Getting amazing elopement pictures is all about filling your day with experiences. It’s not just about posing for photos – it’s about creating a day full of your favorite things. In this post, I have some amazing elopement day ideas for you!

I’ll be there to document your joy, your smiles, and all the emotions. Together, we can create a stress-free, chill wedding day timeline that perfectly blends planning with spontaneity.

Many times couples wonder, besides the ceremony and a handful of portraits, what else can we really take pictures of? You may think two hours is plenty of time to snap some photos. But in order to really tell the story of the day and who you are as a couple, we could spend the whole day together!

Here are some activities for your elopement day (all very photo-worthy) to get your wheels turning:

1. Go bowling at LA’s oldest bowling alley, the Highland Park Bowl

2. Rent a classic car and go for a spin

elopement day ideas - go for a spin in a classic car

3. Pop some champagne

4. Read letters or watch videos from family members who aren’t there IRL

5. Visit LA’s downtown flower market and make your own bouquet

elopement day ideas - make your own bouquet

6. Rent an Airbnb treehouse in Topanga Canyon and be surrounded by nature

7. Have a casual meal at a diner

elopement day ideas - eat breakfast at a diner

9. Charter a private yacht or sailboat in Marina del Rey

11. Stroll along the LA river walk with a hot latte in hand

12. Visit an art gallery in the DTLA art district

13. Go to La Piedra beach, a less crowded but just as lovely beach as El Matador in Malibu

14. Dine at an intimate and cozy restaurant (I can share my faves)

15. Make breakfast together

16. Take a bubble bath while your lover reads you poetry

17. Commemorate your union by getting matching tattoos

This is just a short list to get you thinking outside the box. There are tons more possible elopement day ideas:, and Los Angeles has something for everyone. I love helping you plan your elopement day in LA (especially if you’re from out of town and don’t know the area well). Get in touch so we can start envisioning your perfect day!

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Katie photographs elopements for modern, discerning couples. Based in Los Angeles and available worldwide.