Post # 1
My FH and I are from NY and GA and we live in FL right now. We are to marry next July 23rd and so far we’ve only spent about $400 in wedding expenses. The ceremony site deposit fee was $200…. We were gonna have a Destination Wedding but decided to elope instead!
We love the very thought of eloping in the mountains somewhere on the west coast. We’re a bit tired of seeing the beach since we live 5 minutes away from the beach.
We would love to do some fishing, canoeing, swimming, hiking, and maybe camping.
Any suggestions… and any elopement packages that include a honeymoon stay- preferably 5 days?
Post # 3
Let’s see… there’s Lake Tahoe, Yosemite being from the central coast Big Sur is really cool too!
There are some great spots up by Crecent City and the redwoods up that way.
If you want something in So-cal I wouldn’t recommend for July because it will be hot as Heck is San Jacinto which is just outside palm springs, and you have to take an arial tram ride to the top. I’ve been in winter with the snow and it’s just goregous!
Post # 4
The redwood forests just north of San Francisco are gorgeous. That’s where the beautiful Mt. Tamalpais is, and you can definitely find a lot of hiking (forests and Mt. Tam), swimming (ocean), and camping (Mt. Tam state park)…not sure about fishing or canoing, but you can probably find that as well. We’re getting married there next year. 🙂 It’s also close to wine tasting and vineyards in Sonoma/Napa.
But I do also recommend Tahoe — I’ve only been there in the winter, but it’s supposed to be even more beautiful in the summer, and tons of outdoors stuff to do. Lots of mountains, too…considering it’s most famous for skiing. That was my first choice place to get married!
Post # 6
Here’s a couple pictures for your viewing pleasure (the cabins in the first picture are available for rent, and there are also nearby camping grounds):
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Post # 7
If you’re willing to venture into Canada you could look into Banff, Alberta, or even Whistler, BC.
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park, where we got married! 😀
Post # 9
Lake Tahoe/Sierra Mountains area…there’s a lot to do there, although the lake is colder in the summer. There are a ton of stars to see…..so amazing…I’ve never seen a sky filled with so many stars in my life before!(I went to running camp as a teen in the summer there at a ski resort) It is warm and sometimes can be hot in the summer there….very pleasant. You can do the activities you suggested. There are lots of destination weddings up in that area.
Washington(the state)…I don’t know if they have a mountain range but there are lots of trees/lakes etc that are warm enough to go in, etc…very beautiful.
Post # 10
I love Lake Tahoe. It is gorgeous in the summer and your photos will be amazing! There are lots of options on ceremony locations—-on the mountain/cliff overlooking the lake, a romantic lodge, wedding chapel, green field among the trees, and more.
There are lots of elopement packages available from California and Nevada coordinators or ministers. I would suggest booking your own honeymoon in Lake Tahoe. You can stay at a hotel, lodge, camp, or rent a cabin/house. Stanford Alpine Chalet is nice. Hyatt is good too. The Shore House Bed and Breakfast has honeymoon packages. Check out vrbo.com for home or cabin rentals too.
Nepheles is a good restaurant for your wedding day dinner. A lot enjoy Fire & Ice Restaurant too.
Post # 11
@cherrypie: hello, we are planning a wedding at Glacier also next spring. Who did your planning? We have been talking with A Big Sky Events. Where at Glacier did ya’ll get married? We were thinking about McDonald Lake but just so unsure. Please help with ideas. Thanks, Lisa