ELOPING IN PORTLAND – PORTLAND ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER VIDEOGRAPHER & PLANNER

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Howdy, 🤠👋 we’re Samuel & Karly, your award-winning Portland elopement photographer videographer & planner team.

A lot more than just Portland elopement photographers.

We’re your complete experience creators.

Not only will we create EPIC photos and video for you, but we’ll help you plan the whole thing too.

Most importantly, we make it all FUN.

Think of us as elopement wedding ninjas, or Jedi. “Wedi” even.

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We’ll be your Woda

They provided us with great direction and their calm nature made us feel comfortable in front of the camera.”

THIRD EYE COUPLE 🕉 SARA & CHRIS

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ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT PLANNING GUIDES

ADVENTURE ELOPEMENTS ARE THE FASTEST GROWING WEDDING TREND IN THE WORLD

SO…WHAT DOES ELOPE MEAN ANYWAY?

Here’s what elopement has previously been defined as;

  • Elope (e·lope) – run away secretly in order to get married, especially without parental consent. run away to marry. run off/away together. slip away. sneak off. run off/away with a lover.

So things have changed…

The definition of elopement has evolved in the wedding photography space as;

  • a “just us,” or intentional intimate wedding experience with only the closest of family and friends (and us of course.)
ThirdEyeSamuel Portland adventure elopement couple plays on red rock boulders in national park in wedding attire. bride is sitting on rock high in air with long white wedding dress hanging down extending hand to groom in all black suite standing above here

WHAT IS A PORTLAND ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT?

Simply put, a Portland adventure elopement is an outdoor intimate wedding experience immersed in the nearby State & National Parks epic beauty, which focuses entirely on YOU and YOUR PARTNER.

WHY SHOULD I ELOPE?

HERE’S THE TOP 7 REASONS TO ELOPE:

  1. You want a “just us” experience that focuses on intimacy and intentionality
  2. You don’t want to plan a party for hundreds of people
  3. You want to avoid family drama
  4. You want way less planning and stress
  5. You value authentic moments over material things
  6. You want truly EPIC photos and video
  7. You want an adventure!

This intentional experience focuses completely on you and your partner.

There are epic alternatives to planning a massive party for hundreds of people.

Each year, more and more couples are choosing to enjoy an adventure elopement or small intimate wedding experience.

Get married how YOU want to.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM A PORTLAND ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY VIDEOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE?

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We’ll hang out and create epic images at a National Park or other native natural wonder.

The Portland elopement experience can be as rugged or luxurious as you’d like.

All levels of adventurers are welcome, even if you’ve never traveled, hiked or camped a day in your life.

There is a Portland elopement adventure for everyone.

This is a 100% inclusive experience.

They’re most commonly enjoyed at State and National Parks, or nearby areas.

Some of the most popular and epic are nearby places like Mount Hood, the Oregon Coast, Redwoods, and Crater Lake National Park.

The options for your big day are absolutely magical.

Karly and I are here to help you every step of the way.

VISUALIZE YOUR DREAM PORTLAND ELOPEMENT EXPERIENCE

Consider the details of the most epic day of your life…

  • Where are you two? Whats around you? What kind of epic scenery do you see?
    • Mountains, lakes, forests, desert, cliffs, beaches?
  • Is the sun setting? Is it rising? Is there a golden or amethyst horizon?
  • What is your partner wearing? An all black suit, a black wedding dress, a fairytale white wedding dress with a long train flowing in the wind on a canyon’s edge?
  • Do you envision a rocky beach ceremony at sunset? Followed by a nighttime bonfire Airbnb reception?
  • Imagine exploring this new world for DAYS before and after your amazing celebration.

YOU DESERVE THIS.

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WE’LL MAKE PLANNING YOUR ENTIRE PORTLAND ELOPEMENT EASY

From the moment you contact us we’re going to help you plan the best Portland elopement experience possible.

Planning aspects like travel, food, lodging, weather, back-up plans, park permits, photography permits, marriage license, guests, timeline, ceremony, reception, vendors, wedding and adventure attire, equipment, how to leave no trace, and so on.

Helping plan also means ensuring you’re choosing the right photographer.

Choosing a photographer for your most intimate and sacred day should be done with the utmost care. Not only will you be with them (us) for up to 12 hours on the wedding day, but you’ll be in close contact through the whole process, from planning to post, and even for years after.

