Today I am thrilled to share this beautiful, intimate elopement in the Willamette National Forest in Oregon.
Devlin & Colton had a day was full of lush forest hiking, and plenty of waterfall views.
Images were captured by Adventure Instead Photography.
Adventure Instead are Maddie Mae, Amber, and Tori — Oregon and Colorado Elopement photographers & planning guides, who are experienced in traveling for adventurous elopement photography in the U.S and worldwide.
The couple say of their gorgeous intimate elopement…
How did you Meet?
Devlin – We had mutual friends throughout high school (oh my!)
I always had a BIG crush on him and couldn’t believe it when we finally went on our first date.
A fun story. He got lost in the desert finding his way…
This guy made an amazing first impression with me right off the bat. I only wanted to spend more time with and getting to know him after every date.
On the second date, we went hiking in the park reserve backed up to my house where I took him to my grandpa’s memorial site.
It was an amazing memory I will always flag as one of my favourites.
Colton – We met through mutual friends, but I’ll never forget the first day I met her.
She was 17 and I was 19, so she was still living at home at the time.
Her house was out in the middle of the desert basically and I had no idea where I was.
I ended up going up to some random persons house asking for Devlin.
Needless to say, the guy laughed and told me I was at the wrong house.
By the time I had made it to Dev’s actual house, I was nervous and embarrassed about what had just happened. I could barely even get the words out of my mouth.
As soon as I saw her, wearing her grey hoodie and blue skinny jeans, I instantly felt a sense of comfort.
Her smile instantly made me feel as if I was meeting someone that I had met in another lifetime.
We sat on a blanket in the park drinking coffee and talking for hours about whatever came to mind.
It was a truly euphoric day. After that day I knew she was something special.
It’s worth mentioning, that on another date, I took her to a sushi bar (I’m part Japanese so I have an unhealthy obsession with fish), but I ordered deep friend shrimp head and the look on her face was priceless.
But even after that traumatizing visual, she still kissed me with my fishy breath and agreed to be my girlfriend. If that isn’t true love then I don’t know what is.
After 5 years, she now eats fried shrimp heads with me. Success.
Why did you decide to Elope?
We got engaged two years ago. That same year, I was offered a job in southern California, which required us to relocate from Phoenix.
That postponed our wedding plans by almost a year.
From then, we began attempting to plan the big wedding that everybody else wanted us to have.
We toured multiple venues and given outrageous prices for a day that was essentially becoming about everyone else.
Sure, it would be wonderful to have all of our friends and family there, but this day is intimate and we felt it should be between the two of us.
We can always have a gathering after to celebrate with everyone.
When I found Adventure Instead on Instagram, we both immediately knew that was how we wanted to go about our special day.
We can truly be ourselves and not have a worry in the world.
Dev – I agree with this. I gave up the idea of spending the time and money on people who wouldn’t care about what happened at the wedding after a few years.
Our intimate elopement was something for US. Not anybody else. This is our story.
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