This intimate wedding along the banks of the Deschutes River will forever be one of my favorites. I grew up spending most of my free time right here, 100 yards from where this wedding took place. My family has owned property here in central Oregon since the 1960s & we are literally across the street from this sweet couple. I loved our own wedding but if I could do it all over again, I'd do a simple, central Oregon backyard wedding just like this one. It was...perfect.
Karie and Joe are two of the sweetest and coolest people I've met in recent years. I feel like if I looked up, "Northwest Lifestyle Couple" on Google, their faces would pop up. Both are designers for outdoor apparel and equipment & Karie also designs custom dog tags from her cute log cabin studio on their property. Check out Southpaw Dog when you have a minute. Speaking of dogs...both of their adorable dogs were in their wedding and totally stole the show as Best Dogs as they walked down the aisle with Joe. Each wore a custom made collar that matched the wedding decor. Even the guests brought dogs! Of course, life in central Oregon usually includes dogs so this was absolutely perfect!
One of my favorite moments of the entire day was a happy accident. I went upstairs where Karie was getting ready, just to say hello and see if she needed anything. As I was getting ready to leave, her dad came upstairs and saw her for the first time, in her wedding dress. I only snapped a handful of images from this moment & looking at them still makes me a bit emotional. A truly candid, real moment to be treasured forever. They are also the only images I decided to make black and white in this entire collection. Timeless and perfect.
My husband officiated the wedding and also helped me second shoot afterwards. I was so thrilled when we were able to sneak Karie & Joe away up into the woods of LaPine State Park just 100 yards away to take intimate photos among the Ponderosa Pines. As we left their property, I commented on their cool wood fence. Joe suggested we get photos of Karie chopping wood in her wedding dress, so that's what we did! Too funny! A first for me and so perfect for this outdoorsy, central Oregon couple.
After a short walk, we were in the woods. These woods are where I've spent countless hours walking and thinking and I felt so happy taking wedding photos as the central Oregon sun started to set. Joe was so fun and goofy and Karie's laugh was contagious as we strolled along the path next to the river, all with yummy cocktails in hand.
I usually rave about wedding cakes but I'm going to switch gears and rave about the food at their wedding reception. Bangarang in Bend catered the wedding with their awesome food truck and the food was amaaaazing! Wow! I wish I could send some to all of you reading this blog post. If you're in the Bend area, look them up. Seriously. Do it. Mmmmmm.
I'm so happy Karie & Joe asked me and my husband to document their wedding day here in Bend. I'm truly honored when couples come to me and ask me to photograph their weddings. To also have this sweet couple as neighbors, in my most favorite place in the world, is truly icing on the cake.
Congratulations, Karie & Joe! Here's to many more nights enjoying cocktails on the porch.
12/8/2017 10:43:53 am
Such a cool vintage woodsy-inspired wedding! I love how simple and nautral everything is. And I am absolutely obsessed with the detail shots that you took. They look stunning!
12/8/2017 02:41:09 pm
There are so many unique elements of this wedding that I love! The dress, the location, the hanging lanterns at the ceremony...so much to love! You captured their wedding day so beautifully. And that food truck is awesome!
12/8/2017 04:52:53 pm
Oh my gosh, you did an amazing job on this Bend Oregon wedding! They're so lucky to have had you there. I love the location by the river and how many sweet moments you captured with their loved ones. And her dress is amazing! Beautiful job!
12/8/2017 05:07:27 pm
This! This is an epic Bend Oregon Wedding. You did such an incredible job. The shot with the rings and the paws is just perfect... you are such a talented Photographer
12/8/2017 07:21:33 pm
This couple is just so cute!! I love weddings that are hand made and casual, they are so authentic!! I love your work.
12/8/2017 07:32:09 pm
I need to get to Bend, Oregon!!! This wedding is absolutely perfect and you did an AMAZING job capturing it all!! So gorgeous
12/8/2017 11:27:44 pm
What a perfect Bend, Oregon wedding! From the wooden ring boxes to the flannel shirt to the chopping wood — such fun details!