Especially when we create the adventurers bond.

HOW TO PLAN AN ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT IN PORTLAND

  • CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER
    • This one’s easy. 😉 And we’re videographers too! Even easier. =)
  • CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT LOCATION AND DATE
    • We’ve combined these two elements because they are very interdependent. The time of year will dictate what the best choice for your location will be and vice versa. We’ll provide you with the best possible option based on your personal interests;
      • National Parks rich with mountains, canyons, forests, glaciers, lakes, or deserts.
  • SAVE YOUR ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT DATE
    • Once we’ve discovered the most epic location and date for your adventure we’ll complete the retainer step of the booking process to save your date and make it official!
  • BEGIN PLANNING YOUR ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT EXPERIENCE
    • Now we’ll work through curating the finer details of the adventure elopement experience.

We’ll make all of this EASY.

We’ve also created a more in-depth how-to guide on the 17 Steps to Plan Your Dream Adventure Elopement Wedding.

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ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT TESTIMONIAL

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“Best Adventure Elopement Photographer and Videographer on the Planet”

“Samuel and Karly of ThirdEyeSamuel exceeded our expectations in every way and gave us a truly unique experience, while capturing the events so eloquently. They are true masters of their craft; not just in their ability to take beautiful and artisitic photos, but their professional communication skills, creativity, vibrant energy, humor, and product turnaround time. We cannot express enough how happy we are to have chosen ThirdEyeSamuel to share this occasion with.

If you’re looking to hire one of the best Adventure Elopement Photographers and Videographers look no further!”

THIRD EYE COUPLE 🕉 JACOB & CHELSEA

WHERE ARE THE BEST PLACES TO ELOPE IN PORTLAND?

CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK

MOUNT HOOD

OREGON COAST

REDWOODS

OREGON WATERFALLS

COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE

WILLAMETTE / DESCHUTES NATIONAL FOREST

WALLOWA-WHITEMAN NATIONAL FOREST

THE ALVORD DESERT

OREGON CAVES

Portland is local to some of the most magical elopement places out of anywhere in the whole country. We highly recommend devoting 3 days to a week to explore your destination.

BEST TIME TO VISIT PORTLAND [MAR-OCT]

March through October is our recommendation of the best time to visit Portland. June to August will be the peak times to visit Portland for perfect weather.

WEEKDAY WEEKDAY WEEKDAY. If you can, definitely elope during the week. This will avoid the crowds and offer you the most private experience.

Always book as far in advance as possible when holding a ceremony at a National Park.

For the most beautiful photos and video we recommend sunrise and sunset.

And if you’re still considering other locations for your adventure elopement wedding…

[217 Best Places to Elope in the US and World]

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ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT TIPS

  • Create a back up plan
  • Book as far in advance as possible
  • Bring water – we recommend a camelbak or similar (3 liter minimum size) or at least a 1L bottle
  • Be mindful of aligning geographic location and seasonal climate
  • Weekdays are highly recommended because your chance for an intimate and private experience skyrockets
  • Sunrise / early morning and evening / sunset will create the most beautiful imagery
  • Obtain marriage license prior to the adventure
  • Purchase Special Park Use Permit ($150) through National Park Service.
  • Expect to hike (1-6+ miles) for photo-walk and ceremony
  • Hiking boots highly recommended (can bring other shoes for the shoot if desired)
  • Choose wedding dress appropriate for your adventure plan (can pack to photo/ceremony location too)
  • Mentally prepare to trash the dress – it’s worth it
  • Don’t expect to source cake or cupcakes locally
  • Sun protection – proper protective clothing and/or sunscreen
  • Hair and make up artist can be hard to find near some parks
  • Be mindful and respectful of your surroundings while hiking and camping
  • Don’t bring confetti or similar items that will pollute environment
  • Leave your spaces cleaner than when you found them #leavenotrace
  • Consider hiring an official guide for more technical adventures
  • Enjoy every moment of this sacred experience with your best friend
bride and groom climb rock formations together at Portland national park during their adventure elopement photography videography session by thirdeyesamuel. groom is lifting bride up to him. her dress is hanging down the rock below her creating beautiful contrast in environment
national park adventurous Portland elopement wedding bride and groom grab each others butts while looking off into distance. they stand underneath of a massive natural wedding arch made of boulders balancing on one another

THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT CHECKLIST

  • Visualize the scenery with your amazing partner
    • Mountain, desert, glacier, forest, lake, beach, cave, cliff, canyon, mid-air…space?!
  • Craft perfect combination of location and date with planner
  • Elopement planner (us) — we 📋
  • Photographer (us) —— really 📷
  • Videographer (us) ——- make 🎥
  • Officiant (us) ——————this 🤠
  • Witnesses (us) —————easy 🤩
  • Create back-up(s) for your location and date
  • Acquire permits and/or reservations
  • Obtain marriage license
  • Travel & lodging (Airbnb is amazing)
  • Adventure equipment
  • Florist – fake or real either way they’re gorgeous, bouquets adventure well too! 💐
  • Cake (cupcakes?) 🧁 cupcakes adventure well
  • Decor – maybe you want a giant hexagon wedding arbor
  • Rings – the sacred symbol of eternal union! 💍
  • Wedding dress & attire – appropriate to the adventure
  • “Spells” / Vows – cast them, freestyle them, write them, say them 3 different times if you want
  • Invitations – or maybe it’s “just us”
  • Ceremony – on a glacier only possible by helicopter? 🚁
  • Reception – maybe a cliff-side bonfire or airbnb party
  • Honeymoon (a week of exploring your epic destination?)
  • Announcement – “shout from the mountaintops…” literally? ⛰
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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ELOPE IN PORTLAND?

Elopements in Portland typically cost anywhere from $7,000-$20,000+ including the photography and videography.

This is considerably less than the average wedding.

The average wedding in the United States costs approximately $34,000.

The main difference is that you’re investing in an experience for fewer people, which in turn leads to a much higher quality experience for each person.

A major factor of this higher quality experience is enjoying a multi-day adventure elopement + honeymoon. Imagine a week long adventure as newlyweds in an absolutely magical location. EPIC.

We highly recommend investing 3-7 days to fully explore and appreciate your epic destination.

You can even hire a photographer (🤠🏴‍☠️) for multiple days, to document even more of your amazing story.

Get married the way YOU want to. 🏴‍☠️

PORTLAND ELOPEMENT PACKAGES & PRICING

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Portland Elopement Packages

Photo + Video Portland Elopement Package Includes:

  • 4+ hours photo + video coverage with Samuel & Karly
  • Hi-res images showcased, delivered and downloadable in professional online gallery
  • Highlight video 5-10 minutes with vows and/or music
  • Highlight video 1 minute for social media with vows and/or music
  • GoPro personal POV video
  • Drone aerial photo / video (location + weather permitting)
  • Large print sized appropriately for your living space
  • Adventure Elopement planning
  • Second Photographer / Videographer
  • Adventure equipment provided
  • Vendor & Location recommendations
  • Tea ceremony
  • Lifelong adventurers friendship

 Portland Elopement Pricing

The 4+ Hour Portland Elopement Photo + Video pricing starts at $5117. Photo only starts at $3417.

We do not charge for travel (Van-life perks 🚐).

We offer fully customizable packages.

My fiancé and I always get very nervous before taking photos because it can be kind of awkward at times. Not with this duo! Samuel and Karly are awesome. They made us feel very calm and relaxed…

THIRD EYE COUPLE 🕉 MEGAN & ERIK

Portland Adventure Sessions: for Engagements, Proposals, Trash the Dress, Anniversaries, Vow Renewals, Couples (and any reason you can dream up because they’re epic)

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Portland Adventure Session Packages

Photo + Video Portland Adventure Session Package Includes:

  • 2 hour photo + video coverage with Samuel & Karly
  • Hi-res images showcased, delivered and downloadable in professional online gallery
  • Highlight video 3 minutes with music
  • Highlight video 1 minute for social media with music
  • GoPro personal POV video
  • Drone aerial photo / video (location + weather permitting)
  • Large print sized appropriately for your living space (+$500)
  • Adventure Session planning
  • Second Photographer / Videographer
  • Location recommendations
  • Lifelong adventurers friendship

Portland Adventure Session Pricing

The 2 hour Photo + Video Portland Adventure Session pricing begins at $3417. Photo only begins at $2617.

These sessions are designed for engagements, proposals, trash the dress, anniversaries, vow renewals, couples, and simply because they’re epic and should be enjoyed for any reason you can possibly dream up.

