elopement pacakges

California, U.S., & Destination

Your elopement is all about you and choosing the adventure of your wildest dreams. I’m here to help you plan a stress-free wedding experience in an incredible location that is authentic to your love story. I’ll capture all of the important and candid moments so that you can relive them forever.

We’ll go wherever, do whatever, and celebrate however feels most like you. Whether you exchange vows with city lights twinkling in the distance, wind on your face in the desert, waves splashing on your feet, or underneath a canopy of redwoods, I’ll be there for it! No matter how or where you choose to elope, I’m here to help throughout the whole process.

Your wedding day matters—and so do your photos.

Highlight Video
Ceremony and First Dance Video

A la carte items include:

Discovery Call
Location Recommendations
Planning Guidance 
Vendor Recommendations + Referrals
Permit Assistance 
Marriage License Assistance 
Optional Marriage License Signing 
Unlimited Correspondence
Custom Checklist
Custom Timeline
Ceremony Video Recording
Drone Photos and Videos
Sneak Peek Images
Private Online Gallery
Printing Rights
Travel Fees Included

On top of epic photos, every elopement package includes:

Adventure Wedding + Elopement Packages

Let’s Talk Pricing

Day 2: 8 hours
12:30 - Getting ready 
3:30 - Guests arrive
4:00 - Ceremony
5:00 - Family and guest photos
6:00 - Dinner begins
6:30 - 8:00 - Reception formalities
8:30 - Photography coverage ends

Day 1: 4 hours
4:00 - Adventure to your secluded location
4:45 - Exchange personal vows and pop the champagne!
6:00 - Golden hour portrait session
8:00 - Photos in the ocean!

an Example Timeline in Malibu: 

Sometimes, one day just isn't enough to satisfy everybody! This package alleviates many concerns over not including family while also staying true to wanting a “just us” day. This works by having a “just us” experience on Day 1 and celebrating with family and guests on Day 2. The Multi-day package is for couples who wish to have a “just us” ceremony and experience but still desire to have their parents, extended family, and friends be part of their celebration the next day. ***I do not plan receptions or large wedding ceremonies. A separate party planner would have to be hired for Day 2. 

12 hours over two days
Starts at $8,500

Multi-day California Elopements

The Packages

10 - Getting ready
11:30 - First look
12:00 - Ceremony and first dance
12:30 - Creative portraits and paperwork 
2:00 - Lunch and chill time (I leave)
6:00 - Reconvene for golden hour portrait session
8:30 - Drive back to your cabin and capture campfire and s'mores photos
10:00 - End elopement session

An example of Split Day coverage timeline in Big Sur:

You get the best of both worlds with this package! My “split day coverage” package allows you to have getting-ready coverage, ceremony coverage, creative photo sessions in multiple locations, including golden hour, as well as the huge opportunity to spend plenty of alone time with each other without missing any important moments throughout the day! This package is for couples who want all-day photo coverage, from getting ready to starry night photos to everything in between. A stress-free day with allotted time for just the two of you without me around allows for plenty of opportunities to capture authentic moments. These elopements take place anywhere in California, including but not limited to Malibu, Big Sur, Yosemite, Catalina Island, Joshua Tree, etc. 

Up to 8 hours
Starts at $6,000

(most popular)

Full-Day California Elopements

4:00 - Meet at the ceremony location
4:30 - Ceremony, celebrating, cake cutting, first dance
6:00 - Golden hour portrait session
8:00 - End elopement session

an example timeline in Joshua Tree: 

This package is for couples who want plenty of time for their ceremony, first dance, cake cutting, and creative portraits during golden hour while documenting their short adventure. These elopements take place in Malibu, Joshua Tree, Catalina Island, LA vista points, and select areas around southern California.

