But if you're wondering how to plan out your elopement adventure and all the logistics that come with it, don't worry—that’s where I come in. From a detailed discovery call to get to know you two as a couple, to crafting a custom elopement timeline, to answering marriage license questions and how I can sign as your officiant, and everything in between, I’m here to help every single step of the way.

Ready to get married and do this thing, just the two of you on a beautiful beach in Malibu! 

Pumped to let go of the stress and expense of planning a big wedding and instead, explore a new place!

Excited to have stunning photos and lifelong memories without the big traditional wedding production!

Hey Lovebirds!


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elopement experience

Your Malibu Beach elopement experience

Malibu beach elopements for couples who can't wait to tie the knot on one of the most iconic shorelines that California has to offer

Does this sound like you are...

Oh, and I'll also capture all your gorgeous memories so you can relive the day over and over again until the end of time.

Malibu Elopement Photographer

If it does, you are in the right place!

Connecting your love story with nature

"Choosing Jenn Whalen photography was such a great decision. It was even more special that Jenn was able to serve as our officiant as well because it allowed for a more intimate wedding with just the 2 of us. As expected, the photos were fabulous. She captured us so beautifully and in love."
-Bemi & Jesse  

I've photographed and planned several elopements in Malibu, and I'm so excited to help you with your elopement too! I’ll do more than take your photos—I’ll be your planner, your experience creator, and your biggest cheerleader in helping you elope. After 10 years of photographing big weddings, I believe that intentional elopements are the most stress-free and most fun way to get married. So I can't wait to help you plan the most important day of your love story!

I’m a Malibu-based adventure wedding and elopement photographer for couples who are ready to embark on their Best adventure yet.

Hey there, I’m Jenn!

I’m Not your typical wedding photographer, and I'm guessing you aren't a typical couple either!

Malibu Based

Because I'll...

Why Choose Me as your elopement photographer, planner and cheerleader?

Help you plan your entire customized adventure from start to finish

Help you secure any necessary permits (depending on your chosen location) so that you don't have to spend time or stress about researching on your own

Coordinate the timeline and all other logistics including backup plans so that you tow can relax, have fun, and just be in the moment. (instead of checking the time and worrying about logistics)

Let you know the best places to stay (including the hidden gems) so you end up in an area that fits the vibe of you two perfectly

Send you a curated list of private chefs or restaurants for your elopement dinner based on your preferences 

Give you my list of trusted hair & makeup artists, florists and other vendors specifically for elopements that will help you bring the vision of your day to life, and anything else you need to save you time and stress 

Share my top recommendations on where to order the perfect elopement dress and vow books

Help you with the logistics of your marriage license (including where and when to get it) so that there's no confusion

Sign as your officiant if you want me to. I'm ordained, so you don't have to hire anyone else for this role because it's already taken care of!

Help come up with fun activities for your day

Come prepared with a bluetooth speaker for your first dance, and an "emergency kit" (full of bobby pins, band-aids and granola bars) just to name a few things, so you're completely covered every step of the way

Send over a customized checklist of everything you need to bring for your elopement down to the finest details so you don't have to worry about forgetting anything

And of course, take you to the most beautiful shore lines, cliff edges and unique caves in Malibu to say your "I do's"! 

to top it all off...

I will provide a wedding dress for all those ocean fun photos you want so that you don't have to get your own dress wet and full of sand! I'll even provide a pop up dressing tent so you can easily change!

Added Bonus!

This is such a fun way to end your elopement session if you are near a beach!

Four hour experience
Discovery call
Hotel and restaurant recommendations
Elopement location recommendations
Hair & makeup artist recommendations
Florist recommendations
Full planning assistance
Personalized elopement planning checklist
Marriage license assistance
Optional marriage license signing
Sneak preview photos 
Gallery of high res photos
My travel fees (I'm local)

AN Elopement Experience for UP TO 4 HOURS, STARTS AT 


Your stress-free Malibu beach elopement experience will look something like this: 


*Bonus - I provide a wedding dress from my client closet and my portable changing room if you want to get in the water at the very end of the session! Only recommended for summer months.

This sweet and romantic elopement package is for couples who just can’t wait to say, “I Do.”

You'll start off by adventuring to the ceremony location. (Malibu beaches are not your basic Florida or Mexico beaches! They are much more rugged and adventurous with cliff sides!) Once we arrive at the perfect spot, you'll exchange your vows with your toes in the sand! 

Then, we'll adventure and explore while I capture your authentic moments - if you want to climb around through the caves or jump into the ocean at the end, go for it! 

To wrap up the day, you'll head to your elopement dinner at one of Malibu's top seafood restaurants, or if you choose to upgrade your package to include a beach picnic - complete with a small elopement cake, charcuterie board and sparkling champagne toast.

These elopement take place on the beaches in Malibu and do not include guests. Please inquire about upgrading in order to include guests.


Upgrade your package to include time for additional locations in Malibu, getting ready coverage, photos in a vintage car, and the list goes on!


If you've answered "yes," I can't wait to help you elope in malibu! fill out the form to get in touch!

is this exactly what you've been dreaming of?

if this is exactly what you've been dreaming of, fill out the form to get in touch

Let’s do this!


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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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Where I'm featured:

- Rebecca S.

Jenn is an amazing photographer and a super sweet person, and she made our elopement better than we could have ever imagined. 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. 

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

- Taylor

“Jennifer is truly the nicest, most professional person you could ask for. I hired her for our wedding, but due to COVID, the wedding date changed three times. Honesty, by the third change, I was not excited about the wedding at all, but meeting with Jennifer for the final walk-through changed everything. She is well networked in the wedding community, so she can find a solution to most/if not all, problems you are experiencing because of COVID. I cannot thank her enough for caring about our special day. It's more than an event for her; she genuinely cares about your wedding. 10/10”

“Look no further, hire Jenn!”

- Lee

“I cannot recommend Jennifer enough. We had to totally change our wedding plans due to COVID at the last minute, and we found Jennifer through an ad. We ended up having a wedding with no one but ourselves and an officiant. We thought the day was going to feel sad, but she did such an incredible job capturing our day that we are elated. Jennifer's attitude and knowledge made the day easy, and she did a great job posing us and creating so many beautiful moments. We had to replan our wedding at the last minute, and we're so happy we found Jennifer.”

“GORGEOUS photos, personable, professional.”

- Lawrence

“We got married during COVID, and we felt so lost before we met Jennifer. She made our virtual wedding very memorable and stress-free! Jennifer was an amazing planner! She went through every detail step by step, and she’s really good at what she does. She responded to all my emails/texts very quickly! And most importantly, she took such beautiful photos of us!! Thank you, Jennifer!!”

“​​Detail Oriented, Responsive, Beautiful Photos!”