Allie and Texas eloped in March of this year in a beautiful spot just outside of Bend, Oregon with twelve of their closest family and friends. Having met at their national rowing championship during University and getting engaged while hiking at Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico, Allie and Texas are certainly no strangers to outdoor adventure. It was only fitting they chose Oregon’s outdoor playground, Bend, as the destination for their elopement.
We started the day with getting ready photos at their adorable Airbnb. Allie had a gorgeous lace dress and the most amazing white cowgirl boots. Seriously, they were the coolest! Texas also looked charming in his sleek black tux and bowtie. They were both glowing! After getting ready, we did a first look outside their Airbnb and took a few photos with friends and family before heading out to their ceremony location.
For transportation to the ceremony location, Allie and Texas rented the coolest 4-wheel drive limo. We all piled in and headed to their secluded ceremony spot in the desert! We made our way down a long, dusty dirt road before arriving at the butte they chose for their ceremony location. Just outside of Bend, the butte was located near Horse Butte, a popular mountain biking area. Allie and Texas actually found the spot while mountain biking a couple months earlier. Although it was a bit windy and brisk, we were fortunate to have beautiful weather. The weather can be unpredictable during this time of year so we welcomed the sunshine even though it was a bit chilly! The two had a short and sweet ceremony, exchanging their vows in front of their close family and friends. There were plenty of laughs and a few happy tears!
After their ceremony, we ran around the desert and captured their love together while their family and friends headed back to the Airbnb to enjoy cocktail hour and apps! Afterward, we met back up with everyone for some food, drinks, and music. The night ended with Allie and Texas sharing an intimate dinner surrounded by their loved ones. It doesn’t get much better than that! It was a perfect elopement day in Oregon filled with pure joy and infinite love.
Eloping in Bend, Oregon
Ponderosa pine forests, jagged mountain peaks, gushing rivers, and the vast high desert. At its heart runs the mighty Deschutes River with the Cascade Mountains to its west and the high desert to its east. Bend is the perfect mix of natural beauty and outdoor adventure.
Where to Elope: Anywhere!
The truth is there are so many incredible elopement locations in Bend! It’s hard to choose just one favorite. Its diverse landscape means you can find a location for almost any type of elopement you desire, whether you’re dreaming of a snowy mountain top elopement or an elopement in the desert. A few of my favorite Bend elopement spots include Sparks Lake, Smith Rock State Park, Broken Top, and the Metolius River! For my other recommended Bend elopement locations, read my guide on How to Elope in Bend, Oregon.
Where to Stay: Bend
This small mountain city is a lively hub for outdoor activities, craft breweries, coffee shops, and award-winning restaurants. Outside of downtown, the options for recreational activities are endless. Biking, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, skiing, and rock climbing are all popular choices. Bend is a great place to stay whether you decide to stay in a boutique hotel downtown or a cozy cabin in the woods.
When to Elope: Spring and Fall
Located in the Great Basin, Bend enjoys a mostly dry, desert-like climate with plenty of sunshine. Days are moderate with cooler evenings year-round. However, spring and fall usually mean milder temperatures and fewer crowds. September and October are especially beautiful. With that said, Bend is a great place to visit all year long so you really can’t go wrong!
Dreaming of an elopement or intimate wedding in Bend, Oregon? Check out my post on How to Elope in Bend, Oregon with everything you need to know about eloping in Bend!
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