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cannon beach oregon elopement with photographer naomi levit

CANNON BEACH, OREGON ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER

With long stretches of sandy beach and rugged coastline, Cannon Beach, Oregon is truly a one-of-a-kind destination. The breathtaking views of Haystack Rock and the scenic beauty that surrounds this quaint coastal town, make it a magical place for an elopement.

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So you've decided to elope! Congratulations on making one of the most important decisions of your lives.

Take a deep breath and let's start dreaming!

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Imagine a moment

where you feel loved, limitless, joyful, and free. Whether it’s on a mountaintop with the wind blowing through your hair, on the beach with your toes in the sand, or maybe its watching the sunrise as it peeks over the horizon. Imagine your perfect day together. What would you be doing? What would the surroundings look like? What smells would be in the air? Your wedding day can be ANYTHING your heart desires. Whatever you’re envisioning I will help you bring your dream to life!

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What is an adventure wedding or elopement?

Eloping doesn't mean secretly running off to the courthouse anymore. It's an intentional wedding day that is authentically focused on who you are as a couple. It's an opportunity to create a meaningful experience to begin your journey together as a couple. You may want to say your vows with your intimate family on a mountaintop or have a quiet day with just the two of you with your toes in the sand. It can literally be anything your heart desires! How cool is that?!

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I know it can feel overwhelming planning your own wedding

That’s where I come in! Whether you want to hike up a mountain, chase waterfalls amongst big trees and lush rainforest, or go camp along the coast and surf into the sunset. I’ll be here to help create an epic elopement experience that is unique to YOU.

 

I am not just your Oregon elopement photographer! I am your tour guide, planner, and new friend. I’m here to help you every step of the way with planning assistance, location suggestions, vendor recommendations, and more. I will also bring champagne and granola bars to keep you nourished while we’re exploring!

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Hey friends! I'm Naomi your new Portland Oregon adventure buddy :)

I'm granola AF with a lil' bit of woowoo sprinkled in. I'm an outdoorsy, nature loving human who is absolutely in LOVE with adventure elopements and small weddings. Nothing makes me happier than a day filled with adventures in wild places getting my feet dirty and breathing the fresh air.

Whether it’s in the mountains, the forest, or on the beach I am here for ALL of it! I’m a mountain gal but I’m also a beach gal, so I split my time between Portland, Oregon and Maui, Hawaii. You'll usually find me hiking in the Pacific Northwest spring through fall and surfing in Hawaii during the winter months. I'm also available to travel throughout the year so don't hesitate to reach out if you're interested in booking me for your destination adventure wedding!

I believe experiences are more important than having a lot of stuff. Your wedding day will be one of the greatest experiences of your life and I’m here to help you bring that dream to life!

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About Cannon Beach, Oregon

Situated along the northern coast of Oregon, this small coastal town is an absolute gem. Most well-known for the iconic Haystack Rock that graces its shores, this towering sea stack stands an impressive 235 feet tall. Once named one of the world’s most 100 beautiful places by National Geographic, Cannon Beach is in a class all its own.

 

Just over an hour drive from Portland, this scenic coastal village boasts a lively art scene, quaint coffee shops, and cozy seaside restaurants. Aside from it’s charming allure, the dramatic coastline and sprawling sandy beaches are sure to steal your heart, making it a magical setting for an Oregon Coast elopement.

Weather in Cannon Beach, Oregon

Weather along the coast is often cool and wet with much of the rain falling between late October and early May. Spring sees frequent rainfall and temperatures in the 50s and 60s. Summers are nice with warmer and drier days and highs in the 60s and 70s. Often referred to locals as the “second summer,” fall is one of the most beautiful times of year with sunnier, warmer, and calmer days. Winter brings coastal storms with rain, wind, and crashing waves, but at times can bring sunny days with temperatures in the mid-50s.

Getting To Cannon Beach

The closest major airport to Cannon Beach, Oregon is Portland International Airport (PDX). From Portland, it’s about a 2 hour drive to Cannon Beach. Alternatively, you can fly into the Eugene Airport (EUG) located near Oregon’s central coast. From Eugene, it's just over a 3 hour drive to Cannon Beach.

Things To Do in Cannon Beach

The top activities in Cannon Beach, Oregon

Explore the Downtown – Enjoy an afternoon wandering around Cannon Beach’s quaint downtown and explore the many art galleries, boutiques, coffee shops, and restaurants.

Admire Haystack Rock – Located along the heart of Cannon Beach, it’s hard to miss this infamous basalt stack jutting out from the beach as it rises over 200 feet into the sky. This is a beautiful place to visit during sunset!

Hike in Ecola State Park – Spend a day exploring Ecola State Park, hiking through lush spruce forests and along seaside cliffs. An incredible spot for epic ocean vistas!

Visit the Town of Seaside – Visit the coastal town of Seaside, located just north of Cannon Beach. This small resort city has miles of sandy beach, an oceanfront promenade, and plenty of cute shops and great restaurants.

Surf at Short Sand Beach – Head to Oswald West State Park and take a short hike through an old-growth forest to a secluded cove nestled between seaside cliffs. A popular destination for surfing and swimming, it’s definitely worth a visit!

