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Top 5 Southern California Elopement Locations

Our top 5 Southern California elopement locations is a great read for couples interested in eloping. Read more articles on eloping here.

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While you do need a permit to photograph here it is easy to arrange with some advance notice.

1. Historic Courthouse

  • Old Orange County Courthouse
  • Famous for its art deco staircase and ornate design.
  • This historic landmark courthouse is located in the heart of Orange County.
  • Weddings can take place in 3 different rooms. The large courtroom can be reserved for a fee.
  • The other two smaller rooms will be appointed to you based on the time and size of the group.
  • Walk-in appointments are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Book your appointment online to reserve a time.
  • One Saturday a month is available for civil ceremonies.
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The Old Courthouse in Santa Ana was restored to its original condition. Making for unique civil ceremonies and elopements.

2. Laguna Hills Civic Center

  • Laguna Hills Civic Center is located in South Orange County.pp
  • Choose from 3 ceremony sites. Inside in the ceremony room.
  • Outdoors in front of the water fountain.
  • On the beautifully manicured lawn.
  • This beautiful Spanish style building is a perfect backdrop for portraits.
  • During Covid-19 there are special rules implemented. See the guidelines here.
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Laguna Hills Civic Center

3. Laguna Beach

  • Laguna Beach is a small coastal city in Orange County.
  • It’s known for its many art galleries, coves, and beaches.
  • Luxury oceanfront hotel
  • Choose from one of the many parks overlooking the pacific ocean
  • Some parks require a permit.
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Laguna Beach

4. Escape to Catalina Island

  • Catalina Island is located 26 miles from Los Angeles.
  • It is just a one-hour boat ride away.
  • The Mediterranean landscape of Catalina will make you feel like you have escaped to a Greek Island.
  • Catalina Island is perfect for a destination elopement.
  • Ceremonies can be held on the main side of Avalon.
  • Descanso Beach
  • Little Harbor Overlook
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After a fun jeep ride around the Island, we finally made it Little Harbor Overlook where Al-X performed the ceremony.

5. Palm Springs

  • Palm Springs is just a 90-minute drive from Los Angeles or Orange County.
  • City Hall Exchange vows in this modern mid-century building.
  • Continue your celebration with a stay at one of Palm Springs’ many boutique hotels.
  • A perfect oasis getaway.
Palm Springs Elopement photo
Elopement session of a couple in palm springs photo with the windmills. Just a 90 min. drive from Los Angeles and Orange County and couples who elope can be in this open space for epic photos.

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