If you’re choosing to have a Cannon Beach Elopement then let me be the first to tell you how incredible this location is! As an elopement photographer, I have documented elopement all across the U.S. and the world, and documenting Cannon Beach elopements are at the top of my list. The PNW itself is one of the ultimate places to elope because it’s filled with moss-covered trees, gorgeous cliffs, stunning beaches, and mountains, and the moody weather adds such a fun vibe and can be incredible for images!
Cannon Beach is one of the most accessible locations to get to as well. So, if your choosing to have your absolutely closest friends or family with you on your elopement day then eloping at Cannon Beach will be an even better choice for you! I’ve gone over some of the best places to elope on Cannon Beach, what you can expect, the best time of year to elope at Cannon Beach, and more!
Keep scrolling to see the full Cannon Beach Elopement Guide!
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Hug Point is a beautiful location right near Cannon Beach that has gorgeous cliffs and an incredible waterfall right on the beach. How incredibly awesome is that?! The cliffs have caves and rocky ledges all around which make it an incredible spot to say your vows! This location does get busy during the summer, so having a sunrise or sunset elopement here would be best to help avoid crowds!
Haystack Rock is definitely the most well-known ‘attraction’ to Cannon Beach and for a good reason! The massive sea stack rock is impressive as you look down the coastline. It’s an amazing location for you to say your vows and get some incredible images of adventuring around the coast! This is by far the most popular spot for tourists especially during the warmer months so again if you’re eloping during the summer a sunrise or sunset elopement would be best. If you’re having your Cannon Beach Elopement during the cooler months then you could get away with a late morning or early afternoon elopement and not have crowds!
Chapman Point is on the northern tip of Cannon Beach and is one of the quieter spots on the coast since Haystack Rock gets most of the attention. You’ll have beautiful cliffs and rocks all along the coastline as you say your vows! When it’s low tide you’ll be able to get to the tip of the cove where you’ll have extra privacy. You can reach this spot with parking on 5th street or Oak street!
Ecola State Park
Ecola State Park is the perfect mixture of being by a forest, amazing cliffs overlooking the ocean, and the beach! You can see Haystack Rock from certain points and overlook the beach. This is a great location for you to have your ceremony and go exploring through the forest and along the beach afterward. There is a $5 parking fee for the whole day though! There has been some erosion due to the amount of rain received in the area so certain areas are currently closed. You can stay updated on the official state park website.
Best Time of Day to Have Your Cannon Beach Elopement
The absolute best time to elope at Cannon Beach is a weekday at sunrise or sunset. It’s a popular spot and the weekends can get packed especially during the summer. If you’re having a summer elopement at Cannon Beach then I can’t stress how important it is to have a weekday elopement. Plus, having your ceremony in the morning or evening will give you optimal lighting! You definitely don’t want to be squinting all a day or have harsh light beating off the sand and water.
Also, keep in mind what the tide will look like! During low tide, you’ll be able to reach locations that you won’t be able to reach during high tide. It’s important to go out prepared and as informed as possible!
What Type of Weather to Expect for Your Cannon Beach Elopement
It’s super important to go into your Cannon Beach Elopement with an open mindset and ready to embrace whatever you’re dealt with! The coast isn’t lush and green for just any reason. It’s a very wet and rainy area, but that’s what makes it so beautiful and amazing! The warmest months are July through September so if you want the highest chances of having a sunny day then these are months to elope. However, they are also the busiest months and a lot of tourists will be in the area soaking up the warmer weather and enjoying the views, so just know the chances of privacy are extremely limited.
Of course, the chances of rain are still high during the summer so you just have to ready to embrace whatever the weather is on your elopement day! I always say that there’s no such thing as bad weather with the right attitude.
Special Use Permits on Cannon Beach
When it comes to eloping at any state or national park it’s important to do your research on whether or not you need a permit for your elopement. You most likely don’t need a permit for your elopement on Cannon Beach, but be sure to do your own research and view the guidelines here.
If you’re searching for an Elopement Photographer in Oregon I would love to be a part of such a special day and to help guide you through planning your dream elopement! My goal for every couple I work with is to be more than just a photographer. I am here to help guide you through planning your dream elopement and to help in any way that I possibly can! I will help location scout for you so you can pick the absolute perfect place to say your vows. I will help create the perfect timeline so that you can be stress-free and enjoy every moment of your day. Being stressed out on your day is definitely NOT what I want for you. So, I am here to fix that! Most of all, I will be by your side every step of the way and I will be your friend and support. I have been a part of many elopements so I can guide you on how to plan your dream destination elopement! If you’re searching for a destination elopement photographer I would absolutely love to hear your vision for day and would be so flipping stoked to document your day! You can contact me >HERE< and I am so excited to hear from you!
Cannon Beach Elopement Packages
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- Ranging from partial to full-day documentation
- Personalized elopement coordination
- Get to know your & your vision questionnaire
- Personalized list of locations ideas
- Vendor recommendations
- Unlimited Zoom calls to nail out the details and logistics
- Custom timeline so you can have a smooth and stress-free day
- High-resolution images in an online gallery to share with friends and family
- All travel fees included to anywhere in Oregon are included
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