Northern California Elopement Packages | Jenn Whalen

 Elopement Experience

Your Northern California

 Elopement Experience

Your Northern California

 Elopement Experience

Your Northern California

 Elopement Experience

Your Northern California

 Elopement Experience

Your Northern California

 Elopement Experience

Your Northern California

 Elopement Experience

Your Northern California

 Elopement Experience

Your Northern California

 Elopement Experience

Your Northern California

 Elopement Experience

Your Northern California

 Elopement Experience

Your Northern California

Elopement Experience

Your Northern California

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 in a redwood forest, near an alpine lake, waterfall, or rocky cliffside overlooking the ocean! 

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...

Northern California elopement photographer

Northern California Elopements for couples who can't wait to tie the knot in one of California's most beautiful settings

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!

"Jennifer was everything for our elopement; out photographer, our officiant and out planner. She made our elopement better than we could have ever imagined."
-Rebecca S.  

I've photographed and planned several elopements in northern California, and I'm so excited to help you with yours 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 Northern California 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...

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, take you to the most exquisite redwood forests, iconic bridges, and rugged cliff sides along the coastline to say your "I do's"! 

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

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

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

You'll start off by getting your hair & makeup done in the morning, and then adventuring to the ceremony location. Once we arrive at the perfect spot, you'll exchange your vows with the sound of birds and the creaking of an ancient forest. 

Then, we adventure around and explore the beautiful setting as I take lots of stunning photos and document your authentic moments - if you want to bust out a blanket and have a picnic, go for it!

To wrap up the day after I've captured all your gorgeous memories, you'll head to your elopement dinner.

These elopement take place in northern California and usually do not include guests. 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 Coverage

A la carte items include:

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


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

Northern California Adventure Wedding + Elopement Packages

Let’s Talk Pricing

There are so many reasons why you should consider opting for the sunrise + sunset option. The early morning hours and golden hours during sunset are best for photography, so you will have your memories captured during the best times of day for lighting.

Another important reason is because you will have the most privacy during an early morning ceremony. Most elopements take place on public land so to maximize your chances for the most privacy, opting for a sunrise ceremony, especially at a popular national park is the way to go. 

It's always a great idea to opt for this package if you want to include certain activities such as horseback riding, underwater ocean fun like scuba diving, helicopter rides, kayaking, or hiking to an epic viewpoint, etc. 

This sunrise + sunset elopement experience will give you lots of time during the middle of the day to be together, just the two of you. If you want to relax and bust out a blanket and have a picnic in the park for lunch, take a nap, go to a brewery, whatever your heart desires, go for it! 

10 hours
starts at $6,800


Sunrise + Sunset  Elopements

(most popular for the adventurers)

Northern California
Elopement Packages

Time flies when you plan a day full of all the things you love! This elopement experience is 8 continuous hours and will allow me to photograph you two from the start to the finish of your day.

This package goes above and beyond only having your ceremony and romantic portraits photographed. The day is yours when choosing if you want to start the day off with "getting ready" photos, or a "first look" moment with you and your partner. With 8 hours, you will have plenty of beautiful moments photographed in several locations - and we'll even have time to grab a bit to eat! We will work together to create a fun day that is representative of your personalities and relationship. Whether you want to invite guests, or have the day to yourselves, you won't regret dedicating a full day to your elopement experience.

This 8-hour experience is for couples who want to adventure around while not being rushed, as well as have many authentic moments throughout the day captured!

8 (Continuous) hours
$5,800


(most popular)

Full-Day
Northern CA Elopements

This 4-hour elopement is for couples who want a simple and sweet experience. These elopements usually happen either at sunrise or at sunset in order to capture the best light of the day for photography.

There will be plenty of time to venture to your ceremony location and time for creative portraits while documenting your short adventure.

This package is available in select areas around California and Hawaii depending upon my travel schedule. Please refer to my travel schedule to see where I'm headed next!

