It’s no secret that we love elopements around here at Junebug Weddings, and when looking back on our favorite posts from 2016 and beyond, many of them happen to be couples who ditched the big wedding and had an intimate adventure instead. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up 21 of our all-time favorite elopements from the Junebug Weddings blog. From Iceland to Sedona, from Banff to St. Lucia, there’s a little something here for everyone!
Alicja and Boris’ Tofino Beach Elopement
Where it took place: Tofino Beach, British Columbia, Canada
Why we love it: Any kind of wedding outdoors can come with unpredictable weather, but some couples aren’t phased and even embrace the sudden storm. Alicja and Boris may not have invited the rain to join their Tofino Beach Elopement, but its presence on their wedding day made for some effortlessly ethereal images captured by Daring Wanderer. Who knew a little water would make Alicja’s Zuhair Murad gown and Beach Petals Flower Design bouquet even more stunning?
Ariana and Cody’s Connor Pass Elopement
Where it took place: Connor Pass, County Kerry, Ireland
Why we love it: Between bare feet, majestic cliffs, and these two cuties, there’s a lot to love in Ariana and Cody’s Connor Pass elopement. The pair tied the knot — literally — in a traditional handfasting ceremony, but not before having to do a little climbing to reach their ceremony spot! When we think back on favorite elopements, it’s the epic views and precious newlywed moments captured by The Lous that made this affair so memorable.
Chelsa and Ryan’s Budir Church Elopement
Where it took place: Budir Church, Staðarsveit, Iceland
Why we love it: Though we’ve seen plenty of Iceland elopements, Chelsa and Ryan’s stands out to us because of its quiet, cozy nature. The couple still took part in exploring the epic sights of one of the world’s most breathtaking destinations, but it was their sweet ceremony in the Budir Church and wrapping each other up in a soft blanket that warmed our hearts most. Both photographer Lauren Apel and videographer White in Revery are known for producing work with lovely moody tones, which brilliantly complemented the overall feel of Chelsa and Ryan’s Iceland elopement.
Danielle and Nick’s Cloudland Canyon Elopement
Where it took place: Cloudland Canyon State Park, Rising Fawn, Georgia
Why we love it: Whether Danielle and Nick had planned on taking a dip beneath the waterfall in Cloudland Canyon beforehand we may never know, but the fact that they did made their elopement unforgettable in our minds. The couple exchanged vows in the bottom of the canyon, followed by a little exploring among the rocky terrain. Before Cody & Allison Photography knew it, the newlyweds were fully submerged by the waterfall and sharing a remarkably intimate moment as if they were the only people in the world.
Jasmine and Patrick’s Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon Elopement
Where it took place: Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Iceland
Why we love it: Iceland is on many people’s bucket lists, but Jasmine and Patrick took their trip to the next level by eloping in Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon. The couple took advantage of Iceland’s nearly 24-hour sunlight during the summer and drove explored the countryside with photographer Lukas Piatek until 3 AM. What looks like a trip to several different planets with vastly different terrain is just one beautiful country where a couple of soulmates went to say “I do.” It doesn’t really get more epic than that!
Jeneile and Bill’s Waimea Canyon Elopement
Where it took place: Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii
Why we love it: You may have seen a Hawaiian elopement before, but we feel confident you’ve never seen anything like Jeneile and Bill’s Waimea Canyon elopement. The couple exchanged vows atop a cliff, overlooking a massive canyon with rugged terrain as far as the eye could see. What’s most striking about Jeneile and Bill’s elopement images by Victoria Carlson Photography are the portraits on red rock so otherworldly you might mistake their elopement destination for Mars!
Julia and Chase’s Pacific Crest Trail Elopement
Where it took place: Pacific Crest Trail, Julian, California
Why we love it: This vintage-inspired bride said “I do” to her military groom along the Pacific Crest Trail and it should really go down in the history books as one of the sweetest elopements of all time. Julia and Chase have hiked this same section of trail together, making it as sentimental a spot as it is beautiful. In his Marine Corps uniform and her white Bebe skater dress, not to mention their Rolls-Royce getaway car, you could have fooled us into thinking these images by Jami Laree were actually antique portraits from another time.
