Brit and Steven had a romantic elopement ceremony at Jedediah Smith State Park on the river trail surrounded by ancient redwoods. They chose an intimate ceremony with just the two of them with me as their Oregon elopement photographer and Charles Wright as their officiant. The weather that day was absolutely beautiful. The sun was shining and cascaded through the trees. It was a perfect September day.
After their ceremony in the Redwoods, we did some exploring and then drove north through Brookings. We spontaneously pulled over to stop at a random lumberyard near town. There were some really cool buildings there so we decided to snap a few pics. I love how Brit and Steven were totally down for anything, including this!
We made our way over to Secret Beach, an amazing location located in Samuel Boardman State Park in southern Oregon. I had picked up a charcuterie board for them from Boards by Madeline so they could soak in the views and enjoy a picnic together as newlyweds. Based out of Springfield, Madeline makes incredible charcuterie boards. They’re so yummy and have such great variety. I will definitely be recommending her to all my couples! As they were snacking, we also spotted some sea lions along the coast frolicking in the water. It was so nice to have some time to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings before capturing more photos. This is one of my favorite aspects of adventure elopements. The space to breathe and actually enjoy the location you decided to elope in!
Brit and Steven also brought a speaker along and did a first dance. It was so sweet and such a wonderful memory for them to share. After their first dance, we took a few more pictures before Brit changed into a traditional red dress to honor Steven’s Asian heritage. It was such a special way to honor their families and the dress was so beautiful. Brit and Steven were just the sweetest and kindest couple and I’m so grateful to have met them.
Eloping in along the Southern Oregon Coast & Redwoods National Park
While the southern Oregon Coast boasts rugged and mountainous terrain, the Redwoods are characterized by old-growth forests, winding rivers, open prairies, and a moody coastline.
Where to Stay: Brookings
Just south of Samuel Boardman State Park, lies Brookings. Its proximity to the southern coast makes it the perfect home base for your coastal elopement. There are plenty of unique airbnbs, beachfront inns, and cozy campsites to book for your stay.
Where to Elope: Jedediah Smith State Park
Just a few miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, this park is made up of 10,000 acres of old-growth forest and home to seven percent of the world’s ancient redwoods. Jedediah Smith State Park is the perfect place if you’re dreaming of an elopement surrounded by the enormous and breathtaking beauty of the majestic redwoods.
Where to Elope: Samuel Boardman State Park
Encompassing 12 miles of rocky shores and densely forested coastline, Samuel Boardman State Park lies at the southern end of the Oregon Coast. This place is filled to the brim with epic elopement spots and unbeatable vistas. Arch Rock, Secret Beach, and the Natural Bridges are some of the most beautiful places in the park to elope.
When to Elope: May to October
Any time of the year is a great time to elope in Oregon depending on the vibe you’re going for, but the weather is generally sunnier and more predictable late spring to early fall. There are less crowds in the spring and fall months and I’m prepared to photograph in any kind of weather! Whenever you’re planning your Oregon elopement I’ll be here for you ready to adventure!
If you’re thinking about eloping on the Oregon Coast, check out my guide on How to Elope on the Oregon Coast.
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How romantic this is. Their elopement was beautiful in Redwoods, and her dress was gorgeous!