(Closed) SD couple Wanting to Elope in Portland – Need Ideas!

posted 7 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
6109 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@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!

Photograph Gates of Eden by Craig Bill on 500px

Oneonta Gorge in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge

Post # 4
6109 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@EsC87:  BINGO !  Look what I found  – a Columbia River Gorge elopement:


waterfall elopement

champagne toast


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 # 6
6109 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@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
3366 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@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 # 10
6109 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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@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
2083 posts
Buzzing bee

@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:


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