turning your “love IS LOVE” story into


visual masterpiece that echoes through time


turning your “love IS LOVE” story into


visual masterpiece that echoes through time

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Henry Tieu & Sergio - Washington Elopement Photographers
Henry Tieu Photography kissed by clients at wedding in Oregon

We’re one of the original wedding & elopement photographers before elopements became popular. Since 2018, we’ve helped over 200 couples elope all over Portland and across the world.

Although our main duty is capturing you and your love in the most breath-taking landscapes, we are more than just photographers. We help couples craft an intentional experience that allows honest emotions to reveal themselves because everyone deserve to truly and fully immerse themselves into the day that commemorates the beginning of something new, magical, and worth every second living for.

Just like where you are today, I (Henry) also went through wedding planning and constantly had to ask myself “Is this photographer gay friendly? Are they going to just tolerate my love or are they actually going to celebrate it?”

Sergio from Henry Tieu Photography photographing wedding couple at sunset at Ruby Beach

World’s Best Wedding Photography 2019 – 2022 | Judge of World’s Best Wedding Photos 2023 Rangefinder Magazine’s 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography | Looks Like Film’s Artist Of The Year | World’s Best Wedding Photography 2019 – 2022 | Judge of World’s Best Wedding Photos 2023 Rangefinder Magazine’s 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography | Looks Like Film’s Artist Of The Year |




We photograph love the way love naturally occurs: organically and tenderly. On your elopement day, you should be able to forget the world and just be with the one(s) who matters the most

same sex brides eloping on a beach in oregon
Lesbian intimate wedding in Oregon at ceremony
Bride couple portraits at wedding with lots of flowers on the Oregon Coast


Moody foggy beach elopement in La Push

The Ultimate Olympic National Park Elopement Guide [Updated for 2024]

A comprehensive list of beautiful locations and complete guide on how to elope at Olympic National Park. Follow these easy 7 tips to plan for your adventure elopement and intimate wedding today. From how to get married to where to stay, this blog post is your ultimate resource for everything elopement at Olympic National Park

Washington Mountain Elopements

Washington is filled with some of the most gorgeous mountains in the country. Read to see a list of our favorite mountain locations in Washington state.

lgbtq Wedding & Elopement Stories from portland & beyond


We always knew what the next steps were, and he shared so many helpful resources to help us prepare for our elopement

Working with Henry Tieu is an ABSOLUTE DREAM. From the very beginning of planning our elopement, it felt like a partnership. Henry was so intentional about getting to know us and making sure we were always comfortable. He was caring, kind, professional, and friendly. We knew instantly we’d made the right choice in choosing him for our photographer. Henry’s communication is truly outstanding. We always knew what the next steps were, and he shared so many helpful resources to help us prepare for our elopement. He also provided us with phenomenal recommendations for elopement planners, florals, cake, hair and makeup, and where to stay. On our day, Henry went above and beyond to ensure we always felt safe, beautiful, and excited!! It felt MAGICAL. Henry was more than a photographer. He was also our friend, guide, and hype man! We got “sneak peeks” SO quickly, and we are completely in love with them! Henry captured us, the day, and how we felt so perfectly. The photos are INCREDIBLE. He is truly an artist and worked so hard to get the most amazing shots.

caitlyn & avley | eloped in southern oregon coast

Lesbian couple kissing on their elopement day at sunset on the beach in Oregon



same sex gay couple getting married on top of a mountain

1) Anyone can elope but elopement is not for everyone. You don’t want to regret your wedding day. Read these 6 things to consider before eloping

2) Plan early in order to guarantee a wedding permit (applicable for all National Parks in Oregon and many National Forests in the area)


When you’re part of the queer community, you understand the deep need to feel safe and feel seen — and working with someone like Henry did just that.

We were lucky enough to get to work with him, to have his guidance, easy & smooth communication, and his friendship on our side through the planning process. He made it all SO easy. He stuck with us through postponements, venue changes, and overall location and idea changes. And when we met on our wedding day for the first time in real life, it felt like we were catching up with a close friend. He instantly made us feel comfortable. We hired him for two days, our actual wedding day, and then more last minute added on an adventure shoot post-wedding day, and that was the BEST decision. When we met the second day (literally less than 24 hours since our wedding the night prior) he delivered a TON of wedding sneak peaks for us to go through, and they brought us to tears. He captured my wife’s joy, our families tears, and our friends laughter. He captured our love, the way we looked at one another, and the depth of our care for each other. In just under 100 photos of sneak peaks, he showed us our love through his lens and our loved ones eyes and it truly all made sense.

jess & kelly | intimate wedding at crook point, oregon

Bridal portraits with wedding flowers and neon sign



Your Elopement Day Is Your Wedding Day

And You Deserve An Experience That is Honest, Meaningful, and Memorable

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We operate fully on transparency and empowerment. We believe that YOUR elopement day is YOUR wedding day and this day will forever be a part of you and your legacy. It signifies the beginning of your next chapter and hold significant meanings to every aspect of your life.

