The Best Places To Elope In Harford County, Maryland - Rachel Tanner Photography (2022)

Are you considering a simple elopement to escape matrimonial pandemonium? I’m here to help.

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Elopements are on the rise, especially amongst millenials, and I can’t really say I’m mad about it. While I love a fanciful and wild beast of a wedding, elopements are a sweet and intimate natured creature all of their own. Elopements are on the rise for many reasons, but your reason is your own. Perhaps you’re toying with the idea of forgoing the full regal of a large scale shebang but haven’t quite decided to commit just yet. That’s okay boo, I got you on the facts of why elopements are awesome as well as some magical and free (yeah buddy, free!) locations in Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania for your elopement.

What is an elopement?

Traditionally..

Elopement: verb. to run away secretly in order to get married, especially without parental consent.

In real life in 2021 and on..

Eloping is less about whisking your partner away to secretly marry in the woods to evade disapproving parents and more about running your own dang selves away from the drama and stress sweats of planning a full blown wedding.

Think of it as courthouse-easy meets storybook romantic with great scenery for a bangin’ album of beautiful photographs to remember your day through.

So, what’s so great about eloping?

There are endless reasons for a couple to elope rather than go the traditional route of a big wedding, but common reasons seem to crop up again and again as I work with my clientele, and perhaps upon reading through this, you might realize these are some suitable reasons for you to elope, too.

#1 ChaCHING. One reason more people (especially millennials) are eloping is glaringly obvious; weddings ain’t free.

Weddings are expensive. There’s no way around it. Even if you do it all on your own by pinching pennies, borrowing decorations and ruling the local craft stores as the coupon queen/king, you’re still looking at a hefty chunk of change to celebrate your nuptials. Avoiding credit card debt, saving your savings or simply having something else to put that big swath of moolah towards is one big reasons elopements are on the rise, but it’s not the only great reason to elope. Just because eloping saves big bucks doesn’t mean there aren’t also huge non-monetary benefits to eloping here in Maryland.

#2 Oh So Intimate. Marrying a person is about as intimate of a thing as one can decide to do.

Like, intimate intimate. Like, you’re going to be watching them clip their toenails and sharing the pillows they drool on for a long, long time. This is intimacy, people. Why not kick start this intimate and shared lifestyle with as few people as possible? Introverts, rejoice! In Maryland a legal marriage doesn’t require any witnesses to elope, so you’re good to get married with just yourselves, officiant and your photographer present for an ultra private ceremony, or invite just a few beloved people to join you. This also means you have an easy out to not invite every person that shares some connection to your families without causing an uproar and fielding offended voicemails from the aforementioned people. This brings me to reason number three that elopements are the bees knees.

#3 Saving Aunt Mavis’s Feelings. As we discussed in our number one reason folks are eloping, OH HI weddings are expensive. Feeding you to celebrate my union isn’t cheap, Aunt Mavis.

This cost often sky rockets when the to-be-married parties feel obligated to invite every Tom, Dick and Aunt Harriet. While some brides or grooms have no issue leaving people off the list, many find it difficult to cut down the list for fear of hurting feelings or causing family drama. The best family drama is the drama that isn’t your drama. Am I right? An elopement is, therefor, the perfect reason to not invite all those twice removed relatives and people you once knew without hurting their tender hearts. It’s not just you Uncle Hobart, NOBODY is invited. An elopement sets the stage for just you two and only the people you want to be there. The intimacy of an elopement just between you and a few special people will significantly reduces the sometimes overwhelming stress that comes with planning a wedding, and THAT is something worth celebrating.

#4 Less Stress and Mess. Weddings are stressful and messy. Just some food, a little decor and some music is all you need, right? Well.. No, not really.