Kallan and Dustin’s Yavapai Point Elopement
Where it took place: Yavapai Point, Sedona, Arizona
Why we love it: While most elopements keep the decor to a minimum, we love how Kallan and Dustin were able to incorporate decorative details into their intimate Yavapai Point wedding. They tied the knot in front of a unique ceremony backdrop of antique windows and enjoyed dessert around a setup of wooden palettes and vintage tableware. Andy Roberts Photography masterfully mixed a few smoke bombs in with the couple’s Sedona photo shoot, highlighting both the couple’s personalities and the desert scenery all in one.
Kaylee and Karlyn’s Fairy Glen Elopement
Where it took place: Fairy Glen, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Why we love it: Seeing as many weddings as we do, you’d think we’d be able to resist crying all the time. However, Kaylee and Karlyn’s Fairy Glen elopement makes us misty-eyed every single time we look at it! The gorgeous pair became emotional during their handfasting ceremony and the reading of their vows, and it’s hard not to get choked up seeing the way they love each other. It’s no surprise that the wedding day captures by The Kitcheners move us as well, bringing to light the sense of adventure the newlyweds felt roaming through the Isle of Skye.
Kristyn and Joe’s Tunnel Mountain Reservoir Elopement
Where it took place: Tunnel Mountain Reservoir, Banff National Park, Alberta
Why we love it: Kristyn and Joe are 100% adorable, from their romantic wedding day style to that look they give each other that says they’re in love. Kristyn wore her mother’s 33 year-old wedding gown with a few modern updates, while Joe looked dapper in gingham and suspenders. This pair has one of the most heart-melting vow exchanges we’ve seen, complete with tears and jumping with joy. Tricia Victoria Photography brilliantly captured the couple’s newlywed bliss against the epic backdrop of Banff’s Tunnel Mountain Reservoir.
Kymberlie and Geoff’s Atlas Mountains Elopement
Where it took place: Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Why we love it: Kymberlie and Geoff had two priorities when eloping: travel somewhere incredible and have Jennifer Moher and Hugh Whitaker capture every moment. Photographers themselves, Kymberlie and Geoff have seen their fair share of destinations and weddings, so we love that the couple chose to go out-of-the-box for their own nuptials. The newlyweds embraced the unique mountain landscape while Jennifer and Hugh documented their adventure.
Lindsey and Stephen’s Venice Elopement
Where it took place: Scuola Grande Dei Carmini, Venice, Italy
Why we love it: We’ve got a sweet spot for urban elopements, and we’re pretty sure it doesn’t get more romantic than Venice. Lindsey and Stephen’s elopement sure backs us up on that! Inspired by Grace Kelly in their fashion choices, the pair roamed around the city, took a boat ride down a canal, posed among the city’s pigeons, and, of course, toasted to forever at Scuola Grande Dei Carmini. Allison Harp‘s images from the day bring the drama and beauty that make you feel like you took a little trip to Venice yourself!
photos by Allison Harp, event planning by My Italian Wedding Planner, ceremony venue at Scuola Grande Dei Carmini, wedding dress by Allure Bridals, groom’s apparel by Calvin Klein; see more from this elopement here!
Margot and Israel’s Olympic National Park Elopement
Where it took place: Olympic National Park, Port Angeles, Washington
Why we love it: Every image Noelle Johnson captured from Margot and Israel’s elopement looks like it could be their folksy rock duo album cover. This pair is stylish, full of soul, and found the perfect spot to tie the knot in Olympic National Park. Margot looked stunning in her Self-Portrait gown, and her bouquet by Fire and Blooms was so gorgeous that it won our 2016 Choice Award for best bouquet.
Melissa and Bill’s Playa de las Catedrales Elopement
Where it took place: Playa de las Catedrales, Spain
Why we love it: Melissa and Bill’s Playa de las Catedrales elopement may have taken place in 2014, but we had to throw it back because it’s one of our very favorites to this day. Their Spanish destination elopement is one part vacation, one part wedding, and one part adventure, all captured masterfully by Ed Peers. The natural rock structures are mind-blowing to see, but the newlyweds manage to steal the show as they sweetly explore the incredible landscape.
