Portland Elopement Photographer

      Elopements have become extremely popular, for good reason. The typical wedding day events can be excessive for some couples. The pressure to create an event for hundreds of guests can be simply too much. Instead, you can sneak off with the one you love and get married on your own terms. These intimate ceremonies are incredibly powerful, the vows you make can be filled with so much emotion because you don’t have a room of all of your friends and family staring at you.

      A few favorite elopement stories: Jameykay + Arlie, Michelle + Judson, Redwood Deck, Anya + Rev, Cannon Beach, and

      Other elopement destinations: Big Sur, Yosemite, and Iceland. (See my list of 50+ Elopement Locations here)

      After years of photographing elopements in adventurous locations all around the world, I’ve put together a guide on eloping in the state I call home.

      Oregon has become one of the top elopement destinations in the United States, and I can see why.

      hug point elopement photo

      Elopement Checklist:

      1. You and your partner
      2. An officiant. This could be a friend or family member who is ordained (or the wedding judge is a favorite).
      3. You’ll need two witnesses, I’m always happy to be one of them.
      4. Flowers are typically nice, favorites include Foraged, Goodseed, or Selva.
      5. There are wedding planners that specialize in elopements: Mae & Co.
      6. If you’re interested in video, we also offer to film on Super 8.
      7. Once you have a spot, it’s typically best to either shoot near sunrise or sunset. Also, reach out to me in regards to how to navigate the crowds.
      8. Don’t forget a bit of champagne or a small cake!

      Where to Elope in Oregon

      Portland Oregon Elopement photo

      Oregon is one of the top elopement destinations in the country, for good reason. There is a wide range of venues and nature areas both in the city and surrounding area. Here are a few favorite locations to have a small wedding.

      Portland Elopement Locations

      Mt. Tabor Park - Great views, easy parking, and within the city limits. You can share vows, take photos, and go grab a great dinner within a few block radius.

      Washington Park - Nestled into the hills of SW Portland, featuring towering redwoods and Douglas firs. There are many trails to explore, allowing you to find just the right spot.

      City Hall - In the heart of downtown, getting married at City Hall is quick and painless. There are nearby parks for quick post-wedding photos.

      Cathedral Park - Underneath the St.Johns bridge is a beautiful park with gorgeous views of the Willamette river and Forest Park.

      You can also reach out to your favorite restaurant, winery, or coffee shop. Many are able to host private events in their space. Don't be afraid to ask.

      Best Places to Elope in Oregon

      • Wahclella Falls - A truly stunning waterfall at the end of a one mile hike. This is the most popular spot in the area, for good reason.

      • Oregon Waterfall elopement locations: Latourell Falls, Multnomah Falls, Proxy Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and more.

      • Columbia River Gorge - Pick any of the hundreds of scenic hikes, from the Oneonta Gorge to Hood River. Don't forget about the Washington side, like Dog Mountain or Cape Horn.

      • Mt. Hood - Either the Silcox Hut , Crag Rat Hut, or Timberline Lodge are great. There are many lakes with views of the mountain like Lost Lake or Trillium Lake.

      • Crater Lake - One of the most picturesque locations in all of Oregon, a volcano basin filled with crystal clear water.

      Oregon Coast Elopement Locations

      • Cannon Beach - There are many spots in/near this popular coastal town. Hug Point, Indian Beach, Haystack Rock, Short Sands, and more.

      • Pacific City - Another gorgeous coastal area featuring Cape Kiwanda nature areas sand dunes and rock formations. Pelican Brewery offers wedding reception packages.

      • Astoria - This lovely fishing town will capture your heart, you'll soon see why it's a top pick for elopements.

      • Further South - Great locations for photography like Lincoln City, Depot Bay, Yaquina Head, and Bandon.

      Portland, Oregon Elopement Packages

      Elopement Pricing:

        • Five hour packages and Full-day coverage available.
        • Personal Printing rights to the fully-edited digital files.
        • Online gallery with easy image download.
        • Travel included for Oregon, Washington, California, and Idaho.
        • Five hours: $3200 | Full-day $4200



      If you have an elopement idea that doesn’t quite fit a package, let me know.

      If you’re looking for incredible location ideas, also send me a note.

      Timeline Tips

      Plan your day for good light. This usually means either a morning or dusk ceremony time. If that isn’t doable, there are locations with tree cover that are great for mid-day.

      Don’t forget the getting ready, capturing these moments help tell the story of your day.

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      Elopements on Super 8

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