The devil is in the details and it gets out of hand REAL fast when planning a wedding. You start off planning a simple, frugal wedding, and before you know it, you’re breathing fire at anyone who suggests a different style of table linens because you’re having a hard time carrying the weight of a million decisions, that all need to be handled and coordinated in a timely and efficient manner. Some people thrive on this mayhem and love nothing more than the challenge of organizing a giant event for hundreds of people. I’m looking at you, Monica Gellars of the world. That’s wonderful and I kind of view it as some sort of a super power. Alas, we can’t all be Monica’s, as the majority of us, much to our chagrin, are Rachel Greens. We aren’t that organized and we kind of fall apart under the pressure, and that steals the joy of the day. Elopements offer a streamlined, bare-bones approach to tying the knot, and that’s a relief for many brides and grooms out there. This weightless joy of less stress and mess hopefully also comes with a lot less hurt feelings and family drama. YEAH buddy. That’s what I’m talking about.

#5 Unforeseen Circumstances. As we have experienced across the globe in the past year, unforeseen circumstances happen. Covid-19 came crashing into our lives in 2020 and straight up ripped the rug out from under thousands of couples, so improvise many of them did! Sometimes eloping and having a big party later is the option couples are most comfortable with. I have seen couples elope for so many reasons, really. I have witnessed couples marry in a hospital room with a dying parent there to support, love and witness the blessed occasion. I have seen couples elope before one or both of them get deployed to different sides of the world. Unforeseen circumstances are hard to navigate, but love finds a way, and often, that way is a quick, sweet elopement.

A big decision when planning an elopement is location, and Harford County, Maryland is spilling over with gorgeous locations for your consideration.

Looking for a beautiful, free location to elope? Let’s go!

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The Best Places To Elope In Harford County, Maryland – Kilgore Falls, Pylesville, Maryland

Is there anything more romantic than eloping with your love in front of a waterfall? Think of something. I’ll wait. As one of my declared best places to elope in Harford County, Maryland, this wistful location, also referred to by locals as “Falling Branch” is the jewel of Harford County, MD. Not only is it treasured by locals and travelers alike, it is also kind of famous. This is the waterfall featured in the sweet Disney movie, Tuck Everlasting. The “falling branch” was removed and put back into place for the movie, so it may look a bit different, but rest assured, this waterfall has had it’s day and has seen some things. This location is not only stunning but absolutely free to visit! Due to our beloved falls not being treated with respect, the park has instituted a parking lot reservation system to ensure the falls aren’t completely over run with people each day, thus, less polluted, and thankfully, less crowded on your big day. As this is a popular location for locals and tourists, it’s important to consider that there will be onlookers at this location, as there will be with just about any beautiful public location. All you need is a reserved parking spot for your attendees and you’re all set to get married in front of this legendary little waterfall in Pylesville, Maryland.

The Best Places To Elope In Harford County, Maryland – The King and Queen Seats, Rock State Park, Forest Hill, Maryland

This location is just a skip away from Kilgore Falls and definitely packs a punch when it comes to wow factor. This beautiful cliff looks over the park and is truly breath-taking year round. In the evenings, overlooking Rock State Park at the top of this mountain feels like the sun is setting just for your wedding. It also features fabulous wooded locations and trails that are great for photos before and after your mountain top ceremony. It really is a win win all around, and way too dreamy to not consider for your nuptials. You will need to be ready to do a touch of walking and a teensy bit of climbing, but don’t let that rule this location out just yet. I’ve done this little walk and climb with a baby strapped to my back, so it’s nothing an adventurous couple can’t do in a tuxedo or giant puffy dress. The adventure just makes it all a little bit more romantic, don’t you think?

The Best Places To Elope In Harford County, Maryland – Jerusalem Mill and Village + Jericho Bridge, Kingsville, Maryland

Jerusalem Mill and Village + Jericho Bridge is a local favorite for all kinds of photography, and elopements are no exception. This vast area features a small stream in the woods, open fields where the golden hour sun reigns surpreme and gorgeous structures and buildlings from the 1700s. Jerusalem Mill and Jericho Bridge hold oodles of historic charm that can’t be pushed aside without heavy consideration. This stunning property is relatively flat with walking trails, which makes it a great location for easy manuevering, as well as a wide range of backdrops all in one sprawling location. This is the ultimate outdoor elopement pick for couples who want historic romance and a large variation in backgrounds locations all in one place.

