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Lily + Mike | Silver Falls State Park | Portland Elopement Photographer

Lily + Mike | Silver Falls State Park | Portland Elopement Photographer

Sometimes, you just need to go to a waterfall in the middle of the week and sit at a lookout until the sun goes down. Spending time with your person is just as important as all the other big things in life. I know I'm usually sharing couples getting married and engaged, but I've found that it's all the little things in-between that matter the most. Silver Falls is one of my favorite places in Oregon, there's this 10 waterfall hike you can do that is pretty incredible. All to say, take the night off, stop watching Netflix, get outside, and spend some real undistracted time with your loved ones, because it's a big deal. 

Pre-Wedding Vows on the Oregon Coast

Pre-Wedding Vows on the Oregon Coast

Do you dream of eloping, but know that it means too much to your family + friends not to?
You're not alone.
The elopements that you see all over instagram and the internet where a bride + groom plan an epic trip to some far off land with cliffs and waterfalls have only really been a thing for the last 5 years. That's probably why your parents don't get it. 
The thing about eloping that really is so incredible (and what I love so much about them) isn't the killer photos or even the money that you will probably save on catering and an open bar, it's the intimacy. 

Oregon Mountain Engagement Session

Oregon Mountain Engagement Session

I'll just start out by saying if you don't know who Dawn is, then you probably should.  She's an amazingly driven photographer who lives in Oregon and has a huge love for adventure and the outdoors.  I was so honored when she asked me to shoot her engagement session and her plan to go into the mountains and adventure around for an afternoon was so perfectly her, I didn't expect anything less.  

We drove out towards Sisters, OR, stopping along the way when we found pretty forests, braving some epic winds that left our hair in one giant dreadlock, and laughing so much my abs were sore by the end of the day.  If you can't tell through the photos, Dusty is a character and these two together is an experience to be had.

It was so cool to be a part of their story, not only because I think Dawn is the sweetest/coolest/most bad-ass photographer, but because as a wedding photographer, you know the ins and outs of the whole industry, and every decision you make for your OWN wedding is well-informed and thought out.  That being said, they are doing everything exactly the way they want to, no outside pressure or following obligation, but making it just about the two of them, and I love this so so much.