Elopement at Hug Point on the always stunning Oregon Coast.
Eloping in the Columbia Gorge is so beautiful.
Pro tip: bring layers because it is often very windy.
trillium lake in mt hood oregon.
you can access it year round but in the winter you need to snowshoe hike in!
First of all - you should do whatever feels right to you! There's a lot of reasons people elope yet the #1 reason is to be able to have a carefully chosen day that is all about you. It's low pressure and is truly focused on spending the day how you want to. It can start with a morning brunch, which leads to a midday hike, and ending the day at the beach watching the sun set. Think about what you love to do together... now why not get married doing just that?
Some people may say that choosing to elope is selfish, and they may not be wrong. If there's any day to be selfish and completely authentic to yourselves it absolutely should be your wedding day. Honor your wishes, not those of anyone else (there are a number of ways to include your loves ones though!). It should be noted that you can elope AND have your closest family and friends present for some (or all) of your day! There's no rules here!
Elopements are for EVERYONE. There's a misconception that in order to elope or have an adventure elopement you have to be super in shape and ready to hike 10 miles. SO not true. There are endless options for drive up locations that are just as stunning. Urban elopements are very much welcome here too!
Great question. It can feel overwhelming with so many options! As an elopement photographer in the Pacific Northwest I've had the pleasure of exploring so many beautiful places. Depending on various factors such as how much activity you want to do, distance from home, landscapes, etc. I'm certain we will find you something that feels just right!
There are two main factors that will influence the date you choose for your elopement. One is the weather and one is the day of the week. I highly encourage my elopement couples to choose a date Mon-Thurs when possible to avoid crowds. In addition this is the PNW and we do get a lot of rain and/or snow from October-April.
Diablo lake in north cascades national park.
one of the most dog friendly national parks!
mt rainier national park
the wildflower bloom usually happens in july but depends on the snow melt + weather.