Romantic Spring Elopement in the Redwoods and Oregon Coast Arches

Emily and James’ elopement day being on St. Paddy’s Day was pure coincidence, but the amount of green present on the day (including the bride’s emerald colored ring) was perfection. Why did these two choose an elopement, and specifically one on the Oregon Coast and among the Redwoods?

I (Emily) have grown more attached to the idea over time. I do not like being emotionally vulnerable, especially in front of other people, so I really want it to just be me and James and the trees.

The intention in their day was palpable. Their lodgings were butted up against the beach, with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean from nearly every room in the house. Their first look on the beach was a short walk from their front door and the excitement to finally see each other was a perfect start to the day.

Exploring the Redwoods was one of their top priorities and where they said, “I do” with Charles Wright officiating. Emily and James closed their eyes and spent several moments just feeling where the surrounding trees were and being immersed in the environment.

A surprise location favorite ended up being the sea arches and cliffs I took them to along Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor on the Oregon Coast. We took in the crashing waves and kept an eye out for whales as we breathed the smell of the sea.

Back at their lodgings, we grabbed a quick bite and headed down to the beach to wind down their day with some letters of well wishes sent from their loved ones. Tears were flowing (including from me) as Emily and James took turns reading cards and letters, detailing how much the couple meant to their friends and family.

As the sun set below the horizon, we illuminated lanterns and enjoyed a stroll along the beach. Emily and James pretended they were a lighthouse keeper and his wife, making up a backstory of how Emily was eagerly awaiting for James to come home. And yes, the scene was complete with southern accents and laughs when we couldn’t contain it any longer.

LEAVE NO TRACE REMINDER: Please be respectful of the environment and stay on trail (this includes not climbing on/walking across downed Redwoods)

Vendors

FLORALS: Etsy (remember that live and dried flowers are not allowed in the Redwoods)
MAKEUP/HAIR: Black Fern Beauty Co.
GOWN: Savvy Bridal, Kansas City MO
SUIT: Todds Clothiers
OFFICIANT: Charles Wright (The Wright Officiant)

If you’re dreaming of a day like this, full of intention and connection with a splash of “epic” thrown in, reach out, and let’s adventure together…

If you’re dreaming of a day like this, full of intention and connection with a splash of “epic” thrown in, reach out, and let’s adventure together…