Therefore, you deserve a photographer whom you can truly connect with as they are the one who’s in charge of fleeting moments and memories of your day

We hope we can be your Portland Wedding & Elopement Photographers but We STRONGLY believe that you should look around for options, view each photographer’s portfolio, read their reviews, and talk with them in order to really have a clear picture of how they work and how they can help you. Each photographer’s approach to wedding photography is like their DNA, it’s an extension of who they are

For us, we focus on an INTENTIONAL EXPERIENCE & ARTFUL PHOTOGRAPHS. In order to do so, we do more than just photography. We’ll be there with with you every step of the way to help you though this journey

We also believe in the power of your story, what makes you unique, and what you value rather than how you look or how your photos should look because of trends.

To learn more about what it’s like to work with us, view our Elopement Experience.

Yes, 1000%. We don’t want you to invest your money in those who don’t support and celebrate you. You deserve a team of vendors who are not only LGBTQ friendly, but also are the best at what they do. Being your photographers is our number one goal but we will also be there to help you every step along the way. During the planning process, we’ll find amazing vendors to share with you.

Elopement isn’t just about running away or keeping it all a secret. It should be an experience where you can enjoy the whole day with whomever you would like to be there. Therefore, for us, we consider elopements and intimate weddings the same.

Some of us get to have our blood family as our support system. Some of us have our chosen family. Whether it’s blood related or not, being gay myself, I know the important of community. So if these amazing humans are important to you and your love, they should be there on your wedding day.

Although we don’t limit the amount of guests you should have, some National Parks, State Parks, BLM Lands place limits on the guest size to protect trails and native plants.

We’ve noticed that a guest list of about 30 or so can still ensure a low-stress experience. If you are interested in having more than 30 guests, we can always chat to figure out a location and a plan to give you the best experience and photos.

Being queer myself, I know that each relationship looks different and therefore, you should not be posed for photos the way heteronormative couples do.

The most meaningful photos come from the heart. Come to us as you are, share with us what you enjoy, like, dislike. Tell us so we can photograph you and everything that is important to you. Tell us so we can capture moments that are priceless and true to your heart.

What we are proud of the most are the 200+ reviews we’ve received from our couples where they share that they get to see their authentic self in the photographs we captured. In order to get there, we spend great amount of time with each couple we get to work with. From multiple phone calls to questionnaires, our goal is to foster a safe space where you can express yourself so you can be exactly who you are and see that honest image in your wedding album.

Most of our elopements average between 6-10 hours but how many hours you need will depend on how many locations you want to experience, how many guests you would like to have, and what activities you would like to experience for your elopement day.

A half-day elopement is around 6 – 8 hrs. Couples interested in both sunrise and sunset or multiple locations book a full day (10+ hrs.) Couples who want both a wedding experience where they spend the whole day with guests and also an elopement experience where they can spend private time together on a separate day book us for 2 days.

See our elopement packages for additional information and if you have any additional questions or are ready to book, send us a message and let’s get started!

  1. Once you’ve decided that eloping is for you, reach out to us on our contact page.
  2. We’ll get on a call to get to know each other and for us to share with you more knowledge, details, tips and resources.
  3. Once we figure out the best date for the best weather at your dream location, we’ll prepare a contract in order to reserve that date right away.
  4. After that, we go into planning mode together to make sure this experience is personalized and customized to your vision and your needs.

Trust us, it is as easy as it sounds 🙂


GAYEST WORDS from Our Happy Couples



We really lucked into finding Henry Tieu Photography for our Elopement! Sergio was our photographer and main man! He was so helpful from the day we booked him all the way to now (post elopement). His energy and demeanor really was perfect for our small group and our personalities.

Sergio’s expertise and talent through that grueling hike to Tamanawas Falls to capture our incredible moment has just been indescribable. We are so grateful to have been able to work with him and hope for a long time connection for possibly other photography needs in the future!

We cannot thank him enough for his time and brilliance!

two brides running on the beach in oregon

britt & allie


Wow enough can not be said about Henry and how he made our elopement day feel so fun and exciting. As nervous as you can get on your big day he made us feel so comfortable. He was able to capture ever moment we could have only dreamed about. We were so honored to have been able to book with him and we can’t wait for another shoot together in the future one day!! With out a doubt he is an amazing artist.

cote & david


We had the BEST experience with Henry! From the beginning we could tell that Henry truly invests in each couple he works with. Knowing more about our story and who we are was very important to him. That made us much more comfortable being ourselves around him and in front of the camera.

There’s nothing more unnatural than an uncomfortable pose doing something for a picture that, as a couple, you’d never normally do. Henry didn’t put us in that position. He was able to capture the most incredible pictures of our natural exchanges as a couple and while truly being ourselves.

After our initial call, it was clear that he does his research and really knows his craft. He was willing to listen and consider whatever we were threw at him. He guided us through our choices without influencing decisions. He provided great support and information from start to finish.

We were put in a position to have to move our elopement from the east side of Washington to the west just two weeks before the wedding. Henry was beyond helpful, flexible and supportive throughout the entire process. His energy is infectious. His professionalism is top notch.

When you are spending a good chunk of your wedding day away from family and friends and with your photographer, you can’t do better than Henry. We’d book him again in a heartbeat and have nothing but great things to say about our experience with him.