Oregon is the ideal place for any adventurous couple looking for an incredibly scenic and truly breathtaking experience in the western United States. With Pacific Northwest landscapes like rugged cliffs and amazing mountain views, Oregon really does have it all. This guide will walk you through the fun and practical logistics you need to plan your Oregon elopement and how to elope in Oregon.
I’m just going to ramble/list a bunch of the cool stuff Oregon has to offer, here we go: the deepest lake in America, the shortest river in America, the longest land route aka the Oregon Trail, the second most climbed mountain (Mt. Hood) which is a close second to Mt Fuji), the deepest river gorge in North America, the largest number of microbreweries, the nations most photographed lighthouse, over 750 vineyards, a National Monument with the richest fossil sites on the planet, the most ghost towns, and so much more. I can guarantee you that Oregon has something that hits all the wickets on your adventure elopement list.
It gets pretty rainy and moody in Oregon (obviously it’s the Pacific Northwest everything there looks like it’s straight from Twilight) but there are peak times when perfect weather comes around if you’d like to avoid the rain as much as possible.
Best time to Travel: June – September (Ideally July)
July has an average high of 80 degrees with average lows of about 57 and just 0.6 inches of rain which is way lower than the rest of the year. The summer months may bring about more tourism, so we recommend eloping on a weekday, especially at sunrise.
To apply for your marriage license, you must apply in person no more than 60 days before your elopement. This is designated by the county you are eloping in.
You will receive your license the day you apply for it, there is no waiting period. You’re required to have an officiant and two witnesses. The application is $60. Syd and I will take care of the rest (2 witnesses and an officiant, that’s us! No way!).
Oregon is home to at least 238 unique waterfalls. Here’s the link to a complete list that includes; height, hike times, traffic, and all that fun stuff if you want to get nerdy: Wiki Oregon Waterfall nerd stuff.
Almost all of these waterfalls are coupled with an incredible hike, some short and easy, others a bit more of a trek for the experienced adventurer. If you want to get that epic scene of you and your significant other professing your love to each other underneath one of these beauties, I promise we could find one that perfectly fits your vision.
This isn’t so much a specific place as it is a combination of two places that make up a really awesome view. Alvord is, believe it or not, a desert located in Southeastern Oregon. Steen’s is the mountain range that sets the amazing backdrop for this magical place. The Alvord Desert was once a lake that spanned 100 miles across and 200 feet deep. Today the primary portion of the alkaline flat desert is about 20 miles long and 7 miles wide. Did I mention there’s also glacier canyons and hot springs all throughout this place? Pretty amazing.
This popular coastal tourist destination is located at the North-western most tip of the state. If you’ve never heard of it I can almost guarantee you’ve seen a picture of it in a magazine or a scene in a movie. It is most famous for “Haystack Rock”, a 235-foot sea stack that juts out of the Pacific Ocean just off the coast making for a super dramatic backdrop to your epic elopement scene. National Geographic listed Canon Beach as “Top 100 most beautiful places.”
If you’re wanting a more private experience and aren’t down for sunrise, we have some other favorite coastal Oregon locations that are much lower traffic. Contact us today to get started planning your Oregon elopement.
A maybe possibly active volcano surrounded by lakes creates the picture-perfect snowcapped mountain landscape. Mount Hood is also the 2nd most climbed mountain in the world. With about 11,200 feet to the summit, there’s plenty of mountains and surrounding area to discover.
We of course had to include a National Park in here! Home to the ninth deepest lake on the planet, Crater Lake is surrounded by rocky cliff faces and unbelievably blue water. But there is a lot more to this park than just its beautiful lake. In fact, the lake only makes up about 10% of the park. The entire park is made up of over 180,000 acres of dense lush forest. This is definitely a park to knock off your bucket list.
We are Sydney and Ryan Kroll, a husband and wife adventure elopement photographer and videographer team. We are currently based in Joshua Tree, California, but travel for work and leisure throughout the US and beyond. Our work is best described as candid, true to color, storytelling that blends images of love and natural beauty in the great outdoors.