Bend, Oregon Elopement Guide

Everything you need to know about eloping in Bend

Bend sits nestled between the peaks of the Cascade Mountains and the High Desert. An outdoor enthusiast’s playground, with lakes, endless trails, and rivers to float or fish, it’s located at the center of Oregon.  Bend is a town of about 100,000 people and has so much to offer. With Mt. Bachelor ski resort a 30 minute drive from town and the Deschutes River running right though downtown, Bend is surrounded by nature. No matter the season, there is always something to do here in the high desert, including hiking up an extinct volcano or exploring caves, lava tubes, shopping at many small boutiques downtown or grabbing a pint at one of many local breweries.

Located about 3.5 hours from Portland and with direct flights serving Seattle, San Francisco, Denver and Dallas, Bend is the perfect place for your destination elopement. Here is a list of my favorite places to elope in Bend.

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Elopement Locations Near Bend, Oregon

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Black Butte Ranch

Jaw dropping views of the Three Sisters Wilderness and mountain range. Black Butte Ranch is a favorite location for an elopement. There are some great quiet off the beaten path locations around the area with fantastic views, including Glaze Meadow, a rambling creek, private residence or for those feeling adventurous and don’t mind a short hike there are some spot that will provide those 360 degree views.

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Address: 13899 Bishops Cap, Black Butte Ranch, Oregon 97759

Campfire Hotel

Located on 3rd street, minutes away from downtown Bend, the Campfire Hotel is the perfect location for a unique, untraditional elopement or your hub between adventuring around Bend. Equipped with a year round pool, fire pit and Canteen bar with a cocktail menu that fits the outdoor vibe. Campfire Hotel would be the perfect gathering space if you have a tight group of friends and family celebrating your elopement.

Campfire Hotel Website
Address:  721 NE 3rd St, Bend, OR 97701

Metolius River

The Metolius River is well-known for fishing, camping, birding for those outdoor enthusiasts. The icy cold water flows energetically from Head of the Metolius, where the river is born from impressive and unexpected springs, which are believed to spout water sourced in the Cascade Mountains. Wildflowers, butterflies and peaceful solitude will greet you at various points along the river trail, perfect for a sweet ceremony amongst nature. I’m still in awe of the turquoise blue water you’ll encounter along the way. Best time of year to explore is May – October.

Address: Camp Sherman, OR

Dillon Falls

For those wanting a wonderful outdoor location not far from the modern amenities of Bend, Dillon Falls is a quick reprieve from town. A favorite among photographers and kayakers alike the falls are gorgeous though difficult to capture from the trail. Even so, there are ample areas to use as a backdrop including the meadow, a section of aspen lined river and dark lava rocks from the nearby lava flow.

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Sparks Lake Meadow

Sparks Lake is 40 minutes west of Bend off of the Cascade Lakes Hwy. Tall grasses of the meadow, water channels and stunning views of Mt. Bachelor, Broken Top, and South Sister provide variety in backdrops within a single step. Sparks Lake is iconic but I much prefer this location unless I feel like getting my teeth jostled on the slowest going stretch of dirt road to get to the lake. Fingers crossed this is the year for the road to be grated. Bring the bug spray unless you want to be eaten alive.

Location Website
Address: Cascade Lakes Highway

Oregon Coast Elopement Locations

Cannon Beach

Listed as one the most beautiful places in the world (National Geographic, 2013) Cannon Beach is an iconic coastal location in the PNW with Haystack Rock as one of Oregon’s most recognizable landmarks (Goonies never say die), inspiring marine life and gorgeous views. Eloping on the Oregon coast is romantic, picture-perfect option for those who crave a little adventure.

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Cape Kiwanda

Located just north of Pacific City and south of Tillamook. Views become a little more wild and just as stunning as Cannon Beach. Sandstone dunes, fierce waves and views of fishing vessels on the horizon is what you can expect to experience. While I practice LNT principles, it is important to stay on the trail and within the fence line as the rugged coast line can be dangerous.

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Oregon Destination Elopement locations

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Wallowa Lake

Located at the base of the Wallowa Mountains, just outside Joseph, Oregon in northeast Oregon, Wallowa Lake looks like a scene from a old school postcard. The lake is busy during summer months but if you time it right, you can beat the crowds at the head of the lake or choose to travel above the lake and say your vows on the moraine. Camp out at the lake or have a romantic evening at the Jennings Hotel the possibilities are endless for those who crave something off the beaten path.

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Painted Hills

Travel through Central Oregon and head northeast to the awe-inspiring Painted Hills of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. There are a couple lookouts perfect for your intimate elopement if you don’t mind onlookers. The park is busy but provides a colorful backdrop you won’t get anywhere else. Post vows, head to Mitchell, Oregon and grab a pint at the small craft brewery of Tiger Town Brewing.

Location Website

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Alvord Desert

Located southeast of the Steen Mountains in Harney County this arid landscape is for those who are up for an adventure and won’t mind getting a little sandy. The playa offers wide open panoramic views, a place for your vows, dinner and camp. Perhaps you’ll want to begin your celebration by speeding off on electric bikes after you say “I do”. If you want to experience the magic of the playa, make sure you plan your elopement during dry season.

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Pricing & Information

Elopements Begin at $3,500

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I offer several elopement and wedding packages as well as various add-on options for multi-day international elopements, additional photography coverage, second photographer and gorgeous prints and luxe albums. My packages can be fully customized for any destination outside of Bend, Oregon.

My experience traveling for destination elopements includes Scotland, Iceland, and Hawaii. If you know you want to elope, but are just not sure WHERE, I’m happy to help provide suggestions and be a sounding board for your day!

I HIGHLY recommend adding on a ‘Day After Session’ if you are eloping abroad. Find out why here.

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