May 4, 2021
We were both born and raised in Washington, but Hannah moved to Oregon for school, and lived in Portland for about 2 years. That’s where she started her photography business, before Venture to Elope was created. Since then, we both have traveled to Oregon a lot to capture some pretty incredible moments! We are both just in awe every single day with the beauty and diversity of this PNW state. We love the Oregon coast and how moody it is with the rugged coastal range, big rocks, sand dunes, and wind-shaped trees. The coast is almost always windy, but we love the movement this provides. It also has a very natural color palette full of brown, beige, orange, and deep green. We visit the coast probably the most frequently because it is just gorgeous. If you move in a bit, but stay on the western part of OR, you will find lush greenery and towering trees. This part is gorgeous because of the cascading waterfalls and the hanging moss. Continue moving in to central Oregon, and you will find the Cascade Mountain Range. This is where you crazy backpackers will THRIVE! The mountains, alpine lakes, waterfalls, and incredible views are unbeatable. All the way on the east side, you’d be surprised with the desert landscape that Oregon has. It’s sunny and full of rich orange and red hues. Beautiful for elopements even in “off months” like November and December. So whatever landscape you want to elope in, Oregon has it for you! That’s why we created this guide on how to elope in Oregon! It has a ton of helpful tips from location ideas, places to stay, vendor recommendations, and more. Hopefully this guide is helpful when planning your Oregon elopement!
Decide whether or not an adventure elopement is right for you and your partner. It’s an incredible experience that is solely focused on the two of you and your love. But we totally understand that elopements aren’t for everyone! Check out our blog on Adventure Elopements and 13 Reasons to Elope to help you figure this out.
Hey, that’s where we come in! We absolutely love documenting elopements. They are beyond special. If you want to learn more about us, check out this page, and if you want to learn more about the experience we provide, check out this page. You won’t be disappointed! All you need in order to book us is a date! Then, we’ll help you plan your dream day.
This is one of our favorite parts! We’ll help you pick the best spot in Oregon for your elopement. There is such a diversity of landscapes, that you have endless options. You can elope on the coast at a sandy beach or with jagged rocks. You can elope in the mountains or along the vast Columbia River Gorge. You can elope at a lake, by a river, or under a waterfall. You can elope in the desert or at some pretty neat sand dunes. This is one of the hardest and easiest parts of planning! But don’t worry, we’ll be with you every step of the way.
Sometimes a permit is required for events in a National or State Park within Oregon. However, it depends on the park, and the group size. It’s super important, though, that we contact the paark and ask about their individual requirements so that we can secure the proper SUP in order to legally have photography and videography for your wedding. Most likely, we won’t need one for an elopement or intimate weding with under 50 guests. Also, they usually ask that you don’t have any props or structures, and if you do, you might need a permit or you might need to get married in a designated area.
You can obtain a Marriage License within 60 days of your wedding date. You have to be at least 17 years old, and the fee is $60. For more information on how to obtain a license and submit an application in Multnomah County, click here!
The best place to visit in the spring is anywhere that might have potential growth. Since basically everywhere in Oregon is receiving more rainfall, the plants are thriving! New blooms, especailly with cherry blossom trees and magnolias. Spring is typically from April to June, and due to the snow melting from the winter, we highly recommend checking out Oregon’s many waterfalls!
Summer months usually are between July and September. Summer is the best time if you want to avoid the rain and bask in the beautiful colors of the season! The sunsets are stunning, and there’s usually an abundance of wildflowers. We highly recommend hiking during this season and checking out the epic mountain areas like Mount Hood, Adams, and Three Sisters, just to name a few.
Starting in late September, fall usually lasts until about early November. Fall is still a great season to go hiking before it starts getting super rainy and snowy. The air gets a bit cooler as the leaves change colors and start to fall. It’s honestly one of our favorite seasons!
In Oregon, winter starts about late November and ends in March. Winter is Adam’s favorite season! He loves the winter wonderland scenery and snowboarding.
Check out this beautiful tropical elopement from Cape Kiwanda!
And so many more! We’ll help you find an awesome place to stay for your elopement!
Excited about planning your Oregon elopement? Contact us!