My 6 Favorite Elopement Locations | S Photography Elopements

If you read my recent post about elopements and decided “Hey! I think that an elopement is the right choice for us!” You’re in the right place.

There are many pluses to hiring me as your photographer, the willingness to do a taco bell run on your wedding day, knowing how to combat your hands-y cousin… But one that is incredibly valuable that I haven’t mentioned before is my knowledge on the best places to elope. Not only have I been to all of these areas, I can provide you with help figuring out which permits you may need for each park, I can show you the most gorgeous locations within each preserve, and even keep you informed on the likelihood of bad weather. So without further ado, here are my top 6 locations to elope within the United States.

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1. Oregon Coast

– Maybe you’ve dreamt of a beach wedding, but not one where you have a lei around your neck. The Oregon Coast is the place for you. I have some of my favorite memories here, and I know it would be the perfect place to make the memories of your elopement. There are dozens of incredible places up and down the coast. If you want more information or to see some photos from previous sessions take a peek here and here for all the Oregon Coast goodness. Redwoods-Adventure-Elopement-California

2. Redwoods

– While you may be thinking, “Yeah sure… I’m going to take a photographer I’ve never met with me into the woods…” Well yeah. Disappear into the trees that challenge the tallest of skyscrapers and make you feel as though you’re in a forest that belongs in Narnia, or head towards the coast to get your fill of the ocean, sand in your toes and salt in your hair. The Redwoods truly are the best of both worlds. (Please excuse me as I now try to get the Hannah Montana song out of my head.) Lone-Pine-Mt-Whitney-California-Alabama-Hills-Elopement  

3. Alabama Hills – Lone Pine, CA

– Home of the set of some seriously famous Westerns and the lesser famous Kevin Bacon movie, “Tremors” (my favorite Kevin Bacon movie, if we’re being honest), Lone Pine has a few arches like in Arches National Park, that perfectly frame peaks like Lone Pine Peak and Mt. Whitney. It’s an easy drive to the Alabama Hills and the residual boulders make for a super cool backdrop (just take a look at this Google image). I can show you all the best spots for a desert elopement, and let you in on the best Chinese food in town.

4. Glacier National Park

– This place is what dreams are made of. (Okay I promise I’m done with the Disney Channel music references. Maybe.) You’ve got waterfalls, glaciers, trees, mountains, and lakes… Whatever background you could ever want, this place has it. You get to feel like you’ve stepped foot into a Bob Ross painting. What could be better than that? I think Glacier is one of the BEST places for an elopement because you have so many different locations to pick from!

5. Kauai, Hawaii

– It’s called the Garden Isle for a reason. Lush forest lands, amazing rugged ocean backdrops, and Waimea Canyon with its red soil all lend themselves to the perfect vista for your elopement. I can fill you in on the best places to stay on the island, where to grab some good food (“ono grinds” in Pidgin), and share all the best locations that aren’t necessarily listed in your travel guide.

6. Shasta, CA

– No one ever really thinks to elope on the side of Mt. Shasta. Perhaps it’s because there’s other more well known national parks that are just a short ways away… Or maybe it’s because there are some conspiracy theories about the mountain itself. But toss all those things aside because it truly is a gorgeous place to elope. The snow on Mt. Shasha, juxtaposed against all the rocks, trees, and till (a fancy geology term)… Breathtaking.   I have personally visited all of these amazing places, and it truly is a crime if you go your entire life without seeing them. So why not go all out and escape to the mountains and elope with the love of your life to one of these locations? I’ll be there waiting camera in hand. (In a totally non-creepy way). Trying to decide if I’m the photographer you need to hire to capture your big day? Well along with the aforementioned Taco Bell runs, I have a post here and here that might just encourage you to toss on some hiking boots with your wedding dress and meet me in the mountains.

Kendal & Mike, Glacier National Park

As soon as I spoke to Sam on the phone we connected and I knew there was no one else I would rather have in my corner to pull off the magical adventurous wedding I had in mind! Sam was super communicative, crazy knowledgeable, and just so much fun to work with!

Do yourself a solid and cancel your wedding, hire Sam, and run away and marry your sweetie like you really want to!


Rebecca & Ryan, Crater Lake National Park

Have to give it up for Sam! We had a blast, and the pictures turned out better than we could have hoped. She put us at ease and by the end of the day we were all laughing and just having fun!!

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Leah & Mike, Glacier National Park

Sam did more than I ever imagined a photographer would. She removed any piece that could have seemed overwhelming.

On top of all of that, she’s a fantastic photographer and a phenomenal person. Our wedding day was a group of friends, trudging through the woods (hot tea in hand, thanks to her and her husband), laughing, talking, and getting pictures along the way.

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Hope & RJ, Oregon Coast

She picked a perfect location and had a timeline sent to me in no time! I seriously just had to show up. There was not one single thing I had to worry about that day. She truly made it intimate and about us two. I would not pick any other person to capture that day.

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Tabby & Justin, Oregon

Sam helped us really figure out what we were wanting and how to achieve that feeling...and gave us the confidence to stick to our wishes, even if they were non-traditional! She honestly felt like working with a goofy friend. The pictures were more than we could have imagined...and for my husband who really is shy in front of the camera? You never would have known! Sam made it SO easy.


Noey & Jeramie, Alabama Hills/Lone Pine California

We were just overwhelmed with Sam's help in finding essentially our wedding location.
She’s everything rolled into ONE.

I can’t thank her enough for capturing what we were picturing in our heads, so well. Not only did Sam capture our wedding day but she became a friend, who I will refer just about any and everyone to now.