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Rattlesnake Lake Engagements



Julie and Michael’s Rattlesnake Lake Engagements were taken in North Bend, Washington. This photo location is entirely worth the trip Mid to late September though November and March through May. Because it is such a popular hiking trail and family destination, I do not recommend this location in Summer. There are so many people there having fun it can be hard to work around the crowds. In the dead of winter it is windy and very cold! Fall and Spring are the perfect months for beautiful clean backgrounds.

Julie and Michael met serving together in the Navy. They were friends for a long time before they started dating. I think that can make for such firm foundations in relationships! The fact Clynn and I spent the first six months of our relationship writing letters and talking on the phone helped in our long term commitment to each other so so much. I loved hearing their stories serving together and a little about the work they have in common.

Military relationships can be so hard but it’s great knowing your partner understands the unique work environment. They eloped in 2020/2021 and are planning a March 2022 celebration with friends and family! In the military, if you’re not married you can not be moved around together. Eloping is very common in military relationships for this reason as a long engagement can mean separation. I love photographing weddings after elopements for military couples. It can be easy to let the day with friends and family pass you by. I’m so happy they’ll have one!

The celebration is set to take place at Salish Lodge and Spa. This is a wedding venue I’ve had on my books many times, with other plans or state shut downs getting in the way. I’ve never actually had the privilege to shoot there yet! I’m so excited to finally shoot at Salish Lodge and Spa and with these two, I know it will be such a fun day!

I have one more engagement session in the works at this location taken a couple weeks later. It’s so cool how quickly environments change in the Pacific Northwest from the beginning to end of October. Fall photos can be so unpredictable! Luckily, both sessions had perfect clear weather.

Enjoy this fun set. Congratulations to Michael and Julie! I can’t wait to document your big day and share more photos soon!

Rattlesnake Lake Engagements

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