I’m a wedding & elopement photographer for laid back couples that value the idea of being married more than just having a party. They want photos that show their true selves and represent their love of nature, and prefer to be more natural than overly posed.
I knew right away that Rochelle & Ben’s Deschutes Brewery wedding was right up my alley! We hit it off the previous summer when they hired me to photograph their engagement session at Crux Brewery. These two are craft beer connoisseurs, and they love that I mention IPAs in my bio, so chose me to capture their destination engagement session and ultimately wedding here in Bend. Their love of the “nectar of the Gods” naturally led them to a beer themed wedding, all taking place as the gorgeous Deschutes Mountain Room, at the main brewing facility here in Bend, Oregon. The tables were all named after the flagship brews Deschutes is famous for, with beautiful candelabras and hop heavy florals as centerpieces. Guests were treated to a tour of the brewery immediately following the ceremony, while Rochelle, Ben and I headed down to the river for some formal portraits. It was a gorgeous, intimate wedding where every single guest traveled to attend their brewery destination wedding here in Bend. Despite the heat and heavy smoke in the air from the crazy wildfires in the region, Rochelle & Ben’s Deschutes Brewery wedding was heartfelt, fun and exactly what they envisioned their day to be!
Rochelle & Ben stayed in a beautiful vacation rental home in Bend a few miles from the Deschutes Mountain Room, and a few blocks from Bend’s iconic Drake Park. They each got ready on a separate floor of the home, and then The Bend Trolley brought them to the park for their first look. The wedding party followed as well as the family, and then we headed to the Mountain Room for their Deschutes Brewery wedding!
Rochelle & Ben’s wedding party made their grand entrance into the Mountain Room, where guests were treated to a plated, 3 course meal, with beer pairings for each course. Gwen and I sat with the guests and enjoyed the dinner too! After dinner, there were some heartfelt toasts before the couple’s first dance, family dances and cake cutting. Then Flip Flop Sounds got the party started, providing great dance tunes for everyone to have fun!
The night was coming to a close, but before Gwen and I left, we had a little fun with Rochelle and her guests. I never turn down an invite to dance! I may have a little bit of Elaine-esque moves (kuddos if you get that reference, as I’m aging myself here), but the bride’s brother seems to think I was rocking it, ha!
I had so much fun at Rochelle & Ben’s Deschutes Brewery Wedding! We connected over our love of craft beer and it was truly an honor to be a part of their beer themed wedding day! I love when my clients become friends, and I can’t wait for these two to come visit Bend again, so we can share a beer together and reminisce about their amazing wedding day!
I’m really proud to mention that Rochelle & Ben’s wedding was also featured on The Knot Real Wedding’s Blog. Check it out here!!!
Cheers, my friends. Here’s to sharing a lifetime of laughter and good brews!
Venue (Food, Drink & Cake): Mountain Room, Deschutes Brewery
Wedding Gown Designer: Maggie Soterro
Dress Shop: Trudy’s Brides
Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way
Hair & Makeup: Edge Hair & Makeup
Groom’s Suit: Nordstrom
Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Bride’s Shoes: Blue by Betsy Johnson
Bride’s engagement & wedding rings: Ritani
Groom’s wedding ring: Padis Jewelry
Flowers: Wild Flowers of Oregon
DJ: Flip Flop Sounds
Transportation: The Bend Trolley
Invitations: Simply Smitten Designs
Primary Photographer: Erica Swantek Photography
Second Photographer: Gwen Shoemaker
Hi, I’m Erica, a Bend Oregon wedding photographer for sentimental, free-spirited and natural couples that love celebrating outdoors! If you are getting married, I would love to chat with you. I’m currently booking 2019 weddings in Bend, as well as destinations across the globe. Drop me a quick email or text and let’s talk!