Redwoods Elopement Tips for a Magical Forest Wedding

Redwoods Elopement Tips for a Magical Forest Wedding

Our guide to having the most romantic redwoods elopement!

This Redwoods Elopement started out in the magic of Northern California’s old growth forests. Walking into these groves of ancient giants is an all at once peaceful and overwhelmingly beautiful experience. The day ended with the rush of the Pacific Ocean crashing against coastal cliffs for their sunset elopement adventure.

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Redwoods Elopement in Northern California

Our guide to planning your redwoods elopement

Where to elope in the redwoods

Redwoods National and State Parks are home to some of the worlds oldest, tallest, and most beautiful redwoods in the world. Walking amongst these giants is awe inspiring as you gaze up into the canopy that seems to stretch on forever and ever. It really is like entering a cathedral, especially when the morning and afternoon sun sends rays of light spilling through the high canopy like light through stained glass windows. And what better place for a Redwoods elopement ceremony than smack dab in the middle of an old growth grove? Here’s a list of the best parks in California for your redwoods elopement: 

For this Redwoods elopement, we explored the groves of Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park. This area is our personal favorite because it’s so close to some amazing coastal spots for sunset!


Makayla and Tanner were joined by their parents and siblings for their Redwoods elopement in Northern California. Their families stayed at a nearby campground in the forest and gathered under the trees for the ceremony. This particular grove was just outside the main area of the park and close to the road, which was perfect for easy access and privacy. There wasn’t another soul out there and it truly felt like Makayla and Tanner had the entire Redwood forest to themselves – it was absolutely perfect!

Wedding couple walking down trail during Redwoods Elopement in Northern California

A redwoods elopement hike

After the ceremony, Makayla and Tanner went on a little Redwoods elopement adventure with us while their families went back to the campground. There are a handful of trails all in this area that are sprinkled with some of the most beautiful ferns and moss covered trees. We were all in disbelief of the beauty as we wandered around the forest. Jurassic Park vibes were going strong for their epic Redwoods elopement.

Fun Fact: Jurassic Park, Star Wars, ET, The Lost World, and The Tree of Life are just a handful of the films that had filming locations in the Redwoods. If you want to check out all the film locations for yourself, you can see all of the spots on this map!

When is the best time to elope in the redwoods?

The best time to get married in the Redwoods is spring and fall because the weather is perfect and you can avoid peak tourist time. We have planned many elopements in the Redwoods and feel that April, May, June, and October in particular are the best months for a redwoods elopement. In spring, the coastal wildflowers and rhododendron are blooming in the forest, giving a romantic and whimsical feel to the groves. In fall, the days are getting shorter and the hazy cathedral light peaking through the canopy is getting softer. We don’t recommend eloping here late June through early September because it’s peak tourist season and trails tend to be incredibly busy. Also, this area tends to get hit the worst by summer wildfire smoke. The redwoods are remote areas, so finding lodging during peak visiting season can be difficult too.

We’ve planned and photographed 300+ elopements all over the world and 30+ elopements were the Northern California Redwoods alone – we are redwoods elopement photography and planning experts.

Your redwoods elopement photographer is the most important decision

You’re likely traveling from halfway across the country for your redwood elopement. Working with a photographer you can trust to do justice in capturing you in this wildly beautiful landscape is so important! We know all the nooks and crannies of this entire area, so you’ll be able to lean on us for our expertise to plan the best possible day.


Exploring ocean cliffs after the redwoods elopement

The nearby coastal beaches are worthy of an elopement in and of themselves, which is why this particular area is incredible – you get 2 for 1! After their Redwoods elopement, we drove as far west as possible to catch the sun setting over the pacific ocean. Our favorite thing about this particular stretch of ocean is you can climb up above the water for an airy cliff overlook. You can also walk down onto the sandy beaches should you want to dip your toes into the ocean. Either way, it’s a perfect way to end a fairytale evening and cap off an epic Redwoods elopement.

What does a redwoods elopement look like?

I remember being so mystified by the sheer size of these trees. The lushness of the undergrowth, and the remoteness of this area that added to the sense of stepping back in time. With heads tilted up to the canopy high above, we explored these ancient woods with these two, capturing the feeling of being dwarfed by these giants in our photos. Towards the evening, we emerged from the dense forest to a beautiful Pacific sunset over the most scenic stretch of coastline. Since then we’ve traveled back here nearly every year, but no matter how many times we visit, that overwhelming feeling of awe never goes away. And yes, the Jurassic Park theme song will always be blasting from our truck as we enter this other world. 🦕

redwood forest wedding and redwoods elopement in california

Coastal cliff sunset elopement portraits

This entire area is sprinkled with little pockets of epic views, it’s hard to pick just one spot to watch the sun set. After splashing around on the beach for a bit, we headed on up to another spot that gave us some elevation. We had scouted this area earlier in the year and knew this little gem of a spot would be the perfect place for Makayla and Tanner to end their day. We had the entire spot to ourselves as we watched the sun dip below the horizon.

Redwood elopement package FAQ's

Can I elope in the redwood forest?

You can elope in the redwood forest if you have a valid permit from the state or national park.

How much does it cost to get married in Redwood National Park?

It costs $100 – $150 to have a wedding ceremony in the redwoods. This is the park permit fee and is dependent on the park you choose.

Where can I get married in the redwoods?

Depending on your total group size, you are able to get married in certain locations in the redwoods. The maximum group size for redwoods elopements is 20, see the full list of approved locations here.

How to elope in the redwoods?

The first step to elope in the redwoods is hire a photographer that is an expert on the area and constantly changing rules and regulations of the redwood national park. Your photographer will be your guide to planning your elopement in the redwoods.

When is the best time to elope in the redwoods?

Late spring and early fall are the best times to elope in the redwoods. This is because the weather is ideal and you can avoid the summer crowds and wildfire smoke.

See more Redwood elopements

Here are inside peaks at some of the days we’ve created and photographed with our couples for their redwoods elopements. This is a great way to get a feel for our redwood elopement photography, best places to elope in the redwoods, and what full day adventure elopements look like!

Want us to photograph your redwoods elopement?

Hope you found our tips on eloping in the Redwoods helpful! As you can see, we LOVE talking about elopements and the magical mystical redwood forests. If you’re considering a redwood forest wedding, don’t hesitate to reach out for a free planing call with us!

-Brandon, Gabi, Hannah, and Zoe

The Foxes are Brandon and Gabi Fox, an adventurous husband and wife elopement photography team living and traveling in their DIY renovated 1972 Airstream. They are loosely based in the Pacific Northwest, but travel for work and play throughout the western states and beyond. Their elopement photography is award winning and is described as candid photography that captures couples as they are, where they are, blending images of love and natural beauty in the great outdoors. 



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