Why Elope on Oregon Coast?
First of all Oregon Coast is absolutely stunning and unique. It took me many trips to the PNW to finally visit and shoot and elopement on Oregon Coast, and I can't describe how mesmerizing the scenery is. It is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to its west and the Oregon Coast Range to the east, and stretches approximately 362 miles from the California state border in the south to the Columbia River in the north. If you're looking for dramatic, rugged, raw and beautiful landscape that encomapes both beaches, cliffs and forest look no further. To elope in Oregon, as almost anywhere you’ll need a marriage license, officiant, witnesses, proper permits (not every location/elopement needs permits- it varies). If you decide to elope near CA border you should definitely consider taking a drive to the beautiful Red Woods in California. Also legally you don’t need an officiant as California, similarly to Colorado is a state where you can self-solemnize (which means you can marry yourselves without an officiant). Interested in PNW elopement packages? Click here.
Best Places to Elope on Oregon Coast
This is a list of some of the most beautiful spots, but almost all of the coast is very picturesque. Some beaches are hard to get to and require hiking, so depending if you need easy access, toilets or access to town, you may do your own research. The elopement I photographed in Oregon took place near Brookings, OR which is a good base to explore from. California Redwoods are a short drive from there as well.
Hug Point State Recreation Site
Neskowin Beach State Park/Proposal Rock
Samuel H Boardman Scenic Corridor
The Red Woods
When To Elope on Oregon Coast?
The beauty of the PNW lies in how green and lush it is. With that comes a lot of rain and unpredictability in terms of weather...I still love it and would recommnend eloping here. Summer are usually phenomenal, with minimal rain and long days. Nov-March are the gloomiest months with the most rain, but spring April-June are usually less wet and more pleasant in terms of temperature. The cool thing about spring is that it's a prime waterfall season with the most spectacular cascades you'll ever see. If I had to choose I'd go with May-October for best weather...but unfortunately higher risk of smoke due to more frequent wildfires.