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The Best Locations for Southern California Elopements

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Elopements in Southern California

The best locations for Southern California elopements!

Elopements are becoming increasingly popular for couples of all ages. There’s far less pressure when it comes to planning and invitations, and small ceremonies are naturally very intimate ways to declare your love and forego the traditional huge, expensive wedding. Stepping out of the box with a less traditional wedding in an amazing location. Intimate ceremony or elopements ,  the focus is on the couple, and for me getting breathe taking photograps!
The biggest problem is deciding where to elope to! One of the most frequently asked questions I get as a photographer is, ‘Where’s the best place to elope in Southern California?’ There are so many different possibilities it’s an almost impossible question to answer!
On the plus side, you can’t go wrong with whatever location you choose. With settings ranging from popular island resorts to , mind blowing national parks and deserts.

Southern California has something to suit every taste, and everyones sense of adventure.  If you’re planning to elope in California, I’d be happy to hook you up with suggestions based on your lifestyle, preferences, and personalities.
To give you a good starting point for inspiration, here’s a selection of my favorite SoCal shoot locations (so far!) so you can get an idea of some options for incredible elopement photography.

Joshua Tree

Situated in the stunning Mojave Desert, Joshua Tree is the perfect spot for a Southern California elopement. Joshua Tree National Park, which includes the distinctive beauty of both the Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert, is an unforgettable place for an elopement or intimate wedding adventure.

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The quirky Joshua trees themselves make for great photo opportunities, and the area itself is steeped in history and legend. Camp under the stars or meander around the rugged rocks on one of the region’s famous hiking trails. Incredible Air B&B’s and nearby accommodations are unique and make for a great experience for loved ones or friends.   Check some of those out here  – Accommodations

Coronado Island

A unique experience would be eloping to Coronado Beach in San Diego. As well as the beautiful flat beach, Coronado Bridge offers a stunning backdrop for Southern California elopement photos thanks to the serene water and distant city lights.

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Not only does the area offer a vibrant and friendly community, fantastic food is around every corner and the beautiful surroundings are perfect for extending your elopement with a resort stay.
See the full Coronado Island shoot! CORONADO ISLAND INTIMATE WEDDING

There are so many fantastic choices for eloping in San Diego. When it comes to picking a beach location, there are so many options! Luckily, whichever beach you choose, you’re guaranteed to have a magical experience. A California beach setting is ideal for highlighting your special day, and ensuring the focus is on you and the story you want to tell.
San Diego Beach Elopement

Sunsets and sunrises provide classic golden hour photos you’ll cherish forever, and you can make it truly personal with photography that focuses on what’s important to you – whether it’s an antique ring or a hired horse!
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Check out the complete San Diego Beach shoot! San Diego Beach Elopement Shoot

If you’d like more information on elopement photography shoots in Southern California, or you’d like to book me for your special day, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call me on 9514903702 or alternatively fill out the Contact Form

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