Smith Rock Elopement

How to Get Married at Smith Rock State Park, Oregon

Are you dreaming of an intimate wedding surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and rugged charm? Look no further than Smith Rock State Park for the elopement of your dreams. In this Smith Rock Elopement Guide, we’ve got everything you need to know to turn your vision into reality. Let’s dive in!

Smith Rock State Park Elopement Venue

Why Smith Rock?

Located in the heart of Central Oregon, (40 minutes from downtown Bend near Redmond and Terrebonne) Smith Rock State Park is the perfect destination for couples wanting an elopement or intimate wedding! Situated in Oregon’s high desert, Smith Rock offers breathtaking views of tower cliffs and jagged peaks formed by nature over millions of years. The park is the perfect destination for a variety of skill levels from outdoor enthusiasts wanting to rock climbing or mountain bike to couples who’d rather opt for a casual hike or walk. The park has amazing opportunities for a variety of skill levels and plenty of incredible ceremony locations for you and your guests (if you have any!). 

And if you’re a climber, look no further than Smith Rock! As the birthplace of American sport climbing, Smith Rock’s reputation as a climbing destination is unparalleled. If you dream of spending some time climbing on your wedding day, Smith Rock is the perfect elopement venue! 

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Smith Rock Elopement Guide

When to elope at Smith Rock State Park?

Best Season to Get Married at Smith Rock

All seasons come with pros and cons when planning your Smith Rock elopement. Summer offers the longest days and plenty of light for long adventures, but it can also be extremely hot and busy depending on what day of the week. Spring and fall offer the mildest temperatures and vibrant colors, but again, those months also fall during the busy season and can get crowded depending on what time and day of the week you are there. Winter offers the quietest atmosphere but be prepared for cooler temperatures and the possibility of snow. 

When planning your Smith Rock elopement or wedding, think about what you prioritize most in your day and then choose your season based on that. If you want privacy more than anything, winter may be the best choice for you, but if you care about temperature most, spring or fall could be best for you! 

What time of day is best to elope at Smith Rock? 

99% of the time we are going to recommend either sunrise or sunset anywhere in the world! Sunrise and sunset offer the best lighting almost anywhere and more often than not are the quieter times of day for locations. 

For Smith Rock State Park elopements, we recommend sunset! The direction of the light is very flattering and accentuates the landscape. Sunrise elopements can be amazing too but the lighting can be a bit harsher (and you have to wake up super early!). 

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Meet your photographer team

We’re Bridget & Ryan!

Adventurers turned adventure elopement photographers specializing in national park and hiking elopements! We help couples craft a wedding day that feels authentic to them in a meaningful and epic location. Life’s an adventure, let’s make your wedding one too!