Alison + Austin | High Desert Engagement

When you’ve booked a wedding in September, but the couple lives in Oakland, you take any opportunity you can to get together.

Such was the case with Alison and Austin. On one of their final wedding planning visits to Bend we met up for a morning engagement session out in the desert with a beautiful view of the Three Sisters. While they both have Oregon roots they managed to find each other in San Fransisco…

I had a friend my freshman year of college who ended up being Austin’s roommate years down the line. The friend visited San Fransisco and got all his friends together, so Austin and I met that evening, but we were both involved with other people. It wasn’t until 6 months later that Austin sent out a message to everyone about a bar night. I had just gotten off of the swing shift, so I stopped by after midnight when everyone was gone, except Austin. So we hung out then and started dating…

…We’d been dating since 2012, but had only lived in the same city for 7 months. I’d moved across the bay for a PhD (Physics), and Austin eventually moved to Boston for a 2-year MBA. After he graduated, he moved back to California, and we were soon pretty sure that this was meant to be. We decided to announce our engagement in front of my family, over the holiday season. So the day before we went […] and found me a tiny ring and we told only family over a champagne toast!

They are sweet, funny, waaaaaay smarter than me, and I am so excited for their wedding at Five Pine Lodge this fall!!!

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