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Southern California has all the warm sandy beaches for your ceremony and trendy postnuptial drinks spots you could want…BUT that’s just the tippity top of the (desert) iceberg! You’ll also find: sand dunes, slot canyons, islands, and stargazing! SoCal has so much to offer the couples that want to venture off the beaten path and the couples simply want to venture to a quiet spot to catch the sunset.

You already have some of the pieces for your elopement: the love of your partner, the bravery to do something different for your wedding day, and the desire to create memories, not just photographs. The next step is picking a location. A great place to start is by simply imagining your wedding day. Is there an ocean breeze, the sounds of waterfalls, or the smell of juniper? Are you dusty from dancing in desert sands or are you wet from skipping rocks into the ocean waves? If any of these ring true for you then Southern California could be the perfect place for your elopement.

Here, let me show you a few spots!

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December 26, 2023

Iconic Southern California Elopement Spots: Around Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, and San Diego

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T + S’s elopement was an L.A. dream come true! Bright and early in the magic of a spring sunrise, this couple said “I do” on a sandy canvas with the Pacific as their backdrop. It was like the beach itself gave a standing ovation. But here’s the twist – it wasn’t just a ceremony; it was a full-on beach picnic extravaganza! Think fluffy blankets, mimosas, and avocado toast, all while seagulls provided the soundtrack. They didn’t just exchange rings; they exchanged bites of sweets too. The sun painted the sky in all shades of “happy” as they danced on the shore and laughed like they owned the beach. From vows to views to bites, this LA elopement was a love-fueled adventure that beach dreams are made of.

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December 11, 2023

Los Angeles Sunrise Beach Picnic Elopement Inspiration in California // Teri + Staci

A couple in wedding attire sharing a kiss as they hold hands with the ocean in the background during their Malibu sunrise Beach elopement in California
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It was a weekday morning in downtown San Francisco. The two lovebirds, after years of dating, were finally taking a huge leap toward marriage and starting a life together!

They showed up at City Hall, the iconic Beaux-Arts building, to tie the knot in a sweet and simple wedding. They were surrounded by nothing but love. What started off as a typical weekday morning, slowly turned into a very special day. And with it being a weekday morning it was quite as can be in this typically bustling building.

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June 19, 2023

Rainy Weekday San Francisco City Hall Elopement Inspiration in California // Tyler + Kassia

A man and a woman in wedding attire facing each other but standing a few feet apart on one of the overlooks in the center of City Hall during their weekday City Hall elopement in San Francisco
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Waking up early to watch the sun rise from a desert landscape is one of the most magical experiences a couple can have. And when it comes to a romantic elopement among the stunningly unique Joshua Trees, you know it’s going to be a day to remember!

It’s been a dream of J + H’s for years – to elope to Joshua Tree National Park and exchange their vows at sunrise! Early last year, we made the dream a reality!

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April 11, 2023

Sunrise Earth Tone Joshua Tree National Park Elopement Inspiration in California // Jason + Hannah

Man and woman embracing in a hug as they stand atop a large neutral colored rock during their hiking elopement in Joshua Tree National Park in California
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If you’re looking for a unique and romantic way to tie the knot, then look no further than the Santa Monica Pier in Southern California. Last spring, one couple decided to exchange their vows at this iconic location, surrounded by the beautiful Pacific Ocean and the stunning backdrop of the California coastline.

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March 6, 2023

Colorful Mid-Day Santa Monica Pier Elopement Inspiration in Southern California // Paris + Sherri

A newlywed couple leaning up against a lifeguard stand the bride is in a pink two piece dress holding a bouquet of pink flowers and the man standing behind her is in bright blue dress pants and a white shirt during their Santa Monica pier wedding in California
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My time with R + L was short, but so full! We started the afternoon with getting ready at the AirBnB where Marla came to do L’s hair and makeup. We got to sit around, chat and hear R + L’s story!

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January 30, 2023

Cliffside Malibu Elopement Inspiration in Southern California // Rustin + Lindsey

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As micro weddings are becoming more popular it is fun to put together shoots to show all the different possibilities. Along with the incredible team of vendors we brought this California beach micro wedding to life with warm toned glasses on a table surrounded by the natural rock formations, an abundance of baby’s breath and a golden arch.

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June 13, 2022

Dreamy Northern California Beach Micro Wedding Inspiration near Trinidad // Tyler + Savanah

A newly wed couple sitting at their wedding table during their coastal micro wedding in Northern California
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Have you ever wondered what getting married on a boat would look like? How it would make you feel? Or why it would a unique thing to add to your elopement day?

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May 19, 2022

Spectacular Midday San Francisco Bay Sailboat Elopement Inspiration in California // Darrell + Tara

Man giving his partner a kiss on the shoulder as she holds on to his arms that are wrapped around her during their San Fransisco elopement