Congratulations! You are planning your unforgettable elopement! As a photographer who craves adventure, I have always loved elopements! If you always dreamed of an exciting elopement, then I am super excited for you. However, with Covid-19 changing the way that we are all living, this may not have been what you originally planned for your wedding- it may not have even been your plan B, C, D….. etc. but, you cannot go wrong with a romantic, fun, adventure like eloping in South Lake Tahoe! Plus, we are here to help you navigate the whole process and get you the wedding of your dreams!
We have put together a simple guide to planning an elopement in South Lake Tahoe that we hope will answer most of your questions & inform you of things you didn’t think about before starting this process. Like we said before- we love, love, LOVE elopements! Photographing one of the best days of a couple’s lives is simply amazing. We have a wealth of knowledge that we are happy to share with you- feel free to reach out!
Lake Tahoe is split up in several different ways. The lake and its surrounding areas are very diverse, and each part has something to offer! You are sure to find something fitting for your personality. Two of the main distinctions to be aware of are:
North Vs. South Lake Tahoe
California Vs. Nevada side
This site can help you figure out which location is right for your elopement. Since we are focusing on South Lake Tahoe in this post- here is their visitor site that is full of useful information!
Trying to decide the best time of year to elope in South Lake Tahoe? That is easy! Any time of year. Really! Whether you are looking for a winter wonderland wedding or incorporating snow sports, springtime blooming with life, summer beach bum style on the lake, or fall foliage with colors bursting all around you… South Lake Tahoe is the perfect place to elope year-round! The only times that we’d suggest trying to avoid would be on holidays/holiday weekends.
Marriage License- This is pretty critical. We can help navigate you through this process. It is important to make sure to consider where in Lake Tahoe you will be getting married. For example, if your ceremony will be taking place on the California side, then you’ll need a public marriage license or a confidential marriage license from California. However, if you’re getting married on the Nevada side of the lake, then you’ll need a Nevada marriage license. If you still aren’t sure where or how to plan your elopement or get your marriage license, then reach out to us and we can help you figure out these details!
Officiants and Witnesses- We are a photographer and officiant team! So, we’ve got you covered! We can take care of your witnesses too if necessary. Or, maybe you already have these people all figured out- that is awesome too!
Permits- In some places- depending on where you want to have your elopement- you’ll have to acquire a permit to have access to National Forest lands. Just something to be aware of!
South Lake Tahoe is home to some breathtaking views that you just cannot find anywhere else! We have a few secluded spots that we keep secret for our lovely client couples 😉 – but there are also some general areas that are known for being perfect locations for elopements that you can look into!
With COVID-19, it isn’t easy to find places to elope indoors, but it isn’t impossible either. South Lake Tahoe offers the beauty of nature that you just can’t beat, but sometimes that option isn’t right for a couple. So, we love using The Knot as a reference for these types of things- we suggest checking out their site for more ideas!
There are so many options these days for where to stay. Finding a place that suits your budget, style, size of wedding party/people attending, etc. can be easier than you think. Some options to consider: