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On a beautiful March day on the Oregon Coast, Angie (she/her) and Madison (he/him) joined me and a group of other talented PNW wedding vendors for a styled elopement shoot on the beach. This session features a gorgeous couple whose day revolved around their mutual love of cannabis — complete with marijuana leaves decorating their table setup and cake, as well as gold-wrapped joints. If you’re looking for 4/20 friendly wedding ideas, this blog is here to inspire you, as well as give a few tips for making sure you can smoke safely and legally during your wedding or elopement.
4/20 Wedding Ideas
Elopement Session with Angie & Madison
The vibe was all at once bold, romantic, moody, dreamy, alternative, and classy. The fog had started to lift in the morning light on the beach, and as the sun started to shine through the clouds, it created a really magical atmosphere. I especially loved the greenery coming straight out of the sand — such a unique take on floristry features! The groom’s green suit, the bride’s green eyeshadow, the all-green bouquet, and the green details made for a beautifully monochromatic take on a beach elopement.
This styled session proves that you can do whatever it is that speaks to you on your elopement day! (Just remember to follow local rules and regulations, especially regarding cannabis + smoking.) Popping champagne isn’t the only way to celebrate a big moment. I love celebrations that are unconventional and personal.
The collaboration between vendors to bring this to life was so much fun. I loved finding the best photo spots! I saw the way the cave mirrored the shape of Angie’s dress, and the opportunities for fun composition with the rocks. The rest of the team worked their magic to help me make this spot in Arch Cape, OR perfect.
Dress: Salt Gowns
Cake: Sift and Gather
Florals: Zory’s Flowers
HAMU: Kylie Hawkins
Rentals: Soiree Society PNW
Vow Books: Ox and Pine
Stationary: Apres Studio
Retreat: Rooted in Love Workshop
Keep it Safe, Keep it Legal!
Incorporating marijuana into your elopement can be done once you’ve made sure that you’re following local, state, and/or federal regulations. It may not be possible everywhere, but with a little research, you can definitely do it.
First and foremost, I want to mention that since smoking is still banned at the federal level, you won’t be able to add this activity in if you’re eloping in any National Parks. Keep that in mind as you location-hunt!
- You must be 21 or older to purchase and use.
- In public places, you are only allowed up to 1oz of dried leaves or flowers. In other forms, the amount varies.
- You can use recreational marijuana at home or on private property. A good rule of thumb: If someone outside your home can see you, you’re probably in a public place.
- For more info, check out:
- You must be 21 or older to purchase, consume, or possess.
- Possession limits: one ounce of cannabis, 16 ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form, or 72 ounces in liquid form
- You cannot consume “in view of the public” which means: public places like parks, bars and restaurants, parking lots, concerts, etc., are all off limits.
- You can smoke in a private residence if the property owner allows it.
- For current laws and rules, head to the WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board website here.
Both these states have nearly identical laws regarding possession and consumption of cannabis! If you’re unsure about the specific location you plan to hold your wedding or elopement, reach out to a representative from that location to double check.
I hope this 4/20 elopement gave you some ideas for your own wedding celebration! Photographing Angie and Madison and all the beautiful details the other wedding vendors put together was a dreamy experience for me. Reach out to me here to ask about having me document your own 4/20-friendly celebration.