5 Reasons to Elope in the Columbia River Gorge


5 Reasons to Elope in the Columbia River Gorge (Plus bonus photo blog story)

đ—§đ—”đ—Č đ—–đ—Œđ—č𝘂đ—șđ—Żđ—¶đ—ź đ—„đ—¶đ˜ƒđ—Č𝗿 đ—šđ—Œđ—żđ—Žđ—Č đ—¶đ˜€ đ—Œđ—»đ—Č đ—Œđ—ł đ—ș𝘆 𝗼đ—čđ—č-đ˜đ—¶đ—șđ—Č đ—łđ—źđ˜ƒđ—Œđ—żđ—¶đ˜đ—Č đ—Čđ—čđ—Œđ—œđ—Čđ—șđ—Čđ—»đ˜ đ—čđ—Œđ—°đ—źđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ˜€ đ—¶đ—» đ˜đ—”đ—Č 𝗼 𝗣𝗡đ—Ș! And here’s why I love it so much:

1. đ—Ÿđ—źđ—»đ—± đ—Œđ—ł đ—Čđ—œđ—¶đ—° 𝘄𝗼𝘁đ—Č𝗿𝗳𝗼đ—čđ—č𝘀: there’s actually more than 90 on the Oregon side of the gorge alone!

2. đ—œđ—»đ—°đ—żđ—Čđ—±đ—¶đ—Żđ—čđ—Č 𝗰đ—čđ—¶đ—łđ—łđ˜€đ—¶đ—±đ—Č đ˜ƒđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—źđ˜€. The Columbia river gorge is a canyon that stretches 80 miles up a river that winds into the cascade range. And there are loads of incredible scenic viewpoints along the way.
3. 𝗚𝗿đ—Č𝗼𝘁 𝗮đ—Čđ—Œđ—Žđ—żđ—źđ—œđ—”đ—¶đ—° đ—čđ—Œđ—°đ—źđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—»! The gorge cuts right up the border of Washington and Oregon giving it a super central location to the best of the PNW. Also a super quick drive from the quirky and super fun city of Portland and the Portland Airport.
4. 𝗚𝗿đ—Č𝗼𝘁 𝗯𝗿đ—Č𝘄đ—Čđ—żđ—¶đ—Č𝘀, wineries, bakeries, you-pick farms, and other crafty goodness.
5. đ——đ—¶đ˜ƒđ—Č𝗿𝘀đ—Č 𝘀𝗰đ—Čđ—»đ—Č𝗿𝘆 with loads of outdoor recreation opportunities – loads of hiking, wind-surfing, kayaking, mountain biking and more!
From finding the perfect micro venue, vista or waterfall location to say your vows, to selecting vendors, to planning activities, to acquiring permits, to documenting it all – I help my couples every step of the way!
𝗣đ—čđ—źđ—»đ—»đ—¶đ—»đ—Ž 𝗼 đ—–đ—Œđ—č𝘂đ—șđ—Żđ—¶đ—ź đ—„đ—¶đ˜ƒđ—Č𝗿 đ—šđ—Œđ—żđ—Žđ—Č đ—Čđ—čđ—Œđ—œđ—Čđ—șđ—Čđ—»đ˜? 𝗕đ—Č 𝘀𝘂𝗿đ—Č đ—źđ—»đ—± 𝘀𝗼𝘃đ—Č đ˜đ—”đ—¶đ˜€ photo blog đ—łđ—Œđ—ż đ—œđ—čđ—źđ—»đ—»đ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ—źđ—»đ—± đ—”đ—¶đ˜ đ—șđ—Č đ˜‚đ—œ đ—¶đ—ł đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚ đ—»đ—Čđ—Čđ—± đ˜€đ—Œđ—șđ—Č đ—Žđ˜‚đ—¶đ—±đ—źđ—»đ—°đ—Č đ—Œđ—ż đ—¶đ—»đ˜€đ—œđ—¶đ—żđ—źđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—».
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