Ever heard of the superstition that “rain on your wedding day is good luck?” Well this Government Cove elopement should be proof enough that rain on your wedding day is gorgeous regardless! Amber and Monty—two outdoorsy lovers—grabbed their boots and trekked the mountains to exchange their vows in the most scenic way possible. And Amber didn’t let the weather or hike stop her from rocking a stunning polka dot gown.
Not only were the views stunning, but when the rain came down, Amber and Monty snuggled close, grabbed their clear umbrellas, and took time to enjoy being married. Adventure-seekers, this one’s for you. Scroll down to see how Five Fox’s Photography captured this stunning elopement.
Amber and Monty
Government Cove, Oregon, USA
Staying In The Moment
I would say we are most proud of just being in the moment together. We wanted to do an elopement-style wedding because we wanted simplicity and aren’t really into flashy moments!
Rain Storm And Snuggles
The most memorable part of the day for us was when we got caught in a crazy rainstorm! Hiding under those beautiful sheer umbrellas we were able to snuggle in close and laugh and watch the rain. It was pure love at that moment.
Stay True To What You Want
My advice is to stay true to what you really want and don’t allow anyone else to steer you away from that! This is your big day and you deserve to look back and have everything you ever wanted.
Why A Government Cove Elopement?
We chose our location because we both love the outdoors and felt that this area had everything we loved between the mountains and the river. There was lush green grass and a little bit of leftover snow that made it the perfect location.
Congratulations to Amber and Monty on their Government Cove elopement! Thank you to Five Fox’s Photography for both capturing and sharing this day with us. Thinking about planning your own adventure elopement? We don’t blame you. Here are four reasons to elope and our ultimate elopement planning guide to get you started.
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Elopements are considered an alternative wedding style, but thanks to the pandemic more couples are opting for these intimate nuptials. With only a handful of guests in tow, Cassie and Cintia Oregon coast elopement proves that love conquers all. And we’re obsessed with the incredible images that Henry Tieu captured of their day.
Since the couple is from Utah, wedding planner Rain and Pines planned an incredible day filled with little trips and hikes to get to their ceremony and reception spots. These brides looked absolutely stunning in their wedding attire—a colorful suit from Tailor Cooperative and a flowing gown from The Perfect Dress.
Keep scrolling to see an Oregon coast elopement that offers a beach and forest setting in one place.
Cassie and Cintia
Oregon, United States
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The Oregon Coast Elopement Menu
We ordered from a restaurant nearby! Everyone picked the dish they wanted so everyone enjoyed a special meal and left with a full stomach.
Elopement Planning Advice From The Couple
Have fun when you’re planning and make sure you do things for yourself and not to please others.
Working With Henry Tieu
Henry was the absolute best. He made the whole process easy and made us comfortable. He was so kind to us and all of our family.
Congratulations to Cassie and Cintia on their Oregon coast elopement! We’re so glad Henry Tieu was able to capture the day and share it with us. Ready to plan your own coastal “I do’s?” Get started with our elopement planning guide to ensure your day is as beautiful and unique as your love.
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A lakefront ceremony, towering mountain top views, and miles from the nearest city—adventure lovers Bri and Derek traded a traditional over-the-top wedding for a secluded, gorgeous Skamania Lodge elopement deep in Stevensville, Washington mountains. The couple prioritized their loved ones’ involvement in their elopement—live-streaming their ceremony and chatting with family and friends after tying the knot. Nothing was stopping this motivated couple, not even a poor wifi connection.
Photographer Lukas Korynta captured every detail that made this stunning outdoorsy elopement an adventurous couple’s dream wedding. If you’re looking to take your love to new heights, keep scrolling for inspo-worthy details that are sure to have you swooning.
Briana and Derek
Thunder Island at Cascade Locks, Oregon
Involving Loved Ones In This Skamania Lodge Elopement
We prioritized the involvement of our loved ones in our elopement. After the ceremony, we set aside time to chat with family on zoom. We also chose to hold our own private reception with just ourselves in a nearby modern and semi-luxurious “treehouse” at Skamania Lodge. We spent the night eating, drinking, and dancing late into the night. Secluded from the world, we kept the music loud, drinks flowing, and the party going.
Hiring Top-Notch Wedding Vendors
We can’t stress the importance of hiring trusted wedding professionals, like our photographer. We loved working with our Lukas. After quite a bit of research, we chose to work with him because of his aesthetic and unique ability to bring out the moody colors of the Pacific Northwest. His ability to show a personal connection with couples in his work was also a selling point for us. He made our photo session easy, seamless, and he engaged with us—which made it seem like he was an old friend.
Congratulations Bri and Derek, and big thanks to photographer Lukas Korynta for capturing these love-filled images—bringing out the adventure in us all. If you’re feeling inspired to ditch the traditional wedding ceremony for an elopement-styled wedding, check out this ultimate elopement planning checklist to get started.
