I’m here to help you with all of the planning resources you need to have the most amazing elopement day ever! And finally Spring elopements, which are in truth the least popular time of year for mountain elopements. The Montana Supreme Court has set out the elements for creating a valid common law marriage: First, the parties must be competent to enter into a marriage. Self-solemnization? In the summertime you can partake in activities like stand up paddle boarding and hiking, and in the wintertime you can enjoy the winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The day after we turned in the signed form, we came back and paid for a couple of certified copies of the marriage certificate: one to keep at home and use for all the paperwork for changing our status with insurers, etc., and one to put in our safe deposit box. I am fully invested in making sure every single one of my clients has the most amazing elopement day possible. Simply put, self solemnization is where the couple legally marries themselves, without the need for an officiant or a witness to be present to sign their marriage certificate. It’s also North Carolina’s only national park! Located in the Elk Mountains near Aspen, Colorado, the Maroon Peak and the North Maroon Peak tower over the valley below, making this location incredible for your Colorado Elopement. You’re allowed to self-solemnize in Colorado, meaning they don’t need the signature of an officiating party. Your email address will not be published. We had a second round of even more arcane argument, however, because we wanted our marriage to be “confidential” rather than “public”.  California is unusual (maybe unique among the states) in having two different ways that marriages can be recorded: public or confidential. Over two years ago, I wrote an article about self-uniting marriage. That’s why I offer help in ways that most photographers don’t! Summertime elopements are beautiful in the mountains, as this is finally when many places truly become accessible, and you have the most options for locations. The Adirondack Mountains are a beautiful area to retreat to in the northeast portion of the United States. Here are just a few things that come with having me as your photographer, adventure partner, friend, and guide: To summarize, here are the basic steps to planning a mountain elopement: When looking for the mountain elopement location that will be the perfect fit for you and your partner, my number one recommendation would be to get help from a photographer! They could check with either the San Francisco County Clerk’s office or, perhaps better, the office in Sacramento that was involved. If so, how long does it take to get them and do I have enough time for that. Smith Rock State Park is also considered the birthplace of American sport climbing, so it would be a great place for a rock climbing elopement. I’m glad this was helpful and that you were able to get married the way you wanted! I’m not sure how it would have gone in other California counties. Snoqualmie Pass is a mountain pass through the Cascade mountain range that summits at 3,015 feet. There are plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing, hiking, fishing, or any of the other fun activities that the Rocky Mountains have to offer. Check out this guide to California Airbnb Wedding and Elopement venues! They also agreed that the state and local websites need to explain these options better – many counties don’t mention the non-clergy option, or don’t explain it properly– and that the forms and maybe the law itself needs to be clarified. Think about which season you’re planning to elope, as this can determine the accessibility of certain areas.