Up to 4 hours
Starts at $4,500

Half-Day California Elopements

5:00 - Meet at the beach
5:30 - Ceremony
5:45 - Golden hour portrait session
6:45 - Get in the ocean! (only recommended for summer elopements)
7:00 - End Elopement Session

An Example Timeline at a beach in Malibu, or a vista point in the santa monica mountains:

This sweet and romantic elopement package is for couples who just can’t wait to say, “I do.” This package only applies to two-person elopements and can be planned as little as 2 weeks out. You’ll start off with your ceremony by exchanging vows and then we'll take lots of stunning photos during our creative portrait session. If you want to jump into the ocean, go for it! Upgrade your package to enjoy your beach picnic at the end with a small elopement cake and charcuterie board. These elopements only take place on beaches in Malibu, Santa Monica and the nearby Mountains.

Up to 2 hours
Starts at $3,500

Malibu Beach Elopements

8:00 - Getting ready
9:00 - First look at the overlook of the Kalalau Valley
10:00 - Hike the Napali coast and exchange your vows
11:00 - Venture along the trail of Waimea Canyon
12:30 - Enjoy delicious fruit at the roadside coconut stand
2:00 - Lunch and alone time
6:00 - Golden hour portrait session
7:00 - Dinner overlooking the ocean

an Example timeline for Full Day coverage on Kauai:

This destination elopement location is for those who crave an action-packed tropical destination full of waterfalls, volcanic landscapes, exotic mountain views, warm water, sandy beaches, and incredible clouds.  

Full-Day coverage starts at $6,500
Half-Day coverage starts at $5,000

Hawaii Elopements and Small Weddings

Check out my Travel Schedule to see where I will be. All travel is already included in the locations listed on my itinerary. Don’t see your location listed? Please reach out to discuss!

International Elopements and small weddings

90 Minute to 2 Hour Session
1 Location
Maximum 2 outfits
Downloadable High-Res Images 
All Travel Included In Southern CA
Drone Photography & Drone Video, if permitted

Starts at $800

Adventure Engagement Sessions

Didn't get quite get the scenic portraits you wanted on your wedding day with you and your spouse? This session is perfect for you.

Starts at $2,000

Adventure Bridal Sessions

2 - 3 Hour Session 
1 -3 Locations
Maximum 2 Dresses
Downloadable High-Res Images 
All Travel Included In Southern CA
Drone Photography & Drone Video, if permitted

If you want your engagement photos to be creatively captured in nature and go beyond the generic photos, you've come to the right place!

Starts at $800

- Michelle J.

“After speaking with several Joshua Tree elopement photographers, we are SO glad that we chose Jennifer Whalen Photography! She is a true adventure wedding photographer at heart and was able to help us plan the most perfect and stress-free elopement! She knew the ins and outs of the location, permits, timing, weather and truly brought everything together seamlessly, which allowed us to be in the moment and enjoy our special day. In addition to the planning aspect, we LOVE how all of our photos and video came out. We are so grateful she was able to capture every detail and moment while we were able to just take it all in. She went above and beyond to capture every moment and is truly such a talented wedding photographer! In addition to her talent, she is super personable, which is important because your photographer is part of your wedding day, and Jennifer made the experience so much fun and truly such a memorable experience for us. Thank you, Jennifer!”

“Far exceeded our expectations!”

- Stefanie B.

“We are from Germany, and we were looking for someone who could capture images of our elopement in Santa Monica. I contacted Jenn, and she was sooo great from the beginning. She answered all our questions via email (and I had a lot of questions), and that made us feel really good. When we arrived in Venice, we met her, and it felt like meeting a friend. She's fun and professional at the same time. We talked about our ideas, and she was unbelievably motivated and creative. Then we definitely knew that she was the right choice. On our elopement day, she was more than on time and well prepared. Our family and friends were amazed at the photos when we got back home. My nephew (6 years old) said: "That doesn't look real" because it was so perfect. Working with Jenn was the best thing that could have happened to us. It was fun, uncomplicated and she had so much energy and went on a rollercoaster ride with us :) Awesome pictures and an AWESOME PERSON! Thanks for everything!”