The Best Places To Elope In Harford County, Maryland – The Liriodendron Mansion, Bel Air, Maryland

The Liriodendron Mansion is nestled right in Historic Downtown Bel Air and boasts so much beauty and history. Built and owned by the late Dr. Kelly, a highly respected surgeon and one of the founding physicians of Johns Hopkins Medical College. Built in the georgian revival style on 100 acres of land, it truly is a location that leaves visitors in awe. As a popular wedding location, it features unlimited gorgeous locations on the property and around the mansion for photos and elopement ceremony options. Because this location is such a popular event location, the staff at The Lirodendron request that anyone visiting for a photography session simply call ahead of time to get on their schedule to ensure there is no conflict of using the property, especially when there is a paid event on the books. This is a great location to use in the off season and week days as it’s less likely to be already in use for a wedding or large party event. For full use of the mansion inside and out with no interruptions or conflicts with visiting tourists, The Lirodendron Mansion offers a sweet elopement package at a very affordable and elopement friendly cost that is an excellent upgrade well worth the small investment to get this mansion all to yourself.

The Best Places To Elope In Harford County, Maryland – Concord Point Lighthouse in Havre De Grace, Maryland

This quaint lighthouse is the second oldest lighthouse in maryland and affectionately seen as the symbol of Havre De Grace. Adorning the beautiful waterfront promenade in Havre De Grace, this lighthouse location would be a sweet homage to couples who love to swim, kayak, fish or simply spend time snuggling as they stare out over the water. This sweet lighthouse and lawn is open for free exploration and thus, photo taking and elopements every day in the office season (November through March) and on weekends from 1pm to 5pm April through October. This location can be rented for a reasonable set tax deductible donation after 5pm on weekends, April through October as well. For sunset lovers and no picnicers in the background, this is a great option to have your dream elopement while donating to a historical sites maintanence for further enjoyment of future generations.

The Best Places To Elope In Harford County, Maryland – Rock Run Gristmill in Havre De Grace, Maryland

Rock Run Gristmill is located on the wide open Susquehanna River and is simply stunning for an outdoorsy couple who’s ready to elope in their natural habitat. This sweet spot is free for visitors and offers so much natural beauty along with a charming view of the gristmill in the background. For adventurers, this is a great place to tie the knot then do a little bit of kayaking! I’ve yet to photograph a couple elope IN a kayak but it’s on my wish-list, so don’t rule anything out when planning your exchanging of rings.

The Best Places To Elope In Harford County, Maryland – Stepping Stone Farm Museum, Havre De Grace, Maryland

The Steppingstone Farm Museum is a no brainer for those who want a rustic and lovely non-profit location to say “I do”. Nestled on the scenic Susquehanna River, natural beauty and historic buildings are a match made in heaven for this elopement location. This location is free on off hours, but prime hours can be booked with the museums “Micro Wedding” package for a low cost to ensure the dreamiest evening lighting and a wide open space just for your elopement.

The Best Places To Elope In Harford County, Maryland – Your Local Park

There are SO many beautiful parks in Harford County that offer woody scenery and lovely sunsets, so let’s not rule them out simply because they aren’t tourist hot spots. This, is in fact, one of the great things about these small, mostly uncelebrated parks; They’re not packed full of people, especially when the sun is setting, which is the perfect time to elope. If you’re considering eloping, next time you have a few minutes to spare, drive in and explore that little park that you always pass and never pay much mind. It might just be the hidden gem that will host your most precious elopement in Harford County, Maryland.

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Check out the locations listed in this post down below

https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/Rocks/Falling-Branch.aspx

https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/Rocks/King-Queen-Seats.aspx

https://www.visitharford.com/listing/rock-run-grist-mill-(susquehanna-state-park)/850/

https://www.steppingstonemuseum.org/

https://www.stateparks.com/maryland_parks_and_recreation_destinations.html

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FAQs

How much does it cost to elope to get married? ›

The cost of eloping

While there is no set cost to elope, most couples spend $5,000-$15,000, far less than the national average of $33,000 for a traditional wedding. Eloping couples tend to cut out the things they don't care about, and perhaps pay a little more for the things they do.