Natalie and Lincoln’s Maroon Bells Elopement
Where it took place: Maroon Bells, Aspen, Colorado
Why we love it: If you’re planning a fall elopement, look no further than Natalie and Lincoln’s for inspiration. From the floral design by Mountain Flowers of Aspen to Natalie’s Free People dress and cozy rust-colored blanket to the changing leaves around the scenic Maroon Bells of Aspen, every inch of this elopement screams autumn. Cat Mayer Studio captured the cozy occasion in all its beauty, while also documenting the emotional moments shared between Natalie and Lincoln on their wedding day.
Phuong Anh and Linh’s Núi Hàm Lợn Elopement
Where it took place: Núi Hàm Lợn, Hanoi, Vietnam
Why we love it: Phuong Anh and Linh celebrating their wedding with an entire elopement experience! Luckily they invited Tu Nguyen Wedding to document the adventure from start to finish. The day began with a rainy first look beneath umbrellas, followed by a ceremony under the loveliest arch we’ve seen. Post-nuptials the newlyweds went for a boat ride before setting up camp and ending the night fireside. If that’s not how to get the most our of your elopement, we don’t know what is!
Priscilla and Buddy’s Santa Barbara County Courthouse Elopement
Where it took place: Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Santa Barbara, California
Why we love it: When a vintage beauty and a real life rock star get married, you tend to expect greatness. We love that Priscilla and Buddy’s Santa Barbara County Courthouse elopement is equal parts low-key intimacy and representative of their colorful personalities. Priscilla carried a swoon-worthy bouquet by Jenn Sanchez Floral Design as she exchanged vows with Buddy in front of the courthouse, and looked like an Old Hollywood movie star in her veiled fascinator and Betsy Johnson dress as she signed the marriage license. The newlyweds did a little climbing with Kappen Photography where they positively glowed in the California sunshine.
Rebecca and Reid’s Lake Louise Elopement
Where it took place: Lake Louise, Banff, Alberta
Why we love it: Rebecca and Reid have one of our all-time favorite first looks, both because of the picturesque Lake Louise in the background and because of Reid’s emotional reaction to seeing his bride. Not that we blame him — Rebecca looked positively amazing in her Zuhair Murad gown and simple floral crown by Amborella Floral Studio. It also doesn’t hurt that the images and film captured by The Toths Photo & Film magically transport you right into the fairy tale setting where these two said “I do!”
Shana and Brian’s Black Balsam Knob Elopement
Where it took place: Black Balsam Knob, Asheville, North Carolina
Why we love it: If you haven’t considered eloping at sunset in the mountains, Shana and Brian are here to show you why you should. This happy pair couldn’t get enough of each other’s company as they laughed, cried, and danced through their Black Balsam Knob elopement while the sun glowed all around them. Amelia Fletcher Photography captured it all, making us believe that we’d be best friends with Shana and Brian and that we need to book a ticket to Asheville ASAP!
Sierra and Zachariah’s Big Sur Elopement
Where it took place: Deetjens Big Sur Inn, Big Sur, California
Why we love it: As you scroll through this photo set, pay close attention to Sierra and Zacharaiah’s faces. As if the beauty of Big Sur weren’t enough, this couple emoted their way through the elopement, wearing their heart right on their sleeve for Krista Ashley Photo to document. From a range of feels during their vows to a romantic portrait session on the shore, we can’t get enough of Sierra and Zachariah’s elopement!
Tracy and John’s Jade Mountain Elopement
Where it took place: Jade Mountain, Soufriere, St. Lucia
Why we love it: We’ve been known to go gaga for a killer juxtaposition, and Tracy and John’s Jade Mountain elopement nails two distinct looks. The couple combined luxe wedding details with an intimate vow exchange among 18th century remains of a nearby plantation. The organic nature of Soufriere, the island joy captured by photographer Matt Lien, and the sunset dinner on the shore made Tracy and John’s elopement one for the books.
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