12/9/2017 06:42:32 am
These are so great! I bet the couple is extremly happy to find one of the best bend wedding photographers. All those details were done extremely well!
12/9/2017 09:25:34 am
Oh man they are adorable, I love love her dress! And what a backyard in Bend....Your photography documented the natural love of this day so well. I thought the blog was fricken awesome...then it ended with the dog photos!! So fricken good.
12/9/2017 09:28:00 am
Gorgeous photo! I love the pups too! Dogs make all weddings that much better. I didn't realize that you and your husband were quite the dynamic duo?! Officiant and second photographer, how perfect! This album makes me want to visit Oregon. :)
12/9/2017 09:52:53 am
I love this Bend, Oregon wedding so much! Intimate backyard weddings are my jam. You captured this special day perfectly. The couple was lucky to have you as their wedding photographer! I love all of the details - her two piece lace dress, the wildflowers, the ribbons and twine. Oh, and a food truck? This is a dream wedding.
12/9/2017 05:11:20 pm
Congratulations, Kari & Joe! What a beautiful wedding! I love the simplicity and intimacy, because nature gets to show off! Deschutes River is absolutely lovely. I've never been to Oregon, but if I ever visit, Bend will be on my list of stops. You did a wonderful job as their photographer; beautiful images!
kymberlee n smith
12/10/2017 10:57:20 am
I absolutely love the rustic feel! Gorgeous wedding and gorgeous pictures
12/10/2017 11:14:32 am
Oregon is on my bucket list and bend looks beautiful! Stunning wedding.
12/10/2017 06:19:54 pm
You did an AMAZING Jon, and this is such a stunning couple!
12/11/2017 11:36:07 am
What an awesome bend wedding photo!
12/11/2017 04:31:28 pm
And my jaw dropped. Gorgeous details...her dress...so chic and unique. Their love and emotion was absolutely beautiful. Looks like Oregon is for sure a place I need to check out. Excellent work!
12/11/2017 05:48:47 pm
The simplicity, and beauty was captured so very well in this wedding... you are by far the best Oregon Wedding Photographer
12/11/2017 08:51:35 pm
This gallery is filled with emotion & humor that I just fell in love with! Your images are stunning & I feel like I know this couple. I’m with you if I could do it again I would love for this to be my wedding! Everything is so simple yet so magical, you can feel the love for sure! Just a beautiful Oregon Wedding & the perfect Oregon Weddding Photographer for this event!
12/11/2017 10:20:50 pm
This is such a special time of the year in Oregon! What a beautiful day to celebrate a wedding! The way you tell the story is beautiful and it flows so well. Gorgeous work.
12/12/2017 01:17:21 am
I love this wedding! So funny that you grew up so close in Oregon. The photography is spectacular, beautiful work!
12/12/2017 07:09:20 am
these Bend Wedding photos are absolutely to die for! you captured so many intimate and genuine emotions and moments. Also I cannot get over her two piece wedding dress!
12/12/2017 07:54:13 am
This is such a cute wedding in Oregon. I especially love the ring shots with the dog - adorable. That is what makes you such a great photographer!
Uniquely His- Holladay
12/12/2017 08:14:32 am
What a gorgeous wedding on the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon! There are so many natural details that make these photos extra special. From the wooden ring boxes, the rosemary sprigs at the place settings, their navy and burgundy color choices- all so thoughtful and lovely! The brides wedding dress is absolutely stunning and I love how intimate the entire day is. Gorgeous photography work! I know they will be blessed by these pictures forever!!
12/12/2017 08:32:03 am
I agree, Karie and Joe are the Webster's definition of Northwest couple. Bend, Oregon is on my bucket list of places to visit- looks like a gorgeous place to have an outdoor wedding- just lovely wedding photos!
