OREGON ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGES, PRICING, LOCATIONS, VENDORS
Eloping in Oregon has become very popular. Many couples from outside of the state opt to come here for the amazing scenery and culture. I have shot everywhere from the Oregon Coast to the Columbia River Gorge, Portland and the Southern Oregon Coast. I'm happy to provide guidance on how to have the best elopement day.
OREGON ELOPEMENT PACKAGES
These packages are customized with each client in mind and the vendors included will work with you to match your vision for the best elopement ever.
- Up to 10 guests
- Four hours (Full day coverage available)
- Timeline building
- Online gallery
- USB with images
- If travel is more than two hours outside of Portland additional travel and lodging fees.
CHOOSE YOUR VENDORS: PHOTOGRAPHER, PLANNER, FLORIST, OFFICIANT, HAIR AND MAKEUP
I work with a great team of wedding vendors that absolutely love elopements. I find couples coming from out of state appreciate not having to scour the internet for trusted and experienced vendors. I'm happy to share a list of the best and you can choose which ones fit your vibe.
You will need two witnesses. I always serve as one of course, but am happy to provide a second shooter if needed and they can serve as the second. You will also need to get your marriage license no earlier than 60 days prior to the elopement. You can apply for that here.
TIME OF DAY AND TIME OF YEAR
You want the best light and the most epic photos. So shooting for having your ceremony at sunrise or an hour before sunset is the best time. I will of course help with timeline planning, but be aware that is what we center the day around. In Oregon, we get lots of rain, so spring through early fall are the best times to come.
WEEKDAYS WORK BEST FOR PEAK SEASON
Chances are in July through September, I will be shooting a wedding on any given Saturday and sometimes Sundays, but aside from that, weekdays are prime for two reasons: 1) Less crowds and 2) Vendors and venues are more available.
PACK FOR OREGON WEATHER AND TERRAIN
Oregon is known to be sunny one minute, and then showering the next. Packing a waterproof jacket, hiking boots and other necessities especially for an adventurous elopement are going to keep you warm, comfortable and avoid being miserable on an important day. I'll bring the umbrella and pack the blanket and champagne!
CHOOSE A LOCATION
Oregon has so many gorgeous locations to choose from. I always recommend to choose a location that has meaning for you, but if you want to go somewhere epic, I can absolutely help with that. Some locations are busy in the afternoons so we will have to determine where to go and when.
INFORMATION ABOUT OREGON WEATHER
MONTHLY AVERAGE PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE
You're going to see that late April through the beginning of October tend to be the best times for Elopements.
Ideally you would choose May through September for the least rainfall and best temperatures especially near the end of the night.
WHY ELOPE IN OREGON
IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR ALL IN ONE WITH EVERY KIND OF LANDSCAPE, YOU WILL FIND IT HERE.
THE MOST SCENIC PLACES TO ELOPE ARE IN OREGON
I’m biased as a PNW Elopement Photographer because Oregon is one of the best places to elope:
WHERE TO ELOPE IN OREGON
PORTLAND / OREGON COAST / EASTERN OREGON AND BEND / COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
PORTLAND IS A UNIQUE CITY. IT HAS BEAUTIFUL OLD BUILDINGS, PARKS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CITY, WOODS SURROUNDING IT, MODERN AND CHIC VENUES, AND ARCHITECTURE THAT MELDS INTO NATURE. THE PERFECT CITY FOR ELOPING.
It feels like you're sitting above Portland. Mainly because you are sitting on a dormant valcanoe. I recommend looking at a map to get a feel for the space, especially for bridal photos. The rental fee is $294 for a ceremony and reception and includes 16 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. Same rental fees apply for a ceremony only wedding. Please note, an additional insured endorsement is required, along with general liability insurance. There is an $85 application and processing fee applied to all events.
Washington Park is an extremely large park that has many areas that feature unique spaces for an elopement. One of the spaces is the International Rose Test Garden, which always ranks high for a romantic and timeless elopement. You wouldn't have to worry about decor because of the natural beauty! Securing spaces in the park requires filling out their wedding inquiry form (https://washingtonpark.org/weddings/). Make sure you double check their requirements and what is allowed and provided when you are planning your elopement there.
Once again, a beautiful wooded location near the heart of Portland. Hoyt has a beautiful arched covering that resembles Cathedral Park. I personally recommend the Redwood Deck as it makes you feel like you're in a treehouse getting married. There are meadows and acres of wooded areas to explore. If you're trying to get the best of an urban elopement with an outdoor feel, this is the place for you. It is a botanical and historical space, with over 2,300 plant species from six continents. Quite the impressive biological space. At only $300 to rent the space for the day, it is well worth the investment.
One of the most stunning pieces of architecture in Portland. You stand beneath a bridge with Cathedral-like arches. An entire park lives underneath this. Sitting right next to the Willamette river and allowing ample cover for random rainstorms that pass overhead. The park has an amphitheater, paved paths and quaint old lamp posts, and has many tiers to allow you different vantage points. This space is unique but can be challenging to get the permit to use the space for events. There is a high demand, so plan on applying early.
THE COAST ATTRACTS SO MANY PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. IT CAN HAVE WEATHER THAT IS RAINING ONE MINUTE AND SUNNY AND HOT THE NEXT. REMEMBER TO PACK ACCORDINGLY. EITHER WAY, YOU WILL HAVE STUNNING IMAGES IN THE RAIN OR SHINE. ELOPING ON THE OREGON COAST IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA. BE AWARE NO PERMITS ARE REQUIRED AS LONG AS YOU AREN'T BUILDING A STRUCTURE OR ALTAR, HOWEVER PERMITS ARE FAIRLY EASY TO SECURE. MAKE SURE YOU PLAN FOR THAT AHEAD OF TIME.
