Personal and Intimate Elopement in the Columbia River Gorge

Elopement, Oregon

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1/16/2024

Jamie and Sam’s elopement day in the Columbia River Gorge was the kind of day you’d want to bottle up and keep forever. It wasn’t just about the stunning views or the cool spots they hit – it was about them, taking a day to celebrate their love in a way that felt right.

Getting Ready for the Elopement at the AirBnB

The day kicked off in a laid-back style at an Airbnb that was all kinds of cute. It was one of those places where you could kick back, relax, and forget about the world for a while. They spent the morning there, just hanging out and enjoying each other’s company.

Picture them lounging around, coffee in hand, no rush, no fuss – just soaking in the quiet moments before the big adventure… well, you don’t really have to picture it, do you? I’ve got the photos of these sweet moments.

Latourell Falls Adventure Elopement

Then it was time to hit the road. First stop? Latourell Falls. A classic hike for this Columbia River Gorge Elopement.

Let me tell you, the Gorge was showing off with its fall colors. It was like walking through a sea of gold with all those Big Leaf Maple trees.

The falls themselves were (as usual) a sight to behold, adding a touch of dramatic flair to their day.

Vows at Government Cove – The Perfect Intimate Moment

But the highlight of this Oregon Elopement? That had to be Government Cove— where Jamie & Sam sealed the deal.

An elopement is rarely complete without a sentimental, intimate exchange of vows. Jamie and Sam upped the ante by also reading some very beautiful and emotional poetry by Mary Oliver. 

Government Cove is a real gem – a bit off the beaten path, wrapped in the kind of natural beauty that makes you stop and say, “Wow.” It is not officially a park, but rather land owned by the Watlala people. So if you choose to visit, please make sure you’re being respectful of the land.

After the vows & poetry, Jamie & Sam just took the time to be together. The area was filled with rocks, trees, and these cool mossy areas that looked like something out of a storybook.

Why Elope in the Columbia River Gorge?

The thing about eloping in the Columbia River Gorge is that it’s more than just a pretty place to get married. The Gorge has this wild, untamed beauty that’s hard to find anywhere else. It’s a place where you can feel small against the vast backdrop of nature, yet so connected to each other. 

And the climate? It’s as varied as the landscape – one minute you’re basking in sunshine, and the next, you’re wrapped in a cool mist. It keeps you on your toes and makes for some epic photos.

Slowing Down for Your Elopement Day

Speaking of photos, let’s talk about slowing down. Jamie and Sam’s day wasn’t a rush to get from one photo spot to the next. It was about taking it slow, being present, and really soaking in every moment. 

There’s something special about taking the time to just be, especially on a day as important as your elopement. It lets you appreciate the little things – the way the light filters through the trees, the sound of the river in the background, the feel of your partner’s hand in yours.

Advice for Couples Looking to Elope in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge

Now, if you’re thinking about eloping in the Gorge, here’s a bit of advice. First, embrace the adventure. The Gorge is a place that invites exploration. Whether you’re hiking up to a viewpoint or strolling along a riverbank, there’s always something new around the corner. 

And second, work with someone who knows the area. A local elopement photographer can help you find those hidden spots and make sure you’re in the right place at the right time.

Here’s a couple of resources if you’re considering eloping in Oregon:

How and Where to Elope in the Columbia River Gorge

Top Places to Elope in Oregon

Complete Guide to Oregon’s Marriage Laws

Back to Jamie and Sam. Their day was a perfect reflection of what an elopement should be – a celebration of their journey, on their terms. It was laid-back, it was personal, and it was filled with moments that were uniquely theirs.

From the quiet morning at the Airbnb to the vows at Government Cove, every part of their day was a reminder that sometimes, the best way to say “I do” is just the two of you, with the open sky above and the earth below.

A perfect elopement day in the Columbia River Gorge— It’s days like these that remind us why getting married is such a beautiful adventure.

Oregon Coast Elopement Photographer

When you are ready to hire an Oregon elopement photographer, I’d be honored to be considered. 

I love all things ‘Oregon Elopement’ and  would be so excited to help you plan your Best Day Ever in this beautiful state, whether it’s in the gorge or some other awe inspiring elopement location (there are so many in Oregon).

Check out my pricing page for more information.

Personal and Intimate Elopement in the Columbia River Gorge

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