Virginia Beach Elopement

Are you planning your adventure Virginia Beach elopement but have no clue where to start?? Well you’ve stumbled upon the right place my friend. From the best food to where to explore, we will dive into all the things that will make planning your Virginia Beach elopement a piece of cake.

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Where is Virginia Beach?

Where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, Virginia Beach is a quaint coastal city in southeast Virginia. From the exquisite culinary scene to the stunning beaches and many parks to explore, there is something here for locals and tourists alike. Virginia Beach is close by the cities Norfolk and Chesapeake and easy to get to.

Activities for your Virginia Beach Elopement

While planning your adventure elopement in Virginia Beach, you may want to do more than just sit on the beach. Here is a list of activities you can plan for the day of your elopement or later on if you’re honeymooning at your destination.

Budget Friendly Activities in Virginia Beach

  • Visit Back Bay Wildlife Refuge
  • Visit Cape Henry Lighthouse
  • Go roam around at the Farmers Market
  • Go to the Boardwalk
  • Go paddleboarding or kayaking
  • Have a picnic at False Cape State Park

Best Places to Elope in Virginia Beach

There are so many beautiful locations to choose from for your Virginia Beach Elopement. From the salty ocean, to fairy-tale like woods and awesome breweries – the options are endless. Here is a list of some of my favorite locations to elope in Virginia Beach.

1. Sandbridge Beach

This is the perfect location if you’re looking for a quaint coastal getaway for your elopement. If you want a laid-back and relaxed vibe for your day, then this secluded beach with pristine sand dunes will be your best bet. You can also check out False Cape State Park while you’re there. Best of all, as long as you’re doing a simple ceremony without any sort of set-up, you don’t need a wedding permit! If you want decor such as an arch or chairs, the permit is $200. You can learn more about getting a permit for your Sandbridge Beach elopement here.

2. First Landing State Park

This park has 2,888 acres of scenery and over 19 miles of trails to explore for your elopement day! With the ton of variety in this park, there are numerous places that make for beautiful backdrops. From the large cypress trees to the Chesapeake shoreline, everything here is picturesque. As with any Virginia State Park, you will need a permit to get married here.

3. The Mill at Fine Creek

This is not in Virginia Beach, it is in Powhattan, Virginia about 2 hours and 20 minutes from the main city. However, I had to include it because just look how absolutely stunning it is. On their website they describe their venue as “abundant natural beauty is reminiscent of Ireland’s wonders”. This all-inclusive venue offers catering, a brewery, day of coordination, guest cottages, and so much more.

4. Virginia Beach Vibe Creative District

If urban is more your style, then check out this area! There are plenty of street murals created by local artists and the tastiest food Virginia Beach has to offer.

5. Norfolk Botanical Garden

For the people wanting to get married near Virginia Beach but don’t want the ocean vibe, this is a beautiful location. 175 acres of the prettiest florals and gardens make for a great spot for your elopement.

couple beaming with joy after their private elopement in Cape Charles, Virginia

What time is best for your Virginia Beach elopement?

I would recommend eloping during the Spring or Fall. While every season has its perks and downfalls, these two seasons will likely have the less crowds while still having good weather. The summer months will be hot and sticky and the most people more than likely making it harder to find a private public location. The winter months will have far less crowds, but of course the weather will be much cooler.

While you are planning your Virginia Beach elopement, try to elope during the week so that you can have more privacy and beat the weekend vacationers. Beaches and parks are more likely to be crowded on Friday – Sundays.

Virginia Beach Elopement Photographer

Hi there! I’m Kristen – a Virginia Beach elopement photographer that would love to capture your special day! I specialize in intimate weddings and elopements in Virginia and beyond. When you book me for your Virginia Beach elopement, I will help you plan from start to finish. I thrive for creating a memorable experience for you and your love to make sure you never forget a single detail on your wedding day.

Don’t take my word for it though, read this review from a recent bride that eloped in Cape Charles, Virginia:

happy married couple popping champagne after their elopement

“From start to finish, Kristen showed so much passion with her work. Sincerity to every text, email and calls. We didn’t just have a photographer, we gained a friend! She is genuinely kind and made us feel so comfortable, she flawlessly took away all of our awkwardness being in front of the camera. And we can’t stop looking at our gallery! It always brings us back to how special and perfect our elopement day was. Thank heavens we found her. :)” -Gail

Virginia Beach Elopement Packages

Photography Coverage:

I offer partial (4-6 hours) and full day coverage (8-10 hours) to best suit your adventurous Virginia Beach elopement. I know to some people, that seems like a lot of hours for an elopement. However, I truly believe that even though you’ve decided to go the more untraditional route, your day still deserves to be remembered. I want to be there for the sweet and slow getting ready moments, to the mid-day first look, all the way to last few moments of your first day as a married couple.

Help with planning and figuring out the details:

We can jump on a phone call at any point during the planning process. You’re welcome to text me anytime. I will send you recommendations for locations, vendors, and places to stay. You tell me your vision for your day, and I will do everything in my power to make it come true. I also craft a personalized timeline for your day that will keep everyone on track to not miss a thing.

Full day coverage starting at $3400

Partial day coverage starting at $2600

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