10 Amazing Places to Elope in the US

In the past several years elopements are on the rise. Long gone are the days of an elopement meaning a couple running off to Vegas. These days many couples are choosing to forego the stress and expense of a huge wedding and focus on the things that are important to them- their love and commitment, a beautiful adventure, and possibly a small group of family and/or friends. Elopements are an intimate and beautiful celebration of you as a couple. An elopement (or intimate or destination wedding) isn’t tied to a location based on the availability or convenience of your guests. You really can choose anywhere in the world to commit your lives to one another. Another bonus? You’re already on an amazing adventure together! For the sake of this article I’m focusing on 10 amazing places to elope in the US (in no particular order). (A worldwide list coming soon!) Big Sur, CA – Breathtaking cliffs, the ocean, beautiful sunsets, and Highway 1- the American National Scenic Byway. Big Sur is a beautiful place to travel to (and elope) year round, but the peak season is from April to Octobe. Moab, UT – This town is full of crazy red rock formations and arches and is the outdoor enthusiasts dream. Before (or after) your wedding ceremony take some time to hike, mountain bike, zipline, raft, and more. The ideal time to visit Moab is the the Spring and Fall. Kauai, HI – Kauai is arguably the most beautiful of the Hawaiian islands. Much of it’s surface is covered by rainforest and is known for it’s its Na Pali Coast...

Michelle and Dustin’s Centerville Estates Wedding /// Chico Wedding Photographer

Michelle and Dustin had a gorgeous wedding at Centerville Estates in Chico, CA. Centerville Estates is located up in the canyon and next to a creek. Even though it’s only a few minutes outside of town it feels like you’re in a completely different place. The landscape makes for gorgeous photo backgrounds and we had so much fun wandering around by the creek. Michelle and Dustin’s day was full of love, fun, and beautiful details (One of my favorites was their vintage cake topper, which was a family heirloom). These two are now a family of THREE and are enjoying life with their sweet baby boy.     Planner: 530 Bride Venue: Centerville Estates Makeup Artist: Powder Room Florist: Carrie Thengvall Floral Design Catering: Crush Chico DJ: Elite Sound Cake and cupcakes: Lovely Layers Photographer: Morgan Chantelle...
Kayla and Will at Forest House Lodge // Foresthill Wedding Photographer

Kayla and Will at Forest House Lodge // Foresthill Wedding Photographer

One of my favorite parts of a wedding day is sunset photos. Whether you do a first look or not, I always recommend doing sunset photos. Because of the schedule of a wedding day, most couples end up doing their wedding party photos earlier in the day when light can be harsh. When the sun is high in the sky I’m more limited on how and where we shoot photos. As soon as the sun goes down the light is even and all your photos look amazing. I love shooting in golden light and even (a new to me term) blue hour when the sun has set, but there’s still a hazy, pretty light. Kayla and Will were total troopers and up for driving around to a few different locations nearby to find the best light, the best backdrop, and to take some AMAZING sunset photos. Kayla and Will got married at the gorgeous Forest House Lodge located in the Sierra Nevadas. Driving up into Foresthill and then entering the Forest House Lodge feels other-wordly. It’s definitely a beautiful escape outside the city and an amazing place to celebrate with all of your friends and family! Thank you, Kayla and Will, for allowing me to capture your wedding day! It was such a fun and wonderful celebration of your love! Venue: Forest House Lodge Photographer: Morgan Chantelle...

Stephanie and Paul at the Parker and in the Desert // Palm Springs Wedding Photographer

I love these two. I feel incredibly blessed to photograph so many amazing couples that I genuinely like and want to be friends with, but these two are extra special. I photographed their wedding (see pictures of their beautiful Bay Area wedding) a few years back and it was an absolute DREAM to photograph them again for their 10 year date-iversary in the Palm Springs area. Stephanie and Paul are just good people. They are warm, hospitable, and as authentic as they come. They really like (and, of course, love) each other and are so easy to spend time with. For this shoot Stephanie knew that she wanted the first half at The Parker Palm Springs and the second half in the desert with their favorite tequila. They trusted my interpretation of their ideas and we had SO much fun. I love these two and these photos of them at this time in their life. Thank you so much, Stephanie and Paul, for the privilege of photographing you again and letting me spend the weekend with you! If only we could hang out all the...

Ashley and Phil in Bidwell Park and Downtown /// Chico Engagement Photographer

First of all, aren’t Ashley and Phil SUCH a good looking couple? More importantly, they’re kind, adventurous, fun, and their obvious love and affection for each other made my job so easy. I love couples whose love is natural and easy and who are obviously such a perfect fit. We started their engagement shoot in front of the adorable Wild Ink Press storefront and ended it in a few of my favorite spots in Bidwell Park. I love Ashley’s outfits and can you believe that engagement ring? Rose gold perfection! Ashley and Phil, I am so excited for your wedding day and am so glad you are creating the celebration that is perfect for the two of...