How do you successfully elope? ›

  1. Step 1: Decide the Vibe. ...
  2. Step 2: Determine a Budget. ...
  3. Step 3: Decide Where You Need Vendors. ...
  4. Step 4: Choose Vendors with Intention. ...
  5. Step 5: Make It Official. ...
  6. Step 6: Think About Attire. ...
  7. Step 7: Share The Happy News with Family and Friends.
16 Jan 2022

Where is the cheapest to elope? ›

Cheap elopement destinations in the United States that are still gorgeous
  • Bali.
  • Scotland.
  • Oregon Forrest.
  • In the Montana Mountains.
  • Colorado Mountains.
  • California Coast.
  • Washington State.
  • Niagra Falls.
29 Jan 2022

Where is the easiest place to get married? ›

The 5 Easiest States to Get Married In
  • The Easiest States to Get Married In #1: Colorado. ...
  • The Easiest States to Get Married In #2: Idaho. ...
  • The Easiest States to Get Married In #3: Wyoming. ...
  • The Easiest States to Get Married In #4: Utah. ...
  • The Easiest States to Get Married In #5: Montana. ...
  • Finding Your Perfect "I Do" Location.

What's the cheapest way to get married? ›

The cheapest way to have a reception is to book a non-wedding venue. Wedding venues can charge a premium because they do weddings day in, day out and can offer their couples exactly what they need, all under one roof.

How many people attend an elopement? ›

Guests. This is one of the biggest contrasts between a traditional wedding and an elopement ceremony. Most traditional weddings have a guest list with 50 to 200+ guests, while an elopement is 20 guests or less. A microwedding is 20-50 guests.

Is eloping cheaper than a wedding? ›

Elopements are significantly cheaper and allow people to focus on their honeymoon. Also, these ceremonies are more intimate and personal than the traditional 300-person wedding.

What is high elopement risk? ›

Increasing Elopement Risks

Residents who have eloped may be exposed to extreme heat or cold. They may suffer a fall when walking over uneven or unfamiliar territory. Additionally, they may suffer injuries or death as a result of wandering into traffic or bodies of water, or as a result of exposure to inclement weather.

How far in advance should I plan my elopement? ›

Planning your elopement can take at least 3 months to organize your inspiration, budget, and vendors. We advise doing all of your paperwork 2 months away from your elopement day.

Do you still get gifts if you elope? ›

It's a known expectation that you come bearing a gift if you attend a wedding in person. But when it comes to elopements, gifts are not expected, even if it's a destination ceremony.

Do you register when you elope? ›

The short answer: yes. Whether you're having a last-minute intimate ceremony due to COVID-19, or had originally planned to elope all along, you should definitely create a registry.

What is elopement behavior? ›

Elopement, also known as wandering or bolting, describes an individual's behavior of leaving an area without permission or supervision. Elopement puts an individual, especially one with autism or related developmental disabilities, at risk for harm.

Where can I get married with just the two of us? ›

Famously, Nevada has no waiting period or blood-test requirements. Montana and Washington D.C. also do not have waiting periods. The three states do require couples apply for permission to marry in person and furnish proof of age, as well as the allotted fee. A third party may apply in Washington D.C.

Can you get married in Vegas with a California marriage license? ›

Regardless of which county you obtain the license from, the ceremony can be performed anywhere in the State of Nevada. Only one witness is required. Be aware that marriage license requirements, in both California and Nevada, will vary from county to county and often change.

