July 7, 2020 / Weddings
Best Places to Elope in the US
Elopements are all the rage right now. They’re simple, no-fuss, and intimate, which are just a few of the reasons why I love photographing them. As an elopement photographer, I have witnessed plenty o...
Best Places to Elope in the US
July 7, 2020
Elopements are all the rage right now. They’re simple, no-fuss, and intimate, which are just a few of the reasons why I love photographing them. As an elopement photographer, I have witnessed plenty of elopements in my day, and let me tell you, they are extremely romantic! Over the years, I’ve come to learn what the best places to elope in the United States are. Keeping to discover the best places to elope in the US.
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
My favorite spot for elopements in all of the US has to be Eureka Springs. For those that don’t know, this quaint, small town is part of the gorgeous Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. It is known for being a 19th century Victorian village and as such, the entire city is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. What this means is that Eureka Springs is the perfect blend of breathtaking scenery and historic wedding venues. These include the iconic Crescent Hotel, which dates back to 1886, and the 1905 Basin Park Hotel. Meanwhile, when it comes to couple’s portraits, there is nowhere better than Beaver Lake, which is only a short drive from town.
Desert weddings are all the rage right now, which is why I included New Mexico on this list. While they have plenty of larger hotels suitable for big weddings, they also have lots of rustic smaller venues, like vineyards, farms, and ranches, for elopements and micro weddings. Plus, there are plenty of spots for couple’s portraits that will take your breath away (one of my favs is the Chihuahuan Desert). Meanwhile, some of the most romantic New Mexico elopement locations include Washington Ranch, Los Poblanos Inn + Farm, and La Mesita Ranch.
Big Sur, California
Calling all adventure-loving couples! Big Sur is the elopement destination for you. Big Sur, located on the central California coast, only slightly south of Monterey, is known for being one of the most naturally beautiful spots in the entire state – and that’s saying something. Lucky for you, there are plenty of places to elope in this drop dead gorgeous locale. These include the Ventana Inn & Spa, Glen Oaks Big Sur, Loma Vista Gardens, and Wind and Sea. Whatever you do, be sure your elopement photographer takes photos of you and your new spouse in front of the iconic Bixby Creek Bridge and in the rugged Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
Is there any US destination more famous for elopements than Vegas? I certainly don’t think so! Vegas is one of the liveliest, most versatile cities in which to elope. Yes, it has its crazy party side for all fun-loving couples, but it also has gorgeous desert scenery, not to mention the Grand Canyon, which makes it a popular destination for those looking to elope outdoors. One of the grandest venues in all of Vegas has to be the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas. This 5-star hotel has one of the most lavish ballrooms I’ve ever seen. If you’ve always dreamed of feeling like royalty on your big day, this venue might be perfect for you. Alternatively, Vegas also has plenty of smaller, outdoor venues like the Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon, and more.
Outer Banks, North Carolina
Outer Banks, North Carolina is one of the most underrated elopement destinations in the United States. This sleepy yet ultra romantic coastal region of NC has gorgeous venues at every turn. Whether you want to say “I do” at a colonial style mansion or on the beach, there are plenty of options here. The Sanderling Resort in the town of Duck is one such place, with six different elopement packages alone. If stretches of white sand, breezy sand dunes, and wild horses are your thing, the Outer Banks is for you.
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