12/12/2017 11:46:04 am
Oh my gosh what a stunning wedding!! I love Oregon (I spent a 1.5 years there after college) and it is just one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. This backyard wedding looks like it was a perfect day, and you did such a wonderful job capturing it! Also -- I am CRAZY about that last picture with the rings and the dog paws!! That is so sweet <3
12/12/2017 03:06:20 pm
What a sweet wedding! I love all the unique details and oh my goodness those puppies!! The shots with them are SO cute!! Everyone should have dogs at their wedding! I bet this couple is so happy they chose you for their Bend Wedding Photographer!
1/29/2018 10:46:46 am
What a STUNNING Bend Oregon wedding! I love that they were married on the banks of the Deschutes River. Going into the woods of LaPine State Park for portraits of the bride and groom was an awesome idea!
1/29/2018 11:12:17 am
You captured this Bend, Oregon wedding SO beautifully! The details, the love, the family... all beautiful. And oh my goodness those pups! I love when couples include their doggies!
1/29/2018 05:43:15 pm
Yes to the images in black and white with her dad seeing her in her wedding dress. Bend Oregon is a beautiful location for a wedding. I think the dogs were so cute in all the photos with the couple during the ceremony.
1/29/2018 07:02:16 pm
Such a gorgeous Bend, Oregon Wedding! Her wedding was so sweet and I loved her dress! These two looked completely in love and you did and amazing job on all of the pictures! The pup at the end with those eyes melted my heart!
1/29/2018 07:20:43 pm
Oh my goodness, I have been to Bend, Oregon but I was taken back by the beauty in these photos! I especially love the ones with the dog!
1/29/2018 09:41:24 pm
You are so lucky to have grown up in such a beautiful part of Bend, Oregon. I love her unique dress. Beautiful job capturing their day!
1/29/2018 10:04:09 pm
I just adore her dress! I love the details and all the emotions. They look like a very relaxed couple just happy to be together and celebrate this great day! Beautiful work!
1/29/2018 10:16:21 pm
Really love how you captured this Bend, Oregon wedding. You are an amazing photographer!!! Those doggos stole my heart.
1/30/2018 06:33:46 am
These photos in Bend, Oregon are beautiful! I am loving the bride's velvet heels, and the cake is gorgeous! You did a wonderful job capturing their wedding!
1/30/2018 10:07:29 am
You are a talented Bend Wedding Photographer. We love your editing style- it was perfect for this rustic wedding.
1/31/2018 04:26:18 am
The detail in that dress is soooo incredible. I love how you captured all the beautiful little details that mean so much to them. You are such a talented Bend Wedding Photographer
These photos make me want to move to Bend Oregon and have my anniversary there. Beautiful setting, and you can really get a taste of their personality through your shots. I LOOOOOVE your happy accidental shots of the bride and her dad. And love how you made it black and white. That moment is definitely a perfect moment to capture. My favorite is that final shot of everyone's hands and that sweet little paw.
5/21/2018 12:18:34 pm
I think you captured this couple perfectly! The way he looks at her at the alter, the pics of them smiling with family and her dancing with her dad down the aisle. So perfect and beautiful! What a lovely outdoors backyard wedding!
5/21/2018 01:05:49 pm
That's so amazing that you and your husband played such important roles in their wedding! Such an honor. I know your friends were happy to have you not only as friends, but as their central Oregon wedding photographer as well!
5/21/2018 07:22:17 pm
What a gorgeous and sentimental day! Oregon is absolutely beautiful, and the fact you came to this very same river growing up is just precious. Deschutes proved to be a perfect spot for their wedding! Karie & Joe, congratulations!
5/22/2018 01:07:29 am
How beautiful all the details are and colors. Great job with this wedding! Love it!
5/22/2018 06:38:38 am
This central Oregon wedding is SO beautiful! I adore her two piece dress. I love how much attention you paid to detail here and most especially love that you captured the uniqueness and joy of their wedding day!
5/22/2018 07:44:20 am
This wedding is my perfect, ideal wedding! An intimate Deschutes wedding in the forest, two piece wedding dress with red shoes, puppies, puppies, puppies. I love how you perfectly captured all of the details and moments full of emotion. Beautiful!
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