How to Elope in Oregon

Congratulations! You’ve decided to elope, or maybe you’re throwing around the idea. You + your partner, getting married with intention in a way that resonates with you. That is one empowering step! Now what? Getting married and eloping is an exhilarating event, one that should stay true to your relationship and what you are about. Trees, hiking, mountains and stunning views? Eloping in Oregon could be a possibility for you!

Alex and Valerie hold hands. Elopement wedding photography at Mount Hood by Sienna Plus Josh.

Elopement at Mount Hood in Oregon


Oregon is well known for being diverse in all things nature! With its wide variety of landscapes and geographical features, Oregon is a one stop shop for any outdoor enthusiast looking to solidify their bond in the great Pacific Northwest.

Are you a waterfall chaser, despite TLC’s advice? Eloping in the Columbia River Gorge is the place for you. While there are a few waterfalls that are currently still inaccessible due to the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire, there are still plenty of spots that we can help you navigate through. Here's a cozy Waterfall Elopement!

Dreaming of desert vibes, even in the Pacific Northwest? Don’t worry, Oregon still has its share with places like Smith Rock State Park and the Alvord Desert! Check out this Desert Elopement to see how magical they can be.

Is the ocean calling your name? With its rugged coastline and beautiful features, the Oregon coast may be perfect for your elopement.

What about eloping in the forest?! No shortage of trees here! Forest elopements are breathtaking, and we know all of the popular and road-less-traveled spots. Take a look at this Adventurous Elopement in the forest near the Oregon Coast.

You thought I was done; but I haven’t mentioned the jagged peaks of the Cascade mountain range in the Pacific Northwest. With such high altitudes, selecting the right time of year is very important when thinking of eloping in the mountains or Mount Hood. This Mount Hood Elopement took place in July!

Still not sure about location? That’s okay! A part of what we offer is help on location recommendations. If you have a starting point of what you envision for your elopement day, we can help make it happen.

Audrey and Kate elope on top of a rock near Bridal Veil Falls.

The Not as Fun but Still Important Details!

Making an elopement legal in Oregon has a few requirements. You will need an officiant, marriage license, and two witnesses over the age of 18 who are not the officiant or one of the partners. Having the two of us as photographers, we also double as witnesses!

Marriage licenses are issued by Oregon's counties, so the fees and rules are dependent upon what county you will be saying your vows. Both parties are required to be present, with most marriage license fees ranging from $50-$60. After your marriage license has been issued, Oregon has a three day "waiting period" before your ceremony can take place. Although, some counties offer waiving of that period for "good cause", which also may require a waiver fee.

Individuals qualified to perform a marriage or elopement in Oregon can be an Oregon judge, a religious leader authorized by a congregation, or even a friend or family member who is ordained. That can be a great option to include someone special to you and your partner in your ceremony!

Okay, so Oregon sounds like it may be for you. The vast expanse of natural beauty, all of the legal steps sound good...but perhaps you live in another state or country! Trust us, planning an elopement from another location isn’t as daunting as it may sound. Stay tuned for our article about how to plan an elopement from a distance!

Decided eloping is the way to go? Hell yes! Let’s chat and make your dream elopement day a reality.

Hannah and Grant walk hand in hand on the sandy shore of Cannon Beach, Oregon. Wedding photography in Portland Oregon by Sienna Plus Josh.

Elopement ceremony at Cannon Beach in Oregon