a guide to your california elopement in yosemite by a california elopement photographer

The Ultimate California Elopement Guide | California Elopement Photographer

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The Ultimate California Elopement Guide

The Best Places to Elope in California | California Elopement Photographer

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Why Elope in California?

[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text]From the granite walls of Yosemite, to the epic coastlines of San Diego, California has a lot to offer for you elopement. With nearly every adventure and landscape within reach, you can’t go wrong with getting married in the golden state. California was my first home and I know its beautiful places well! Together can explore California.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space empty_h=”2″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ back_color=”color-lxmt” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ column_width_percent=”100″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image media=”49361″ media_width_percent=”100″][/vc_column][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ position_vertical=”middle” gutter_size=”3″ overlay_alpha=”50″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

The Best Places to Elope in California

  1.  Yosemite National Park
  2. Joshua Tree National Park
  3. Big Sur (Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park)
  4. The Eastern Sierras
  5. Redwoods National & State Parks

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California’s Landscapes

The California Coast

San Diego | Big Sur

  • Sandy beaches with rocky coasts
  • Cold ocean waters and sea breeze
  • Iconic rock formations

Desert Basins

Joshua Tree | Mojave | Death Valley

  • Epic sunrises and sunsets
  • Unique flora to be discovered
  • Wide variety of ecoregions

Mountain Ranges

Yosemite | Eastern Sierras | Klamath

  • Sweeping granite walls with lovely alpine glow
  • Beautiful alpine lakes
  • Sprawling meadows

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National Parks in California Yosemite • Joshua Tree • Sequoia & Kings Canyon • Redwood • Death Valley • Lassen Volcanic • Pinnacles • Channel Islands

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California’s Weather

Spring

  • Mild weather with cool evenings
  •  Wildflower blooms to the north

Summer

  • Very warm with cool evenings 
  • Deserts can be harsh while mountains and beaches are perfect

Fall 

  • Great weather all around
  • Lovely fall foliage

Winter

  • Mild temperatures in the south with rain and snow to the north
  • Deserts can reach below freezing and even have chances of snow

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ position_vertical=”middle” align_horizontal=”align_center” gutter_size=”3″ overlay_alpha=”50″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ width=”1/2″][vc_single_image media=”48343″ media_width_percent=”100″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ position_vertical=”middle” align_horizontal=”align_center” gutter_size=”3″ overlay_alpha=”50″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The greatest time to visit California truly depends on what you want your elopement to feel like and what adventures you want to go on![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ back_color=”color-lxmt” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ column_width_percent=”100″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ position_vertical=”middle” align_horizontal=”align_center” gutter_size=”3″ overlay_alpha=”50″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ width=”1/1″][vc_custom_heading]

Where to Elope in California

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Yosemite National Park

[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text]Yosemite National Park is home to granite walls that have inspired adventurers, artists, climbers, and dreamers. It is no wonder that El Capitan and Half Dome are known worldwide, but Yosemite Falls, Tuolumne Meadow, and Mariposa Grove will also spark your imagination. Yosemite has incredible sunrises and sunsets where you can see the entire valley from easy to reach overlooks. It doesn’t get much better than being in the arms of your love and watching the alpine glow fall over impressive granite walls as the light fills and fades from the valley.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ position_vertical=”middle” align_horizontal=”align_center” gutter_size=”3″ overlay_alpha=”50″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ width=”1/2″][vc_single_image media=”48558″ media_width_percent=”100″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ position_vertical=”middle” align_horizontal=”align_center” gutter_size=”3″ overlay_alpha=”50″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading]

Joshua Tree National Park

[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text]Joshua Tree National Park is an otherworldly paradise for every hiker, backpacker, and climber. The Joshua Trees themselves praise the sky as pinks and oranges fill the desert for every sunrise and every sunset. There are endless hikes to go on, two different deserts to explore, and so many memories to be made. Learn to scramble, admire the tenacity of the desert, and stay until the stars come out. You won’t be able to ask for a better location if you desire a sandy desert as wild as your own love.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ position_vertical=”middle” align_horizontal=”align_center” gutter_size=”3″ overlay_alpha=”50″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ width=”1/2″][vc_single_image media=”49372″ media_width_percent=”100″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ back_color=”color-lxmt” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ column_width_percent=”100″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ position_vertical=”middle” align_horizontal=”align_center” gutter_size=”3″ overlay_alpha=”50″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading]

Big Sur

[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text]Big Sur is an epic stretch along the California coast that offers rugged, and often private, beaches that you can’t find anywhere else. Big Sur offers windswept overlooks, waterfalls, iconic rock formations, and turquoise water. Big Sur has a bunch of hikes, a few campsites, and plenty of spots to lay in the sand. If you crave salty air and adventure Big Sur may just be the right place for you![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ position_vertical=”middle” align_horizontal=”align_center” gutter_size=”3″ overlay_alpha=”50″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ width=”1/2″][vc_single_image media=”50034″ media_width_percent=”100″][vc_column_text]

Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

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The Eastern Sierras

[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text]Watching the alpine glow as sunrise fall over Mt Whitney is the type of magic you can’t describe. With free dispersed camping in Alabama Hills, you can find a place among the rocks to watch the sun rise and say your vows. The mountains are truly awe inspiring and will be glad to witness your love. There are many hikes in this location, places to visit nearby, and even hot springs! This has been a special camp spot of mine and would make a wonderful ceremony location for those who love the mountains.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ position_vertical=”middle” align_horizontal=”align_center” gutter_size=”3″ overlay_alpha=”50″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ width=”1/2″][vc_single_image media=”48232″ media_width_percent=”100″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ back_color=”color-lxmt” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ column_width_percent=”100″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ position_vertical=”middle” align_horizontal=”align_center” gutter_size=”3″ overlay_alpha=”50″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading]

Redwoods National & State Parks

[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text]Redwood National and State Parks offer groves of trees that will keep your eyes pointed to the sky. No other place can make you feel as small, or make you feel the magnitude of how old our planet is. These forests are the perfect place to feel inspired on your wedding day. If you like the idea of hiking on dirt trails through forests older than yourself, a redwood forest may just be right for you. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ position_vertical=”middle” align_horizontal=”align_center” gutter_size=”3″ overlay_alpha=”50″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ width=”1/2″][vc_single_image media=”50036″ media_width_percent=”100″][vc_column_text]

Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

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