The world is your venue

The Best Places To Elope
in the U.S and Worldwide

You’ve already chosen one of the most important decisions,

choosing to elope

Now you have to figure out where you want to elope.

But don’t worry, planning an elopement is easy when you have an elopement expert to help you.

Tips For Choosing The Best Place To Elope

Pick a location together

There is nothing more important than getting married in a beautiful location that you and your partner love together. To start figuring out the best location for your elopement, begin with spots that excite you the most.

Do you love exploring the forest? Hiking through the mountains? Or have you always wanted to stand on top of an iceberg? Imagine what that scenery looks like when you exchange vows.. What do you feel? What do you see? What does the area smell like?

By exploring what your heart desires, this will help you find the best location for your elopement.

Envision your day

Having scenery in mind, even if you don’t have an exact location picked out yet, can help with choosing the best place to elope. After envisioning your elopement location, think about what activities you’d like to do together to celebrate your marriage.

Imagine your day looking like:

– Riding in a helicopter at sunset

– Kayaking through ice tunnels

– Rappelling into a slot canyon

Have an open mind

Sometimes choosing a location for your elopement can be overwhelming, especially when you have literally endless options to choose from. Maybe you have no idea what you want your wedding day to look like.

What matters most is your marriage.

The day is centered around your love and the start of your next big adventure together. This is the first day of your lives together so it should represent both of you as a unit! 

Your wedding day should reflect your true connection as a couple

MY FAVORITE ELOPEMENT LOCATIONS AROUND THE U.S AND WORLDWIDE

UNITED STATES

Sedona

If you’re looking for 360 views of stunning red rock mountains, endless hiking trails, loads of adventure, and spiritual healing, Sedona is the perfect place to elope for an unforgettable experience.

Page / Lake Powell

Lake Powell, located in Page Arizona and the southern border of Utah, is what I call out of this world! With the largest slot canyon in the world, views that feel like you’re walking on Mars, and hidden gem locations tourists don’t know about, this is the perfect secluded desert elopement location.

The Grand Canyon

This destination is more than just a vacation get-away, it’s a once in a lifetime experience. For those seeking an extraordinary backdrop for their elopement, this iconic wonder offers a dramatic setting like no other. Imagine viewing the Colorado River from a birds eye view in a helicopter or having a picnic on the edge of the world.

Rainy Umbrella Superstition Mountain Arizona Elopement

Superstition Moutnain

This is Escape and Adventure’s favorite mountain in Arizona. It has a long history of gold mining and supranational stories, how cool?! This Phoenix elopement location is perfect for a desert elopement location surrounded with cholla and saguaro cacti.

Key West

The Florida keys is the perfect tropical getaway for anyone wanting a beach wedding and celebrating your elopement by watching the sun set cruising on a boat.

Underwater Crystal River Spring Florida Engagement Session Elopement

Florida Springs

There are more than 1,000 springs in Florida, all are uniquely different and a perfect way to cool off during the humid summer. The Florida Springs are perfect for the adventurous couple who wants crazy elopement photos different from anyone else.. Underwater photos anyone?

Moab

Arches National Park, Canyonlands… Everything about Moab is out of this world! You can spend a whole week adventuring Moab by off-roading, rock climbing, star gazing, camping. There is nothing you can’t do in Moab. This is the best place to elope for adventurous souls.

zion

On the Southwest corner of Utah, Zion National Park is one of Utah’s outstanding places to elope. It’s an adventurers dream with breathtaking landscapes and endless rock-climbing and hiking trails.

Bonnevile Salt Flats

This is one of the best places to elope with guests in Utah for a sweet and simple ceremony before your adventure elsewhere.

Utah Little Sahara Sand Dunes Wedding with bride and groom walking across the sand with a camel behind them

Little Sahara Sand Dunes

Ever thought about eloping at the Sand Dunes? Imagine off-roading and exploring this middle of nowhere sand desert, starting off your elopement with a bang and some epic photos.

Yosemite

A national park that every couple deserves to visit. Yosemite is known for it’s famous El Cap, half dome, amazing hikes, waterfalls, stunning views, and giant sequoia trees (our favorite). This is one of the best places to elope for jaw-dropping sunrises and sunsets against beautiful valleys of trees and mountain scenery.

Bride and groom in wedding attire standing on rocky cliff holding each other in Big Sur, California.

Big Sur

The dramatic cliffs of the Pacific Coast Highway are a perfect and moody getaway for your elopement. Imagine the waves crashing below you, exploring the majestic redwood forests, and standing on the edge of the rugged coastline. Big Sur is one of Escape and Adventure’s favorite beaches available year-round!

Joshua Tree

This desert oasis is the perfect getaway from the city and the chance to enjoy dark starry skies, beautiful yucca trees, and endless boulders to climb. Imagine having a picnic atop of a Granite rock, horseback riding, or enjoying cooking dinner together in one of Joshua Tree’s AutoCamps.

Redwoods National Forest

If you’re a Star Wars fan or enjoy exploring moody and majestic forests this is the best place to elope for your forest elopement dreams. Imagine feeling like an ant as you wander through the miles of huge Sequoia and Douglas-fir trees, how cool right?! This forest elopement location is literally out of this world.

