A dreamy state that’s home to rushing waterfalls, lush forests, romantic beaches, and jaw-dropping mountains – that’s Oregon for ya! I can’t think of a better place to host a private wedding ceremony than the stunning landscapes of Oregon. With so many options to choose from – you’ll be sure to have the Oregon elopement of your dreams!
When it comes to planning the perfect Oregon elopement, here are a few things you’ll need to consider!
For the Oregon elopement of a lifetime – you’ll want to make sure you select the right season to suit your ceremony. If you’re feeling adventurous – then the PNW rainier months (winter and spring) are perfect for you! If you want to stay dry, then the summer and fall months are the best picks for you.
Now that you’ve got the right season to match your gorgeous Oregon elopement – you’ll want to consider the scenery! Here are a few questions to think about:
With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect spot for your dreamy elopement. I’ve shot gorgeous weddings in Southern Oregon: here are a few of my top recommendations for the best Oregon elopement locations.
There’s really no elopement without a photographer there to capture it. Your Oregon elopement is going to be totally unlike the traditional indoor wedding ceremony, so you’ll want to be sure that the results of your photographer are OUTSTANDING. These pictures will be the keepsake of your big day and with Oregon as your beautiful backdrop – you’ll want to be sure to hire someone who’s worked with the land before!
Based in Central Oregon myself, I’ve grown to love this state and know it like the back of my own hand! If you’re interested in some of the work I’ve done – be sure to check out my page!
For your dream Oregon elopement – you’ll of course need an Oregon marriage license. Head to your nearest Oregon courthouse to seal the deal. To make the ceremony official – here’s what you’ll need:
Note: Be aware that there is a 3 day waiting period before receiving your certificate!
You’ll want to begin your ceremony at least 2 hours before sunset so your pictures are spotless. This makes for the most beautiful lighting! You’ll thank yourself for thinking of this beforehand when you get your breathtaking pictures back.
If you want to start earlier in the day, try to get as close to sunrise as you can. This makes for another top lighting option for your pictures!
The only exception to this rule is waterfall locations. If you’re shooting at a waterfall – the light is best before 9 am!
Because Oregon is so beautiful, you can imagine lots of tourists will find it pretty too! Planning your elopement around the weekdays will save you from random strangers watching your intimate ceremony or getting caught in the back of your photos.
There you have it – now you know what to do and what not to do when it comes to planning your dream Oregon elopement. I hope you’ll find the perfect time and place for your big day! If you have any questions or just want to chat about your upcoming nuptials – feel free to shoot me a message on my site!
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