These two really took their elopement day and made it their own. There’s nothing more wonderful than seeing all the traditions ditched in favor of a day that fits the couple just right.
One of the first things they told me: they’re not big on dressing up. While they wanted photos in their dresses, they opted to spend most of the day in casual clothes. It’s a great reminder to focus on what you want and be less concerned with what’s traditional.
We started the day with a hike in Redwood National Park. Afterwards, we moved to their vacation rental for letters and gifts from family, and making matcha tea together. They even opted to help each other get ready (another non traditional event that I think everyone should consider). Our last stop was a beautiful overlook hike for their ceremony and sunset photos.
I can’t emphasize enough how relaxing and honest this elopement was. Every part felt genuine and there was no stress. It’s the kind of wedding day everyone deserves.
Redwood National Park is a perfect place for stunning forest photos. There’s no forest like it! This unique park has particular rules to preserve the ecosystem. Live and dried florals are not allowed to prevent invasive species. If you opt for a ceremony here, even a simple vow exchange, a permit is required. If you want more info on permits and rules, check the national park’s website!
Make sure to keep to the trails because these old growth forests are delicate (I promise even the following photo is on trail). While it’s tempting to stand on top of fallen redwood trees, these are actually important ecosystems for young plants. Standing on the fallen trees prevent the plants from growing there.
There’s so many great ways to add extra meaning to your day. For these two, it was letters from family/friends (a loved one even made the jewelry they wore!), making matcha, and getting ready together. If you’re opting for no guests, having them record video messages or write letters is a great way to include them without having them physically present. Check out this blog for more information on how to include family whether near or far.
When you’re thinking of activities to add, think simple. What’s something you two love doing together? Maybe you love trying new coffee shops or taking your dog on a walk. While these seem simplistic, it’s actually a way to celebrate what you’ve built together. It will help you forget about the camera for more natural photos. The experience will feel more genuine and less of a show. This blog is packed with activity ideas from extravagant to simple.
The Southern Oregon Coast is the place to go if you want a private experience. We didn’t see anyone during this hike! Since it’s so isolated, there’s not as many visitors and it’s far easier to find privacy. It also helps that it’s probably the best part of the Oregon Coast. I have lots of resources for you if you’re interested in Brookings, OR and the surrounding area. This blog is packed with all the info you need to know to elope in Brookings and this one covers some of your epic location options.