Whatcom Falls Park is a beautiful setting for an engagement session. The first thing that you hear as you travel down the path to the sandstone bridge that this park is famous for, is the sound of the waterfall off to the right. Once you are on the bridge, you have a spectacular view of the waterfall, a part of Whatcom Creek, which is fed by Lake Whatcom. The sandstone bridge was constructed in 1939 and is a popular site for photos. (You will find a link to a map of the area with it’s trails and park information at the beginning of this post.) It was a beautiful day, though a really warm one, when I met Emily and Joe to capture their engagement photos. We started out by taking a few shots on the bridge before heading onto the trails underneath the canopy of evergreens.
We had intended to hike down to the “Whirlpool”, a favorite swimming spot for local Bellinghamsters. There is also a small waterfall there that empties into the pool and people often jump off the cliffs surrounding it into the pool below. (Which there are signs prohibiting diving because of the danger. There have been several people injured by doing that). But the temperature was in the 90’s, so the pool was crowded. I may have to try that spot again for photos on a not-so-warm day….. I decided to forego that option and get some great shots up above before heading to the wooden bridge on the other side of the pool that crosses the creek.
We did find a secluded spot in the woods to take a break so that Emily & Joe could have some alone time, and I could also grab some gorgeous shots of Emily.
I love this little wooden bridge!
There are so many trails that wander through this park that covers 241 acres. You can actually walk all the way to Woburn St, or over to Bayview Cemetery. I will have to do some more exploring on a cooler day. In the meantime, I am so looking forward to this wedding this summer! These two are such a sweet couple! And they are just made for each other!