Where can I elope in the Northeast? ›

Top 14 Elopement Destinations in the Northeast As Told By An Elopement Photographer
  • Beavertail, Rhode Island. ...
  • Block Island, Rhode Island. ...
  • Desert, Rhode Island. ...
  • Lakeville, Connecticut. ...
  • Barkhamsted, Connecticut. ...
  • The Berkshires, Massachusetts. ...
  • Acadia National Park, Maine. ...
  • Ogunquit, Maine.
23 Feb 2021

What is a quick wedding called? ›

Elopement is a term which is used in reference to a marriage which is conducted in a sudden and secretive fashion, usually involving a hurried flight away from one's place of residence together with one's beloved with the intention of getting married without parental approval.

Is it easy to elope? ›

It turns out California being one of the easiest places to elope in the US is also one of the most beautiful places to elope in the US.

How fast can you get married? ›

You'd be surprised to know that many states allow it. Of the 50 states in the US, 31 have no restrictions on granting licenses and marrying the couple on the same day. In those states, there is also no waiting period, so you apply, get it, and get married.

What is the cheapest day of the week to get married? ›

Weekday weddings are typically more affordable, with Monday being most affordable and increasing in expense as you get nearer the weekend. Of course, the differential will vary between venues — high-end venues are high-end every day of the week.

What month is cheapest to get married? ›

February and December are also in-demand months to tie the knot thanks to Valentine's Day and Christmas. Therefore, the cheapest months for your wedding would be January, March, April and November. During these months, vendors are typically more available and less expensive.

Do couples who elope last longer? ›

Shockingly, couples who eloped (just the couple at the wedding) were 12.5x more likely to end up divorced than couples who were married at a wedding with 200+ people.

Who is invited to an elopement? ›

Although the old-school way to elope is to head off somewhere in secrecy and roll back into town sporting a wedding ring, many modern couples who elope will invite a few friends or their parents and siblings to come to the ceremony.

Is eloping a good idea? ›

Eloping is great for couples that value experience over a big wedding, or would rather put their money toward something that is more important. Most couples that choose to elope crave a day that reflects their relationship. They're rad couples that value a true experience they can remember forever.

What is the difference between getting married and eloping? ›

An intimate wedding differs from an elopement in many ways. For one, there is no secrecy like that of an elopement. Secondly, the key difference from a standard wedding is the size of the guest list. There is often some type of reception after the ceremony.

How much should you spend on an elopement dress? ›

Ceremony attire can include dresses, suits, shoes, and any other accessories that you want for your elopement! Wedding dresses for an elopement typically range from $500 - $2,000 if you go to a bridal shop. BHLDN and Daci Gowns are both great shops, offering tons of variety in styles for every budget.

What is considered a small wedding? ›

Intimate wedding: Between 50 and 75 guests. Small wedding: Less than 50 guests. “That number can fit comfortably in a backyard with 6 or so tables,” she says.

What is the first step in the prevention of elopement? ›

The first step in elopement prevention is to identify residents who may be at risk to wander or elope. Elopement risks are generally greatest in the first 72 hours following admission.

What are elopement precautions? ›

Elopement precautions- measures taken to prevent those patients assessed as elopement/escape risks from leaving the hospital.

Which behaviors could lead to elopement? ›

Depression and agitation are two of the most common psychological causes for elopement behavior.
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Other psychological factors can also cause a resident to elope or wander to alleviate these feelings, such as:
  • Lack of self-control.
  • An uncontrollable sense of boredom.
  • Stress.
  • Or anxiety.
21 Jul 2017

How many hours does an elopement take? ›

Eight to ten hours of coverage is perfect with couples who value having their whole wedding day story told, who plan on having more than 15+ guests and/or who want a truly unique, dare I say, adventurous elopement day experience - anything involving lots of driving, multiple locations, helicopter / jeep tours etc.

How long do Elopements last? ›

Elopements can last the entire day — sometimes two or three days, even — because you're creating your wildly different wedding day that you truly want.

How long are elopement vows? ›

We recommend that you time your vows when writing them. The perfect length is anywhere between 2-3 minutes. Don't feel pressured to fill pages and pages with your words of love! Short and sweet is just as touching.

What do you call a party after an elopement? ›

If friends and family know you eloped, you can simply send invitations to this party in whatever manner you want to frame it – call it a reception, an elopement party, or even an anniversary party. If you've kept your elopement secret, your party invitations could also be a marriage announcement!

