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Elope in California

Despite the current circumstances going on in our world today, love is not cancelled.
Big, small, or just the two of you, your wedding day is still - your wedding day.

Many couples have opted out from doing a traditional idea of a wedding and have chosen to elope or have a smaller wedding with their closest family and friends. 

Whether you have decided to keep the guest count low because of COVID, or you have dreamt up this magical day to be reserved for just the two of you from the start - Let me encourage you.
This is a day to remember for the rest of your life!

Our top reasons for why you should elope in California

1. All the feels

Weddings are FILLED with emotions. A small wedding or an elopement gives you a greater opportunity to soak in those emotions and truly be present and know why you feel the way you feel. There is something special about just having your key people around you. People are often much more willing to be vulnerable & express emotion in smaller settings. Documenting moments full of emotion is everything to us and our couples.

2. Stress Free

Let’s be real, planning a smaller elopement style wedding is way less stressful. I am all about that life. When you are less concerned over everything coming together and pleasing all of the people that are involved, you get to more present in every moment. 

3. Celebration of You

You should enjoy your own wedding. Too many couples end up spending all of their energy pleasing everyone else on the day. When you have a smaller wedding with fewer guests, or even no guests, the focus is less on them, and more on the two of you.

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Chris & Kylie
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Garrett & Gina

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Popular Venues & Location Ideas to Elope in California

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Modesto, CA
Richard's Private Barn Ranch
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Stockton, CA
Brookside Country Club

California Central Valley Wedding Venues

Many local venues will still rent out a smaller portion of their venue for a ceremony. Here are four of our favorites.

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Sacramento, CA
Vizcaya
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Modesto, CA
Redwood Events | Vintage Gardens

There are few places more meaningful than either the place where you grew up, or the new home that you now share together. Set up an area in your backyard and create a tiny oasis perfect for a smaller wedding. 

Small Event Spaces

1. Your Home

Rent out a home or cabin and do the ceremony on site! Saddle Estate is a great South Lake Tahoe California location! 

2. Airbnb

If you can't find a place in California Central Valley for your elopement, head for one for the national parks. Our top picks are Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Yellowstone & Glacier National Park.

3. Bed & Breakfast

My personal favorite.  There are countless charming bed and breakfast accommodations all across the state. 

4. Destination

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