Trying to decide where to elope?
The world is full of stunning places that would be perfect to have an elopement or intimate wedding at. Choosing your location is one of the first (and biggest) decisions you need to make when it comes to planning your elopement.
Your elopement should feel right for YOU. You deserve to say your vows somewhere that will make you feel excited, happy, at peace, and in-love. A place where you can be in the moment, enjoying every single bit of your experience.
But with so many choices, how do you actually decide on a location?
It's easy to feel lost.
But I've got your back
What's Included in This Guide
A list of the biggest factors you should consider when choosing an elopement spot and how to pick the best one including:
Different types of scenery & views you can elope in
The best time of year to elope for different locations based on weather considerations and trends
Potential activities and experiences
Other considerations once you have chosen a specific location
Suggestions of the best areas to elope with each type of scenery
Ideas for fun elopement activities you could do for different locations & sceneries
Advice for picking the best location for *you*
Information on Permits, Marriage Licenses, and Leave No Trace
Ready to find your perfect elopement destination?
Hi! I'm Kathleen
I'm an elopement photographer based out of Washington photographing elopements and intimate weddings across Washington, Alaska, Utah, and Arizona.
I am a HUGE outdoor enthusiast & advocate! I love hiking with my dog, backpacking in the mountains, traveling to new places, taking spontaneous road trips, and love to share my favorite places with other people (there's nothing like watching other people's reactions to seeing incredible beauty surround them- especially on their elopement day!).
When you work with me, I'm not just your photographer. I'm your new friend, adventure buddy, elopement guide, and practically your planner. I'll help you every step along the way with elopement planning advice, location scouting, help with permits & marriage licensing, vendor & lodging recommendations, timeline suggestions, and anything else you may need.
One of my favorite parts of my job is helping couples find *their* dream spot to elope. I truly believe that there is no one perfect elopement location and no two elopements are alike (just like no two relationships or couples are exactly the same).
So let's get started finding your perfect spot!
Why Trust Me?
Hear it from real couples who've eloped with me
"She allowed us to to focus on each other and just enjoy the moment"
"I cannot gush enough about Kathleen or our incredible photos. Even from the beginning she exceeded every expectation. I figured planning & coordination would be at least a little bit stressful, but she was professional, easy to get ahold of, prompt and made everything simple. We decided to fly up in a tiny plane to Sedona (my husband John is a pilot so this was extra special to incorporate flying somehow).
John and I aren't natural models, but Kathleen made things so fun and we felt relaxed & comfortable in front of the camera. It was incredible to have her as a part of our little adventure. She allowed us to focus on each other and just enjoy the moment, capturing us at our absolute happiest. I felt like a princess and my husband, who usually hates pictures, was having the time of his life. Kathleen directed us just enough so it didn't feel awkward, but kept things natural and candid. She knew all the best spots and took the time to make sure every shot was flattering on us & featured the lovely red rock landscape. When the sun started going down, she had the thought to capture a few pictures of just us & the stars. *Swoon*
I've never experienced anything so personal and I've never been so happy with photos before. Our gallery came quick and the pictures were beyond what I could've hoped for. There wasn't a single one I wasn't in total awe of. We are so grateful Kathleen was with us for this moment of ours and hope to book her for any future adventures life may bring 💕" -Aubrey & John
"Gave us the space to be vulnerable, silly, and focus on one another"
"We had such a great experience with Kathleen! My partner (and now wife) and I were looking to elope during the pandemic. We wanted a fun, sweet, adventurous wedding day. We needed someone who would be a helpful, informative, and confident presence throughout the process and who has a knack for capturing those special moments on camera. We found all of this and more with Kathleen.
We reached out to Kathleen just weeks before our proposed elopement date and she immediately got us set up with a consultation appointment with her. Kathleen was a flexible and supportive partner in the process, from working around the logistics we had planned, to encouraging our imaginations for how we could make our special day uniquely ours. Kathleen used her knowledge of the area to recommend several locations based on the ideas we brainstormed and she also provided guidance for the preparation and materials we'd need for the day. Some of our favorite memories of the day--playing board games, exploring the coast, and an impromptu dance party--stem from the inspiration Kathleen gave us that allowed us to be ourselves and celebrate who we are as a couple.
On the day of, Kathleen arrived on time and ready to help, equipped with extra snacks and hand-warmers. She gave suggestions when we asked and otherwise gave us the space to be vulnerable, silly, and focus on one another. Throughout, she was a steady, encouraging, and quiet presence.
We are thrilled with our pictures and how Kathleen captured so many special moments—the emotions on each of our faces, the little ways my partner and I relate to each other, and the beauty of our chosen locations and activities. We especially appreciate the sneak peak Kathleen sent us the day after to help us share our joy with family and friends. We felt safe and comfortable in Kathleen's adaptable, capable, and competent professionalism, and we would recommend her to all of our friends and family. Thank you Kathleen for helping make our day so special!" -Chellie & Blake
"She was a friend-which made it easy to forget she was even taking photos"
"Kathleen is an amazing photographer and elopement planner (& officiant) - she does it all! On our very first call with her she was already able to articulate her vision of our day down to the feelings we'd feel and the sights we could see. We were able to visualize it ourselves! The whole planning period, Kathleen provided resources, timelines and all the support we needed. She responded quickly to any questions we had a long the process. By the time we got to meet her I felt like we had already known her for awhile - she was a friend - which made it easy to forget she was even taking photos. Looking through the photo gallery brought back all the magic that day held. I couldn't recommend anyone more than Kathleen for your elopement photography." -Beth & Andrew
So, what are you waiting for?
Start finding your dream elopement location
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