Sparks Lake Elopements
Sparks Lake is located just outside of Bend, Oregon, and is surrounded by Mt Bachelor, South Sister, and Broken Top. You can drive there from the end of May until as late as mid-November. The key to getting amazing wedding photos at Sparks Lake is planning them at the right time and place. Below is info on when and where to get the best portraits.
Time of Day
The best time of day for photos (on a clear day) is just before sunset and just after sunset. This particular wedding started right as the sunset. It ended about 45 minutes after the sun had gone down over the mountains. This allowed for some soft and amazing light that can’t be beaten. If you know you are going to have a cloudy day, the light can be good anytime.
Time of Year
Sparks Lake can be beautiful year-round, but some months can be better than others. June is the first month that you can most likely guarantee that Cascade Lakes Highway will be open. Also, in June you will probably still have snow on the mountains.
July and August can run a risk of being smoky, due to forest fires. A little bit of smoke can create some beautiful light. Too much smoke can be hazardous.
In my opinion, the best months are from September to November. October can be especially moody with the weather changing and you may see some snowflakes. In November you can almost guarantee to see some snow in the mountains.
There are two main Locations to park at Sparks Lake. The most common parking area is the Day Use Boat launch and the second is the Green Lakes Trailhead. Both locations will require a $ 5-day use parking permit, which you can pay for with cash only on-site.
After parking, at Green Lakes Trailhead you will need to carefully walk south across the highway to an amazing meadow. This location has the best view of Mount Bachelor. You can also see South Sister and Broken Top.
If you decide to go to the Day Use Area you will find dozens of amazing places along the lakeshore. The lake is very shallow so you will see some breathtaking reflections on a calm evening.
If you’re considering getting married at Sparks Lake and have any questions, feel free to contact me with any questions.
Sarah + Brent – June Elopement
Sarah and Brent planned a super simple little elopement up at Soda Creek on the edge of sparks lake meadow. This location is so stunning and the perfect spot for a little celebration.
Jenny Bryan – June Elopement
Jenny and Bryan were married at the end of June on a warm summer night. I could have asked for a more inspiring elopement to photograph.
Sami and Jordan – August Elopement
Sparks Lake, a captivating natural gem nestled near the Deschutes National Forest in Oregon, is a picturesque alpine lake that enchants visitors with its stunning beauty and tranquil ambiance. Located in the Cascade Range, this scenic lake is surrounded by towering peaks, lush forests, and a breathtaking expanse of untouched wilderness.
With its crystal-clear waters and a backdrop of majestic mountains, Sparks Lake is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. The lake offers awe-inspiring reflections of the surrounding landscapes, creating a photographer’s dream and a feast for the eyes. The mirror-like surface of the water perfectly captures the grandeur of the snow-capped peaks, vibrant wildflowers, and dense forests that encircle the area.
The area around Sparks Lake is renowned for its recreational activities, providing visitors with a range of opportunities to immerse themselves in the great outdoors. Fishing enthusiasts can cast their lines into the pristine waters in search of trout and kokanee, while kayakers and canoeists can navigate the calm lake and explore its hidden corners. Hiking trails wind through the nearby forests, offering breathtaking vistas and opportunities to observe the diverse wildlife that inhabits the area.
Sparks Lake is also a popular destination for camping and picnicking. The campground adjacent to the lake provides a serene setting for spending the night under the starlit sky. Campers can set up their tents amidst the towering trees, enjoying the soothing sounds of nature while being surrounded by remarkable vistas. The campground offers basic amenities such as picnic tables and fire rings, allowing for enjoyable outdoor meals and cozy evenings spent by the campfire.
In addition to its natural beauty, Sparks Lake holds historical significance as well. It is believed to have been formed by a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago, leaving behind a captivating landscape shaped by nature’s powerful forces. Exploring the area allows visitors to connect with the region’s geological past and appreciate the forces that have shaped this remarkable destination.
Whether you are seeking a peaceful retreat, an outdoor adventure, or simply a place to marvel at the beauty of nature, Sparks Lake near the Deschutes National Forest is a place that will leave you awe-inspired. Its pristine waters, dramatic mountain scenery, and abundant recreational opportunities make it an unforgettable destination for those seeking solace in the heart of Oregon’s natural wonders.
This amazing couple flew out to Oregon to elope in the mountains and decided that Sparks Lake was the location for them. Their ceremony was in August and the sky was filled with a hint of smoke, adding a bit of warmth to their photos.
Flowers: Woodland Floral
Videography: Mike Hiatt Media
Vanessa and Adam – July Elopement
Vanessa and Adam are a couple of Bend, Oregon locals that were engaged near Sparks Lake. So they naturally felt like this was the perfect location for their elopement.
Officiant: Chris Lewis
Dress: Bella Bride Bend