4 hours
 $4,800


Half-Day
Northern CA Elopements

(limited)

If you are wondering what why you'd want to opt for the sunrise + sunset option, there's several reasons: The early morning hours and golden hours during sunset is best for photography, so you will have your memories captured during the best times of day for lighting.

The another important reason is because you will have the most privacy during an early morning ceremony. Some elopements take place on private land, but a lot of them take place on public land and to maximize your chances for the most privacy, opting for a sunrise ceremony, especially at a popular national park is the way to go. 

It's always a good idea to opt for this package if you want to include certain activities such as horseback riding, 4x4 driving, or hiking to an epic viewpoint, etc. 

This sunrise + sunset elopement experience, also known as my "split-day coverage package" is will give you lots of time during the middle of the day to be together. If you want to relax and bust out a blanket and have a picnic in the park for lunch, go for it! 

10 hours
starts at $6,800


Sunrise + Sunset  Elopements

(most popular for the adventurers)

Northern California
Elopement Packages

Time flies when you plan a day full of all the things you love! This elopement experience is 8 continuous hours and will allow me to photograph you two from the start to the finish of your day.

This package goes above and beyond only having your ceremony and romantic portraits photographed. The day is yours when choosing if you want to start the day off with "getting ready" photos, or a "first look" moment with you and your partner. With 8 hours, you will have plenty of beautiful moments photographed in several locations - and we'll even have time to grab a bit to eat! We will work together to create a fun day that is representative of your personalities and relationship. Whether you want to invite guests, or have the day to yourselves, you won't regret dedicating a full day to your elopement experience.

This 8-hour experience is for couples who want to adventure around while not being rushed, as well as have many authentic moments throughout the day captured!



8 (Continuous) hours
$5,800


(most popular)

Full-Day
Northern CA Elopements

This 4-hour elopement is for couples who want a simple and sweet experience. These elopements usually happen either at sunrise or at sunset in order to capture the best light of the day for photography.

There will be plenty of time to venture to your ceremony location and time for creative portraits while documenting your short adventure.

This package is available in select areas around California and Hawaii depending upon my travel schedule. Please refer to my travel schedule to see where I'm headed next!

4 hours
 $4,800


Half-Day
Northern CA Elopements

(limited)

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Elopement Planning Guides

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? 

Frequently Asked Questions

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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. 

Mt. Shasta is a stunning destination for eloping. It boasts stunning alpine forests and some of the best views in California. Plus, its proximity to many trails makes it perfect for couples looking to explore the wilderness together. Skiing is popular along the mountain, and nearby outdoor attractions such as scenic forest rivers are popular destinations.

Mt. Shasta

Klamath National Forest is another great destination for a Northern California elopement. This picturesque isolated landscape features dense forests and grassy meadows perfect for photos. With its scenic views and endless adventure, this is a must-see for any couple planning a California elopement package.

Klamath National Forest

Burney Falls is one of the most iconic destinations in Northern California. This majestic waterfall provides stunning scenery ideal for beautiful California elopement photography. With its crystal-clear water and a breathtaking backdrop, this will be a memorable day for you and your partner.

Burney Falls

Redwood National Park is a spectacular destination for those planning a California elopement. This stunning park encompasses an expanse of forests, meadows, and rivers. With towering redwoods and plenty of hiking trails, it's no surprise this park is a popular destination for couples who want to make their elopement unique.

Redwood National Park

Lake Tahoe is a stunning location for a California elopement package. With breathtaking alpine lakes, beaches, and towering mountain peaks, it's the perfect backdrop for a romantic outdoor wedding. Couples can choose to have a traditional ceremony or something more adventurous like a helicopter wedding.

Lake tahoe

Big Sur is a gorgeous coastal region for a California elopement package. With rolling hills, crashing waves, and towering trees, Big Sur is one of the most breathtaking places to say I do. Whether you're looking for an intimate affair or an extravagant celebration, a California elopement photographer can capture your special day anywhere along this expansive location.

