Where to Elope in California

Raise your hand when you’ve Googled “where to escape in California” in the middle of your wedding planning. And if you’ve stumbled upon this post like this, no judgment! I understand wedding planning can be challenging and it is tempting to escape to a nice place with your partner and just get married. On the other hand, you may have planned to escape from the start and there is no better place to do it than California!

If you’re from California, you may have learned in 4th grade that this is one of the few places you can snowboard in the morning and surf in the afternoon. This speaks for the multitude of landscapes that can all be reached by car within a day. Read on for some of my favorite places in California:

Palm Springs, the epitome of the resort, gives you the opportunity to have a getaway and a small honeymoon all rolled into one! There are so many delicious restaurants to dine in, spas to visit, and pools to relax in. Many hotels can help you take precautions and take the planning stress off your shoulders. With its typical mid-century modern aesthetic and the unique landscapes of the area (would you think you could find snow in the middle of the desert that is just a tram ride away?), Palm Springs has plenty of interesting places to visit arrange elopement photo shoot! See my posts Palm Springs Engagement Photos, The Parker Palm Springs | Johanna + Charles for more.

An otherworldly landscape and a thirst for adventure await you at Joshua Tree National Park. I would plan a ceremony and photoshoot in Joshua Tree and then head to Palm Springs to party and take a short break! Check out my Joshua Tree Engagement Photos and Joshua Tree Engagement Photos to see how perfect this place is!

The beach is pretty much synonymous with what people see on their mind when they think of California, and Malibu sure delivers all of that beach vibe. Get married with crashing waves and dramatic rocks as a backdrop, then party at a nearby luxury rental. See for yourself how beautiful Malibu Beach is with two engagement sessions that I shot there: Malibu Beach Engagement Photography with Sue Jean and Kenneth and Malibu Beach Engagement Photography with Rose and Kevin.

There are so many amazing places to escape in San Francisco – the Golden Gate Park, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Presidio, the many unique neighborhoods, to name a few. And if you decide to get married in a town hall, choose one of the most beautiful town halls in the world. Debra and Warren rented the building for their elegant San Francisco City Hall wedding, but you get the picture. For more options for elopement locations, see my posts, San Francisco Engagement Photographer and San Francisco Engagement Photos | Christine + Vinson.

Ah wine country, another epitome of California! There are countless fantastic wineries to visit, picturesque vineyards to frolic and delicious restaurants where you can party from farm to table. Check out my posts on Napa Engagement Photographer and Sonoma Wedding Venue: Annadel Estate Winery to see some beautiful scenes I captured in the area.

This list is certainly not exhaustive, but hopefully it has given you some ideas on where to escape in California. Contact me today to discuss your abduction – I have much more detailed suggestions that I would love to share with you!

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