Why do we elope? ›

Overwhelmingly, the very number one reason that people reported choosing to elope was that they wanted to experience a totally intimate wedding celebration – a day focused on just the two of them. Couples said they wanted to strip away the pressure, anxiety and obligation they felt about having a traditional wedding.

Where can I get married with just the two of us? ›

Famously, Nevada has no waiting period or blood-test requirements. Montana and Washington D.C. also do not have waiting periods. The three states do require couples apply for permission to marry in person and furnish proof of age, as well as the allotted fee. A third party may apply in Washington D.C.

How much does it cost to elope in Florida? ›

Eloping in Florida Marriage License Requirements:
Minimum AgeCost for licenseWaiting period to marry
18 yrs$93.50 or $61 discounted fee after attending premarital coursenone

How much does it cost to elope in Texas? ›

Ranging from $350 for a basic ceremony to $2,325 for our deluxe elopement package, with a ton of options and flexibility in between, a Texas elopement can be incredibly affordable.

How much is it to elope in Ontario? ›

You need to apply in person, at your local town/municipality office, bring two pieces of ID (one with a photo), and pay a $125.00 fee.

What happens when elope? ›

An elopement is a simple ceremony that is short and sweet, usually around 5 minutes long. The ceremony script has been pre-written by your officiant and you have the option to add your own vows and/or a reading. The entire focus is on the couple and creating a little bit of magic just around them.

Is eloping a good idea? ›

Eloping is great for couples that value experience over a big wedding, or would rather put their money toward something that is more important. Most couples that choose to elope crave a day that reflects their relationship. They're rad couples that value a true experience they can remember forever.

Is it cheaper to elope or have a wedding? ›

According to the 2020 Brides American Wedding Study, couples can save a lot of money if they decide to elope. Even the most expensive elopements are often cheaper than other types of weddings. One of the biggest costs saved is on the reception. Couples spend on average a whopping $3034.30 for the venue alone!

What is patient elopement? ›

Elopement is defined as an unauthorized departure of a patient from an around-the-clock care setting.

What is elopement in autism? ›

It's common for children who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to run or wander away from caregivers or secure locations. This is called elopement. Elopement is common in children with autism and can be a traumatic situation for a child and caregivers.

Can you get married after eloping? ›

If you are engaged, you may want to have a big celebration with friends and family, but you might also feel it is best to wait due to the current state of the world. You might ask yourself, “Can you elope and have a wedding later?” The short answer is yes.

Is it easy to elope? ›

It turns out California being one of the easiest places to elope in the US is also one of the most beautiful places to elope in the US.

How much do you give for an elopement? ›

"A great amount for your coworkers is $20 to $25. Just go to $50 as you get to know the person a little bit more," she says. If you're a friend or family member, that's when you can spend $100 or more.

What is high elopement risk? ›

Increasing Elopement Risks

Residents who have eloped may be exposed to extreme heat or cold. They may suffer a fall when walking over uneven or unfamiliar territory. Additionally, they may suffer injuries or death as a result of wandering into traffic or bodies of water, or as a result of exposure to inclement weather.

How does a courthouse wedding work? ›

A courthouse wedding is a nonreligious ceremony that allows you to legally marry your partner. Unlike a religious ceremony, courthouse weddings are presided over by a legal official, such as a judge or court clerk.

What changes when you get married legally? ›

Once you're married, you'll receive numerous rights and benefits. These range from tax and inheritance benefits, to alimony and child support in the event of a divorce, to your right to take bereavement leave from your job if your spouse should die.

From officiants, witnesses, blood tests, waiting periods, and EPIC views, there are so many factors to consider when choosing your elopement location. So I’m sharing my top 5 easiest places to elope in the U.S.!