Death Valley

Death Valley is an under-rated elopement location not a lot of couples think about as a place to elope during the winter. This national park has everything from painted mountains, salt flats, to even snowy mountains!

Columbia Gorge

Waterfalls, rain, moody forests and crazy weather. What perfect way to enjoy the PNW then to elope in Columbia River Gorge? if you’re wanting to hike to a secluded waterfall, sit by a river, and view beautiful forest overlooks, Columbia Gorge is the best place to elope.

Oregon Coast

The coasts of Oregon are something you’ve never seen before. Imagine standing on the edge of a cliff with crazy waves crashing below you. Or running towards a crazy rock formation in the middle of the beach. If you’re a beach lover and wanting epic beach photos, the PNW is where you need to elope.

Oregon Waterfalls

How crazy would it be to share your vows in front of a waterfall? You may get wet and it will be loud from the roaring water, but there’s no other unique place to explore than hiking to one of the hundreds of waterfalls Oregon has to explore.

Anchorage

Northern Lights. Glacier fields. Whale Watching.. Anchorage and the nearby towns are an outdoor lover’s dream to explore (if you don’t mind the cold). Imagine riding a helicopter to land on a nearby glacier for your elopement. Or watching the Northern Lights glow during nighttime portraits. What better elopement location than Alaska?!

International

New Zealand

New Zealand isn’t just for The Lord of the Rings fans, it’s for any nature lover looking for a beautiful elopement location surrounded with mountains, grassy plains, and activities like visiting The Shire, hiking, or riding on a helicopter.

Dolomites

This scenic elopement location in Italy is the best place to elope for mountain and hiking lovers. There’s a lake you can float around on for relaxation, magnificent mountain views, and cows to say hi to!

ICELAND

Imagine an active volcano, black sand beaches, glacier ice caves, helicopter rides, waterfalls, hiking trails, and even crazy amounts of sheep. Iceland is Escape and Adventure’s favorite international elopement location because of the endless opportunities and scenery to celebrate your wedding.

WHERE WILL YOUR ELOPEMENT TAKE YOU?

2024 Travel Schedule

I only take on a limited number of elopements each season to ensure I can give my couples my full attention and the best elopement experience. Travel is subject to change.


July 14-21 — Bend, Oregon

July 26-31 — Moab & Salt Lake City, Utah

August 12-17 — Portland, Oregon

Year Round: Sedona, Arizona

What to do after choosing your elopement

Permits


Choosing to elope means you’re saving thousands of dollars by not getting married in a wedding venue. Because you’ve decided to get married in beautiful nature (good choice by the way), your elopement may require a Special Use Permit. Permits can range anywhere from free to $500 depending on the location and how many guests you bring to your wedding.

Pack Accordingly


Depending on the climate and weather for your elopement location you may need to pack items like warm layers for the cold, light fabrics for the desert, or back up medicine for getting acclimated to high altitudes. Here’s a free packing checklist for your destination elopement link to packing checklist blog

Wedding Certificate


It is always best to check the rules and requirements for your elopement location. Most states in the U.S have similar requirements, but if you’re planning to elope internationally you may need to have the legal documentation out of the way before traveling out of the country for your wedding. But don’t stress! I include permit assistance when helping you find the best place to elope.

THE ELOPEMENT PLANNING EXPERIENCE

THE NEXT STEPS TO YOUR GREATEST ADVENTURE YET

01.

REACH OUT TO START PLANNING YOUR ELOPEMENT

The first thing you need to do is fill out my contact form. After we’ll hop on a video call so we can get to know each other and chat about what your wedding dreams look like. I’ll help create a detailed idea of what your day can look like with me and endless ideas to celebrate your marriage.

02.

CHOOSE YOUR ELOPEMENT LOCATION

After you’re officially booked on my calendar & fill out a personalized questionnaire, I’ll scout out the best locations that match your elopement vision (even if you don’t know where you want to elope yet.)

03.

PLAN THE PERFECT ADVENTURE TOGETHER

This is when you think about your favorite activities together, or what’s on your bucket list. Do you enjoy making coffee together in the morning? Want to get a matching tattoo together? Go on an epic skydiving adventure? I’ll help you find the perfect vendors and activities to help enhance your adventurous wedding day experience.

04.

CREATE A DETAILED WEDDING DAY TIMELINE

Once a location (or two) has been chosen I’ll craft a detailed wedding day timeline from beginning to end including your selected adventurous activities. Flexibility will be built into the day–there’s never any need to rush! This is where the vision of your day will really start coming together.

05.

EXPERIENCE YOUR BEST DAY EVER

Let’s get you married! Your wedding day is finally here and all that’s left to do is say ‘I do’ and experience new sights and adventures together. 8-10 weeks later you get to relive your special day through images & film that will tell your story for a lifetime.

06.

CELEBRATE WITH A LIFETIME OF FRIENDSHIP

Just because your wedding gallery & film have been delivered doesn’t mean you’ll never hear from me again. We’ll stay connected over social media and any time you need an adventure buddy, I’m always going to be down to explore with you.