Malibu Elopement Photographer | Jenn Whalen

 Elopement Experience

Your Malibu

 Elopement Experience

Your Malibu

 Elopement Experience

Your Malibu

 Elopement Experience

Your Malibu

 Elopement Experience

Your Malibu

 Elopement Experience

Your Malibu

 Elopement Experience

Your Malibu

 Elopement Experience

Your Malibu

 Elopement Experience

Your Malibu

 Elopement Experience

Your Malibu

 Elopement Experience

Your Malibu

Elopement Experience

Your Malibu

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 experience, to giving you all the best local vendors, places to eat and stay, 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 at a charming Malibu villa, or a majestic beach!

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! 

Does this sound like you are... 

Malibu elopement photographer

Malibu

Malibu Elopements for couples who can't wait to tie the knot in one of the most iconic coastal towns that California has to offer

Hey Lovebirds!

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.

If it does, you are in the right place!

"She made our wedding vision come to life...and for that we are grateful for the wonderful adventure! Our pictures are STUNNING! Highly recommend her!"
-Nicole D.  

I've photographed and planned several elopements + micro weddings 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 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!

Because I'll...

Malibu Based

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 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 (and find ways to make your day fun for your guests too) 

Come prepared with a bluetooth speaker for your first dance, a back up wedding dress for ocean fun (and a pop-up tent for changing in), 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, photograph you in my favorite areas of Malibu amongst the stunning landscapes! 

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

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

This get-away romantic elopement experience is for couples who just can’t wait to say, “I Do.”

You'll start off by getting your hair & makeup done, and then your adventure begins! Whether you decide to go horseback riding, take a helicopter, walk along the beach or rent a private estate villa, you'll exchange your vows in a quiet and serene landscape.

Then, we will adventure around the gorgeous areas of Malibu and explore what your chosen area has to offer - if you want to cruise around in your convertible and grab some food, go for it!

To wrap up the day after I've captured all your gorgeous memories, you'll head to your elopement dinner at one of Malibu's top restaurants known for its amazing seafood experience.

These elopements and micro weddings take place in Malibu and sometimes guests are present. Please let me know if you want to include guests and we will talk about your options.

- Chelsea

"Jennifer's keen eye and dedication to such a stylistic approach have us loving each and every single picture captured. It was more than a pleasure to have her with us every step of that day; it was like hanging with two gal pals! WE COULD NOT HAVE ASKED FOR ANY BETTER ARTISTIC VISION than hers. We would HIGHLY RECOMMEND JENNIFER'S TALENT to each and every couple out there that wants something fresh and unique when considering a photographer."

- Rachel

"Jenn captures every moment at every angle. This isn't your traditional photography! This is a new age of photography where the surroundings become as important as the people! The beauty of laughter, angles, and exposure bring out perfect pictures! YOU WILL HAVE A HARD TIME CHOOSING WHICH PHOTOS YOU WANT IN YOUR ALBUM!”

- Natalie

“We hired Jenn to take our engagement photos out in Joshua Tree. She straight-up SLAYED every photo, spent so much time with us, and was so fun to work with. I CANNOT RECOMMEND HER ENOUGH. I say this as an art director who works with photographers on photoshoots all the time at my job: hire this woman! You won't regret it.”

- Kylie

“We were thrilled with how the photos turned out. Jenn is a very skilled editor and has a wonderful aesthetic. I KNEW IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT FOR MY PHOTOGRAPHER HUSBAND TO FIND A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER WHO HE TRUSTED, BUT WE ARE BLTH SO GLAD THAT JENN SHOT OUR WEDDING. She will make your vision come true and is an absolute pleasure to work with.”

What others are saying:

Highlight Video
Ceremony Video
Drone

A la carte items include:

Discovery Call
Location Recommendations
Unlimited Planning Guidance 
Vendor Recommendations + Referrals
Permit Assistance 
Marriage License Assistance 
Optional Marriage License Signing
Unlimited Correspondence
Custom Checklist
Custom Timeline
Sneak Peek Images
Private Online Gallery
Printing Rights
My Travel Fees Included 


ON TOP OF EPIC PHOTOS, UNLIMITED PLANNING, AND A CUSTOMIZED ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME ADVENTURE, EVERY ELOPEMENT PACKAGE INCLUDES:

Malibu Adventure Wedding + Elopement Packages

Let’s Talk Pricing

Capturing your elopement during the sunrise and the sunset hours of the day is best for photography. Sunrise will also allow you to have a lot more privacy for your ceremony.

If you want to do an adventurous activity such as horseback riding in the Malibu mountains or perhaps a helicopter ride to a unique spot for the ceremony, this option is for you!  

