How to Elope in the Redwoods | Aimee Flynn Photo
The Redwoods are one of the most romantic elopement spots. Check out this blog post with all the planning details you need.

How to Elope in the Redwoods

How to Plan for an Elopement in the Redwoods

So you’re thinking of eloping in the Redwoods, among the words tallest trees? I have to say- I think this is a *fantastic* idea. I am so so taken with redwood trees. They are so so incredible and they are precious and unique. 

Redwoods only grow in three areas; coastal California and Oregon,  California’s Sierra Nevada, and in China. Redwoods are the largest and tallest trees in the world and can live for thousands of years. There are actually several places that redwoods grow along the coast, so! Here’s what how to plan for your elopement in the Redwoods: 

  1. Pick a general location! Redwoods grow in Redwood National Park/State Park up in Northern California all the way down to Big Sur. There’s groves in Santa Cruz, Lots of groves have been impacted by fire, so make sure the areas you are looking at are still open and accessible! There are lots of options if you want to elope in the redwoods.
  2. Hire your elopement photographer. It’s super important to pick a photographer who is familiar with permitting, rules of parks (for example- you cannot elope in any state parks in or around Big Sur on weekends during the summer months). Different areas come with different rules and regulations so having a photographer who is used to navigating that will be super important. 
  3. Pick your elopement date! Yay- picking your wedding date! If you want to elope in the Redwoods I highly, highly suggest weekdays for your elopement. Weekends can get super congested with other visitors and weekdays will lesson the crowds
  4. Pick your specific ceremony location (and get the required permits)- This is where you pick the exact spot of your elopement. Once that your location is set, you can book lodging, transportation, and any other vendors you want to hire for your Redwood elopement.
  5. Create your elopement timeline– It’s time to put it all together so you can relax leading up to your Redwoods elopement day. 


There are many reasons why people choose to elope in the redwoods. Here are a few potential benefits:

  1. Intimacy: Eloping allows you to focus on the most important aspect of your wedding – your love for each other. You can exchange vows in a private, intimate setting without the distractions and stress of a large wedding.
  2. Cost: Eloping can be a more affordable option than a traditional wedding. You won’t have to worry about paying for a venue, catering, or other expensive wedding expenses.
  3. Flexibility: When you elope, you have the freedom to choose your own location, date, and ceremony details. You can plan a wedding that reflects your personal style and values.
  4. Adventure: Eloping can be a unique and exciting way to start your married life together. Imagine exchanging vows surrounded by the natural beauty of the redwood forests.
  5. Simplicity: Eloping eliminates the need for complex planning and logistics. You can focus on enjoying your special day without the added stress of coordinating a large event.

Overall, eloping in the redwoods can be a romantic and meaningful way to start your married life together.


Your elopement is not just an all day photo shoot. What you do during your elopement is just as important as where you elope. The Redwoods are so romantic and there’s tons of things you can do to celebrate your elopement.

If you’re trying to figure out what you want to do on your elopement day, here are some questions to think about: What are your favorite activities to do together? What do you do for fun on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis? What have you always wanted or dreamed of doing, but never gotten around to? How can you incorporate what you love to do on your elopement day? What just sounds *fun*?

But if you want some ideas, here are a few options for elopement day activities! 

  • Hiking
  • Have a picnic in the woods
  • Walk along the beach
  • Hire a private chef
  • Mountain biking
  • Dancing
  • Sightseeing
  • Exploring the coast
  • Taking a motorcycle or convertible ride along Highway 1
  • Riding bikes
  • Horseback riding
  • Soaking in a hot tub
  • Relaxing in a hammock together
  • Doing yoga together
  • Drawing or painting
  • Having a picnic
  • Checking out local wineries
  • Drink tea or coffee

Redwood Elopement Packages

I’m in California multiple times a year and consider much of the state to be my backyard. And I don’t charge travel fees for any stateside elopement or adventure wedding. So what’s included and what does your Redwood elopement cost?

  • All packages include photographer travel expenses 
  • Unlimited assistance (from me!) with planning and logistics. This includes location guides, vendor referrals, elopement timeline construction, packing list, local gems to check out, and just general hype woman.
  • Online gallery of high-res images and full printing rights (so you can print you pics on stamps, billboards, whatever floats your boat).

   Four hours: $5500 | Eight Hours: $7500 | One 8-hr day + 4 hr day: $9700

Like big trees but want some mountains to go with it? Yosemite is a great option, full of rocky cliffs and tall Sequoias. Check out how to elope in Yosemite.

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— Ryan + Styhiln

Ready to have your own adventure of a lifetime?
I'm Aimée, Southwest based adventure wedding and elopement photographer, mega nerd, wilderness fan, and taker of the epic pics. But don't think I'm here just to take pretty photos (though there will be pretty photos a-plenty) I’m here to guide you through every step of your elope elopement experience; I’m your location scouter, gatherer of all in info, formal wear wrangler, & hype committee. 

I’m also a storyteller. Your storyteller. And while I'm here for the epic, magazine-cover-worthy, totally bananas moments, I'm also here (and to be totally honest, live for) those goofy, silly, unexpected moments that adventure always seems to bring. I'm here to tell your story in the honest and epic fashion it deserves.
Hey friend, I'm so stoked  you're here!

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