San Francisco is ideal for couples seeking stunning architecture and romantic vibes. This city is home to iconic sights and provides an unbeatable backdrop for an elopement. With its classic cable cars, the famous Golden Gate Bridge, and endless opportunities for unique wedding photography, San Francisco is the ideal place to start your journey together.

San Francisco

This breathtaking stretch of coastline offers some of the most stunning scenery in the state and is a photographer's dream. With its rugged cliffs, secluded coves, and dramatic sunsets, you can be sure that your California elopement photography will be truly remarkable. Whether you explore the majestic cliffs or stroll along the black sand beach, you'll find the perfect backdrop to capture the beauty of your special day.

The Lost Coast

Salt Point State Park is the perfect destination for those looking for an outdoor adventure. With its dramatic coastline, sea stacks, and rugged cliffs, this Northern California park is a spectacular setting for a romantic and memorable ceremony. Spend quality time together exploring tide pools and coves as part of your California elopement photography session.

Salt Point State Park

Santa Cruz is excellent for couples seeking a classical, coastal California atmosphere. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a popular attraction, as are the many beach-front views of Monterey Bay. With picturesque beaches, towering redwood forests and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, this location has something for everyone.

Santa Cruz

Yosemite is one of the most iconic locations for a California elopement. Whether a small, intimate wedding ceremony in the valley or an adventurous trek to the top of Half Dome, Yosemite's stunning views and unique wildlife will make your special day unforgettable.

Trinidad is a stunning location for an intimate California elopement package, with its breathtaking landscapes, idyllic coastline, and rich history. Ten public beaches are located in the small seaside city, and cozy vacation rentals are typical along the shoreline. Enjoy the unique beauty of Trinidad and make your dreams a reality.


Trinidad

McCloud is a popular spot for California elopement photographers, with dramatic mountains in the background and plenty of small-town charm. With its expansive meadows and forests, there are endless possibilities for a stunning and memorable elopement in McCloud.


Mccloud

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I know planning your special day can be overwhelming, but don't worry. If you're looking for the perfect California elopement packages, you've come to the right place. I've compiled a list of the best Northern California elopement locations so that you can find the perfect destination for your big day. From Mt. Shasta to Klamath National Forest to Burney Falls, you'll find a romantic and beautiful spot to share with your loved one. Read on to learn more about my favorite Northern California elopement packages.

The Best California Elopement Packages for Your Big Day

Are you planning your California elopement? If so, you'll want to know the best locations in Northern California for your special day. From beautiful forests to gorgeous waterfalls, there's something for everyone. For those looking for breathtaking views, Mt. Shasta is a great option. This majestic mountain offers stunning scenery and plenty of spots for pictures. Another great spot is the Klamath National Forest. The tranquil forest is full of lush foliage and breathtaking views, making it a great place to capture magical moments. Burney Falls is also a popular spot for eloping couples. The mesmerizing waterfall surrounded by towering trees and mossy rocks makes the perfect backdrop. No matter the destination, a Northern California elopement is an unforgettable experience. Be sure to hire a reputable California elopement photographer to capture the special moments of your big day.

What Are the Best Northern California Elopement Locations?

When planning your special day, you want to ensure everything is perfect. A California elopement package is an ideal way to ensure a memorable experience. From hiking to the top of a stunning mountain and exchanging vows to skiing down Mt. Shasta Ski Park, there are plenty of activities in Northern California that can create lasting memories. For a truly unique experience, go on a waterfall tour. With plenty of waterfalls in the area, you and your partner can take a day trip and explore some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the region. For a romantic escape, drive along the Pacific Coast Highway and explore some of the breathtaking views of Northern California. The route connects many beautiful destinations for outdoor activities, including Crescent City Pebble Beach and Point St. George Beach Trails, perfect for exploring the Northern California seaside with your partner. Capture the beauty of the ocean and the coastline with California elopement photography and keep your memories alive forever.

