Oregon is one of the most magical places to elope and you cannot change my mind otherwise! There is just something about all the greens, waterfalls, and coastal cliffs that makes an Oregon elopement so nature inspired. Below you will find out about all the insane locations that Oregon has to offer and some top insider tips for eloping in Oregon!
You should 100 percent consider Oregon as a possible elopement location for your elopement! The landscape is truly so unique and has something for everyone. From waterfalls to green cliff sides, to redwood forest, Oregon is so unique and is the perfect spot to elope. Another plus to eloping in Oregon is the proximity to different and unique landscapes. This is perfect when taking photos, because you can get multiple different landscapes in the same elopement day. Picture this, you wake up at sunrise to do a short hike to the most beautiful Oregon cliffside and say vows. Towards afternoon we go check out a forested area. Then for sunset we hang out on the iconic Cannon Beach to get the most amazing sunset photos. Sounds pretty perfect to me! Contact me HERE if you are ready to make those Oregon elopement dreams happen!
Now to the good part! All the amazing locations that you should elope in Oregon! To start off Oregon is a very large state, with several hours between the northern and southern coast. These are just a few of my favorite locations to share with you and still do have several secret locations that I love to keep on the down low for my clients! These locations are a great starting point for planning your dream Oregon elopement.
I cannot brag enough about going to God’s thumb for your elopement. This spot is truly iconic and is so breathtaking. It basically is a large cliffside that overlooks the most beautiful ocean view that is located outside of Lincoln City. The hike round trip is right around 4 miles long, but I will warn you the hike out does have quite a bit of elevation gain, and could be challenging if you are not in decent physical condition. But on the flip side, the hike down is pretty much all downhill and is very easy to complete. God’s thumb is great for sunrise or sunset! The hike during the week is not very populated and you would only encounter a couple other hikers on the trail. When hiking at sunrise or sunset you would need headlamps to hike out or back in the dark!
It doesn’t get any more iconic than Cannon Beach. Cannon Beach is about an hour and a half away from Portland and is really easy to access. Parking spots for the beach fill up quickly, especially during the summer months. Cannon beach has the most beautiful sunset, but it can be very busy during the weekends and summer months. My biggest suggestion is to get married here in the off season and at sunrise! The beach would be much less populated and provide you with the best elopement experience possible!
Latourell Falls is one of the most beautiful as well as easily accessible waterfalls in Oregon! It is a very short ten minute walk out and back and you really can walk down to the base of the waterfall. With just a 40 minute short trip outside of Portland this waterfall is great for elopement and adventure sessions. A major consideration here is the mist that will come from the waterfall. You will get wet and there is some mud, so just make sure that you are totally ok with this before you pick it for your elopement location. Another consideration here is that the parking lot does fill up decently fast. I suggest getting there at sunrise to beat the crowds!
Mt. Hood is a seriously beautiful location that is around an hour and a half from the Portland area. There are several top spots that you can consider when eloping in Mt. Hood. The top spots that I recommend are: Trillium Lake, Lolo Pass, and Paradise Park Trailhead. Since this location is a national park you will need a special use permit. You can apply for it and learn all about it HERE. A great part of this location is that it is equally beautiful to elope in all seasons. The winter time at Mt. Hood is a winter wonderland, while in the summertime you can find all the wildflowers blooming.
The best feature about Oregon is that there are so many beaches that are perfect for your elopement! Since there are so many beaches, this means that there are many that are not busy and increase your chance of having a very private intimate beach ceremony. Eloping on the Oregon Coast is great for sunrise or sunset. Some of my favorite beaches for elopement in Oregon are: Secret Beach, Pacific City Beach, Short Sand Beach, and Arcadia Beach State Recreation Area. This is truly just the start to this list and there are so many great beaches that are easily accessible and perfect for your elopement.
My goddess, this location is something special. Located in southern Oregon this location is truly one of the most stunning in the state. This location is also only about a half hour from the RedWoods in northern California, so is a great way to get the best of both worlds. I will say that this is located on a cliffside and to get the best photos possible, you might have to have an adventurous heart and soul and not be scared of heights. Sunrise or sunset are both great options for eloping at Samuel H. Boardman!
