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Rattlesnake Lake engagement

This Rattlesnake Lake engagement session almost didn’t happen.

We were all set to go to Mt. Rainier instead, but Washington had other ideas. With snow, rain, and a freaking avalanche warning in the forecast, we put a pin in the mountain and instead drove out to North Bend, WA. And I’m stoked that we did.

I met Hanna and John for their Rattlesnake Lake engagement session bright and early (the sunrise hikers had definitely beaten us there). There was snow on the ground, but the sun came out here and there. Which, if you know Washinton in January, was a special treat. Clear skies, snow on the ground, beautiful grey-blue water, a mountain in the background…what more do you want? Other than snacks.

We wandered down to the lake, then looped up around it to the other side. It was incredible: tree stumps everywhere, snow in all the right places, and the sun darting in and out behind the clouds. Hanna and John ran around, laughed, and told me their story. They’ve been together 8 years, since college, and are finally tying the knot. John proposed with tacos, a story that made me laugh because my partner did the same thing. Except John set everything up on the roof of their building, complete with a fire pit and a suit. And the ring, of course. This beautiful ring.

He said his best bet was to not plan; that was the plan. Because his plans are “super obvious” and he really wanted to surprise Hanna.

Spoilers: he did. (mostly)

Hanna and John light each other up. They kept each other warm when the wind whistled down the valley, and they changed into matching jerseys at the very end–big Packers fans. I figured out that that was football.

This Rattlesnake Lake engagement session made me giddy; the company, the weather, the views…stoke was high. I definitely recommend this spot during the winter if you want to see mountains but don’t want to drive mountain roads. And I’ll happily go back any other time of year! Let me know if you’d like to go too xx

 

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  1. Sydney says:

    You really gotta love that winter weather! So crazy! An avalanche?! What?! But seriously, this is SO beautiful! These two are absolutely adorable and these photos are BOMB! 🙂

    • Rachel Downey says:

      I don’t think there was an actual avalanche, but there were enough “warnings” that we decided to keep our distance! Thanks so much; we had a great time!

  2. Samantha Rose says:

    Clearly you were meant to go to the Rattlesnake lake instead because this is BEAUTIFUL. I love the wide open space with just the two of them having fun.

  3. Maz says:

    The landscape in these photos is truly stunning!

  4. Alex says:

    Wow these are gorgeous engagement photos and have me itching to go to Washington to check out Rattlesnake Lake! Also love that he proposed with tacos, definitely sounds like a keeper to me! Beautiful work!

    • Rachel Downey says:

      Thank you so much, Alex! I’d be happy to adventure around with you if you’re ever in the area (:
      And YES haha my partner proposed with tacos too–keepers for sure!

  5. Love this! Such a perfect location with such a cute couple!

  6. McKenzie says:

    I love that he proposed with tacos! The photos are stunning – such a beautiful setting. So special that they wore their jerseys for a few at the end. <3

  7. Justyna says:

    This place is just out of this world!

  8. Teresa Woodhull says:

    This is such an incredible location! Thank you for sharing!

  9. These are so fun and candid! I personally love the snow on Rattlesnake Lake, looks like a gorgeous location for an engagement session!

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