Perhaps nowhere is Oregon more scenic than along its coastline, stretching 362 miles from Brookings in the south to Astoria in the north. I’ve been lucky to photograph quite a few weddings on the Oregon Coast and they’ve run the gamut from hot and sunny to cold and rainy. No matter the weather, it’s always windy so be prepared to add some extra hair spray if you choose to have an outdoor ceremony.
Below are three samples of weddings I’ve shot on the Oregon Coast. My favorite, by far, was the one at Westwind, which is a bioreserve not open to the public. Sara and Jonathan met at Westwind, years ago, and managed to book the entire place for a long Fourth of July weekend. I got there on Friday, with the rest of the wedding guests, and stayed until Sunday. By the time I left, I felt like family. Everyone else stayed in rustic cabins but I threw my biv sack and sleeping bag right on the sand and listened to the ocean all night.
Anne and Ian were married at The Sandtrap, a McMenamins property on Oregon’s northern coast near Gearhart. I hadn’t been to The Sandtrap before and was glad it held to the McMenamins tradition of old, funky rooms tempered by fresh, tasty beer. Again, I stayed the entire weekend and had a great time.
Finally, Allison and Josh were married at The Dublin House in Yachats, Oregon; a small hotel perfect for intimate weddings. It was a grey weekend, and the wind was terrific, but the Oregon Coast is always good for dramatic wedding photos.