I also cannot say enough about Hug Point! Hug Point is a beach area that is located only 9 minutes from Cannon Beach and five minutes from Oswald West State Park! To get to the beach it is super easy access and only a short 5 minute walk from the parking lot. This location is very unique with a small waterfall, rocky tree covered cliffside views, and caves! Hug Point would be perfect for sunrise or sunset photos!
The Painted Hills are truly so unique in Oregon! The painted hills are located in central Oregon and near the town of Mitchell. The colors of reds, oranges, and rust will truly leave you with the most unique elopement photos. One thing to note is that a wedding permit is required for this location! These range from $150 – $300, and need to be applied for as soon as possible.
You might be thinking where the heck do I start with elopement planning? That’s where I come in! I love to help each and every one of my couples find the perfect location, vendors, and correct permits to make for the most perfect day. Here are some steps and questions to consider when eloping in Oregon.
There are so many different landscapes to choose from when it comes to your elopement location. I highly suggest that you pick your locations based on what feels the most like you guys. If you are beach people, maybe consider Hug Point for your elopement. If you are more of a mountain person, Mt. Hood, could make the perfect location for your elopement. There truly are so many options to go around.
Elopements are truly centered around getting married exactly how you are wanting to. The average elopement cost between $5,000 and $20,000 and there are so many factors that play into that number. It is totally up to you guys for how extravagant or simple you want to make it! Either way, getting married in a beautiful place like Oregon, leaves you in a win-win situation. Also remember that you are eloping for a reason, and you can choose to do so however you want!
When it comes to applying for permits the guest count does make a difference in the overall permit process. This is different depending on the exact locations that you are choosing. It is always best to check in with the permit office to see what permits you will need to obtain to keep things legal! Whether your guest count is just you two or fifteen people, just remember this is your choice as a couple to decide on and you can elope however you want!
When eloping in Oregon or anywhere out of your state of residence it is important to look into all the marriage laws and steps that are required to get legally married. To start off you will need an officiant! This could be a close friend or family family member or you can also hire a local officiant. The next thing to note is that you will also need two witnesses! Don’t worry if you don’t want to bring anyone along with you. We can always find fellow hikers on the trail or at one of your photo locations! Lastly, there is a three day waiting period and required fee when picking up your marriage license. Each specific Oregon county has their own courts website that is a great resource to make sure all the requirements are met.
Portland (PDX) will always be my go to when flying into Oregon! Generally it has cheaper flights as well as the best rental car availability. Several of the locations listed are within a couple of hours from the Portland Airport and would be easily accessible within an hour or two drive. When looking into a southern Oregon location, my go to the airport is Medford Airport (MFR). For more central Oregon, check out flying into Eugene (EUG) Oregon.
One of my favorite features about Oregon is all of the beachside mom and pop hotels as well and just the unique locations that you can stay at! I highly suggest renting an Airbnb or Vrbo to get ready in and take photos for your elopement. There are so many cabins and beachside cottages that will truly give you the full Oregon experience. Also, if cabin in the woods is your vibe, you could even choose to have your ceremony right at your Airbnb or Vrbo if that is allowed!
The weather in Oregon can be temperamental to say the least and is known for its rainy weather especially in the Portland area and on the coast! The best thing that we can do is to just be prepared for all weather situations as well as embrace the weather. The rainy Oregon coast can make some of the most beautiful photos at the end of the day. The best times to elope and adventure in Oregon are from May to September. But I have been in Oregon in early April and had the most beautiful weather! In general, early fall and summer are your best bet for ideal weather in Oregon!
I hope after reading this that you are more than ready to take that step to elope in the beautiful state of Oregon! Whether that be on a grassy cliffside or even in the mountains, Oregon is just waiting for you to come and elope. There is so much beauty to go around and I would love to plan your next adventure with you!
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xx Megan – your Oregon Elopement Photographer
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