Where to Elope in and near Cannon Beach, Oregon

The best adventure elopement locations near Cannon Beach, Oregon

Haystack Rock

Situated at the edge of the shoreline and towering 235 feet above the sands below, this awe-inspiring rock formation is just as grand in person as it is in pictures. Surrounded by stretches of golden beach and colorful tide pools, it undoubtedly makes for a unique elopement location.

Chapman Point

At the north end of Cannon Beach lies Chapman Point, where a stretch of sandy beach gives way to rugged seaside cliffs and rocks jutting out from the sea. During low tide, you can reach the edge of the point This spot is perfect for a more secluded and quiet elopement in Cannon Beach!

Ecola State Park

Nestled between the coastal towns of Seaside and Cannon Beach lies the beautiful Ecola State Park. With nine miles of rocky coastline, the dramatic views of the Pacific can’t be beat. With hidden beaches and old growth forests, the park is an absolutely stunning place to elope.

Hug Point

Just south of Cannon Beach, this 43-acre state park is home to jagged cliffs, rock outcroppings, and hidden sea caves. During low tide, the water recedes, uncovering a secluded sandy cove enclosed by staggering seaside cliffs. With epic views of the Pacific Ocean and a stunning landscape, this little cove makes for the most beautiful elopement location.

Eloping in Cannon Beach, Oregon – FAQs

• Where should I stay in Cannon Beach?

Cannon Beach is home to plenty of quaint seaside inns, cozy beach houses, and tons of unique vacation rentals. You really can’t go wrong! A few of my favorite places to stay in Cannon Beach include:

• The Inn at Cannon Beach – just a block from the beach, this cozy cottage is the perfect place to stay in the heart of Cannon Beach
• The Stephanie Inn – a boutique luxury oceanfront hotel with views of the majestic Haystack Rock
• Airbnbs & Vrbo rentals – choose from adorable airbnbs like this cozy beach cottage, this whimsical wooded retreat, or this coastal cabin hideaway
• Ramblin Vans – decked out campervan rentals based in Portland offering pick up from the airport
• Nehalem Bay State Park - about 25 minutes south of Cannon Beach, this is the closest state park campground, set amongst shore pines and rolling dunes
• Wright’s for Camping - just a few minutes from the beach, this family-owned and operated campground has 22 spacious campsites set in a lovely wooded area

• What do I need to legally elope in Cannon Beach?

Make sure to bring along your signed marriage license. If you don’t live in Oregon, you and your partner will need to apply for a marriage license online and visit any of Oregon’s county clerk's offices to complete your application and sign your license. This must be done at least 3 days prior to your ceremony and no earlier than 60 days beforehand.

Although you can apply for a license in any Oregon county, after you’re married you’ll need to submit the license to the same county that issued it. The cost of a marriage license in Oregon ranges from $50 to $60.

In addition to your signed marriage license, you’ll need at least two witnesses (your photographer counts!) and an authorized officiant.

• What should I pack for my Cannon Beach elopement?

Aside from your wedding dress and attire, a rain-proof jacket or warm sweater is recommended since weather on the coast can be unpredictable. Hiking shoes or boots are usually a good idea for most locations - you can always change into different shoes for your ceremony. Some other fun ideas include a bottle of champagne and two glasses, a blanket or scarf, cute denim or leather jacket, and a clear umbrella in case of rainy weather.

• What is the best time of year to elope in Cannon Beach?

July through September usually bring the warmest weather but are also the most popular months. If you’re looking for a little more privacy, one of the best times to visit the Oregon Coast is from September to mid-October—during what locals refer to as the “second summer.” With temperatures hovering in the 60s and 70s, you’ll find that the days are sunnier and less windy during this time. No matter what time of year you decide, just be ready to embrace whatever Mother Nature might throw your way. Afterall, Oregon weather can be rainy and unpredictable, but that's part of what makes it such a beautiful place!

• What day of the week is best to elope in Cannon Beach?

Since Cannon Beach is a popular place to escape for the weekend, the surrounding beaches and parks are often busy during the weekends, especially in summer months. For that reason, weekday elopements are usually best. With that being said, if you have your heart set on a weekend, we can get creative with locations a little off-the-beaten path to make it happen!

• When is the best time of day to elope?

The best time of day to elope is around sunrise or sunset. The light during these times makes for the most beautiful photos. Plus, many locations are less crowded during the early morning and late evening.

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When I became a photographer I knew that I wanted to utilize my passion to make a positive impact in the world.  Throughout my career I have volunteered for non-profits but I want to do more.  I want to have a greater impact on our beautiful planet.  Nature is where I find my peace, joy and inspiration and I want my business to reflect my passion for the environment.    I am very excited about my partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects.  Eden reduces extreme poverty and restores healthy forests in Nepal, Madagascar, Haiti, Indonesia, Mozambique and Kenya by employing local villagers to plant millions of trees every year.  Fifty trees are planted for every shoot booked with Naomi Levit Photography.

“Working with Naomi was a dream. From the easy communication of planning our little intimate elopement ceremony at Smith Rock State Park, to the final edited gallery, my husband and I could not be more happy with our experience with her. She made us feel at ease during the whole shoot and offered her own expertise while listening to our preferences as well. A lovely professional photographer and person all around. Thank you, Naomi!”
– Emily + John

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