A new year is here, and it has me thinking about goals and bucket lists. I asked myself “if you could photograph an elopement or tiny wedding anywhere in the world, where would you want to?” Here are a few of my answers, and why they make the list!
Ever since I discovered it (thanks Instagram!), I’ve been pining over Snowdonia in Wales. Think quaint villages, vast spaces of wild countryside, and beautiful mountains that are just begging to be explored. The views from Mount Snowdon carry all the way over to neighboring Ireland! Snowdonia lands include over 100 lakes and craggy summits, which would be a hiking elopement dream!
Photo Credit: Christopher Ian
I didn’t put a specific island on the list, because I think they’re each incredibly beautiful and unique (so basically I want to visit all of them!). When most of us think about eloping in Hawaii, we envision the quintessential beach elopement at sunset. But let me tell you, Hawaii has so much more to offer! One of my favorite things about Hawaii is how diverse the environment is. You can go snorkeling, visit marshes, explore jungle, and hike huge cliffs and mountains all in one day! So basically, the possibilities are endless in paradise. Whether you want to get married on a black sand beach, on a rocky cliff with the waves splashing up, or on top of a mountain lush with tropical plants, Hawaii is the place to be.
Isle of Skye, Scotland
Remember in that last scene of Star Wars: The Force Awakens when Rey is on the island looking for Luke and you think, “wow, that scenery is crazy amazing!”? That’s Isle of Skye! There’s absolutely nothing in the world like Scotland’s famous island with the crystal clear Fairy Pools, rugged cliffs, unique rock formations, and lushly green slopes. Oh yeah, and medieval castles! If you’re looking for someplace wild, remote, and epic, definitely check out Isle of Skye for your elopement.
Photo Credit: Alicia Bruce of Love Knot Photo
In the last few years, this small country has grown hugely in popularity, especially with adventure weddings and elopements. Its incredible landscape includes waterfalls, volcanoes, and huge open spaces of wilderness. If you’re wanting a woodsy elopement, this isn’t the place, but Iceland excels in gorgeous ruggedness. And also, who wouldn’t want to elope under the northern lights?!
Photo Credit: Ilana Newman
Any National Park
Okay, so maybe not all of America’s National Parks are ideal for an adventure elopement, but pretty close! With 417 parks to choose from, and over 84 million acres to explore, I’m sure you can find the perfect park for your elopement. There are the popular parks like Joshua Tree, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Rocky Mountain National Park (which are amazing and popular for a reason). But also consider eloping at a less well-known park like White Sands, Canyonlands, North Cascade, Great Sand Dunes, and Lassen Volcanic National Park. The list of great National Parks to elope in goes on and on, but I suggest you pick a state or region and start exploring!
Other amazing locations keep popping in my head, but for now I’ll cap it off at these five epic places to elope. If you want more ideas, check out my full bucket list of elopement locations! If you want more info on eloping, check out my article on how to plan an elopement.