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California Elopement / Wedding Locations

Living in a van for the past 3 weeks has provided me with insight into 3 perfect locations for an elopement or an out west / California wedding. Below, I'll elaborate on these 3 locations: Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, and San Francisco.


1. South Lake Tahoe

In the Sierra Nevada Mountains, splitting between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe offers breaktaking views that would be perfect for an elopement. During the winter, they are known for their snowy mountains and ski resorts, but in the summer it is very different. The snow is replaced by the warm weather, beaches, and crystal-clear blue water. In the background of the water you will see pine trees and mountains. Imagine exchanging vows on a secluded beach or cove. Lake Tahoe also provides activities for you to stay even longer than your wedding day, maybe even for your honeymoon such as: hiking, kayaking, and skiing, making it an ideal destination for an adventurous couple.





2. Yosemite

Located in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite National Park is renowned for its awe-inspiring natural beauty. This iconic hiking destination is known for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, and beautiful meadows (which are even more beautiful during golden hour). All of this creates an enchanting backdrop for an elopement. Yosemite has limitless picturesque spots for your special day: Tunnel View, Glacier Point, Mirror Lake, or even in the meadows or in the middle of giant sequoias. Personally I would love in the meadows.




3. San Francisco

Contrasting the first two locations, San Francisco is a vibrant city that blends urban with natural beauty. If you prefer an elopement or wedding with an earthy and city feel, San Fran is the place for you. From the infamous Golden Gate Park, Palace of Fine Arts, the Painted Ladies, or on a beach. You could even rent a boat for a cruise at sunset where you could see the city skyline while you say I do.




Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, and San Francisco each offer a distinct style and setting for a perfect elopement or wedding day. They each vary in style from earthy to city, but they all showcase the beauty that California has.

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