Pacific Vows

Pacific Vows Elopements

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West Coast Elopement & Intimate Wedding Photographers

For the Adventurous, Free-Spirited and Madly in Love Couples

Based in San Diego, California + travel to Oregon, Washington, Utah, Arizona, Hawaii and Alaska 

Why We Love Elopements and Intimate Weddings?

We believe that the best weddings are created by couples who celebrate their love and commitment to each other in a way that’s true to who they are.

Elopements and Intimate Weddings allow you to create your meaningful adventure with only the people and experiences you truly want to be a part of your day.

What makes your own relationship unique? What gets you excited? Maybe you like to hike to epic places, snowboard, have an off-road adventure, have a picnic, or spend time in a backyard of a cabin in the woods by the campfire together.

However you imagine your day, you can make it happen. There are no rules. That’s why we believe elopements are the best way to get married. And we’d be honored to capture every beautiful moment of your elopement adventure.



Lisa and Simon as your photographers

Simon as your officiant

Aerial (drone) photography where it’s allowed

Our in-depth couples questionnaire to help you plan your day

Timeline creation

Vendors and activity recommendations

Unlimited video chats and emails to plan your dream day

Private, custom online gallery with unlimited downloads

Copyright release for the personal use of the images


Simply contact us by sending us a Contact Form and we will check the availability for your date. We will schedule time to meet  via FaceTime, Zoom or phone call, so the four of us can meet and talk more about your vision for the day. We will send you a digital contract with all the details. To book us, simply sign the digital contract and make a 30% retainer, and you’re all set! We make it a very simple and enjoyable process for everyone.

Before your wedding day, you will need to obtain a marriage license. You may apply and purchase a marriage license from the state where you are planning to elope.  Every state charges different amounts, but it’s somewhere around $95.  Both parties will need to be present and have a government-issued ID. The license is only good for 90 days, so make sure it’s no more than 2-3 months before your wedding date. Once you have your license, make sure to give it to us before the ceremony. It must be physically on-site for the duration of the ceremony.  Once we’ve received it, we’ll be in charge of the license from that point on. Immediately after the ceremony, we’ll have the witness(es) sign if necessary, and we will fill in and sign the license. All you’ll need to do is drop it off, and your marriage is official. After the license has been recorded, certified copies of the marriage certificate will be available from the Recorder’s office for a fee.

Making children a part of the ceremony is an excellent way to showcase the coming together of two families into one. Your kids can definitely be a part of your ceremony.

Yes, please!!! We absolutely love when clients bring along their furry friends. We would say at least 40% of our clients elope with their dogs.

We recommend booking a full day simply because you can’t get this day back, and we believe it’s worth documenting the entire thing. That being said, we recommend to any of our couples that have guests, that want to go to more than one location or do more than one thing during their elopement experience to book at minimum the full day elopement. The multi-day elopement is also perfect if you want a private day and then a day with family, or if you want to go to two different areas or go backpacking!

We both are camera-shy ourselves, so we always aim for open communication from your very first point of contact with us so that by the time your elopement arrives, it feels like we are your really good friend with a camera in hand 🙂

No, there are no travel fees as long as you elope in one of these states:

California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Arizona, Hawaii, or Alaska 

We understand that having your favorite people with you on such a  special day is essential for some couples. This is why we allow up to 20 guests for an elopement celebration. However, we always recommend keeping the number smaller if possible. A more intimate gathering not only enhances the personal and private atmosphere of an elopement but also provides you with more options when choosing the perfect venue to say “I do.” The smaller the guest list, the more unique and intimate venues you can consider for your beautiful day. 

Amy & Charles

“From our first request, Lisa and Simon were stellar! They added so much to our day words can't describe it. When they were on-site you barely remember they are working and not just part of the family. They take the time on the front end to build a relationship with you. So there are no awkward moments during the elopement. The story told with the wedding photos paints such a memory of the day it's breath taking. If you are looking for a professional but comfortable feeling team this is your crew. They fit right in with friends and family and help the day flow seamlessly and add so much comfort to they day. I highly recommend!”

Brittany & Travis

“Hiring Pacific Vows for our elopement was literally the best money I've ever spent. We wanted our day to be about us and no one else, but I wanted lasting memories of how much we love each other. My husband and I went through a lot of life trials before finding each other, and we have a bond closer than most couples we meet. I was wondering how well that would come through in our pictures. Lisa and Simon more than delivered. Not only was our day completely stress free, but I have never seen a single wedding photo I love more than any of ours. The pictures speak for themselves and there's so many more I didn't add here. Best day ever playing in the ocean with my best friend. No matter how you are doing your wedding, hire Pacific Vows. Thank you so much Lisa and Simon! We still cry looking at these."
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Dominik & Katherine

“My now wife and I visited San Diego last week for vacation and the elopement. Working with Pacific Vows was a breeze. It honestly felt more like an adventure, and the value provided felt like much more than we paid for. They covered all details involved in the process including ensuring the ceremony felt organized and ran smoothly, recommending areas and unique spots for photos as well as optimal times for sunlight...little details like this are priceless. Thanks again!”

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