35 Dreamy Beach Elopement Ceremonies We’re Completely In Love With

General, Inspiration,
3 min read Dec 27, 2019

you can say your vows high up on the cliffs overlooking the ocean, as opposed to having your ceremony in the sand

When you think of a beach elopement, chances are, your mind immediately drifts to blue waters, warm weather, and palm trees every which way you turn. And you wouldn’t be wrong! But what some couples may not know if that tying the knot during a beach elopement ceremony can offer so much more. For instance, did you know that if you decide to elope in Hawaii, your stunning backdrop can include not just an ocean view, but lush, green foliage and a stellar landscape of other Hawaiian islands? Or in San Diego, you can say your vows high up on the cliffs overlooking the ocean, as opposed to having your ceremony in the sand? Beach elopements have a surprising amount of variety, but one thing is for certain: every location has its very own epic backdrop. Check out these 35 stunning beach elopement ceremonies we still can’t get enough of.

This dreamy Big Island elopement session finished with a warm, glowing sunset.

This Haleiwa beach elopement had soft, muted tones and colors, making for a whimsical session.

These two exchanged vows at Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, overlooking the ocean.

These two newlyweds shared a sweet kiss after their beach elopement ceremony in Makena Cove, Hawaii.

After their Waimanalo Beach elopement, these newlyweds decided to have some fun for the camera.

This jaw-dropping view at Sunset Cliffs was the perfect spot for this couple’s intimate beach elopement.

After their Pine Trees Beach elopement ceremony, these newlyweds snuggled up on the sandy white beach.

These two waited until the sun went down on Waialae Beach to capture this magical, gorgeous shot.

This groom helped his new bride walk along the beautiful rocky shores after their Key West beach elopement.

These newlyweds shared a dip to celebrate their marriage on a beautiful beach in Maui.

This portrait showcases the beautiful bride and groom walking along Palauea Beach’s stunning landscape.

The palm trees framing these newlyweds give off a dreamy and tropical vibe during their Key West elopement.

This stunning couple was all smiles after reciting their vows and tying the knot in Hawaii.

Family and friends surrounded the bride and groom during their beautiful Palauea Beach elopement ceremony.

As the sun set on this couple during their Maui beach elopement, they shared an intimate and playful twirl.

This beyond gorgeous couple held hands and kissed for an intimate moment together after their Hawaiian beach elopement.

A soft purple sunset was the perfect backdrop after this bride and groom’s Oneloa Beach elopement ceremony.

A ceremony arch with floral accents was the perfect wedding detail for this couple’s Pacific Beach ceremony. And the lanterns? A stunning finishing touch!

These two newlyweds snuggled up close after their romantic Big Island beach ceremony.

An otherworldly landscape set the tone for this gorgeous Kealakekua Bay elopement.

This bride chose to complement the crystal-blue oceans of the Big Island with her flowing blue wedding dress.

These newlyweds shared the most perfect first kiss at their Pine Trees Beach elopement.

This gorgeous, green backdrop proves that beach elopement ceremonies don’t always have to have the ocean as the focal point.

This colorful, picture-perfect sunset made for an epic portrait session for these two newlyweds.

We love this unique perspective from this couple’s Oahu beach elopement.

What could be a better way to end your beach ceremony than kissing underneath a Hawaiian double rainbow? (We can’t think of any!)

This up-close shot of two newlyweds highlights the bride’s crown, the groom’s lei, and the stunning blue ocean of White Rock Beach behind them.

These two take a moment to reflect and soak in the moment after their intimate Sunset Cliffs beach elopement.

These newlyweds share a sweet kiss overlooking the beautiful, blue ocean at Makena Cove.

These newlyweds share their first kiss along the sandy shorelines of Paipu Beach.

This couple knew that sunrise is the perfect time for an intimate Coronado Beach elopement. You simply can’t get these stunning colors during any other time of the day!

These newlyweds took a walk as the sun was beginning to set after their breathtaking Makena Cove beach elopement.

This bride and groom took a sweet, romantic moment to pause for a kiss after their Sunset Cliffs ceremony overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

This couple ended their beach elopement session by resting heads and looking out towards the breathtaking Hawaiian landscape.

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Written by Karen Norian

Karen Norian is an elopement photographer and has photographed over a hundred elopements. Karen has also worked as an elopement planner for Simply Eloped. She's been quoted in the New York Times, Brides, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Yahoo, and more.