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Dion and Josh had the most perfect Portland courthouse elopement at the Multnomah County Courthouse. They got ready and shared a sweet first look at the Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown hotel and then we explored Pioneer Courthouse Square for some pre-ceremony photos. Dion’s smile and laugh is contagious and I loved sharing in their joy.
Intimate elopements are one of my most favorite things to photograph. There is nothing more special than saying “I-do” with just a close group of friends and family by your side. A Multnomah County Courthouse elopement is the perfect way to elope!
Getting Ready: The Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown
Bride’s Attire: Mod Cloth
Ceremony: Multnomah County Courthouse
How to Plan a Portland Courthouse Elopement
Multnomah County Courthouse address: 1200 SW First Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
Eloping at the Multnomah County Courthouse is easy!
First, make sure that you are eligible for marriage. According to the Multnomah County Courthouse website, you must meet these requirements to have a marriage license issued from Multnomah County:
- You are at least 17 years old.
- Your ceremony will take place somewhere in the State of Oregon.
- You are getting married within 60 days.
- You are not currently married.
- You are not first cousins or any nearer of kin.
Next, you must obtain a marriage license from the court. The marriage license application can be found online and both parties must appear in person with their IDs to receive it. The license fee is $60.
Oregon requires two witnesses over the age of 18 to be present at a wedding ceremony.
Finally, you must find a judge that is available and willing to perform your ceremony. You can search all judges and read their bios here. Or you can consult the judicial availability calendar and contact those that have available times that they perform ceremonies.
Once you have found a judge and set a date and time you are all set! Come the courthouse ready to go. You can receive certified copies of your final license online or by mail once it has been recorded with the court.
Don’t forget to hire your favorite photographer to capture your special day from start to finish!!
Other Ways to Elope in Portland
If the courthouse isn’t your cup of tea there are plenty of other ways to Elope in Portland!
First, you can contact my other business called Elope in Portland and we can do it for you!
We provide officiant, floral and photography services to help you start your greatest Adventure in Portland as easy and stress-free as possible.
Another way to elope is to have a church official or anyone authorized by an active religious congregation or secular organization (like the Universal Life Church) marry you. This is a great option if you want to have a close friend or church pastor perform the ceremony.
Finally, you can opt for a federal judge or any other judicial officer to perform a marriage ceremony for you.
No matter how you choose to elope in Portland make sure that your day is about YOU! Whether the ceremony is held at the courthouse or your backyard, the Portland elopement of your dreams is easy and attainable!