Hoyt Arboretum Elopements

UPDATED 3/8/21

Intimate Hoyt Arboretum Elopement

This Hoyt Arboretum Elopement was just as simple and beautiful as elopements get. Jaime and Alex moved up from Southern California a few years ago to get the Portland experience. Alex is a graphic designer so when he reached out to me it’s always a good feeling to be respected by someone who works in the visual creative field. They eloped with just their parents at the Redwood Deck in Hoyt Arboretum which sits in the forested parks above downtown Portland. We had the whole place to ourselves minus a few hikers that would occasionally pass by and offer their congratulations.

Here’s another great HOYT ABORETUM ELOPEMENT if you’re want to check out more from one of my favorite Portland wedding locations.


A great tip is if you’re thinking about doing a Redwood deck elopement reach out to the parks deptartment early. It is a very in demand location and spots fill up very quickly! One of my favorites wedding venues right in Portland for sure.


The ceremony itself was short and sweet(just the way I like them). Jaime and Alex said their vows with family present and we did a short portrait session right afterwards among the redwoods. The way the light trickles through the trees made for some beautiful, warm, golden light which I love. We had a blast during this elopement. It was so simple and beautiful. Just the perfect amount of natural elements combined with formal. Both Alex and Jaime moved back to southern California the day after this elopement. I was so stoked to be able to capture these moments for them before they left.

If you’re wanting to elope or have an engagement on the coast please get in touch. I know all of the great spots and I’m happy to share the beauty of Oregon with you.

Hoyt Arboretum Redwood Deck Elopement Session

Hoyt Arboretum’s Redwood Deck is hands down my favorite outdoor venue to photograph in the city of Portland. There are other outdoor venues like Forest Park and some of the other city parks that are beautiful, but nothing matches the ease and outdoor beauty of Hoyt’s Redwood Deck. It’s the best bang for your buck if you want outdoor elements without having to venture out into the gorge or the coast. Connor and Ashlee hired me to photographer their wedding but with covid had to cancel plans and ended up doing a small courthouse wedding with their family which I wasn’t able to attend because of group restrictions. Instead we went out the next day and did a day after session at their venue of choice.

We photographed some family photos first because the kiddos were going to get tired real quick and of course after 3 minutes they were all finished and ready to play. Connor and Ashlee even had the parents bring the dog which as you know I love. More dogs in more weddings please. From there we photographed around the redwood deck which gives you absolutely great outdoor and woodsy vibes even though you are a 5 minute drive from downtown Portland. The best part of the day was the wedding meal after the shoot  for Connor and Ashlee was taco bell and tequila. You just can’t top that folks.

If you’re interested in getting married at Hoyt here’s a great resource for more information on weddings and elopements: Hoyt Arboretum Wedding Guide

Sunshine and Covid Shutdowns

Ashlee remarked how laid back and fun it was compared to all of the big wedding plans they had. And that folks is why I always recommend elopements if you’re even slightly thinking about them. They’re so much less stress and you can always get the family together to celebrate at a later day. If you have any questions or want to see more weddings from this venue get in touch and let’s set up a time to talk.

If you’re wanting to elope or have an engagement on the coast please get in touch. I know all of the great spots and I’m happy to share the beauty of Oregon with you.