Post # 1
Hello fellow Bees-
After much thought and consideration from all the advice I’ve gotten on my different boards….
FI & I have decided that eloping prior to deployment will be a more cost-effective, and sanity-maintaining way to go about exchanging vows. We will have a wedding reception once he returns from deployment and we’ve been able to save more money for the wedding reception we REALLY want, but cant throw together within the 7 months we have left and the budget currently available…
We thought oregon was such a beautiful woodsy backdrop that this is where we are focusing our efforts. I’ve done some research and found that Colombia River aroudn Mt Hood is where I would liek the setting… But i have no idea how to go about it?
How do you knwo which trails are best and more secluded? We are planning on going on a Monday so perhaps it isn’t crowded.
Will a porland minister likely drive out there, and bring witnesses for us?
Who’s help could we enlist with scouting a beautiful / yet somewhat secluded location along a waterfall or lake in the area?
I knwo these are very specific but was hoping SOMEONE out there might have some advice, or even better previous experience.
Post # 3
@EsC87: This sounds lovely! I think it might be better if you asked a Portland resident though. There are local boards here too, or even go to the Portland forums on Trip Advisor! TA forums are so helpful for any kind of trip and local information.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g28958-i237-Oregon.html (general OR forum, with drop down menus for several cities)
Whether or not your officiant will hike somewhere depends on the officiant. In my town (Utah), all the JOPs I contacted are not active and don’t really walk much. In fact I saw a need for a mobile/hiking/skiing officiant, that my goal is to become ordained marriage officiant this year so I can perform marriages!
That officiant will also let you know if they can bring their own witnesses. There could be a $40 pp fee though (just a fee I have seen before).
Here is one stunning canyon along the Gorge. My H is from OR and I want him to take me here!
Oneonta Gorge in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge
Post # 4
@EsC87: BINGO ! Look what I found – a Columbia River Gorge elopement:
photography: Carl Zoch
location: Wahclella Falls, Oregon on the Columbia River Gorge
(Forest Service site on this particular trail: Click Here)
florist: Lucy’s Informal Flowers Hood River, OR
Looks like their best friend officiated this wedding. You could call the Hood River florist to see if they have ideas, or the city hall offices at Hood River.
Post # 5
More info on hiking trails in the Gorge:
Sorry I have not hiked there yet!
Post # 6
@EsC87: Sorry, I’m having too much fun here researching for you!
You could also use one of the inn/B&Bs along the Gorge that offer elopements!
Carson Ridge Cabins
Quinn Mountain Weddings
“specializes in planning, hosting, officiating, and providing ministerial services for intimate, memorable, fun, affordable elopements, weddings for the Columbia River Gorge, etc.
Post # 7
@EsC87: Mt Hood is a GORGEOUS setting for an elopement! There are lots of officiants out here, and I’m sure they’d have no issue traveling at any point. You may have to pay a travel fee, but it probably wouldn’t be too much.
You could check out Multnomah Falls for a venue, but that’s a pretty touristy area. However during the week it’d be way less crowded.
I have a friend that went with Quinn Mountain Weddings and LOVED it! we were looking at that route, but wound up eloping on the Coast instead.
If you want, you can PM me and I can give you TONS more info, just need to do some research before I respond 😉
Post # 8
@sienna76: OMG that picture is gorgeous- TOTALLY what i have in mind….
It is difficult to plan from far away but i have a feel its exactly what we need for now instead of a big fancy expensive wedding we cant afford!
Post # 9
@sienna76: Genius- OMG that really does look like exactly what I am looking for! Photographer captured it all perfectly… I’m going to send him an email now!!! EEE
Thanks so much for that it’s perfect
I knew I could count ont he Wedding Bees for help 😀
Post # 10
@EsC87: Oh, I am so thrilled I understood your vision LOL!
I seriously want to do these hikes when we visit Portland next. H is from a town outside of Portland so we go there yearly.
I have researched several weddings remotely (researched meaning I researched the location, photographer and officiant). We had our wedding idea in more than one place believe it or not, including the final wedding which was in another country nontheless! So I don’t think your logistics will be that hard and if you get stumped, post on here. Think of it as going on a hike, but bringing a dress, officiant and photographer, etc! If you pay people, they will show up at the same place at the same time. I would suggest finding a month that doesn’t rain that much as then you don’t have to worry so much about a rain plan.
Sounds like finding a hiking officiant is your next thing!
Post # 11
@EsC87: Timberline Lodge actually has a great elopement package (that I was considering myself!) where you can get married either fireside or mountainside. They include the officiant, champagne toast, dinner, cake, bouquet and lodging. You can have guests for an additional fee, but I believe they can supply witnesses as well if you need them.
Here’s the link to their package: