Oregon Coast Elopements

Oregon Coast Elopements are one of my favorite things in the world to photographer. This one was my first back since the covid restrictions lifted. Matt and Olga flew in From Denver to get married on the Oregon Coast(Short Sands Beach) surrounded by friends and family in a short ceremony. The officiant even joked about how short the ceremony was(3 minutes tops). It was beautiful though and joined the two families. Olga is from Russia and her family couldn’t make it so it was super important for me to capture the feel of the day so they can enjoy it as well.

Short Sands Beach was the location for this elopement. It’s a popular surf/picnic spot just south of Cannon Beach. It’s one of my favorite places on the north coast to shoot because it’s surrounded by lush trees and has a rugged, driftwood filled shoreline that is the perfect backdrop for an elopement.

Oregon Coast and Colorado Love

After the ceremony the family had a short dinner in Manzanita at the winery. After dinner I met back up with Matt and Olga at Hug Point for some photos. We were hoping to do the entirety of the portraits there but the tide was coming in and it was very crowded. So no problem, we just went right back to Short Sands which I actually prefer because it has more of a rugged coast vibe. All in all it was a fantastic day and I was stoked to be able to guide them around the coast.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again…finding people that vibe with you is SOOO IMPORTANT to your wedding day and the photos. Make sure your photographer aligns with you and your day will go great. For me, I try to work with adventurous couples that are focused on having fun and enjoying the day. I know if a couple is prioritizing those things they’re going to have a great day no matter what.

If you’re wanting to elope or have an engagement in here in Oregon please get in touch.

Ecola State Park Elopement

Olive and Will came to me because they wanted the Oregon coast elopement experience since they were flying back to China where Olive’s family lives for the actual ceremony. I decided to take them to my favorite place for Oregon coast Elopements, Ecola State Park. It has a ton of variety to choose from including lush fern filled old growth forests to beautiful rocky beaches which turn into magic at sunset.

It’s always interesting meeting couple’s for the shoot when you haven’t met in person yet. We hadn’t had the chance to meet up ahead of time which I usually prefer to do. Luckily they were just the sweetest, easy going couple. It’s really a pleasure when the people you work with turn out to be fun and genuine. That fact alone made the shoot so easy and enjoyable. Olive and Will also brought their adopted puppy which had more fun than any of us running on the beach while we were taking photos. He even snuck into a couple of our shots.


For couples wanting to do a smaller wedding or more intimate, I always recommend eloping. Oregon is so beautiful with so many options(coast, mountains, waterfalls, desert). You really have everything here that you could want as a beautiful backdrop. The coast is still my favorite because no matter what the weather or time of year it’s always beautiful. We lucked out with some amazing sunlight for their elopement shoot. I could have shot those portraits for hours in that light.

If you’re wanting to elope or thinking about it, let’s talk. I love planning these shoots with my couples. They’re a lot less stress than a normal wedding day and you have a ton of flexibility on locations and style. I’d love to be a part of your elopement as I was with Olive and Will’s.

Cannon Beach Elopement

This Cannon Beach Oregon Elopement was a gem. I love the simplicity of these weddings. I tried to embrace the bright and airy vibes the weather was giving us and roll with the highlights and sun.

These two drove up from California in their Tesla to spend the weekend enjoying Cannon Beach and Ecola State Park with their sweet puppy they adopted from Taiwan. We met in Ecola State Park at one of my favorite little spots that’s the epitome of Fern Gully(throwback movie reference). They let me decide the ceremony location and I couldn’t resist not using all these ferns and the lush greenery that is so common here in the Northwest. We met and a dirt road and parked the cars near the ceremony site. It’s a super short walk to this beautiful location. Their friends from Seattle drove down to officiate and witness the wedding and met us in the parking area. I must add I absolutely love when people include their dog in the wedding day. Basically just the perfect set up for a small wedding.

Ocean Waves and Doggy Kisses

After the short and laughter filled ceremony we drove down to Indian beach for some champagne popping and to document some more good times at one of my favorite beaches(Point Break fanboy). We let the dog run off some energy from being in the backseat of the car most of the day leading up do the ceremony. After the super casual portrait session at Indian Beach the whole crew drove down to Cannon Beach which is less than 10 minutes away to finish off the session with some late afternoon portraits in front of the iconic Haystack Rock. Haystack as I’m sure most of you know is one of the most iconic places in all of the Northwest. They conveniently book a cute little hotel right at the beach by Haystack Rock so it was a nice easy walk back to the hotel for dinner after we finished up our session. I had a blast with these two and absolutely loved the laid back approach they took to the wedding day. These elopements are always such a joy to shoot.

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.