Oregon Elopement Locations



Oregon is one of the best places in the U.S. to elope. Wild beaches, beautiful mountains and enchanting forests. All you need is a great Oregon elopement photographer. Your story deserves beautiful photos you absolutely love.

Your story deserves beautiful photos you absolutely love.

Oregon Elopement Photographer

We love elopements! Love, joy and romance fill the air! Sound Originals is the top Oregon elopement photographer. We love helping you plan your elopement by finding the best locations in Portland and beyond. We can't wait to tell your story!

Best Elopement Locations in Oregon

1. Cannon Beach
2. Oregon Coast
3. Lavender Valley
4. Wahclella Falls
5. Multnomah Falls
6. Silver Falls State Park
7. St. John's Bridge
8. Painted Hills
9. Columbia River Gorge
10. Ecola State Park
11. Sisters
12. Hood River Valley
13. Timberline Lodge
14. Rowena Crest
15. Proposal Rock 

Timberline Lodge

Rowena Crest Wildflowers

Proposal Rock

Oregon Elopement Locations

Sound Originals offers elopement, wedding and engagement packages at many locations in Oregon. As a result, we help couples plan magical elopements with our guide to the best places to Elope in Oregon. The first step is deciding what time of year you're planning to elope. Winter looks very different than summer in Oregon! For a summer elopement, you can pick almost anywhere in the state for great pictures. In the winter, options become more limited. For instance, you might want to stay away from the Oregon Coast unless you want a dreary and rainy elopement. As elopement photographers, we love helping couples plan their perfect wedding ceremonies across the beautiful state of Oregon!

Cannon Beach is one of the best places to elope in Oregon. You'll love Haystack Rock, which is famous around the world. It's the perfect backdrop to your wedding or elopement ceremony. Check out this recent photo gallery from Hailey and Matthew's stunning photo session at Cannon Beach. They eloped a decade earlier, and finally got the chance to celebrate their marriage at Cannon Beach. We absolutely loved being their photogapher!

Cannon Beach

There are so many places to elope on the Oregon Coast. It's impossible to name just one. We love the rock formations on the Oregon Coast near Neskowin. It's a tiny town. As a result, the beach is rarely crowded. You'll enjoy huge open spaces and plenty of white sand. The rocks and tide pools also provide terrific photo opportunities for wedding and elopement ceremonies on the beach. As Oregon elopement photographers, we've also been hired to capture surprise proposals and engagements. We recently photographed an amazing surprise proposal and engagement for Megan and Ty. She was so surprised when he popped the question!

Oregon Coast

Hood River Lavender Valley earns a spot on our list of the best elopement locations in Oregon. Couples love the deep hues of purple. The lavender fields glow in the evening. Plus, you can hear honeybees at work all around you! Lavender Valley is near Hood River, Oregon. As a result, you can stay at a nice hotel and enjoy a meal at a restaurant or brewery after your elopement. Your Oregon elopement photographer will help you get photos of your ceremony with stunning Mount Hood behind you. It's gorgeous! Check out this gorgeous evening session, where Mount Hood lights up behind us from the sunset.

Lavender Valley

Wahclella Falls is a perfect gem of a waterfall. It's located within the Columbia River Gorge. It's serene and secret. As a result, Wahclella Falls earns a spot on our list of the best places to elope in Oregon. Wahclella Falls is about half an hour from Portland. It's an easy drive along the interstate. The parking lot is near the highway. You take an easy hike to the waterfall. All of a sudden, the river gives way to a gorgeous waterfall framed alongside rocky cliffs. You can scramble down some rocks to stand right next to the waterfall. It's an intimate and secluded spot. Oregon wedding photographers love this place for its natural beauty.

Wahclella Falls

Multnomah Falls is the most popular waterfall in Oregon. And for good reason. It's famous for its height and stone bridge. As a result, it is a wonderful Oregon elopement location. You can even plan your whole wedding at the lodge next to the falls! Multnomah Falls drops 542 feet. It's extremely access to access from Interstate 84. As a result, you can invite your family and friends to enjoy your elopement ceremony. There's nothing quite like an elopement at Multnomah Falls.

Multnomah Falls

If you love waterfall weddings, Silver Falls State Park is a perfect place to elope in Oregon. This popular state park is known as the "crown jewel" of the Oregon State Parks system. You can hike a moderate 7-mile trail to pass around, beneath and below 10 different waterfalls. It's amazing! The park also has a designated wedding and elopement venue known as Smith Creek Village. There are wonderful outdoor grounds and conference facilities used to host intimate weddings, elopements and other gatherings. It's perfect for couples looking for a romantic setting surrounded by lush trees, towering waterfalls and Oregon natural beauty.

Silver Falls State Park

Portland is known as the city of bridges. St. John's Bridge truly stands out as a unique symbol of the city's riverfront location. St. John's Bridge resembles the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, except for its red color. It's also tucked away in a more suburban and forested setting than the other major bridges that cross through Downtown Portland. We love the arches and unique vantage points you can enjoy for elopement and wedding ceremonies under the St. John's Bridge. It's a one-of-a-kind spot for intimate gatherings and marriage ceremonies! The grounds below the bridge are a city park. As a result, you'll need a permit from Portland Parks and Recreation.

