Venue Showcase: Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort Wedding and Elopements on Vancouver Island
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Black Rock Oceanfront Resort is quietly nestled onto the ocean cliffs of Ucluelet – a perfect mix of nature and comfort. Weddings, elopements, engagements are all part of the landscape as well! The Resort is on the west side of Vancouver Island not far from famous Tofino’s surfing spots. Couples who are searching for the wildness of private beaches and forests can find all of that along with modern style. Practical matters are not forgotten as large suites, with full kitchens, are available for all your family and friends.

Couple at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort on Vancouver Island West Coast Weddings Magazine
Erin Wallis Photography

And pet friendly is probably too mild a term for the service your pets receive – more like a pet lover’s venue! Dog biscuits greet canine guests at the front counter along with lots of love. Plus a perfect storm of trails for doggy walks! And the wedding planners here are experts with pets at weddings even providing a pet babysitting service.

Pet Friendly Weddings at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort on Vancouver Island
Erin Wallis PHotography

The first impression upon entering the Resort is the fascinating modern architecture – the main lobbies are circled around an ocean inlet. Stepping out on to the glass balcony complete with fire pit is quite an awe inspiring way to watch the spectacular sunrise/sunset. It is also the first glimpse of many ceremony venues within the resort. We were assured that they will make your ceremony happen wherever your fancy strikes you in or around the property! Balconies, beaches, rocks, decks…all fair game.

Newlyweds on Balcony at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort on Vancouver Island

The favorite spot at Black Rock for ceremonies, elopements and private dinners is the Wine Cellar. As you step down the winding staircase (dramatic bridal entrance!) you are met with a glass wall looking out over the ocean inlet. Evening ceremonies filled with candle light are the perfect fit for the West Coast décor in this venue space. You can choose to wed on the balcony or just inside the glass wall. At approx 935 sq ft you can have up to 45 guests.

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Fetch Patio is set over the ocean cliffs and offers an open air option for elopements or larger receptions. The iconic Black Rock Wedding shot is taken at the end of Fetch Patio! After the ceremony guests are able to enjoy a cocktail reception (and the view!) while mingling.

Cocktail Hour after Ceremony at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort on Vancouver Island West Coast Weddings Magazine

Fetch Restaurant Elopement Black Rock Oceanfront Resort on Vancouver Island West Coast Weddings Magazine
Photos by Wren & Rook Photography

Drone Shot Bride down the Aisle at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort on Vancouver Island West Coast Weddings Magazine

The 2000 sq ft Rainforest Ballroom is the more traditional choice for larger receptions and can hold up to 120 guests. You can choose to have your ceremony anywhere on the property and then retire with your guests to this space to dance the night away. The room can also be split into the Hemlock + Sitka rooms – Black Rock also provides audio/visual, portable bar, lighting and dance floor. 


Gourmet cuisine is another perk to Black Rock – chefs are happy to plan your culinary event with guests in mind. West Coast ingredients and décor are showcased and add to the entire experience. Before and after your event the resort offers a lovely little coffee shop in the lobby as well as two restaurants. Float Lounge is perfect for eating casually and knocking back cocktails while admiring the view. Fetch Restaurant offers gourmet cuisine but be sure to reserve.

One thing you do not have to worry about is the planning of your special event. Black Rock Resort has extremely experienced wedding designers on hand. They know where to get anything you may wish for and are able to put together whatever occasion you are celebrating – including proposals! The resort averages three proposals a month besides hundreds of weddings, elopements, honeymoons etc every year.

Gown in Window of Black Rock Oceanfront Resort on Vancouver Island West Coast Weddings Magazine

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort has suites and accommodations to suit any grouping but, more importantly, they have full kitchens in their suites. The view off the balconies is unparalleled. You can watch the sunrise while listening to the ocean waves or sip a glass of wine while watching the sunset. Really it doesn’t matter the time of day – it’s just an amazing set of windows to look through. The suites themselves are modern simplicity with fireplaces and bathrooms as large as most bedrooms. The rain shower in each suite is a work of art honestly! On top of all this, the hot tubs and pool are literally on the edge of a cliff hanging over the ocean. You won’t soon forget the experience of sitting in a hot tub listening to the waves crash below. Not to be forgotten is the Drift Spa which offers massages and facials using natural elements such as black rocks and seaweed flora.

Photographers get pretty excited when you book them to shoot your wedding, for good reason! The black rock photos with the sun setting behind are an iconic moment for your gallery. Just be sure to have cliff climbing friendly footwear around so that you can catch these moments.

Sunset Wedding by Ryan Flynn at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort on Vancouver Island
Ryan Flynn Photography

PS – Loved this rundown of perfect spots around Ucluelet for outdoor weddings and elopements from the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort Website! The resort will help you choose your naturally dramatic ceremony backdrop, help you book local wedding professionals and inform you regarding legalities. Sites include Big Beach, Cedar Beach, Pacific Rim National Park, Wild Pacific Trail and Amphirite Point Lighthouse.

Amphitrite Lighthouse Black Rock Oceanfront Resort by Julien Photography

PPS – Be sure to go to the website/Weddings/ then down the side click on ‘specials’ – there are romance packages, elopement packages and a wonderful ‘Black Rock 10 Year Anniversary Special’.

For personal help with anything to do with Black Rock Oceanfront Resort Events:

Call 250 726 4808 or e.mail at

Elopement at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort by Bracey Photography on Vancouver Island
Bracey Photography