Eloping is an intimate and personal way to celebrate your love, allowing you to focus on each other without the distractions of a traditional wedding. Oregon's rugged coastline, lush forests, majestic mountains, and picturesque landscapes make it a dream destination for elopements. With its rich natural beauty, Oregon provides a serene and awe-inspiring backdrop for your intimate celebration. Below are three of my favorite elopement locations in Oregon. Hopefully the videos will provide some inspiration! <3
The Redwood Deck at Hoyt Arboretum. Located in Portland, Oregon, the Redwood Deck at Hoyt Arboretum offers a magical setting for your elopement. The towering redwoods create an atmosphere of tranquility and romance, enveloping you and your partner in their majestic embrace. The lush greenery, dappled sunlight, and the gentle rustle of leaves provide a sense of serenity, making it an ideal location for a peaceful and intimate ceremony.
Cost: There is a small reservation fee required for private events at the Hoyt Arboretum. Check with the arboretum for the most up-to-date pricing information.
Things to keep in mind: Due to its popularity, it's advisable to secure your reservation well in advance, especially if you have a specific date in mind. Additionally, consider the time of year and weather conditions, as certain seasons may bring higher chances of rain or colder temperatures.
How to Get There: You will want to map to the Hoyt Arboretum visitor center. There is a small parking lot off SW Fairview BLVD. Instead of heading toward the visitor center however, you'll stay on the same side of the road as the parking lot. You'll see a wooded pavillion with a green metal roof. To get to the redwood deck, you'll walk to the right of the pavillion and follow the loop trail. It's an easy downhill walk to the redwoods! Once you're done there, you can follow the loop back to the parking lot, or head back uphill from where you came.
God's Thumb on the Oregon Coast. For couples seeking a stunning coastal elopement, God's Thumb on the Oregon Coast is a hidden gem. Located near Lincoln City, this breathtaking viewpoint offers sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean and rugged cliffs. The dramatic coastal scenery, crashing waves, and expansive horizon create a sense of awe and wonder, making it an unforgettable backdrop for your elopement ceremony.
Cost: Access to God's Thumb is free, but it's essential to respect the natural surroundings and leave no trace.
Things to keep in mind: The hike to God's Thumb is moderately challenging, so ensure you and your partner are prepared with suitable footwear and attire. The path can be steep and uneven, so exercise caution during the journey. It's also important to note that this location can be windy, so plan accordingly with hairstyles, clothing, and any decor you may choose to incorporate.
How to get there: There are multiple parking areas for the God's Thumb trailhead. All are 'via the Knoll'. My favorite is just at the end of NE Port Drive in Lincoln City. This trailhead seems to cut off a considerable portion of hiking, however it only has space for about three vehicles. So plan accordingly!
(This couple heads to Rowena Crest at 1:55!)
Rowena Crest. Nestled in the Columbia River Gorge, Rowena Crest is a picturesque location that offers panoramic views of the rolling hills, the Columbia River, and the iconic Rowena Loops. This stunning landscape is adorned with vibrant wildflowers, making it a breathtaking choice for an elopement in the spring or summer months. The golden hues of sunset add a touch of magic to your ceremony, creating a truly romantic ambiance.
Cost: There is no fee for accessing Rowena Crest. However, depending on the time of year, parking may be limited, so plan accordingly.
Things to keep in mind: Due to its popularity, Rowena Crest can get crowded during peak times, particularly on weekends and during wildflower blooms. Consider opting for a weekday or less busy time for a more intimate experience. Additionally, be mindful of any permits or restrictions that may be in place, especially if you plan to bring any decorations or equipment.
How to get there: Rowena Crest is located just off of Highway 84 as you're heading out into the gorge. The viewpoint is fairly easy to find using any maps app, it's a rounabout at the end of Rowena Crest Vew Pt Rd. For the extra adventurous (and those looking for even more jaw-dropping views). Take the 5 mile out-and-back Tom McCall Point Trail located off the Rowena Crest view point road. It is stunning and absolutely worth the walk.