From the Oregon Coast to the wild deserts of the East, Oregon is the Iceland of the United States, with its vast variety of backdrops, perfect for elopements.
As an Oregon elopement photographer, I've compiled all the info on how to elope in oregon below, including location ideas and more.
To elope in Oregon, you need a marriage license, at the cost of $60. It’s good for 60 days, and in most counties you are allowed to waive the 3 day waiting period for a small fee. Two witnesses and an officiant are required to sign the license (did I mention I’m also a licensed officiant if you’re just wanting to read vows and sign papers?). Based on “landscape traits”, I’ll help you select the best view. Whether that’s a mountain peak, or a gorgeous sandstone cliff overlooking the ocean. Let’s get started…
Two witnesses and an officiant
TWO MORE THINGS
If you’re considering Cannon Beach as your backdrop
I would actually urge you to consider another nearby beach, if not avoid the north coast altogether. There are so many locations that are more scenic, and more importantly: LESS CROWDED. As an elopement photographer, I can tell you this has been a nightmare for couples.
Parking can be a nightmare (there isn’t really a designated spot for the beach, so street parking is typical), and there’s a reason people decide to go to Cannon Beach – it’s one of the most blogged and photographed places on the Oregon Coast. If you want beachcombers in your images, then this may be the place for you, but if not…
I’ve got a list of over two dozen other significantly less crowded and more scenic locations all up and down the Oregon Coast. Let’s find you one that resonates with you.
The second thing? If you’re thinking of having a small wedding on the Oregon Coast on a Friday-Sunday, especially from May-September, be prepared for it to be insanely crowded. If you can at all, I would highly suggested moving your day to Mon-Thurs.
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Avoid Friday-Sunday dates for less crowds.
Cannon Beach isn't your
5 Tips for Eloping on the Oregon Coast
Make sure you do (or don’t) need a permit.
Check the tides on your wedding day.
Check sunrise and sunset on an accurate app.
Be open to locations other than Cannon Beach.
Choose a Monday-Thursday to avoid crowds.
LOOK NO FURTHER FOR THE BLUEST BACKDROP YOU CAN FIND FOR AN ELOPEMENT
HOW TO ELOPE AT CRATER LAKE
BEST TIME OF YEAR
AVOID Early-Mid July due to mosquitoes.
There are waterfalls aplenty no matter where you look in Oregon.
McKenzie River, North Umpqua
My fav waterfalls
BEST TIME TO VISIT
April - October
Most accessible waterfalls in the winter are in the Columbia Gorge or North Umpqua
If you’re wanting epic views at sunrise or sunset and a unique elopement location,
The Alvord Desert
ElopE in the Alvord Desert
BEST TIME TO VISIT
April - October
Summer days can be warm, but nights can be cold.
It's about BEing empowered to be unapologetically yourself and create a wedding day (and life) that YOU can be uniquely proud of.
Listen, I GET IT. It’s hard to make that choice to decide what’s best for you and your commitment to each other, especially if it doesn’t align with a lot of peoples’ expectations.
It isn’t selfish to want a day that reflects you and your partner to the core. It may be one of the most healthy ways to start your new life together.
Eloping isn't about the photos.
What past couples have to say
As soon as I spoke to Sam on the phone we connected and I knew there was no one else I would rather have in my corner to pull off the magical adventurous wedding I had in mind! Sam was super communicative, crazy knowledgeable, and just so much fun to work with!
Do yourself a solid and cancel your wedding, hire Sam as your adventure elopement photographer, and run away and marry your sweetie like you really want to!
Our day went by in a blur and we were glad to have Sam capture all the memories we may have missed or forgotten. She made things super easy so we were able to focus on what was more important, which was experiencing the day together and enjoying ourselves. Sam was also quick to empower us to do whatever we wanted - whether that was going to a diner in our wedding attire, or getting matching wedding band tattoos! Our day was everything we could have wanted and we felt like Sam was just a friend that was helping guide us through it.
When anyone asks me how our Kauai elopement was, my words are 'it was perfect' and it truly felt perfect! We combined in that day what we truly love to do. And having Sam there was amazing; the fact that she was so accommodating, willing to do whatever (props for being a great rider), taking awesome photos and on top of that, marrying us in a very personal ceremony with that beautiful scenery.
We truly couldn't ask for a better day, and now having these amazing photos, it makes me want to go back to Hawaii.
Kendal & Mike, Glacier National Park
Martyka & Steve, Oregon Coast
Deidra & Juan Pablo, Kauai