St. John's Bridge

The Painted Hills are a sight to see, and a wonderful Oregon elopement location. It's a drive to get there, so be prepared. You'll want to set up your home base in the Bend area. From there, it's still more than an hour. When you get to the Painted Hills, you'll see why it's so popular with wedding photographers. The hills look painted with a full rainbow of colors. The Painted Hills are located within the national park system. As a result, you'll want to work with them to arrange any elopement or wedding permits. Your elopement will also be a fascinating history lesson. Learn why the Painted Hills take on their stunning tan and red coloring.

Painted Hills

Wedding photographers in Oregon would definitely say the Columbia River Gorge is one of the best places to elope in Oregon. The gorge is overflowing with natural beauty. You can find waterfalls, rivers and rock formations. The gorge is home to famous waterfalls, like Multnomah Falls, and also lesser-known gems that are practically hidden from view. As a result, you can find tons of locations to elope that fit your unique style as personality as a couple. Photographers especially love the view from the Vista House. The Vista House was built in 1917 on a prominent overlook in the Columbia River Gorge. As a result, your elopement photography will include sweeping views up and down the Columbia River. You can gaze miles in either directions, including well into the state of Washington.

Columbia River Gorge

Ecola State Park makes our list of the best Oregon elopement locations. Ecola State Park is located near Cannon Beach, Oregon. As a result, couples can easily plan an elopement and photo session at both locations. It's like two for one! Ecola State Park is situated on a bluff overlooking the ocean. You'll enjoy tremendous views across the water to Haystack Rock. It's a very special vantage point. We love holding marriage ceremonies at Ecola State Park and then heading down to sea level for a romantic couples photography session near Cannon Beach.

Ecola State Park

Sisters, Oregon is a wonderful location to elope or get married. You can find so many great spots for an elopement ceremony. As a result, we could create an entirely separate page devoted to all the elopement or wedding locations in Sisters. It's a small town with a western vibe about half an hour from Bend, Oregon. As a result, your guests can find plenty of lodging and dining options nearby your ceremony site. Sisters is also surrounded by natural beauty. You have the mountains, lakes and forests. You can work with your elopement photographer in Oregon to plan epic couples sessions or other venues for great pictures. Sisters is a top choice for couples searching for intimate wedding venues in Oregon or elopement venues that feature a high desert vibe.


Hood River Valley is home to many great Oregon elopement locations. The area itself boasts numerous wedding venues. Hood River is a small mountain town about one hour from Portland. As a result, the town has a quieter and more laid-back vibe. You can walk along the downtown street and visit wine bars, shops and restaurants. You'll enjoy fantastic views of Mount Hood. You can also see Mount Adams across the Columbia River. Hood River is a drier climate than Portland, so it's known for its fruit fields and lavender fields.

Hood River Valley

Proposal Rock has the right name to be included on our list of Oregon Coast elopement locations, that's for sure! From the south, Proposal Rock looks very similar to Haystack Rock. It's located in the town of Neskowin. However, from the north, Proposal Rock looks quite different. We love the trees that grow on top of the rock. There's also a small stream flowing from the shoreline to the ocean. This is a popular place to get engaged on the Oregon Coast.

Proposal Rock

Portland Wedding Photographer

Your wedding photographer in Portland is a major part of your day. We'll help you pick the best location. We'll also be your guide. As a result, your celebration will be smooth and stress-free. An elopement is really just a casual and intimate version of a traditional wedding. As Oregon wedding photographers, we use our cameras to capture moments. Our style of wedding photography is called artistic photojournalism. As a result, we focus on storytelling, flattering candids and beautiful moments. We also take artistic portraits and fine art wedding images. It's truly the best of both worlds. We believe every couple deserves a talented Oregon wedding photographer to tell their story.

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Oregon Coast Wedding Photographers

Oregon Coast wedding photographers truly love the intimacy and passion of a marriage on the beach. It's special. The roar of the waves. The white sand. The sea-stacks. What's not to love? These memories make Oregon Coast weddings and elopements so special. Whether your elopement has two or two-hundred guests, be sure to find an Oregon Coast wedding photographer with experience. We know the hidden gems. We can help you find the best beach to elope or the best location for couples portraits. We've captured weddings, elopements and engagements at many places on the Oregon Coast. As a result, we have experience at Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park, Hug Point, Neskowin and Proposal Rock. You'll love the pictrues!

You probably have plenty of questions when planning your Oregon elopement. As elopement photographers in Oregon, we're happy to help you with this guide. There are some logistical and legal issues you need to prepare so you can elope and get legally married in Oregon.

You'll need to get a marriage license before you can elope. Oregon counties are responsible for handing out marriage licenses. You'll need to go to the courthouse in person to get approved. Oregon law requires a 3-day waiting period, although this can be waived under certain conditions. Your marriage license stays valid for 60 days. So, be sure to plan your elopement within two months!

