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When you picture your Oregon elopement, do you picture secluded beaches, breathtaking views, dramatic rock formations and craggy cliffs? Then Samuel H Boardman State Park might be the perfect place to plan your dreamy, dramatic Oregon elopement. Samuel H. Boardman State Park is one of Oregon’s most beautiful sections of coastline — and one of the most stunning places to elope. That’s why I’m sharing everything you need to know about planning the perfect Samuel H. Boardman State Park elopement day in this gorgeous section of the Oregon coast.
Why is Samuel H. Boardman State Park so magical? When you drive along this section of Highway 101, you come across one turn off after another, each leading to their own one-of-a-kind views of the ocean. The park features isolated beaches, huge offshore rock formations, meadows overlooking the ocean and panoramic views of the water.
Whether you’re in the market for a longer hike, a short hike or no hike at all, Samuel H. Boardman State Park has a breathtaking viewpoint for every couple. You WILL find the perfect, isolated spot to say your vows at this Oregon treasure. Before you say “I Do” to your wedding spot, though, take a deep dive into my ultimate guide to planning a Samuel H Boardman State Park elopement.
Samuel H. Boardman State Park is one of Oregon’s best kept secrets. The jagged, dramatic coastline, secret sandy beaches and towering trees make this one of my favorite spots in the state. Here are some of my favorite spots that you just can’t miss to get the adventure elopement ideas flowing.
To get to the Cape Ferrelo viewpoint, expect a short, mile-long hike with sweet views from start to finish. This short hike is part of the Oregon Coast Trail. At the start of the hike, you’ll walk through deep forest before heading through grassy fields all the way to the cape. At Cape Ferrelo, you’ll find yourself overlooking rugged coastline in a truly picture-perfect spot (especially during sunset!). In the fall and the spring, you may also spot whales as they migrate.
This seaside gem may be one of Oregon’s most heavenly spots — and there are few spots as romantic for your Oregon Coast elopement. Secret Beach isn’t listed on any map, making it the sweetest spot for your private adventure wedding. Secret Beach is tucked into the northern section of the State Park, right between the road and the vista at Thunder Rock Cove. It’s a short but steep hike down to the beach, where you’ll find pristine sand and rocky cliffs overlooking the ocean. It’s serene and stunning, the perfect little spot to say your vows or have your first dance.
This popular, easily accessible beach has something for everyone. Picnic tables overlooking the long stretch of coastline work best for small gatherings; beach lovers will find plenty of space to swim and explore on the sand below. Whaleshead Beach gets its name from the big rock formation right off the shore that looks a lot like a whale’s spout sticking out of the water. The beach offers more than a mile of beautiful coastline with plenty of room to spread out. A big perk? The beach has toilets!
This secluded beach, nestled against steep slopes, features sharp rock formations off the coast. It’s a quick half a mile hike to reach the beach, and once you arrive, soak in some of the beautiful views, including Natural Bridges. A part of China Beach, which is located right on the Oregon Coast Trail, can only be rounded at low tide. China Beach makes for a low-key and quiet engagement spot since fewer people visit this spot.
If you’ve done any research about Oregon (or even opened Instagram), you’ve likely seen photos of the gorgeous Natural Bridges. This iconic spot is one of the easiest places to visit in the park, thanks to the numerous signs. Natural Bridges can be a bit tricky to reach, but I’ve been here countless times and I can guide you along the path. If we manage to catch this spot at the right time, Natural Bridges can make for a stunning elopement with some breathtaking photos to show your loved ones!
Sand dunes by the beach in Oregon? Check! This spot, between Thomas Creek Bridge and Whaleshead Beach, may just be one of the most unique spots on my list. Eroding sandstone cliffs above the trail have left epic sand dunes on the Indian Sands Trail. This 1-mile loop may be a bit tricky at times, but the amazing photos (and the toes in your sand, so far above the beach!) will make it all worth it. P
lus, at certain times of the year, you’ll find tall seagrass and pretty wildflowers! Not many people visit this spot in the park either, so it makes for a private and pretty elopement.
From wild sand dunes to long stretches of beach and beyond, there’s truly something for everyone at Samuel H. Boardman State Park! For your special day, consider planning something unique and memorable true to your love and relationship.
The best time to visit Samuel H. Boardman State Park is from May to October.
In the spring, you’ll catch some of the wildflower season in full bloom (especially after a heavy winter!). It never gets too cold in the park, but during shoulder seasons, you may want a bit of a cover-up for breezy days and nights.
If you plan to visit during the rainy season, don’t fret: Oregon is gorgeous with all the fog and clouds!
