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We not only want to share beautiful elopements we have the honor to capture, but our favorite coffee shops, hiking spots and resources to help your engagement season go by smoothly. We love our beautiful state and can't wait to share more of it with you.

If you love waterfalls, Oregon does not have a shortage of them. With over 200 waterfalls state wide picking a hike can be overwhelming sometimes. If you’re looking for a waterfall hike outside of Mt. Hood we highly recommend Ramona Falls! This hike is a little over 7 miles round trip and is a peaceful […]

Hike to Ramona Falls

Hike To Ramona Falls

January 13, 2019

Eloping doesn’t mean quite the same as it used too. We are long past the days of secretly running off to the courthouse to get married, but are now embracing planned out adventure weddings in beautiful locations across the country. Though the planning process is not nearly as intensive as it would be for a […]

6 Months Destination Elopement Checklist

6 month elopement planning Checklist

January 7, 2019

2018 is coming to a close and we had a great first year here in the Northwest. Though it wasn’t a full year it finally feels like we’ve come home, and excited for all the exploring going into 2019. Moving here there was so many different places I wanted to visit right away, but realized […]

2019 Pacific Northwest Bucket List

2019 Pacific Northwest Bucket List

December 17, 2018

  Cutting a Christmas tree in the woods sounds like something straight out of a Hallmark Christmas movie, but out at Mt. Hood it’s a reality that can make all your Christmas dreams come true. For only a five dollar permit you can cut up to a 12 foot tree, and considering the prices of […]

Christmas Tree Hunting in Mount Hood National Forest

How to Cut a Christmas Tree in the Mt. Hood National Forest

December 10, 2018

On a misty, fall afternoon we meet with Hannah and Corey Coldwater Lake at Mount St. Helens. Though St. Helens is not as tall as she once was, the area continues to regrow with new life. The leaves were starting to change, and the air was crisp on a late, September afternoon. Hannah wore yellow […]

Mount St. Helens Coldwater Lake Elopement

Mount St. Helens Coldwater Lake Elopement

December 4, 2018

With over 100 waterfalls in the state of Oregon it can be overwhelming deciding on a hike. You really can’t go wrong with any of them, but we have a few favorites we’re planning on sharing. We’re starting that list off with Tamanawas Falls near Mt. Hood. I actually learned about this falls this summer when […]

Day Hike to Tamanawas Falls – Mt. Hood

Day Hike to Tamanawas Falls

November 27, 2018

Looking to elope, but not sure where? More and more couples are trading in the dreams of a traditional wedding for a wild and free elopement, and for good reason! With the rising costs of weddings and more couples paying for their own big day, it’s not only a more affordable option, but removes a […]

8 Stunning Locations That Will Make You Want to Elope in Oregon

8 Stunning Locations That Will Make You Want to Elope in Oregon

September 11, 2018

If you’re anything like me, you may be obsessed with mountains and the idea of climbing them. If you’re also like me, you may not be ready to take on Mt. Everest or Kilimanjaro but don’t let that hold you back from summiting.   What to know Before At 9,068 ft high Mt. Bachelor is […]

What to Expect Climbing Mt. Bachelor

September 1, 2018

So you’re planning a trip to Portland? We’re excited for you to be visiting one of our favorite cities! Finding the perfect place to stay is kind of important, so we put together a list of our 10 favorite Airbnb spots in the city, in no particular order. 1 | NE Irving Park Cottage The perfect […]

Our 10 Favorite Airbnb’s in Portland Oregon

August 22, 2018

So you want to get married in the great state of Washington, we can’t blame you! We got married in Washington ourselves and planned from afar too. Getting a marriage license in Washington is easy and hopefully will be even easier and clearer with this quick step by step to getting your license. How to […]

How to get your Marriage License in Washington State

August 8, 2018


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