Boldly Go! | The Best Places to Elope in California

CALIFORNIA!!! The state that has it all; great food, beautiful weather all year long, Disneyland, and an endless amount of gorgeous elopement locations! California has something for everyone. If you are look for something rustic, city chic, or you and your better half just want to get lost in the woods. And did I mention the beaches? Oh the miles and miles of beaches, swoon!

California can accommodate the unique taste of any couple and today I’m going to share with you some of the best places to elope in California!

The Best Places To Elope In California

Lacy and Logan hold a private ceremony on Sunset Cliffs. Yes, Dear. Studio

First stop,( my home town) sunny San Diego! Located in Southern California, San Diego is big city with a laid back vibe. Sunset Cliffs, La Jolla Cove, and Bayview Park on Coronado Island are just a few of the gorgeous place where you can hold a beautiful ceremony in the city. San Diego is an elopement town, with no shortage of elopement-friendly vendors and locations to accommodate any couple wishing to tie the knot here.

The Best Places To Elope In California

Cynthia and Brad exchange vows in a private elopement in Joshua Tree. Rad+In Love

Our next stop is Joshua Tree. Located about two and a half hours east of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park is a beautiful desert with a vast landscape of rock formations, oasis, and wildlife. One of California’s popular vacation spots, Joshua Tree is the perfect place to get away from it all.

The Best Places To Elope In California

Tasha and Jason say “I do” in an intimate ceremony at the Santa Barbara Courthouse. Chelsea Elizabeth Photography

Moving up the coast, the Santa Barbara Courthouse is next on the list. Located in the gorgeous city of Santa Barbara, this courthouse is a wonderful reflection of the beauty of the city itself. The Santa Barbara Courthouse is a large mission style building and the grounds that surround the courthouse are just as large and as breathtaking, making it easy to see why hundreds of couples choose this location to hold their elopement ceremony every year.

The Best Places To Elope In California

Caitlin and Jordan enjoy a private vow renewal ceremony in Big Sur. Hanna Kate Photography

Going up the coast a little more we come to Big Sur. This 90 miles of stunning Central California coastline is a popular eloping destination for Californians and visitors alike. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is one of the most beautiful (and popular) locations along Big Sur. Where the Redwood Forest meets the beach, this magical place makes a stunning backdrop for a privet ceremony.

The Best Places To Elope In California

Sophia and Trevor exchange vows in an intimate ceremony at San Francisco City Hall. IQPhoto

The last stop on our trip through California is the world famous San Francisco City Hall. If you’re looking to add a touch of grandeur to your ceremony, San Francisco City Hall is the perfect place to capture that feel. Simply Elope has featured several elopements held in this location and the effect is still the same, magnificent.

California is a wonderful place with something for everyone. Whether it’s a ceremony in the middle of the desert, surrounded by towering trees, or on a breathing taking beach, California has it.

Are you planning to elope in California? Did you tie the knot in The Golden State? What is your dream California location?

Don’t forget to click on the links in the cation of the photos to see more details from these beautiful California elopements!

  1. amanda 3 years ago

    We are planning on eloping at the Santa Barbara Courthouse this fall! I cannot wait! I think it will be perfect for us 🙂

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      Simply Elope 3 years ago

      YAY! Congrats! Santa Barbara Courthouse is so pretty. You’ve picked an excellent venue!

    • Laura 2 years ago

      How did it go?

  2. I am slightly elopement obsessed, and these are some amazing locations! Plus Palm Springs, Griffith Observatory, and Carmel… ah theres too many to name! I only dream of photographing couples there.

    • Melissa 4 months ago

      Where in Carmel?

  3. Jori Haubruge 2 years ago

    Looking for some cheap places to renew our vows in April. Any ideas?

    • Author
      Simply Elope 2 years ago

      California has so many options! Beaches, parks or public gardens are great places for a low cost vow renewal. If you’re looking for something with a little more romance (and a lot more private) try a bed and breakfast.

    • Hi Jori! Are you looking for somewhere more traditional or out of the box/ adventurous? I can help with a few ideas! Feel free to email me at 🙂

  4. […] What We Love: The City of San Diego! As a San Diego native (and the birth place of Simply Elope), I will always have a soft spot for this place. There are so many beautiful locations to hold a ceremony! For more on some of San Diego’s most beautiful elopement locations, check out Boldly Go!: The Best Places to Elope in California. […]

  5. Elizabeth Carlile 1 year ago

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  6. Melissa 4 months ago

    For those who had there wedding at Santa Barbara court house what did you do after??? Like for a reception???

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