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If the bold colors and maraca party favors from this wedding don’t catch your eye, the custom Wild Rose Shop jean jackets and endless food options will. With help from the planner, J29 Events, Alicia and Philip brought to life their dream Spanish festival-themed Ashland wedding filled with fun, family, and food.
With family involvement being a huge priority, the couple chose to include a unity ceremony with a twist. They honored the unity of two families becoming one with a champagne toast mid-ceremony and an assortment of hand-tied scarves to unite their families—a creative and unforgettable way to involve loved ones.
We are glad photographer Emily Hary Photography, captured every detail that made Alicia and Philip’s festival wedding day. From the Spanish influences to the retro reception dance floor—there isn’t a detail left untouched. Get your Pinterest Boards ready for this one-of-a-kind outdoor festival-themed Ashland wedding.
Alicia and Phillip
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Cultural Influences For An Ashland Wedding
My husband and I have both done a lot of traveling and we wanted our wedding to be vibrant and full of life to express some of the cultural vibes we have picked up over the years.
Two Families Coming Together As One
We had everyone hold a string of scarves during the ceremony so that everyone was connected at the same time. It was a magical feeling to have everyone’s love and energy flowing through the ceremony site. We were connected as one and everyone felt our love.
Big thanks to photographer Emily Hary Photography, for capturing the uniqueness of this outdoor festival-themed Ashland wedding. Whether you’re planning an elopement styled ceremony or an over-the-top wedding there are many ways to personalize your big day like Alicia and Philip did.
If you’re looking for more nontraditional wedding inspo that will set your wedding apart, check out these tips on how to plan a unique wedding.
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Between the towering mountain backdrop and the traditional Hindu influences, this breathtaking Smith Rock State Park Oregon micro wedding stole our hearts. Nandita and Ryan are anything but traditional and they wanted a day that celebrated their uniqueness and love for Bend, Oregon.
With the help of planner Bridal Bliss, the couple brought to life their dream elopement ceremony that preserved some elements of their originally envisioned day. Trading their large traditional ceremony for a mountaintop micro wedding with only seven guests—Nandita and Ryan took full advantage of the endless wedding planning possibilities that come with a smaller wedding. Summer Robbins Flowers, dressed the already breathtaking Smith Rock State Park ceremony space with bright colored floral arrangements that compliment the muted mountain backdrop—a perfect way to incorporate traditional Hindu elements.
From beginning to end, this culture infused micro wedding was full of cherished moments that celebrated these audacious explorers. We are thankful photographer, Victoria Carlson Photography, was able to capture every intentional detail that made Nandita and Ryan’s day oh-so-special. Get your Pinterest boards ready—this wedding is full of dreamy and adventurous wedding day inspo.
Nandita and Ryan
Smith Rock State Park, Bend, Oregon
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Destination Wedding Experience Close To Home
If it’s possible to have a crush on a city, ours is Bend. We’ve had so many fun outdoor adventures there, and we knew we wanted to get married with those mountains in the backdrop. Bend’s high desert terrain is dramatic and colorful, and the natural landscape is so beautiful that it doesn’t need a lot of accessorizing. We originally planned a big, decorative Indian wedding for 175 guests at Brasada Ranch, a resort outside of Bend with sweeping views of the mountains. When COVID hit, we downsized to the tiniest version of the day we could imagine, with only 5 guests. Since we weren’t restricted by size, we decided to have an elopement-style ceremony at Smith Rock State Park, one of our favorite places to rock climb. We wanted to preserve some elements of our originally envisioned day, so we kept the dinner reception we had planned at Brasada Ranch.
Advice For Planning A Pandemic-Friendly Micro Wedding
If you’re planning a pandemic-friendly micro wedding, there are definitely some perks! Having a small wedding is lower-stress to plan and gives you more time on your wedding day to meaningfully connect with the people who are there. We were able to do some things we otherwise couldn’t have, like having our ceremony at a state park or going big on florals and fancy wine, since costs were cut in so many other places. It also meant we didn’t have to stick to a rigid schedule on the day-of. I’ll admit that nothing can make up for not having friends and family by your side, but there are some silver linings to having an intimate wedding. And there are definitely opportunities to make your day special and different.
Involving Family And Friends In This Oregon Micro Wedding
Several of our friends who couldn’t be with us sprinkled our day with surprises. My good friend Sarah, who was supposed to give a toast at our wedding, wrote her toast in a letter and gave the sealed envelope to Ryan, unbeknownst to me. At our cocktail hour, he performed a dramatic reading of Sarah’s toast, and I was literally cackling.
If you are feeling inspired to trade in your large traditional wedding, for a micro wedding or elopement, you’re not alone. Nandita and Ryan’s adventurous mountain top micro wedding was nothing short of magical. Photographer, Victoria Carlson Photography, did an incredible job highlighting the traditional Hindu elements of this Bend, Oregon wedding.
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