Saying your I do’s with an epic waterfall as your backdrop? Who could ask for a more magical wedding location than that? A waterfall wedding or elopement is perfect for couples who love the outdoors and are up for an adventurous and fun experience. Hikers and campers alike will find this is an excellent option fitting their lifestyle.
If you want a beautiful and captivating waterfall background for your wedding or elopement, consider Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, or Washington. Any one of these states will have that perfect location for your waterfall wedding or elopement. The Columbia River Gorge in Oregon’s Pacific Northwest is the location of this photoshoot. This area is full of incredible falls in lush forests and fairytale locations with easily accessible waterfalls.
Invitation for a waterfall wedding or elopement.
Close up photography of a wedding or elopement invitation.
Work with forest services, national or state parks, the Bureau of Land Management, or government agencies for necessary permits. For example, a permit might be required for access or photography. Also, keep in mind that weather conditions may void a permit previously secured. Therefore, on the day of, it’s best to get confirmation and have a plan B as a backup.
Follow the rules, stay on designated trails, and don’t disturb wildlife. Hone your inner scout and follow the “Leave No Trace” principle: what you pack in must be packed out. Also, be aware of what is not allowed that could attract wildlife or be a fire hazard.
Latourell Falls in Guy W. Talbot State Park, Corbett, Oregon wedding map enclosure.
Keep in mind the popularity of the waterfall location. Onlookers and hikers passing through will inadvertently be a part of your ceremony. To reduce the likelihood of crowds, consider an early morning ceremony or a waterfall off the beaten path, as long as it’s safe for you and your guests, especially your VIPs.
Water levels will fluctuate. The spring season will yield the best opportunity for a faster-flowing fall, as is a rainy season. As a result, water spray is more likely during this time. You’ll notice a temperature difference in the air. Or in locations such as Hawaii, more humidity. A heavier and faster-flowing waterfall will also be louder. It might be harder for your guests (or each other!) to hear. On the other hand, droughts and abnormally low rainfall months will reduce the waterfall or even dry up altogether.
Invitation, response card, and illustrated map for a wedding in Latourell Falls, Guy W. Talbot State Park, Corbett, Oregon.
You should already understand and accept that things will get dirty. I recommend having a notation in your wedding invitations about proper shoewear for your guests.
Whether a small stream of water or a roaring cascade, you can’t beat waterfall weddings or elopement for beauty and simplicity! They are a scenic and memorable ceremony location perfect for elopements and micro weddings.
Models for a wedding and elopement photoshoot at Latourell Falls in Guy W. Talbot State Park, Corbett, Oregon.