Oregon Elopement Laws

Oregon Elopement Guide

Washington Elopement Photographer

Sound Originals is also the top-rated Washington elopement photographer. Both Washington and Oregon are absolutely spectacular places to elope, get married or get engaged. You'll be surrounded by so much beauty. Your marriage pictures will be one-of-a-kind! Check out our guide to the best locations to elope in Washington State, as well as our information on being an elopement photographer in Seattle. Washington State enjoys three wonderful national parks. These are great places for elopement photography. Your elopement photographer can help you narrow down the top location based on season and your unique story as a couple.

Storytelling lasts forever.

Olympic National Park
Ruby Beach

North Cascades National Park
Mount Baker

Mount Rainier National Park

Frequently Asked Questions

It doesn't take very long to get elopement photos back. We pride ourselves on being the fastest photographers in Oregon to edit and deliver elopement and wedding photos. In general, you can expect your finished elopement gallery in 1 to 3 weeks.

How long does it take to get elopement photos back?

You can elope in so many different places on the Oregon Coast. The Oregon Coast is famous for its beauty and variety. You can find dramatic rocks and sea-stacks, wind-swept beaches and rolling sand dunes. Elopement photographers love the hidden coves and caves at many Oregon Coast beaches. Sound Originals loves Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach. It's definitely one of the best places in Oregon for an intimate wedding or elopement.

Where can you elope on the Oregon Coast?

Be sure to plan ahead to legally elope in Oregon. You'll need an officiant, two witnesses and a marriage license. The Oregon State Bar lists information for engaged couples looking for a legal way to plan an elopement in Oregon. As a result, be sure to plan ahead for your ceremony. Your guests would love to participate in a legal wedding ceremony!

How can I legally elope in Oregon?

Yes, you can get married in an Oregon state park. You'll need to contact the Oregon State Parks department for information on permits and licenses. As a result, elopement photographers suggest planning your wedding ceremony in advance. You'll want time to fill out necessary paperwork and applications. You can learn more information about getting married or eloping in a state park in Oregon by visiting the official state website.

Can you get married in a state park in Oregon?

Yes, you can absolutely elope in Washington state. You need to consider local rules and regulations. State law requires a marriage license in advance of the elopement. You'll need the license in the county where you plan to get married. Here is more information from King County, Washington's official website. You'll also need to consider permits and land-use rules depending on where you choose to hold your elopement ceremony. For example, if you're planning a Mount Rainier National Park elopement, you'll need a special use permit. 

Can you elope in Washington state?

Check out some of our guides to photography locations in Washington. We've captured hundreds of couples all across the Northwest. Here are some of the best places for engagement photos and elopement photos in Seattle, as well as our guide to wedding venues in Washington for stunning photography.

Where is the easiest place to elope?

It costs something different for every couple to elope in Oregon. The good news is you can set a budget and stick to it. Besides for your marriage license, you won't necessarily have very many required expenses. Of course, you'll want to hire an experienced Oregon elopement photographer. You'll also want to hire an officiant, and perhaps some other relatively minor expenses, like flowers, food or other decorative items. You can expect your overall elopement to cost somewhere between $2000 and $5000.

How much does it cost to elope in Oregon?

Easy! You already found the best elopement photographer right here. Kidding aside, picking the best wedding or elopement photographer in Seattle is an important decision. Couples should consider many factors. This includes price, experience, style, reviews and package options. Sound Originals Photo & Video offers reasonable elopement packages at an affordable price. We have the best reviews in the industry with 5-star ratings from more than 100+ thrilled couples. We invite you to browse our excellent reviews on The Knot, Wedding Wire or Google. 

How do I choose an elopement photographer?

You'll need a valid marriage license to get married in Oregon. Like many states, marriage licenses are handled at the county level. Check with the local county courthouse to determine its procedures for applying for a marriage license. Here's information on getting married in Multnomah County, which is home to Portland, Oregon.

In order to elope in Oregon, you'll need to meet these requirements:
** At least 17 years old.
** Ceremony or elopement will take place in the state of Oregon.
** You will get married within 60 days.
** You are not currently married.
** You are not first cousins.

What do you need to get married in Oregon?

You can get married at a courthouse in Oregon by following the steps with each county. For example, here's information on getting married at the courthouse in Clackamas County, Oregon. You'll need to apply online, schedule an appointment and pay any necessary fees. It's easy to get a marriage license in Oregon when you follow the steps according to state law.

How do you get married at the courthouse in Oregon?

Top Elopement Photographers

Sound Originals Photo & Video is proud to be among the top elopement photographers in Seattle and Washington State. Google can be overwhelming. It seems every blog and magazine has its own list of the best elopement photographers. We'd love to know how these articles picked their favorites! Sound Originals is the official storyteller for Seattle Bride and Oregon Bride magazine's galas. We'd love to tell your story!






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