Black Butte Ranch Intimate Wedding | Kareen + Dan

Fall in Central Oregon can’t be beat, especially when it comes to having an outdoor wedding. Kareen and Dan’s intimate wedding was perfectly timed before an incoming storm. Weather can always be a gamble for outdoor weddings but generally speaking early fall is a beautiful time for mild, pleasant weather and hopefully late enough that fire season has ended. Kareen and Dan lucked out with a beautiful day. It did rain a little but the drizzle was light and passed before the first look began. The low clouds made for some dramatic skies and the golden fall colors that were just starting to peek out really up popped against the partially overcast evening.

There is a place… Black Butte Ranch

Black Butte Ranch will forever be one of my favorite venue in the Bend area. It really has it all. With the recent remodel of the Lodge, which now has a modern and bright feel for receptions with large windows filing the space with natural light, a getting ready suite, and the option for a smaller reception upstairs in the Aspen Lounge.

The stunning location of Black Butte Ranch is just 15 miles west of Sisters, Oregon and is surrounded by gorgeous views in every direction. The Lodge sits amongst ponderosa pine trees, with a small grove of aspen trees that makes for a popular ceremony space with 360 degree views of the Three Sisters and the iconic butte which gives Black Butte Ranch it’s name.

Wedding photos that capture the moments.

Kareen and Dan’s wedding day was filled with so much love and emotion. By the sweet embraces, the way they looked at each other and the loving words spoken about the couple, it was apparent these two had found their home in one another. One of the many aspects of being a wedding photographer that I find so fulfilling is documenting all of the real, tender range of emotions that occur on a wedding day. I want to capture these subtleties with my camera. As I have grown older, the importance of these images is not lost on me. These images of a wedding day are forever documented and can be passed down to future generations and forevermore become a marker of such a beautiful moment in time.

Black Butte Ranch was chosen as the perfect venue for Kareen and Dan as the place holds dear memories for the couple as well as Dan’s family. We ventured to one of their favorite parts of the ranch which is a hidden stream and wooden area. After photographing weddings at BBR over the years, this hidden gem was new to me.

Kareen was walked down the aisle by her brother and officiated by a dear friend and neighbor. During the ceremony their rings were passed around for each of their family and friends to hold onto and infuse with a blessing and love. I believe this “ring warming tradition” is an heartfelt Irish tradition. One I wished we had done at our very own wedding.

After the ceremony Kareen, Dan and I walked to the meadow for an additional set of portraits just as the light softened and the sun begin to dip closer to the horizon. I highly recommend taking at least 15 minutes around sunset for a quiet moment together as newlyweds and some gorgeous portraits. From a practical and fashion stand point, having a shawl or leather jacket to thrown on is brilliant, especially if your wedding falls during a cooler month when evenings will get chilly. Kareen rocked her leather jacket and it made for a fun variety in their images!

Ceremony location amongst the aspen grove at Black Butte Ranch.
Groom patiently awaiting his bride.
Bride at Black Butte Ranch heading towards groom.
Bride getting her veil adjusted.
Groom smiling awaiting first look with his bride-to-be near an aspen grove at Black Butte Ranch.
Smiling bride walks towards groom for their first look.
Smiling bride walks towards groom for their first look. Black and white image.
Bride touches groom's shoulder for their first look.
Aspen grove near the lake at Black Butte Ranch is the perfect place for the bride and grooms first look.
A first kiss during the couple's first look.
Black and white image of a special moment between the bride and groom.
Groom smiles while wiping the bride's tears.
An emotional moment between the bride and groom during their first look. Aspen tree trunks are in the background.
A candid moment where the brides best friend wipes her tears.
Bride and groom kiss.
Black and white portrait of stunning bride laughing.
Bride holding bouquet by Woodland Florals.
Black and white image of a quiet moment where the couple walks into a wooded area at Black Butte Ranch.
Portrait of the bride and groom. Bride is wearing a stunning, sleek dress with long sleeves and a mid length veil.
Full length portrait of the bride and groom in a wooden area near a creek.
Candid moment of the smiling couple near a creek. Bride is holding brightly colored bouquet with oranges, coral and maroon colors.
Black and white image of groom kissing bride's cheek in forest.
Bride and groom walk smiling at each other down a bike path in Black Butte Ranch.
Bride and groom stops on bike path as a gust of wind blows golden aspen leaves around them.
Couple kneels down to get close to their two pups for a photo.
Black and white image of the bride holding their small dog and groom holding the leash of their black lab.
Bride emerges from Black Butte Ranch Lodge with her brother to walk down the aisle.
Bride walks across lawn with her brother.
Bride walks across lawn with her brother. Black and white image.
Groom smiling, watching bride walk down aisle.
Bride walking down the aisle. Outdoor ceremony at Black Butte Ranch.
Intimate outdoor ceremony on a crisp fall afternoon at Black Butte Ranch.
Bride hugs her brother.
Black and white image, mountains in the distance are covered by clouds as the couple says "I do" near the aspen grove.
Closeup of hand holding bride and groom's wedding bands.
Small ceremony near aspen trees from a distance.
During the ceremony the brides veil blows in the wind.
Bride and groom's first kiss during the ceremony.
The couple is all smiles as they are announced husband and wife.
Black and white portrait of the couple after they walk away from the ceremony site.

A few 35mm film photos from Kareen and Dan’s day. Can you spot the third film photo further down in this blog post? Hint the grain and softer focus may make it recognizable.

35mm grainy film shot of the wedding couple in the meadow at Black Butte Ranch.
35mm grainy film shot of the wedding couple in the meadow at Black Butte Ranch.
Bride wears black leather jacket, holding her bouquet standing back to back with her husband near the creek and golden shrubs.
Moody black and white portrait of the couple leaning in smiling. Bride holds bouquet down by waist, wearing leather jacket.
Full length moody black and white portrait of stunning bride in long sleeved, sleek wedding dress.
Full length moody black and white portrait of groom smiling in field.
Newlywed couple smiling in field post wedding ceremony.
Moody black and white image of the newly wed couple at a distance in an open field surround by shrubs and heavy cloud coverage.
Couple holds hands while standing back to back, eyes closed faces upward.
Sunset portraits of a modern couple in a field post wedding ceremony.
Close up image of couple belly to belly going in for a kiss.
Couple walks away from the camera with Black Butte and golden shrubs in the distance.
35mm film photo of Black Butte and the wedding couple teeny tiny in the distance holding hands.
Newlyweds lean in together against a wooden fence in a field whilte smiling at the camera.
Bride and groom walk away from the camera towards the newly constructed Lodge at Black Butte Ranch.

Venue: Black Butte Ranch Located just 15 minutes outside Sisters, Oregon.

13899 Bishops Cap, Black Butte Ranch, Oregon 97759

Florals: Woodland Floral

If you are getting married at Black Butte Ranch and haven’t secured your photographer, I’d love to chat. I’ve lived in Bend for 7 years and can help recommend some favorite vendors local to the Sisters and Bend area.

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