Like our elopement packages, the adventure sessions are also fully customizable.

We had the most amazing time with Samuel and Karly at our adventurous ‘Trash the Dress’ photo shoot. Wearing my wedding gown in an epic outdoor location while suspended in the sky was an experience of a lifetime! Samuel and Karly at ThirdEyeSamuel are THE best Adventure Elopement Photographers and Videographers, and I cannot recommend them enough. They went above and beyond to create an unforgettable experience and authentically captured every moment on camera.. from multiple angles, too! I will forever cherish this day and the many beautiful images and videos <3”

THIRD EYE COUPLE 🕉 CHELSEA & JACOB

PORTLAND ELOPEMENT PLANNING RESOURCES

OREGON LEAVE NO TRACE [LNT] – MINDFUL ADVENTURING

CRATER NATIONAL PARK

CRATER LAKE PERMITS & RESERVATIONS

CRATER LAKE CURRENT CONDITIONS

CRATER LAKE DIRECTIONS & TRANSPORTATION

MOUNT HOOD

MOUNT HOOD SPECIAL USE PERMITS

MOUNT HOOD ALERTS & NOTICES

COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE

ALLTRAILS – PORTLAND HIKING & LANDSCAPE INFO

BEST HIKES IN PORTLAND ALLTRAILS

BEST HIKES IN CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK ALLTRAILS

BEST HIKES IN DESCHUTES NATIONAL FOREST ALLTRAILS

BEST HIKES IN MOUNT HOOD ALLTRAILS

BEST HIKES IN COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE ALLTRAILS

BEST HIKES IN OREGON WATERFALLS ALLTRAILS

BEST HIKES IN OREGON CAVES ALLTRAILS

BEST HIKES IN OREGON COAST ALLTRAILS

BEST HIKES IN OREGON BEACHES ALLTRAILS

BEST HIKES IN OREGON ALLTRAILS

BEST HIKES IN BEND ALLTRAILS

BEST HIKES IN EUGENE ALLTRAILS

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN PORTLAND AIRBNB [& NEAR]

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN PORTLAND AIRBNB

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN CRATER LAKE AIRBNB

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN MOUNT HOOD AIRBNB

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE AIRBNB

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN OREGON AIRBNB

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN BEND AIRBNB

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN EUGENE AIRBNB

PORTLAND ELOPEMENT WEDDING VENDORS [CREATORS]

PHOTOGRAPHY – THIRDEYESAMUEL

VIDEOGRAPHY – THIRDEYESAMUEL

PLANNING – THIRDEYESAMUEL

OFFICIANT – THIRDEYESAMUEL

OFFICIANT // OREGON ELOPEMENT WEDDING OFFICIANT – AMANDA CLAIRE

OFFICIANT // OREGON ELOPEMENT WEDDING OFFICIANT – OREGON BEACH CEREMONIES

OFFICIANT // OREGON ELOPEMENT WEDDING OFFICIANTS – EC MATRIMONY

OFFICIANT // OREGON ELOPEMENT WEDDING OFFICIANT – REVEREND MEL

FLORIST // OREGON ELOPEMENT WEDDING FLORISTS – CAROLINE REUSEN

FLORIST // OREGON ELOPEMENT WEDDING FLORISTS – FLOWERS BY ALANA

FLORIST // OREGON ELOPEMENT WEDDING FLORISTS – SWOON FLORAL DESIGN

FLORIST // OREGON ELOPEMENT WEDDING FLORISTS – SELVA FLORAL DESIGN

HMUA // OREGON ELOPEMENT HAIR & MAKE UP – LISA BOEHM BEAUTY

HMUA // OREGON WEDDING HAIR & MAKE UP ARTISTS – OLIVIA HAWTHORNE

HMUAS // PORTLAND WEDDING HAIR & MAKE UP ARTIST LIST – WEDDING WIRE

HMUAS // EUGENE WEDDING HAIR & MAKE UP ARTIST LIST- WEDDING WIRE

PORTLAND MARRIAGE LICENSE

MULTNOMAH COUNTY MARRIAGE LICENSE [PORTLAND]

ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT PLANNING GUIDES


We thank you for flying ThirdEyeSamuel Portland Airways. May this information find you well and assist you in your elopement wedding planning journey.

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