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California Redwood Elopements

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Eloping in the redwoods of California is a magical experience.

California elopements aren’t just about beaches; many of our couples tell us they want to be married amid the lush redwood forests that are unique to California.

From the Redwood Empire in the northernmost part of the state (which is where the biggest and oldest redwood trees live) to the Santa Cruz mountains and down to Big Sur, we’ve uncovered gorgeous redwood groves that are perfect for intimate weddings. Many of these are little-known, out of the way or private sites far from the usual tourist crowds. There are even some in-town redwood sites close to San Francisco.

There’s something utterly magical about exchanging vows under centuries-old redwood trees. There are also some things to think about–perhaps some things that may not occur to you…cuz…you know…you don’t get married every day of the week… (That’s why you have us!)

Where is the Best Place to Elope in the Redwoods?

That depends on several factors. You’ll need to consider the following:

  • Where are you coming from and how far are you willing to travel to get to the ideal redwood elopement site?
  • Does anyone in your party have issues with mobility?
  • What time of year are you looking at for your redwood elopement?
  • What’s your tolerance for onlookers? Are you okay with a few passers-by, or do you want total privacy when you elope in the redwoods?

Blue Sky Elopements redwood elopement sites in California

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We can suggest a number of secluded redwood wedding sites for your elopement or micro-wedding.

The best place to have a redwood elopement will be different for each couple. Muir Woods, for example, is often touted as the Holy Grail of redwood elopements. It’s probably the best known elopement wedding site in California. But Muir Woods elopements are restricted to certain times of the day and they are generally held while the park is open to the public. So, Muir Woods is not–in my humble opinion–the best redwood site for a private wedding. It is, however, a gorgeous park and I highly encourage you to visit it if you come to California and you love the redwoods. I just think there are other equally beautiful, but more private redwood sites to actually say “I do.”

Redwood elopement sites within the Bay Area will be the easiest to access from major airports and will offer you and your guests the greatest amount of city amenities in terms of lodging, dining and things to do. If spending time in the big city isn’t the vibe you’re going for, then you might want to consider eloping in more rural areas like Big Sur.

So how does a couple go about determining the best redwood elopement site for them??

The biggest hurdle that couples face when planning a destination California redwood micro-wedding or elopement is finding the perfect redwood site. We’ve got that covered for you. As part of our Location Consulting Services, we’ll point you in the direction of redwood venues that will give your wedding that deep in the woods feeling (while not actually having to hike for hours to get there!).

After finding the perfect-for-you redwood wedding location, obtaining the required permit can be a nightmare for the inexperienced. Sometimes the parties that manage these venues don’t make it easy! Fortunately, we’ve navigated all the federal, state, county and local governments that manage these sites and we can handle the permit process for you. Trust me–this will save you excessive bouts of hair-tearing!We also have exclusive arrangements with some private redwood sites. This might be the way to go if you have 20-30 guests. Some of our private redwood venues also provide onsite lodging and catering for an all-in-one-exclusive California redwood wedding experience.

We’re husband and wife team Maureen Thomson & Jeremy Myers and we love elopement weddings. (We had one ourselves!) We and our crew of talented local wedding professionals have been putting together small weddings filled with laughter and happy tears in California since 2002.

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What's Included in Our Redwood Elopement Packages?

Our packages include anything you want that's elopement wedding-related. Our most popular redwood elopement packages include the items below, but we also assist with finding lodging, restaurants, transportation, childcare, pet-sitting, recreational activities as well as helping you set up unique ceremony environments (hot air balloons, hiking weddings, adventure elopements, etc.) Just ask! We’ll make a custom offering just for you.

Photography Services

Stunning professional elopement wedding photography to capture your special day.

Officiating Services

Professional wedding officiants performing ceremonies that reflect your personal love story.


Full-size wedding bouquets & boutonnieres in your choice of flowers and colors.

Hair & Makeup

Our professional stylists will come to you to ensure you look your absolute best.

Location Consulting

A Blue Sky Elopements exclusive! All the support & resources you need to confidently choose a venue.

Wedding Coordination

Your personal coordinator will work with you to oversee all the details of your wedding day.

All wedding packages include full coordination services. You’ll be assigned your own wedding coordinator who will serve as your go to person from start to finish.

Ready to get started? Get in touch with us.

Why choose us for your California Redwood Wedding elopement?

Work only with the Best Professionals

No need to spend hours (days!) looking for quality wedding pros that specialize in intimate weddings. We'll give you access to our network of hand-picked wedding professionals who are passionate about elopement weddings and deliver the highest quality services.

Eliminate Stress

Your personal elopement wedding coordinator will coordinate all the details of your elopement package and serve as your go-to person right up to the day of your wedding. We'll bring your wedding vision to life; all you'll need to do is show up and enjoy.

Secluded Venues

We'll help you find the perfect-for-you place to elope. We've uncovered spectacular, but lesser-known outdoor sites and put together a list of our favorite outdoor elopement venues complete with descriptions, photos, videos and permit requirements. We include this as part of every package.

Free Consultation

We offer a free, no-strings phone consultation with Blue Sky Elopements owner, Maureen Thomson to get a feel for what you're envisioning for your elopement wedding, answer your questions and explain how we can help make your wedding vision a reality.