The Transition of Winter to Spring in the Oregon Cascades
At Wedventure we aim to inspire adventurous couples planning to say ‘I do’ in the High Desert; to spark fresh ideas and connect them with just the right vendors. Occasionally, we toss aside preconceived notions about Central Oregon weddings and bring you a styled event dreamed up by a creative team of our choosing. We showcase off-the-beaten-path locations and work with local talent from our pool of wedding vendors to bring imaginative themes to life.
When you think of Central Oregon weddings you probably imagine a snowy mountaintop, an elegant woodsy resort, or a placid lake surrounded by flower-filled meadows. It’s true, Central Oregon has an embarrassment of natural riches, all of which provide a limitless playground and a stunning natural backdrop. The region naturally lends itself to rustic-meets-elegant outdoor weddings. But it is also possible to carry off an oh-so-Bend wedding even while celebrating the intimacy of being indoors.
For this day, we all wanted an uncommon, inspirational wedding that would encourage readers to try something unexpected when planning their own Central Oregon wedding. We chose to showcase a variety of landscapes, indoor and outdoor settings, and gorgeous changes in lighting to introduce how couples can elope from the top of a mountain and have a candlelight dinner with their guests.
Our photographer, Benjamin Edwards, captured the day not only in his stunning photographs but in his description of the group’s collective creative vision: “For this styled shoot, we wanted not only to celebrate the outdoors, but the transition of Winter to Spring. The transition was artfully depicted in the design and color scheme of the shoot by Abby of ae creative.
The Suttle Lake Boathouse served as a perfect backdrop for our dressing area. I loved the clean, almost Scandinavian feel, and the sun reflecting off the white walls made the lighting perfect. The Boathouse also served as a dynamite reception area, the large picture windows framing stunning floral arrangements by Bramble Floral. Alluring desserts by Dreamin’ Desserts adorned the top of a beautiful tablescape by ae creative.
I’ve envisioned a bride on a mountaintop for some time now. Dress fluttering in the wind with the Cascade Mountains visible in the background. In my mind’s eye this was best to be shot at sunset, but we were working on the timeline of the lift operators (thank you Hoodoo!) and only had until 4 pm. The bright midday light was no problem, as I’ve learned the value of a good diffuser and flash system. Always hire a photographer who’s prepared — but really that goes for any vendor!”
The area sits on the summit of Oregon’s Santiam Pass and is Oregon’s most centrally located destination for winter sports enthusiasts. Just 44 miles west of Bend, 85 miles east of Eugene and 130 miles southeast of Portland, Hoodoo offers more than 800 acres of terrain, 34 runs, five lifts and one of the largest tubing parks in the West.
Founded in 1938, Hoodoo is Central Oregon’s original ski area. The ski slopes are on a big, rounded butte, with lots of wide open terrain. So whether you prefer the deep and challenging powder of Hoodoo’s backside or the finely groomed runs of the front side, the majesty of Hoodoo’s location and fun of Hoodoo’s night skiing will keep bringing you back.
This beautiful shoot was featured in our Fall issue — grab your copy here. Story by Catrina Gregory.