Why should I elope?

elopments & full day weddings

Over the past few years, elopements have evolved into a whole new way to celebrate your love story. What used to be a term that was used to describe a secret marriage (the definition of elope on google is literally "run away secretly in order to get married, especially without parental consent") is now a term used to describe a new trend of "micro destination weddings" and intimate ceremonies.  

oregon elopements // $1800

up to 5 hours coverage
30 minute engagement session
16 x 20 canvas
private online gallery

out-of-state elopements // $2400

$1800 + $600 domestic travel
up to 5 hours coverage
16 x 20 canvas
private online gallery

oregon weddings // $3500

up to 10 hours coverage
1 hour engagement session
second photographer
16 x 20 canvas
private online gallery

out-of-state weddings //
 $4100

$3500 + $600 domestic travel
second photographer
up to 10 hours coverage
16 x 20 canvas
private online gallery

romance &
adventure

hourly coverage // $400 per hour

minimum of 2 hours
private online gallery

add a second photographer // $300

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https://www.thesweetestway.com/cannon-beach-travel-tips/

cannon beach

quick facts:

Oregon is one of the most beautiful places to elope in the US. Even though the weather can be tricky, Oregon's ideal wedding season is April-October. 

Both parties must be present to receive a marriage license and it has a three day waiting period until it can be used. The license expires within 60 days of it being issued.

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crater lake national park

traveloutlandish.com

smith rock state park

pro tip:

Crater Lake is in a very snowy climate so most of the roads aren't open until July. You can still elope during snowy season, but keep up to date on road conditions. Don't forget to apply for your permit before you elope!

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cape kiwanda state natural park

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quick facts:

Oh Utah... this state has my heart. My first out-of-state photography trip was to Zion & I've been obsessed since. There are too many places to list so please don't take this too personally. These are just some of my favorites.

If you're planning on eloping in one of Utah's many national parks, please check for permits before your wedding.

Utah's ideal wedding season is March-May and September-November. 

Both parties must be present to obtain a marriage license, there is no waiting period & it will expire 30 days after it is issued.


hurricane, utah

zion national park

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bonneville salt flats

grand staircase escalante national monument

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other favs:

dirtinmyshoes.com

travelmelodies.com

arches national park

bryce canyon national park

Capitol Reef National Park
St. George, Utah
Moab, Utah
Canyonlands

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quick facts:

Thanks to it's warmer climate, California has a huge window of opportunity for elopements, the ideal months are March-November (avoid June & July to avoid larger crowds).

Both parties must be present to receive a marriage license, there is no waiting period & it will expire 90 days after it is issued


sunset cliffs 

joshua tree national park

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tripmemos.com

embracesomeplace.com

big sur

redwoods

yosemite

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quick facts:

Washington has an abundance of stunning natural places to elope. The ideal wedding season is March-Early October.

You must show a valid driver's license to obtain a marriage license and must apply at least three days before your elopement. The license expires after 60 days.

Https://www.national-park.com/welcome-to-olympic-national-park/

olympic national park

brad lane

mount rainier national park

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quick facts:

Colorado was my first real road trip as a teenager and it's also where my husband proposed... so it's a must on my favorites list. The entire state is absolutely gorgeous so really you can't go wrong. If you're looking for a snowy elopement, the ideal months are October-March but if you want to catch Colorado during the summer, the ideal months are May-September. 

Both parties must be present to receive a marriage license. You can now be your own officiant in CO by solemnizing your own marriage. No witnesses are required for your elopement. 

great sand dunes

rocky mountain national park

Where should we elope?

There are SO MANY beautiful places to elope-- these are some of my favorite areas in the lower 48 and some tips for eloping there.