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| Oregon Coast Elopement | Taylor + Gabriel |


Oregon Coast elopements. I could shoot them over and over and over and never tire of them. Some of my earliest childhood memories were romping around Oregon, never wearing shoes, searching for sea creatures in the pools created at low tide at the coast. I always love going back. Even the drive out feels incredibly nostalgic.

Taylor and Gabriel planned an intimate elopement at Cape Kiwanda, one of my favorite Oregon Coast locations. Their family and friends loaded out wood benches, a speaker, and some greenery to a spot they had chosen surrounded by warm limestone cliffs. It was totally a pop-up wedding. No reserved area. No venue. Just their community. And dogs of course. And pizza.

From the bride…

“Gabe and I met 9 years ago at a fundraiser for Cascade AIDS project. I liked him immediately. He was funny, kind and just all around wonderful. When friends suggested we date we (as we jokingly refer to it now) “played it cool”. This “coolness” resulted in neither of us actually realizing the other person was interested. Eventually, we fell out of touch. 

A little over 2 years ago we ran into each other at a birthday party for a mutual friend. Turns out we both went hoping the other would be there. Our first date one week later lasted seven hours! I didn’t know I could talk so much. We’ve been together ever since. 

With Gabe, I’ve seen more of the world and myself than in all the years that came before him combined. Turns out he’s cooler and kinder than I even imagined. 

We wanted to have a warm ceremony with our immediate family in one of our favorite places. The Oregon Coast has a special place in our hearts and our relationship. We wanted to keep things simple and small and sweet.“

Are you by chance considering eloping in Oregon? Click here to check out an informational post I wrote that has everything you need to know about planning Oregon elopements. I’ve shot quite a few and wanted to write some info about them. Hopefully it is helpful to you!

If your elopement has…

1) the oregon coast

2) pizza

3) dogs

4) dogs eating pizza

plz invite me.


Venue: Cape Kiwanda + The Headlands // Florist: Solabee // Rings: Cartier // Dress: Houghton NYC // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Hair: St Rue Salon // Make-Up: Rachel Raynolds // Bakery: Sweethearts St Johns

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About the Author: Catalina Jean loves anything sci-fi, has little sense of direction, and spends her free time snuggling her crazy Boston Terriers. She is a wedding photographer based in Portland, OR specializing in capturing artistic portraits paired with unique storytelling moments to produce natural, emotional wedding photography.