Crook point is like a fairytale. If you want to get married in an enchanted forest overlooking the coast, this is the best location for you. Once you have your elopement, you can walk out to the peak that overlooks the ocean for some epic bridal shots. You.
Ecola State Park and Indian Head are wonderful especially if you want to get some scenic vantage points of the coast. There is quite a hike going up Ecola State Park, but it is well worth the view. Down on the beach, all of the natural streams and landscape make it an insane backdrop for an elopement or small wedding.
Cape Kiwanda is actually part of Pacific City. When you come to Pacific City, you will want to park at Pelican Brewing and we will walk out to the beach, take a right and walk up the huge natural sand dune. The entire cape has unique features that are hard to find anywhere else in Oregon. You can see an elopement I shot at that location HERE.
What an icon. Cannon beach is the home for Haystack rock. a landmark for people to come look at from all around the country. Eloping on this part of the beach is truly a bucket list item. There is also a trail that goes up to a peak that overlooks the entire coastline that is well worth having your ceremony up there. It is a hidden secret only the locals know about.
(a Mt. Hood Elopement would be rad):
THERE IS NOTHING MORE "OREGON" THAN ELOPING ON OR BY ONE OF OUR AMAZING MOUNTAINS. THERE ARE A FEW LOCATIONS THAT I RECOMMEND IF YOU WANT THE MOST EPIC VIEWS.
LOCATED NEAR BEND OREGON, YOU WHAVE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS. YOU CAN BE NEAR THE MOST ADVENTUROUS CITY IN OREGON AND YOU HAVE EPIC VIEWS NO MATTER WHERE YOU TURN.
IT DOESN'T GET BETTER THAN BEING ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN ITSELF. YOU ALSO GET TO HAVE THE HISTORIC TIMBERLINE LODGE BEHIND YOU. ELOPE ON A MOUNTAIN AND WALK DOWN TO THE HOTEL TO HAVE YOUR MINI CELEBRATION AND STAY. ALL IN ONE.
IF YOU WANT TO FEEL LIKE YOU'RE SURROUNDED BY NATURE, HAVE AN UNOBSTRUCTED VIEW OF THE MOUNTAIN, AND HAVE A FAIRYTALE GARDEN ELOPEMENT, THIS IS THE PLACE TO GO.
THE LAKE ITSELF REFLECTS HOW BEAUTIFUL THE MOUNTAIN IS. ELOPING ON A PRISTINE LAKE AND HAVING THE MOUNTAIN AS YOUR BACKDROP MAKES FOR THE PERFECT OREGON ELOPEMENT.
My favorite part? They have a beautiful greenhouse that you can elope in anytime of the year. Planning on eloping with the rain? You an get out twinkle lights and make it magical.
This A-Frame has a beautiful front deck and has a huge open floor plan. Perfect for a small wedding or elopement. Check out the inside for amazing cozy winter photos.
CABINS IN THE WOODS AND FORESTED AREAS FOR ELOPEMENTS:
Just looking for a forrested space to have your elopement, but want to be close to the city? This is the best venue for that.
PLACES TO ELOPE IN EASTERN AND CENTRAL OREGON
You can see my entire post on eloping in Bend HERE. Being an elopement photographer in Bend has its perks. You have a gorgeous desert setting with mountains in each direction you look. You can even have beautiful plateaus overlooking a canyon as a backdrop behind you. This is one of my favorite locations to shoot elopements because of how versatile the terrain is.
OREGON WATERFALL ELOPEMENT LOCATIONS
BEST WATERFALLS TO ELOPE AT:
TIPS FOR WATERFALL ELOPEMENTS
Some waterfalls require us to hike in. Typically they aren't too strenuous, but you will definitely want to pack your wedding attire and hike up in normal clothes.
Waterfalls have a lot of off-spray. You don't have to be close to the waterfall itself to get completely soaked. Depending on the length of your ceremony and how much humidity affects your hair, you will want to consider how close you want to get to the waterfall.
The time of day also matters. The bottoms of waterfalls are typically in the bottom of sheer walls. So having your ceremony around early afternoon is best depending on the time of year and how high the walls of the waterfall is cascading from.
Favorite Places to Stay In Oregon
Theses unique places to stay in the Pacific Northwest have rich history, unique partners to showcase the wine and food sourced from Oregon vendors and feature breathtaking views.
Oregon's Most Scenic Locations
OREGON ADVENTURE AND ALL INCLUSIVE ELOPEMENT PACKAGES.
If you are looking for an Oregon Adventure Elopement, we can make it happen:
I provide an all-inclusive elopement package for couples looking to elope but would rather not worry about the details. I have a great team that can provide all of the basic services you would need.
I’m happy to chat with you about the all-inclusive package, but if you only require photography, I’m available to provide that as well!
An all-inclusive elopement package is the best way to eliminate worry for your wedding day. The truth is that your wedding day is just one day and it passes super quickly, and the only thing that you have to tangibly remember it are your photos. So wouldn’t want them to be as beautiful as the day that you remember?
More and more people are eloping to celebrate the meaningful bond between each other rather than trying to put on a party for everyone to see that meaningful relationship.
From a photographers perspective, and elopement is such a good idea because it allows you to get all of the amazing intimate photos of just you two.
We are able to go to different locations, take our time, have fun and make sure that we capture all of the special moments of the day rather than rushing away from your wedding party for her 30 minutes to snap as many photos as possible and then rush back. The best part? You can get truly epic photos insanely gorgeous locations that will be true works of art that you can keep in your home and share with your children for years.