The Oregon Coast is magical year-round. This Hug Point elopement was no exception. From Brookings, OR and the Natural Bridges all the way up to Astoria, OR and everything in between you truly can’t go wrong. There’s endless sprawling beaches, unique rock formations, and surprises around every corner. Its certainly more chilly in the fall and winter but that doesn’t stop the exploring!
This elopement took place on a dreary Oregon afternoon at Hug Point State Park where the rain was spitting on us pretty consistently. By the end we were all soaked! I love Hug Point for several reasons but the biggest ones are 1) its generally a little more quiet compared to the nearby infamous Cannon Beach and 2) the rock walls as a backdrop are quite incredible. If you hit it during the right time of year there’s also a small waterfall feature thats pretty cool!
Michaela and Brandon hired me a few months before their elopement and I was so ecstatic to be a part of it. They told me their toddler would be there with them and let me tell you: he adorably stole the show towards the end of the ceremony. His mom and Dad were holding hands as they said their “I-dos” and to him it was a perfect little bridge for him to run under! He found the utmost joy in this simple moment and it was really sweet to witness. They were joined by 3 of their closest friends for the occasion, one of whom doubled as the officiant. Fun fact: you can bring whoever you want to your elopement day!
Of course leading up to the wedding day we were all watching the weather really closely. If you live in the Pacific Northwest you know the weather is far from reliable, but the Oregon Coast is even more so! The weather forecast even just an hour before the ceremony started said dry overcast skies. It rained the whole ceremony and through the portraits but who’s going to let a little rain ruin their wedding day? We embraced it fully and even took a dip in the ocean at the end of the day. The lesson here is to expect the unexpected.
Hug Point is one of my favorite places within a couple hours of Portland. I have another elopement here in 2021 that I’m sure will be just as magical. Eloping is all about choosing to do it your way. Bring who you want. Get married in a place you love. Ditch the traditions and make your own! Who’s in?!
Kelsey Straus is a PNW Elopement +
Intimate Wedding Photographer
based in Portland, Oregon