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Where to Elope: The Best Places for an Intimate Wedding, Anywhere in the World

There are so many stunning places to say your vows: I’ve collected over 50 of the best places to elope in the world (or the best places to have an intimate wedding!). Bring just your partner or your family or a few chosen close friends somewhere incredible and say your vows in somewhere you’d only dreamed of. Whether you’re looking for an urban adventure or a breath of fresh air on the top of a mountain, here is the ultimate list of where to elope, all around the world: The most beautiful places to get married on any continent, no matter what you’re looking for.

I’ve collected the best places to elope in the world below based on my own personal experience: I’ve been an elopement photographer and wedding photographer since 2008 and I have photographed hundreds of couples taking in epic views and locations all over the world. Beyond that, I travel a ton and if I haven’t photographed a couple in a location, I can still attest to its excellence as a place to explore, say your vows, and celebrate your commitment to each other. Why not turn your wedding day and your celebration of the next step in your life together into an epic and unforgettable experience? Make your elopement experience an incredible, unforgettable, and life changing wedding day experience.

Where to Elope in North America

Hawaii

Say your vows on a beautiful beach or overlooking lush greenery. Celebrate under the palm trees and with a swim in the ocean.

California Elopement Locations

Mendocino

Where to Elope: Mendocino California

Browse a Mendocino wedding I photographed here.

Yosemite

One of the most epic places in the world, Yosemite and its granite mountains are worthy of being the background for your vows. Sunrise or sunset, epic views abound here, and it’s always a good idea to marry your person surrounded by rock carved by glaciers millions of years ago. Whether you’re here for the iconic views at Taft Point or Glacier Point (below) or you’re excited about venturing into the backcountry for a secluded ceremony site, you cannot go wrong with this stunning national park.

Where to Elope: Yosemite National Park in California
Where to Elope: Yosemite National Park in California

Browse a Yosemite elopement I photographed here.

Point Reyes

San Francisco

Where to Elope: Baker Beach San Francisco

Browse a San Francisco elopement that I photographed here.

San Francisco City Hall

Where to Elope: San Francisco City Hall in San Francisco, California
Where to Elope: San Francisco City Hall in San Francisco, California
Where to Elope: San Francisco City Hall in San Francisco, California

Browse San Francisco City Hall weddings I’ve photographed here.

Big Sur

With incredible views of the California coastline and stunning rocky cliffs, this is always going to be one of the most incredible spots to say your vows. Look out over the edge of the continent, watch the sunset in one of the most beautiful places in the world, and celebrate with an intimate dinner for two by candlelight at one of the cozy, upscale restaurants that help make Big Sur such an incredible place.

Browse a Big Sur wedding I photographed here.

New York Elopement Locations

Brooklyn

There’s nowhere like New York City to elope and a City Hall wedding in New York City or a private ceremony beneath the Manhattan Bridge or on the Brooklyn Bridge (go at sunrise to avoid the crowds) is a dream come true. Celebrate by grabbing a slice at your favorite New York City pizza joint or with an epic Italian/anything mean in a romantic setting. Cheers fancy bevvies in a NYC speakeasy or host your intimate friends and family for a private dinner in one of the many hip and delicious New York spots.

Where to Elope: Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn, New York
Where to Elope: Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, New York

Browse a Brooklyn elopement I photographed here.

Where to Elope in South America

Cartagena, Colombia

Costa Rica

Patagonia

Torres del Paine National Park

Cerro Torre (Mt. Fitz Roy)

Where to Elope in Europe

Paris

The most romantic city in the world is the absolute perfect place to elope. Wake up at sunrise for a private ceremony in front of the Eiffel Tower, wander the romantic streets of Montmartre with your newlywed, and cheers your union with champagne and a view of the city.

Where to Elope: Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Where to Elope: Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Where to Elope: Montmartre, Paris, France

Browse a Paris elopement I photographed here. Another Paris elopement I photographed.

Ireland Elopement Locations

Isle of Skye

Cliffs of Moher

Italy Elopement Locations

Rome

Chanel your inner Italian for a stunning elopement in Rome. Wander historic streets, visit the Trevi fountain, and watch the sunset over the city. Duck into almost any trattoria for an epic and memorable wedding dinner, and pose with the historic homes for memorable wedding portraits. Wake up at sunrise to have a surreptitious ceremony somewhere incredible (in front of the Trevi Fountain, anyone?) and then have an impromptu first dance under the orange trees before sharing a gelato on your way home.

Cinque Terre

With some of the most epic coastline in the world, this romantic collection of towns is the perfect place to say your vows. Elope on a boat overlooking the towns, on a sunrise hike up above the buildings, or on a private balcony with an unforgettable view. Share a celebratory sunset dinner of fresh seafood and pasta, and wrap up your celebration with a swim in the Mediterranean.

Dolomites

Greece Elopement Locations

Oia

With stunning white and blue buildings, the Island of Oia might have one of the most iconic sunrise views in the world. Say your vows with the arrival of a new day, then bask in the sunshine while exploring the visually stunning white and blue buildings and churches. With a coastline full of epic views and an endless blue ocean, this is one spot you won’t forget.

Iceland

One of the most famous places to elope in the world, Iceland has everything you could hope for in a wonderful and adventurous outdoor elopement. Say your vows on black sand dunes surrounded by crystal blue icebergs that recently broke from a glacier. Trek out and say your vows ON a glacier (can you say epic?!), or find a verdant cliff overlooking an incredible waterfall and have a private, wild ceremony. With epic winds and lots of weather, this is a perfect spot to elope for the adventurous soul: Your ability to roll with the weather, work around the land, and your love of exploration will mean that you’ll have the elopement of your dreams (and perhaps rainbows, waterfalls, geothermal activity, and even Icelandic horses to go with it).

Africa

Morocco

With winding, colorful streets and stunning deserts, you cannot go wrong with an elopement in Morocco. Beautiful and colorful buildings and streets make this a stunning place for portraits and fun photos in your wedding clothes and a weekend in the desert will provide you with the solitude and endless stars you’ll want to ring in your next step in a life together.

South Africa

Table Mountain is an epic backdrop for your vows and the oceans, with white sands and penguins, are some of the most stunning in the world. With a moderate climate and the proximity to the ocean, you can’t go wrong with an elopement in Cape Town. Spend a week or two in the country to celebrate your elopement with a “safari” trip to see wild elephants and other incredible Big Five animals.

Namibia

An underrated place to elope, Namibia has stunning sand dunes that stretch as far as the eye can see, epic animals, and wide open spaces. You’ll see more stars than you’ve ever imagined and be able to cuddle up with your newlywed around a late evening campfire.

Asia

Bali

Chase luxury and relaxation by eloping in Bali. Splurge on a stunning Balinese villa, say your vows on private white sand beaches, and celebrate with a moonlit dip in the water. Host your intimate family and friends for a dream dinner under a palaapa in the warmth.

Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam

The colorful ancient town of Hoi An is a gorgeous spot for a colorful elopement. Celebrate your new marriage by letting off lanterns into the river and posing by the iconic yellow buildings.

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