"In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks."

-John Muir


I'll get straight to it. The secret to a great elopement location on the Oregon Coast is in finding those insane views where there are no crowds. Secret beaches, quiet forests and trails that aren't full of hikers. You can go explore a week before your elopement to try to hunt down some places that seem more secluded, orrrr.... you can work with an Oregon elopement photographer who already knows where those places are! (Psssst... That's us!!)


Ahhh.. the breathtaking shores of the Oregon Coast. Where hidden gems await couples seeking the ultimate elopement experience. Picture this: saying "I do" against the backdrop of secluded beaches, surrounded by nature's boundless beauty. Want to try to find some secluded spots on your own? Keep reading. We'll take you on a journey to discover the best-kept spots, diverse landscapes, and the art of capturing your dream elopement. Whether you're envisioning a cliffside ceremony, a serene prairie setting, or a stroll through a coastal forest, we've got you covered. Get ready to embrace the allure of this mesmerizing coastline as we help you create unforgettable memories on your special day.


Finding Secluded Spots: Empty Beaches During Peak Seasons


When it comes to finding hidden gems on the Oregon Coast for your elopement, the key is to discover secluded spots that provide a sense of intimacy even during the busy summer months. Luckily, this picturesque coastline has them if you know where to look! So, if you're dreaming of exchanging vows in a private setting with only the sound of crashing waves as your witness, we can help!


If you want to find some serene beaches yourself, one of the best ways is by exploring the lesser-known trails that wind their way along the Oregon Coast. A key to finding the lesser known trails is checking out the trailheads. ;) Can't find parking? There's your first sign that this is NOT your spot. Once you find a quieter trail that eventually leads to a beach, you are probably on the right track. If the trail is on the longer side, you're definitely on the right track. The less convenient it is to get to the beach, the more likely it is to be empty.


If you're dreaming of a cliffside ceremony, trails like Cape Falcon and Neahkahnie Mountain offer breathtaking vistas and elevated platforms where you can exchange your vows. These spots provide a sense of awe as you say "I do" against a backdrop of dramatic coastal cliffs, crashing waves, and the endless horizon. But a lot of cliffs are pretty busy, because everyone wants to hike out to enjoy the views. For places like this, check them out on weekdays (monday-thurs), and at sunrise and sunset. Most hikers are out during the day (except waterfall hikes.) For waterfalls, you need to go first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds.


For a more serene and pastoral setting, trails that meander through the coastal prairies are perfect for exchanging vows. These open spaces are adorned with wildflowers and tall grasses, creating a romantic and serene ambiance. Nehalem Bay South Jetty Trail and Bandon's Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint are just a couple of examples where you can find these hidden prairies.


If you prefer the enchantment of a coastal forest, trails like Cascade Head and Ecola State Park will lead you into the heart of towering trees, moss-covered rocks, and a sense of seclusion. With the sunlight filtering through the canopy and the soft rustle of leaves in the breeze, these forested trails provide an intimate and magical setting for your elopement ceremony. For secluded trails, keep checking the number of cars at the trailhead, and find the longer trails. You can also check All Trails for information on how busy a particular trail tends to be.


The beauty of finding more secluded spots is that some of them remain hidden even during the busier summer months. With a bit of research and lots of adventurous exploring, you can uncover some of your own hidden spots and create a truly intimate and unforgettable elopement experience. Or you can just leave it to your expert Oregon elopement photographers!


Ready to start planning? Reach out to us and let us help you orchestrate an elopement that transcends imagination. Together, we will navigate the intricate landscapes, weave together moments of pure bliss, and curate an experience that speaks to your souls.