Are you looking for an intimate and romantic way to exchange your vows? Eloping is a wonderful way to skip the pomp and circumstance of traditional weddings and focus on the most important aspect of your wedding day: your love for one another. In this guide, let me provide you with some inspiration and tips to help you plan your perfect elopement in New Jersey. Let's dive in!


New Jersey offers an abundance of stunning locations for elopements. Whether you prefer the beach or the mountains, New Jersey has it all. Here are some of my favorite locations:

Sandy Hook Beach

A beautiful, quiet beach in Monmouth County with stunning views of the ocean and the NYC skyline. Perfect for a romantic beach elopement.

Liberty State Park

This park in Jersey City offers breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. You can exchange your vows in front of the Freedom Tower or on the pier with the cityscape as your backdrop.

Grounds for Sculpture

This unique outdoor sculpture park in Hamilton Township features over 270 contemporary works of art set within 42 acres of landscaped gardens. A perfect place for art lovers or those looking for a unique setting for their elopement.

High Point State Park

This park in the northwestern part of the state offers stunning views of the mountains and valleys. You can exchange your vows at the top of High Point Monument, the highest point in New Jersey, or at one of the beautiful lakes.

Cool Ideas

Eloping doesn't mean you have to sacrifice the romance and special touches of a traditional wedding. Here are some cool ideas to make your elopement unique and memorable, regardless of the location.

Picnic for two

Pack a picnic basket with your favorite snacks and champagne and enjoy a romantic picnic together after your ceremony.

First dance under the stars

Choose a location with a clear sky and dance your first dance together under the stars. Bring some twinkle lights to add to the magic.

Rent a classic car

Arrive at your elopement location in style by renting a classic car. A vintage car will add a touch of elegance and romance to your day.

Personalized vow books

Make your vows extra special by writing them in a personalized vow book that you can cherish for years to come.


Here are some important tips to keep in mind when planning your elopement:

Check permit and reservation requirements for your chosen location.

Consider the time of day for your ceremony to get the best lighting for your photos.

Hire a professional photographer to capture your special day.

Don't forget to obtain your marriage license at least 72 hours before your ceremony.

Eloping in New Jersey offers limitless possibilities for a beautiful and unforgettable wedding day. Whether you opt for a romantic beach ceremony or a unique sculpture park setting, with some cool ideas and a few important tips, your elopement will be a day that you will treasure forever. As a New Jersey wedding photographer, it has been an honor to capture these beautiful moments and I hope this guide inspires you to create your own magical elopement story!

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Hey there, I'm Jenn!

I'm a wedding photographer with a terrible memory, so I love creating images that feel a little bit like you're remembering them (and guess what--having a great photo will help with that if you're just like me!)

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