Sydney + Walker’s Romantic Elopement at Latourell Falls in Portland, Oregon
The Wedding Video at Latourell Falls by John Stambaugh
So thanks to social media, more specifically Instagram, I found this gorgeous elopement of Sydney and Walker at Latourell Falls outside of Portland, Oregon. Sydney, of Sydney Davidson Photography and also the bride, filled me in on the surprise elopement details, and those coupled with their stunning wedding video and photography – well you can see why I just had to share it with you! I always want the back story as to how and why couples travel from so far to get married here in Oregon. I mean those of who live here or have traveled here know WHY lol, but I love to hear it from the couples directly!
We are excited to share this with you and hope you enjoy this beautiful video byJohn Stambaugh and photography by Liz Rudman.
Their Surprise Elopement Announced
“Soooooo we have some exciting news for y’all…August 22, 2009, seven years ago Walker and I met. For those who know us know it hasn’t always been sunshine and daisies, but truthfully who’s relationship is? In the seven years of seeing each other, there has always been love, forgiveness, growth, patience, and fun. God blessed me with the man of my dreams, and on August 22, 2016, on a Monday, we got married.
We decided to do an elopement style wedding and I couldn’t be more enthused by how perfect our day was. We started it off with a lifestyle photo session of us being us. The whole day was so laid back, intimate, stress-free and fun! Walker and I also wrote each other notes to exchange later that night. After getting ready and heading to the waterfall, we had to go back to the Airbnb twice because first, we forgot the marriage license, and then we forgot the bouquet. Minus those little hiccups of my forgetfulness, the day was beyond perfect.
We got married at Latourell Falls outside of Portland, Oregon. Shortly after we were baptized together by the best practicing pastor in Tulsa, Matt Blair – Solace Church in the Columbia River Gorge. It was FREEZING yet so worth it. We walked into our marriage cleansed together and committed to not only one another but to Jesus as well. The closeness to one another and God we both felt was by far the best feeling we have ever endured.
We later went back to the Airbnb house, cut cake, exchanged notes and had our first dance to “Better Together,” by Jack Johnson, under twinkle lights. The day couldn’t have been more magical. We can’t wait to see what God has in store for us.
Our honeymoon will be cruising the 101 Highway down into California. See ya Sunday, Tulsa!
P.S. This was the hardest secret ever to keep.
Another thing, if you’re thinking about eloping… DO IT. But let your family know. A wedding is supposed to be about you and your fiancé. Like the wise Gary Stokes, aka my grandpa said, “It’s not the wedding that makes the marriage anyways.”