Let's start with the basics. What is an elopement?
These days an elopement has a totally new meaning from what it once did. Today, it is a handcrafted and secluded work of art dedicated to the most intentional couples. They are beautiful adventures in some of the most astounding places you have ever seen (Lake Tahoe being ranked as one of them). It also takes the pressure off spending thousands of dollars on a more traditional wedding.
With everything Lake Tahoe has to offer, there is no doubt you will find exactly what you are looking for in and around the crystal clear water and white sandy shores.
Regardless of which state you get married in, you will need to pickup you marriage license in the county you intend to marry in. Once this is picked up, the license will be valid for 90 days in California and one year in Nevada. A minimum of one witness is required in each state. This means, If you intend on having your Elopement Day documented, your photographer (who may also dub as your officiant to handle the legal paperwork ) can also be your witness!
See where to pickup your marriage license below
Pro Tip: If you plan on having your elopement photographed, look into finding one who is ordained as well!
Once you have decided if an elopement is the right choice for you, your next step should be deciding when! Lake Tahoe is beautiful year round but if you don't want to worry about snow impacting your trek, lean towards mid Spring to Late Fall. If snow is your jam we get plenty of it! Just come prepared with proper footwear (maybe snow shoes?) and snow chains. Next! Finding the perfect photographer for documenting this special moment in time for you and book your elopement package. Finding the right elopement photographer can be your one stop shop for planning your perfect day. Instead of using this as an awkward attempt to sell my services to you, ill spare you the pitch and allow you to click the link at the bottom of the page to get in touch with me if interested!
Lake Tahoe truly embodies natural beauty all around making anywhere you step seem like a complete luxury getaway. So let's talk about how to get here!
There are two options for flying into Lake Tahoe. The first being Reno-Tahoe International Airport which is only 45 minutes from North Shore and an Hour and 20 minutes from South Shore.
If you have ways of personal aircraft, there is also an airport in the heart of South Lake Tahoe.
If you also don't mind the drive or Sacramento is on your weekend itinerary, you do have the option to fly into the Sacramento International Airport which places you just 2 hours from South Shore.
There are so many beautiful places to stay while eloping in Lake Tahoe but below I will list a few of my upscale favorites!
Reno-Tahoe International Airport
Lake Tahoe Airport
Sacramento International Airport
Cedar Crest Cottages
The Landing Resort & Spa
The Ritz- Carlton- Lake Tahoe
Cabin In Tahoma
Chalet in South Lake
Modern Alpine Studio
Lake Front Home
I truly hope my guide to eloping in Lake Tahoe was useful to you in planning the day of your dreams! If you'd like to get in touch, tap the link below. I have scouted and photographed countless locations perfect for documenting your special day. When you book your elopement with me you will receive full planning services as well as a personalized bouquet and boutonniere. I will even officiate your elopement for you! Let's make your day unforgettable and undeniably YOU!
Recognized as one of 9 Best Elopement Photographers in Reno by Peer Space