What Are the Best Northern California Elopement Activities?

No matter what kind of experience you're looking for, a California elopement package will provide you with all the ingredients for an unforgettable day. Start planning your dream elopement today.

What Are the Best Northern California Elopement Activities?

• Exchange vows on a mountaintop
• Go swimming in the nearby lakes
• Take a waterfall tour
• Road Trip along the Pacific Coast Highway
• Spend the night at the Railroad Park Resort
• Stargaze at Lake McCumber
• Take pictures with the Redwood National Park trees
• Go skiing at Mt. Shasta Ski Park

When planning your big day, you want to ensure it's as memorable as possible. A California elopement package is perfect for couples looking to celebrate their unique and intimate union. There are plenty of options, from stunning off-grid locations to ocean-side vacation rentals throughout Northern California. To help make your decision easier, here are some of the best places for couples to stay in Northern California:

Where Are the Best Places To Stay?

• Modern Mountain Chalet. A white chalet with Scandinavian-style decor and a hot tub in Mt. Shasta.
• Half Moon Bay Home. This luxurious home features sweeping views of San Francisco's Halfmoon Bay.
• Dream House in the Redwoods. Located in the forest near the rugged coastline of Trinidad.
• Shasta A Frame Cabin with a View. A cozy Shasta Lake Airbnb with a stunning view of the trees.

Once you've decided on your California elopement location, there are a few things to keep in mind when getting a marriage license. California marriage licenses are valid for 90 days. Each county has a slightly different process to apply for your application and making your appointment. But generally, to apply, you'll need to complete a public or confidential marriage license application and schedule an appointment online to collect it and complete the process. Be sure to bring all necessary documents (ID, birth certificate, etc.) as well as the required amount of money in cash, money order, or credit or debit card for the application fee.

How To Get a California Marriage License?

Once you have your license, you need an officiant and at least one witness if you opt for a public marriage license. You do not need a witness if you opt for a confidential license. For those who don't want to hire a professional officiant, your friend or family member can officiate your ceremony by becoming ordained online for free. I am also an ordained minister and can sign your marriage license. With a California elopement photographer by your side and a marriage license in hand, you're ready to embark on the exciting journey of getting married in beautiful Northern California.

Do I Need an Officiant and Witness to Elope in Northern California?

When planning your California elopement, you need to consider the weather in the area where you plan to elope. In Northern California, the weather can vary depending on the season. If you're looking to elope in this beautiful part of the state, check out the weather beforehand and plan accordingly. You should also consider tourist crowds. Summer tends to be the busiest season in Northern California, and autumn may be less crowded in some areas.

When Should I Elope in Northern California?

From the breathtaking mountain landscapes and valleys of summer to the colorful rolling hills of spring, fall and winter, you'll find the perfect backdrop for your California elopement photography. Summer provides beautiful outdoor weddings with longer days and warmer weather, while spring is excellent for lush green surroundings and delicate blossoms. Fall is vibrant with colorful leaves, and winter brings misty snow-covered scenes with an added bit of romance. With an experienced California elopement photographer by your side, you'll get the perfect photos regardless of the season.

What Season Is Best to Elope in Northern California?

Jennifer Whalen stands out from other California elopement photographers due to her personal touch in wedding photography. With a passion for capturing the real emotions of a couple's special day, Jennifer creates an unforgettable experience with her California elopement package. Jennifer captures all the beauty of the area in your photos, making sure to document your once-in-a-lifetime experience with attention to detail. Your California elopement photography will be something to treasure for a lifetime. From intimate beach weddings to breathtaking mountain views, Jennifer has the expertise and knowledge to deliver stunning photography that captures the unique beauty of each moment. With Jennifer's help, your elopement will be as unique and beautiful as you are.
Start a conversation with Jennifer today, it's easy. Just go fill out the contact form or call (818) 720-6769.

What Sets Jennifer Whalen Apart From Other Elopement Photographers?

- 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!”