“What can I say?! PERFECT!!” 

- Amber E.

“From the moment my wife and I reached out to Jennifer wanting to schedule a mini wedding in Malibu, it was as if she could read our minds. When I told her the date, she mentioned Yosemite instead, our DREAM, but we never thought we could afford it. Everything was planned out, but Yosemite was shut down two days before the elopement due to wildfires. I just knew the whole thing would be canceled, but Jennifer jumped on it and gave us three other options. We went with Zion, and we were NOT disappointed. Jennifer and her videographer, Dan, went above and beyond to make our day super special. I had a place in mind for the ceremony, but Jennifer had already scoped out multiple locations. Trust her eye because she knows what she’s talking about! Jennifer and Dan are so fun to work with, and I recommend you hire them for all your wedding or elopement needs.”

“She went out of her way to make sure our day was super special.”

- Rebecca S.

Jenn is an amazing photographer and a super sweet person, and she made our elopement better than we could have ever imagined. On our first call with her, she was so patient with all of our many, many questions. After we selected Jenn to be our photographer, she made absolutely everything else fall into place. She had a contact for us to work with to get our marriage license and recommended lodging options and hair/makeup options. She was extremely knowledgeable about different shooting locations and helped us find the perfect spot in the woods for our ceremony. She took the time to iron out every little detail with us before the big day. Her photography is amazing, and she really does whatever it takes to get the perfect shot." 

“Jennifer was *everything* for our elopement – our photographer, our officiant, and our planner!”

An adventure wedding is an intentionally planned wedding day in a majestic destination with a minimalist guest list and an emphasis on experiences over things. Of course, definitions of this will vary, but I use the terms interchangeably. Elopements are weddings with 0-15-ish guests, while small or intimate weddings entail a wedding with up to 50 guests.

What is the difference between an “adventure wedding,” “elopement,” “small wedding,” and “intimate wedding”?

An “adventure session” is a more thrilling engagement session. Some adventure sessions range from a couple hours to even a full day, depending on the activity. The session usually includes documenting you enjoying a mutually enjoyable recreational activity together, such as kayaking, cooking, camping, or a helicopter ride to a mountain top for incredible sunset views. You can do two looks—an outfit representing your lifestyle and personality and a more dressed-up version. 

What is an adventure session?

You do not have to choose one of my suggested locations. If you already have a location in mind, let’s talk about it. I travel all around the US and internationally frequently!

Do we have to choose one of your suggested locations, or can I hire you to photograph somewhere else?

I use the word “guide” a bit interchangeably sometimes. While I guide you through the eloping process and show you around a location, I do not work as a certified outdoor guide. I value official guides very highly, and I take my job and outdoor activities much too seriously to include official guiding in my job description. While I am comfortable hiking with couples in remote locations, I require that you work with a local, certified outdoor guide for any activities requiring anything technical beyond my comfort level in guiding you. I am always happy to recommend guides and support the local community and ensure we uphold a high standard of safety for everyone involved.

Are you also a guide? Can you take us scuba diving, off-roading, etc.?

I have several locations that do not require arduous hiking or any hiking equipment. In the discovery call, I will ask detailed questions to figure out what your preferences are. I want to make sure you love your location and it fits your personality!

What if we are not as outdoorsy as some of the featured weddings on your website? 

First and foremost, I am a photographer. While I am not officially a wedding planner, I have found that many of my couples—especially those with fewer than ten guests—do not need a planner for their elopement because of how involved I am in helping. Elopements tend to be too small to hire a traditional party planner but still big enough where a helping hand goes a long way. With my many years working in the wedding industry, vendor relationships, and love for the outdoors, I am here to help with everything. However, in my experience, when weddings exceed ten guests or involve a venue, the focus shifts from the couple to the guest experience. When the focus begins to shift toward the guests’ comfort, hiring one of my recommended coordinators is best. They specialize in small weddings to help with the planning beforehand and liaise between everyone’s expectations and my ability to continue my photographic work on the day of the wedding. In either case, I do not offer to book anything on your behalf (such as lodging, vendors, etc.) or official guidance.

