Updated: Oct 9
One thing I am extremely passionate about is showing couples that you do not have to leave Texas to have an epic elopement. Adventure weddings and elopements are not as common here and I want to help change that! My goal is to show you how beautiful this state really is and to essentially give Texas couples more options on their wedding day.
Texas is one of the largest states and offers such diverse landscapes. West Texas and East Texas look like completely different worlds for example! So no matter what you fancy, Texas has something to offer you. Unless you are obsessed with snow...we don’t have much of that. So I have compiled a list of seven different places you can elope in Texas, some are very specific while others are more general areas of Texas. I hope that reading this blog get's you STOKED for your Texas elopement!
1. Downtown Austin
It’s weird, it’s Texas, the food is SO GOOD, it's the live music capital of the world and the urban landscape complements the natural so perfectly.
Ah yes, my home town. There’s a whole lot to love about Austin! We’ve got a freakin huge bat colony (no joke it has at least one million bats) that flies out over Lady Bird Lake during sunset. We believe Willie Nelson is a pretty big deal. We can go kayaking in Lady Bird Lake and dancing on a rooftop all within the same hour. You can have a picnic at Zilker Park, cool off in Barton Springs, oh and chances are we'll find a violinist on South Congress who can play you a song to have your first dance to. Not to mention the architecture of the city makes for a gorgeous backdrop to your elopement. Much like Texas, Austin has so much to offer for your elopement day. As someone who has lived in the Austin area their entire life I am quite familiar with all there is to do and see so I’d love to help you have the Austin elopement of your dreams!
2. Texas Hill Country
Rolling hills, trees, rivers cutting through the land, native grasses and wildflowers as far as meets the eye.
This is a more genral location because I have a few different Hill Country Elopement spaces on my list! Each catering to different needs that an eloping couple may have. There is nothing like the beauty of Texas Hill Country. Sometimes it can feel as though you’ve left and landed on a different planet all together. Imagine arriving just before the sun and saying your vows in the golden first light of day, the grass is still dewy, the birds are singing and all is right in the world. Whether you want to stay near by and drive to your ceremony location in the morning with your closest friends and family, camp out and get ready in your tent or stay in a cozy off-grid cabin on private hill country land. I have each of these spaces on my elopement location list and would love to help guide you through your unique hill country elopement. To check out more from Sarah and Zach's Hill Country Elopement click here
3. East Texas
I had to include East Texas because it is so different from anywhere else in Texas!
It’s almost like the Pacific Northwest just without the mountains. In East Texas you'll find piney forests, wetlands and a slightly cooler climate. If you go far enough east you’ll find places like Caddo Lake (pictured above), a lake and a bayou on the border of Texas and Louisiana. Say your vows in a kayak on the water or tucked away beneath some of the tallest trees in Texas.
To see more from Dustin and Kallan's Adventure session in East Texas click here
4. Big Bend National Park
Looming mountains, striking desert landscapes and a river cutting through it all. Big Bend is home to some truly remarkable land.
If you are familiar with Big Bend then you probably saw this one coming. Out in West Texas, Located in the northern end of the Chihuahuan desert is Big Bend National Park. Hike through the Chisos Mountains, soak your feet in the Rio Grande or bring your passports and cross the border into Mexico for a while. Home to some of the darkest skies in the country and best stargazing you’ll ever experience, Big Bend National Park offers many different adventures for your elopement. You can rough it and camp in the back country or find lodging at a unique airbnb inspired by Big Bend’s land and culture. Whichever experience you prefer you are guaranteed to have an epic elopement at Big Bend National Park.
5. Palo Duro Canyon
Deemed “The Grand Canyon of Texas”, Palo Duro Canyon State Park is the second largest canyon in the country.
Orange, yellow, red, pink and lavender layered rock complemented by the green tones of the desert grasses and juniper trees. Your wedding dress is sure to earn a custom desert ombre as you walk through this park. The canyon floor is accessible by car so that you can easily get a view of the canyon from below the rim and say your vows beside the river that is responsible for this incredible piece of landscape. Explore by foot, horseback or take to a mountain bike on the many trails Palo Duro has to offer. Lodging cabins can be found inside the park or like Big Bend you can rough it by camping in the Backcountry.
6. Enchanted Rock
Miles of stunning pink granite that makes you feel as if you have landed on mars.
About two hours outside of Austin Texas you’ll find the most ENCHANTING place. Enchanted Rock is one of my favorite places to hike! There are many domes within this park, Little Dome, Turkey Peak, Enchanted Rock and more. Enchanted Rock being the largest dome in the park. Rising 425 feet above the base elevation of the park. Its high point is 1,825 feet above sea level, and the entire dome covers 640 acres. The view from the highest point is incredible and has been home to some of the most stunning sunsets I have ever witnessed. You can camp at the park or find peaceful lodging in the nearby town of Fredricksburg. Say your vows at the top of Enchanted Rock at sunrise, hike the 5.4 mile loop around the beautiful park then head into town for dinner and some Fredricksburg wine.
7. Pedernales Falls State Park
The Pedernales river creates unique and ever changing shapes within the limestone for you to explore.
Pedernales Falls is such a beautiful and easily accessible park so it would be perfect for anyone who wanted to elope with a few friends and family members. When the water is high the falls are a force to be reckoned with and when the water level is low you can hike up the river bed and explore all of the smaller pools of water along the way. Tucked beside the river are small pockets of almost desert-like landscape coexisting perfectly with lush green areas. It is such a diverse park! You can camp inside the park, find unique lodging near by or stay in Austin and make the hour drive. This is one of my favorite places to hike so I have become very familiar with it, I’d love to help you create the Pedernales Falls elopement of your dreams!
I hope that this blog has given you more insight and opened your eyes to the beauty that Texas has to offer! I'd be honored to help you make your elopement dreams come true no matter what location you choose.
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