10 Amazing Places to Elope in the US

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!)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 and 10-mile-long Waimea Canyon. Kauai’s weather is warm and beautiful year-round, which makes it an ideal spot for someone planning a Winter wedding, but wanting to get out of the cold.  
  4. Sedona, AZ – Sedona is known for it’s red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests. Sedona is ideal from March through May, when the temperatures are warm, but not scorching and unbearable.
  5. Glacier Park, MT – This National Park is full of stunning views in all of it’s 1 million acres. It contains a dozen large lakes, 700 smaller ones, and 200 waterfalls. The photo ops and ceremony locations are endless. The very best time to visit Glacier National Park is July and August when the daytime temperatures average in the 70s.
  6. Yellowstone National Park, WY – Mostly located in Wyoming, but also in parts of Montana and Idaho, Yellowstone National Park is a gorgeous array of rivers, forests, hot springs, and geysers, including the famous Old Faithful. The best times to visit are Spring and Fall. Summer is also beautiful, but full of tourists.
  7. Yosemite National Park, CA – Another National Park  on the list (but definitely one that needs to be included) is Yosemite. Known for it’s giant sequoias, Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan,and Half Dome. There are magnificent views in every direction, which make for some epic wedding photos. Spring through Fall are all beautiful times to visit Yosemite. In the Spring the wildflowers are blooming and the temperatures are warming up. In Fall the leaves are changing, which make for spectacular colors. In Summer you will have to compete with the crowds.
  8. Cannon Beach, OR – Cannon Beach is a small coastal town in Northern Oregon known for it’s sandy shore and Haystack Rock, a monumental rock on the beach. August through October is the best time to visit when the weather is warm and clear.
  9. Olympic National Park, WA – Olympic National Park is located in the Pacific Northwest on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. The terrain includes mountains, coastline, and a rainforest, and the Elwha River. Like several of the other National Parks, the best time to visit is in the Spring and Fall. Summer is the high time, though, for visitors and tourists with kids being out and the weather being warm.
  10. South Lake Tahoe, CA– South Lake Tahoe is a resort city located in the Sierra Nevadas. It is known for it’s ski resorts and beaches and is full of beautiful hiking trails and lake views. South Lake Tahoe is an ideal spot for a snowy Winter wedding or a warm lakefront ceremony.

What locations are on your list of most beautiful places in the US? If you could elope anywhere in the US (or if you did), where would it be?

(Coming soon: Ten amazing places to elope around the world.)



 

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

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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.

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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 Photography

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

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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!

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Venue: Forest House Lodge

Photographer: Morgan Chantelle Photography