The Redwood Deck at Hoyt Arboretum is easily one of my favorite places to elope in Portland. It’s only 5 minutes from downtown, but it feels like you’re a million miles away from anywhere. Blake and Maddy decided to have an early morning Redwood Deck Elopement at the Hoyt Arboretum with their closest friends.

Apart from the occasional morning jogger, we were the only people there and it was magic. The towering Redwood trees and the chirps of birds created the perfect forest elopement atmosphere. I feel so lucky to be apart of intimate ceremonies like theirs! This Redwood Deck Elopement was so simple and special.

Planning A Redwood Deck Elopement

Hoyt Arboretum is a beautiful oasis nestled in the west hills of Portland. I love photographing elopements and wedding here, and there are a few things to consider to make your wedding plans run smoothly.

What are the permit and reservation requirements for an elopement at the Redwood Deck?

You can reserve the Redwood Deck for your elopement or wedding but it can be very competitive in the summer months (especially on Saturdays). There is typically a lottery system, so be sure to apply for permits early! You can apply through the Hoyt Arboretum website.

What is the best time of day to plan a wedding or elopement at The Redwood Deck?

The Redwood Deck is gorgeous anytime of day, but it is a very popular spot (especially on weekends). If you want to have a bit of privacy, your best option is to plan a morning ceremony on a weekday. If you do plan to have your wedding at the Redwood Deck on a Saturday Afternoon be prepared for a few extra hiking guests. Although you can reserve the Redwood Deck, the trails surrounding the space remain open to park visitors at all times.

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