Are you also a wedding planner?

I am authorized to sign your marriage license as your ordained minister! That means you can say your vows to each other in my presence while I take photos, and it's perfectly legal in the state of California and a few other select states. This makes things hassle-free if you plan on having your intimate ceremony in a remote area since you won’t have to worry about paying an officiant to travel and hike to the destination. If you obtain a confidential marriage license, you do not even need a witness. You are more than welcome to bring along your own officiant if you prefer for your ceremony to be more culturally formal. If you plan on having guests at your ceremony, I recommend hiring a separate officiant to perform your ceremony for a more pleasant guest experience. I can guide you to the correct website to obtain your marriage license, but you will be responsible for obtaining your marriage license, bringing it with you on the wedding day and paying for additional certified copies.

Tell us more about being ordained and how that all works. 

Of course! Eloping doesn’t just have to be the two of you! However, including some guests may change the price of your beach package.

Can I invite some guests? 

Southern California has some of the best weather in the entire country year-round, however, bad weather does happen. Suppose a third-party operator involved, such as a pilot or captain, determines that it’s too dangerous. In that case, the wedding will be rescheduled, or a substitute location will be found to perform the same day elopement.

Since all these elopement weddings are outdoors, what do you do in case of bad weather?

In the rare event I cannot photograph your wedding, I will do my best to find a trusted replacement within the select number of elopement photographers in my circle. If a replacement is not available, or you don’t want to reschedule your elopement, you will be entitled to a full refund.

What happens if you become unavailable to photograph our wedding?

First of all, I know your good side. If you don’t know what side is your good side, I’ll help you find it. Second of all, so many couples have asked those same questions! Elopement couples tend to have personalities of not wanting too much attention and being a bit camera shy. My goal is to capture an authentic representation of your day with a creative eye for composition and moments. My process starts with pure documentation free of posing at the beginning of your day with candids of getting ready or walking to your ceremony location. This takes the pressure off and warms you up to being in front of the camera. Throughout my entire career, my clients appreciate that I capture all the in-between moments. These photos often become their most cherished memories. I only take posed photos of you after your ceremony, so you are already feeling more relaxed to celebrate having your environmental portraits taken. When it comes to capturing creative portraits, most couples want some direction without feeling cheesy. I prefer to “candidly pose” you by giving prompts so you feel comfortable and natural while we are taking those majestic environmental portraits.

How would you describe your approach to photographing couples? What if we are awkward/shy in front of the camera?

My photography is clean, colorful, and cinematic. When I edit photos, I aim to make the colors realistic and vibrant and the skin tones true to life and flattering. I like to see detail in clouds, blue tones in the ocean, and greens in the trees. Since the weddings I photograph are in such beautiful locations, I want to capture the scenery. I do not put heavy filters on photos or desaturate the colors as I feel it dates the images and takes away the timeless look. I use state-of-the-art cameras and lenses and edit photos to reflect quality.

How would you describe your photographic and editing style?

I will give you ten sneak peek images 1 week after your wedding. I present your entire edited photo gallery for your one-month anniversary!

When will we get the photos?

On average, I deliver 50 to 80 photos per hour of coverage. For example, if you have 8 hours of coverage, you can expect to receive 400 - 640 edited photos. You will have access to your very own private viewing gallery with the option to download high-resolution images. You will be granted printing rights to print your photos wherever you want.

How many photos are included, and can we print them?

I typically book elopements anywhere from 3 weeks (depending on location) to 1.5 years in advance.

How far in advance can I book my elopement with you?

I’m so stoked! Fill out the contact form first, and I will be in touch for our discovery call. I can’t wait to hear from you!

What are the next steps, and how do we book you? 

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