This sunrise + sunset elopement experience, also known as my "split-day coverage" and allows you plenty of time during the middle of the day to hang out and enjoy just being together! If you want to rent a convertible and drive around the scenic roads of Mulholland Drive, or grab some local sea food and have a beach picnic, go for it! 

In the evening, we will meet up during sunset for gorgeous photos! 

10 hours (split)
$6,800


Sunrise + Sunset Malibu  Elopements

Malibu Elopement Packages

This elopement experience is 8 continuous hours and is best for those having elopements with some guests (micro wedding) and some more tradtional things in mind.

This 8-hour elopement experience allows me to photograph you in the morning while you get your hair & makeup done, getting ready moments of you and your partner getting ready, a first look moment, ceremony at charming villa in Malibu, first dance, creative photo session around the villa, including sunset, as well as photographing reception moments. 



8 hours
$5,800


(most popular
with guests)

Full-Day
Malibu Elopements

This simple and sweet option is for couples who want plenty of time for their ceremony and creative portraits while documenting their short adventure. 

4 hours
 $4,800


Half-Day
Malibu Elopements

This sweet and romantic elopement experience is for couples who just can’t wait to say, “I do.” This experience only applies to two-person elopements. 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 include guests and/or enjoy your beach picnic at the end with sparking wine and treats. These elopements only take place on beaches in Malibu, and the nearby Santa Monica Mountains.

2 hours
$3,500



Malibu Beach Elopements

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Malibu Adventure Weddings + Elopements

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”?

6:00 am - Meet at Glacier Point for your epic sunrise ceremony!
7:00 am - Have coffee & doughnuts and relax in the fresh morning air
8:00 am - venture around the area for epic portraits
10:00 pm - End morning session and take a break!
3:00 pm - Meet at Tunnel View
4:00 pm - Start hike along the trail to Taft Point
6:00 pm - Golden hour portrait session
7:30 pm - Head back on the trail
8:00 pm - End elopement session


Each elopement timeline is unique, so this is just one example for Yosemite:

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 difficult 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 mysterious 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?

11:00 am - Hair & Makeup
12:00 am - Get your dress on!
12:30 pm - First Look
1:00 pm - Ceremony 
1:30 pm - Creative Portrait Session
3:00 - Grab some food!
5:00 - Golden Hour photo session along the coast
7:00pm - Wrap Elopement Session and head to your dinner!

Each 8 hour timeline is Unique, but here's example for Big Sur: 

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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Finding the best locations for photos is part of my job as an elopement photographer. But it's one of my favorite past times in my every day life too! I love that my passion for adventuring around and finding new areas can be shared with all the couples that hire me.

Point Dume is one of my favorite locations in Malibu because of the variety in capturing cliffside views and moments on the beach. There's also a more secluded cove in this area. This beach has plentiful parking, a huge bonus in Malibu!

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Point Dume

El Matador State Beach is no doubt very popular and has quickly become an icon of Malibu. The rock formations along the rugged coastline make for a magical and dreamy setting. 

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El Matador Beach

Malibu Creek State Park makes for a very picturesque spot for any elopement. There are lots of California oak trees and surrounding mountain views with easy walking trails throughout the park.

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Malibu Creek Park

Malibu Rocky Oaks is a private Italian inspired estate and vineyard nestled in the middle of Malibu in the Santa Monica mountains. Their circular brick helicopter pad makes for a unique ceremony space with stunning panoramic views. 

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Malibu Rocky Oaks

Deer Creek Ridge Estate is nestled on a mountain top overlooking both the ocean and surrounding hilltops. The Spanish architecture with Moorish influence makes this estate unique and perfect for any elopement or small intimate wedding.

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Deer Creek Ridge

Point Dume is one of my favorite locations in Malibu because of the variety in capturing cliffside views and moments on the beach. There's also a more secluded cove in this area. This beach has plentiful parking, a huge bonus in Malibu!

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Point Dume

El Matador State Beach is no doubt very popular and has quickly become an icon of Malibu. The rock formations along the rugged coastline make for a magical and dreamy setting. 

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El Matador Beach

Malibu Creek State Park makes for a very picturesque spot for any elopement. There are lots of California oak trees and surrounding mountain views with easy walking trails throughout the park.

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Malibu Creek Park

Malibu Rocky Oaks is a private Italian inspired estate and vineyard nestled in the middle of Malibu in the Santa Monica mountains. Their circular brick helicopter pad makes for a unique ceremony space with stunning panoramic views. 

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Malibu Rocky Oaks

Deer Creek Ridge Estate is nestled on a mountain top overlooking both the ocean and surrounding hilltops. The Spanish architecture with Moorish influence makes this estate unique and perfect for any elopement or small intimate wedding.

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Deer Creek Ridge

- 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. 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!”