This gorgeous spot overlooking the ocean offers 270 degree-views of the water on a stunning deck atop a rocky cliff. Of course the view is breathtaking, but it’s not all about the view: this place would offer some beautiful light for photos throughout the day as you get ready for your wedding. Plus, you can spend some extra time out on the deck. Picture this: a romantic, candlelit dinner on the deck after your wedding. You could hire a private chef, order a pizza or set out a charcuterie board and some wine – whatever you fancy!
With beautiful views, a hot tub with a view, private beach access and great light for photos, this secluded spot makes for a lovely romantic getaway for your elopement. This one-of-a-kind spot will work best for couples looking for that isolated spot. If you want a better feel for the house, take a video tour here.
Wild Coast Lookout lies north of Brookings by 25 minutes, but this gorgeous spot is WORTH the drive! The house has a hot tub, outdoor shower, huge deck, and panoramic views of the water. With a killer deck, this spot may work best for people who may want to have some family and friends over after their elopement.
I’ve worked as an Oregon elopement photographer for many years now, and adventure weddings are my thing. These are some of the elopement vendors I work with on a regular basis. They’re fantastic, and they will make your wedding day as special and memorable as it can be.
This Ashland, Oregon, florist may not be as close to Samuel H. Boardman State Park as other florists, but her flowers are SO worth it. I recommend Isabelle so much that I will bring your flowers down with me, to the coast, when I arrive the day before your elopement, if you want them to be more fresh. They’re THAT gorgeous.
This florist is located in Grants Pass, right on the way to the state park if you fly into Medford, Oregon. She does bouquets as well as floral backdrops. If you pick Freckled Fleurs, I can also pick up your flowers on my way to your elopement spot.
So you’re thinking about booking your own adventure wedding in Oregon…but you’re not sure what there is to do in the area. Don’t worry — as your resident Oregon elopement photographer and former longtime Oregon resident, I’ll break down my absolute favorite things to do near Samuel H. Boardman State during your Oregon Coast elopement.
I do this at least once a year, the water on the Smith River is the most beautifully clear turquoise color and this river runs through the redwood forests. A MUST do if you are into kayaking.
If you’ve never seen the redwoods before this is a MUST DO. They are MIND BLOWING. Every time I step foot into this forest, I feel as if I’ve been transported to a magical place.
You’ll always remember the special meal you two shared as a newlywed couple. That’s why it’s so important to think ahead and plan what you will eat during your elopement day. And don’t worry — I’ll help you plan it all out! That’s part of my job as your elopement photographer Oregon.
This bar and grill offers fun martinis, amazing food and a casual environment with an outdoor fire pit.
Located along the water with a peaceful view, this casual pizza spot serves up all types of delicious pizzas, pastas, wings and more. Zola’s deliveries pizzas with fun drawings on the boxes, they even customized boxes for the bride and groom!
This Irish kitchen and pub offers a variety of delicious and traditional dishes, from fish and chips to sandwiches and beyond. The authentic food, local crowd and friendly bartenders make this a fun place to stop for a bit to eat and a pint on your elopement day.
Chetco Brewing is a modern brewpub with outdoor seating and a food truck, but the real highlight here is the Imperial Coconut Porter, which is to DIE for.
This large brewery, in a dual-level barn, serves up vegan, vegetarian and meat-friendly pizza and modern bites. Seaquake Brewing frequently receives high marks for their good ambiance and tasty food!
Port O’Pints may be an Irish dive bar, but this brewery is known for their delicious limited menu and huge variety of pours.
To get to Samuel H Boardman State Park, you need to fly into Rogue Valley International Medford. This cute airport is located in the southern part of Oregon. The airport may be small, but they have rental cars there and everything you could need to start your big adventure. The best part? You’ll be in and out quite quickly.
The drive to Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor is about two and a half hours away down the Smith River, through many gorgeous forests and towering Redwood trees. It’s a wonderful road trip to start your big adventure wedding!
Looking to plan a Samuel H Boardman State Park elopement? I’ve got you covered. As your resident expert Oregon elopement photographer, I’ve been to Samuel H. Boardman State Park many times — and I know all the best spots for a private elopement. And, spoiler alert, because I’m already traveling to Oregon in 2023, you can take $1,000 off my Oregon elopement packages (check out the dates here).
What’s included in each of my Oregon elopement packages:
Samuel H. Boardman Elopement Packages start at $3,800
Planning your Samuel H. Boardman State Park Elopement is easy with so many beautiful, secluded spots for your wedding day. When you’re ready, I’ll help you find the best spot (and help you plan an unforgettable elopement)! Contact me to get started planning your amazing Samuel H Boardman elopement today.
Is Samuel H. Boardman State Park not the right fit? That’s fine, too! Take a look at my existing travel schedule for discounted rates to dream elopement destinations! Or, check out this list — it will help spark those adventure elopement ideas!
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