These two wonderful people contacted me looking for an Oregon Coast elopement photographer. They wanted their day to be adventurous + true to them. None of the extra “stuff” involved in a big wedding. Experiences > things all the way. They have been together a long time and know what they want. With busy careers and not a lot of time to research, I was the planning support they were looking for.


Hiking in some capacity was a non-negotiable for the elopement day on the Oregon Coast. We picked out an area on the Southern Coast. They stayed at an Airbnb overlooking the ocean, which was ultra relaxing for them. We positioned ourselves close to the Redwoods across the border into California. This couple booked a two-day package with me to continue their fun into a second day and explore more. They love big trees, so we made a point of experiencing the Redwoods from the ground and from above!

This Oregon coast elopement was also featured at Wandering Weddings here


We broke our day up into two parts, sunrise and sunset (just like this Glacier National Park elopement). We hiked down to our first spot for sunrise and enjoyed the place to ourselves. Yay for the perks of getting up super early! We meandered the beach, explored rocks, and soaked in the views to start the day. We hit up another spot with lovely woods and sun rays, a natural arch, and hiking between it all. After a break in the day (and naps of course), we met back up in the evening for the good sunset lighting. These two chose to say their vows (aka get legally married) until the end of the day.

That is the joy of eloping! You can decide what you want to do at the last minute because logistics are pretty simple without guests. I am ordained and said a few legal words then gave them space to laugh + cry in the golden sunset light as I photographed. It was so beautiful to witness and be a part of. After the vows, they enjoyed some wine while reading through messages from loved ones back home. This is a great way to include family in your elopement, especially if you want a “just us”/intimate experience. We ended the day with some lantern blue hour fun and hiked back to the trailhead.

Does this Oregon Coast elopement excite you about the freedom of eloping? I can be your hype girl! Contact me today to get started. Even if you’re at the beginning stages of planning, I’m here to help. Let’s go!

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Emily Hary is an adventure elopement photographer based in Michigan. She serves Alaska, Oregon, our beautiful national parks, and beyond.