Bonnie and Jordan had planned the most incredible elopement weekend. They were all set to take a sunrise hike to the top of South Sister, Oregon’s third tallest mountain. They had planned an amazing camping weekend near Bend at Sparks Lake with some of their closest friends and family, complete with a taco food truck, margaritas, and brunch the next morning.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go exactly as planned. It was September and the devastating Oregon wildfires were spreading. The smoke from the fire was getting worse, and they were forced to cancel their original plans.
Most of their family had already arrived from all over the country and they were determined to get married. Instead of setting off to hike a mountain peak, we headed to a cave just outside of Bend where the air quality was much better, and they said their vows surrounded by close family. After the ceremony we headed to Sparks Lake to grab a few photos. The smoke was thick, but they still made the most of it—they even brought their own vintage gas masks!
Even though their initial plans didn’t work out, they didn’t let it stop them. They went with the flow and embraced all that mother nature threw their way. Planning an elopement doesn’t always go as planned, but in my experience, that’s the beauty of it. Ya can’t have the rainbows without the rain! No matter what the day brings, you’ll still have each other, and that’s really all that matters in the end.
After their ceremony in the cave we headed to Sparks Lake where they originally planned on having their wedding. We took some fun photos with their vintage gas masks and explored around the campground on the edge of the lake. I can’t wait to visit the lake again on a clear day. Normally you would see huge mountains surrounding the lake! It’s an incredible location near Bend for elopements and camping with family and friends.