + @curated_eventrentals
I've always been one of those people who felt adequate at explaining my emotions and thoughts eloquently. But this particular couple had me perplexed in the best way possible. After some purposeful reminiscing, I nailed down how I want to exemplify the friendship I've had with Chandler since we were 15 and the partner she has chosen to do life who I met much more recently when randomly bumping into them at the county fair three years ago.
As a teenager, I'd invite my friends to the property I grew up camping on. It was a safe place for a nearby escape into the woods, along the water and somehow our parents trusted us all to head out there together. The summer of 2013 after one of our best friends, Andrew, passed away was a trip no one wanted to miss. Without having to speak about it, everyone understood this would be a camping trip for healing. Every single person made arrangements to be able to attend. There were probably thirteen of us in total, Chandler included! Laughter was a soothing band aid and Miley Cyrus's "We Can't Stop" was on repeat. We played the music loud, danced on cars, and spoon fed each other jello shots until the fire burned out. The next day everyone loaded up into rafts on the Santiam River; I shared a raft with Chandler, Nicole, and Cody if my memory serves me correctly and Chan was definitely the responsible one in that boat. She has been a constant smile in my life from near and far since that time of life. I'm so grateful to know her.
After a period of time without us catching up, I ran into Chandler and Savannah at the Clackamas County Fair outside the rodeo arena. It was a super brief hello, but I was thrilled to see Chandler so happy! Fast forward and they hired me for their engagement and wedding photos!! They communicated how important it was to have their photos taken at the property Savannah's family owns in Fossil, Oregon because of the time they've spent there together. We met up on the morning of knowing full well it would be a fun and long day of adventure. I connected with Savannah immediately. The amount of times we looked at each other with laughter exploding from our faces was countless. And I finally realized why we clicked so well! My crazy matches her crazy in all the best ways. We three spent almost 10 hours together this day and I wouldn't trade it for anything. It consisted of champagne bottle pops, looking for snakes, brewery stops and dancing to NSYNC! I'm so lucky to be a professional third wheel and I cannot wait for their backyard wedding this summer in Aurora, Oregon. Cheers to Chandler and Savannah!
BOOK YOUR OWN ENGAGEMENT SESSION HERE
Andre + Mary met me at a completely empty, yet briming full of color riverside spot. It was raining, but no one said a word about it. That's how I knew this was going to be a great morning! These two have a love that is sweet, passionate, and so beautifully deep and green. And they wanted to celebrate that love with a photo session to document their anniversary in the forest of Oregon. They wanted it to portray the adventurous spirit within their relationship and the location they decided on from my list of suggestions couldn't have been more perfect. We danced beneath the trees, on top of the leaves, across the suspension bridge, along the rocks, and beside the river. Andre + Mary laughed and hugged and kissed and shared their story with me in the most easy going way. I can't wait for their next anniversary so we can explore a new corner of Oregon together to celebrate another year of their love!
"Jen provided comfort, good spirit, and the best company for my girlfriend and I’s ✨adventure shoot✨ Jen truly captured the love my girlfriend and I both have for each other so perfectly. We were so excited to get our pictures, and the second we received them we were totally in love. In conclusion Jen is so dope, and spot on with timing. Jen is the one, forever! Jen you are AMAZING!"
If you're looking for a special way to celebrate your anniversary, this is your sign to hit me up and let's get to talking about how we can plan a morning or evening or weekend as special as this one for you and your person.
Jen values connection and believes that true connection is what absolutely leads to emotive, powerful imagery.