Picture this. Just you and your partner, standing on a beach at sunset, saying your vows and committing to each other for eternity. That’s the magic of eloping, and what better place to do it than beautiful California? From the rugged Pacific coastline to the towering redwoods of Northern California, there are so many reasons why eloping in this state is a dream. Read on for five of our favorite reasons why California is an awesome place to elope!
1 . The Scenery- You don’t have to go far in California to find picturesque scenery that’s perfect for an elopement ceremony. Whether you choose the coastal cliffs near Santa Barbara or the rolling vineyards around Napa Valley, there’s something special about getting married against some of the most gorgeous backdrops in the world. If you want a truly unique spot for getting hitched, consider heading out into one of California’s National Parks such as Yosemite or Joshua Tree. It doesn’t get much more magical than that!
2. The Weather- If you love sunshine and mild temperatures year-round, then California should be at the top of your list of reasons to elope in California. From San Diego to Redding, most areas of California get more than 300 days of sunshine per year—perfect weather for an outdoor wedding ceremony! For cooler temperatures or mountainside views, head up north to find plenty of spots with stunning vistas and mild summers. You’ll even find snow during the winter!
3. Something for Everyone – From wine country to Lake Tahoe, there is an array of locations that can fit any type of wedding vibe you might be looking for. If you’re an outdoorsy couple who loves adventure, try the majestic Redwood Forest or Yosemite National Park. Or maybe you’d prefer a more intimate and rustic setting? Try the rolling hills of Sonoma Valley or the charming streets of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Whatever your preference may be, California has it all! Even if you’re not outdoorsy, LA and San Diego have that perfect downtown city vibe. There is literally something for every style here.
4. Easy Accessibility – Whether it’s by plane, train or automobile—getting around California is easier than ever! Most cities have airports nearby that offer direct flights from major hubs all over the US . Traveling won’t be an issue at all. There are plenty of car rental options available as well if you plan on driving up and down PCH (Pacific Coast Highway).
And finally, one of our all time favorite reasons you should elope in California….
5. Epic Adventures Await: California is like the ultimate playground for post-wedding shenanigans! Once you tie the knot, get ready to dive headfirst into some seriously rad adventures. Want to channel your inner kid? Hit up the legendary theme parks like Disneyland or Universal Studios and unleash your inner thrill-seeker on epic rides. Or, if you’re more of a laid-back duo, why not embark on a road trip along the stunning Pacific Coast Highway?
Picture cruising with the wind in your hair, making spontaneous stops at hidden beaches, charming coastal towns, and mouthwatering roadside diners. And let’s not forget about the endless outdoor activities, like hiking through jaw-dropping national parks, catching waves like a pro, or even camping under the stars in some of the most picturesque campsites you’ve ever seen. Oh, and did we mention the mind-blowing food scene? From trendy food trucks to gourmet farm-to-table experiences, California serves up a gastronomic paradise that will leave your taste buds dancing. Kick off your wedded bliss with epic honeymoon adventures that will make your love story even more legendary!
Conclusion: So what do you think? Did these reasons convince you to start planning to elope in California? We certainly think so! Whether it’s taking advantage of those gorgeous beaches or exploring some hidden gems among redwood forests or deserts; say “I Do” in style with an unforgettable Californian escape!
Looking for inspo? Click HERE to see a few of our favorite California elopements we’ve captured.
Hannah & Michael are a husband and wife photo & video duo based in California. We specialize in elopement and intimate weddings serving laid back, fun loving, and adventurous couples who want candid, warm and joy-filled photos.