Along with these requirements, many states require you to have one to two witnesses to sign your marriage license.. Colorado is at the top of my list of easiest places in the U.S. to elope for a number of reasons.. While California does require more people present than the other options, I had to include it anyway since there are so many amazing elopement locations and easy ways to follow the legal requirements to marry while still keeping things super intimate and private for you!. For couples who want a more intimate feel for their wedding day, but weren’t quite sold on the places listed above, here are the states in the U.S. that you can get married in without a witness.. If you’re planning a destination elopement, eloping in a state without a waiting period is one of the easiest ways to obtain your marriage license.. Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, D.C., Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are all states that do not require a waiting period after obtaining your marriage license.. If you don’t have any clue where you wanna elope or where to start, I personally help with all of that and compile a list of ideas just for you when you book me as your elopement photographer !. If you’re still looking for an easy elopement experience, but the state you hope to elope in isn’t listed above don’t write it out just yet!

We¿ve listed nine of the county¿s best picnic areas. Some are well-known spots while others might surprise you. So what are you waiting for? Dig out the wicker basket, pack the potato salad and start picnicking!

Picnickers interested in exploring the outcrops should visit nearby Rock Ridge Picnic Area, which offers parking, restrooms, grills, playground equipment, picnic tables and pavilions.. Picnickers must have a permit to use any of the pavilions, which can accommodate between 120 and 150 people and cost about $150.. As part of the county’s 51-acre Rockfield Park, Rockfield Creative Playground has been a favorite picnic spot among Harford County families for more than a decade.. This scenic spot, located in Deer Creek Valley, also is home to a 200-year-old gristmill, a nature center and a canoe and kayak launch.. Located along the Bush River, Flying Point Park gives picnickers scenic water views and an “open, beachy” feel, says Meghan Denhard, recreation specialist with Harford County.. The massive playground, which is part of Edgeley Grove Park, includes multiple swings, climbing structures and slides, as well as picnic tables and a pavilion that accommodates up to 60 people.. On Friday evenings in June and July, the park also hosts summer concerts.

So fill a backpack with your camera equipment, however modest, and head off for these proven Harford County nature photography destinations.

To capture birds in their natural habitat, Brundick carries the chair and his camera into the woods and stakes out a spot.. “The birds will come back,” he says.. Brundick, president of the Harford County Photography Group, says outdoor photographers don’t always need to buy extravagant equipment or travel to far-flung locations.. When photography group member Heidi Rainville unpacks her camera, however, she sometimes doesn’t even leave home.. Get out into a park and wait.. It is, however, about the photographer, says Brundick.. Harford Glen is a mecca for butterflies, dragonflies, bluebirds, turtles, deer, wood ducks and Baltimore orioles.. “I take a lot of pictures of the same thing, over and over,” she says.. Located on the banks of the lower Susquehanna River, Susquehanna State Park includes a boat launch, nature trails of varying elevations, equestrian riding trails, an operational historic gristmill, a spring wildflower trail, fishing spots and a smattering of man-made waterfalls.. The bird varieties alone in Susquehanna State Park are superb, says Gigliotti.. If you see a person or group with binoculars, they’re probably looking for birds, and will often help you to spot and identify birds if you ask them,” he says.. The park is located on about 100 acres of land in Abingdon and includes the Anita C. Leight Conservation Center.. “Eden Mill is so close to the water that it’s the perfect ecosystem to photograph so many animals,” she says.

To help you narrow down your options for ceremony spots, here are a few of the best places to elope in the US!

Whether you want to tie the knot on a sandy beach by the water, or stand on a coastal bluff that overlooks the ocean, both coasts of the US offer some incredible options!. You’ll find some of the best places to elope in the US here, from a pink sand beach to redwood forests to coastal bluffs!. On the other side of the country is Acadia National Park, where you’ll find a rugged coastline with scenic lighthouses, rocky beaches, and stunning views!. Here are a few of the best places to elope for waterfall views.. For mountain views, there are options all over the country!. The park is one of the least visited in the country, making it one of the best places to elope in the US not only for incredible views, but also for privacy.. Lake Crescent is located in Olympic National Park, and its easily accessible location and stunning scenery make it one of the best places to elope in the US!

The Best Places to Elope in the PNW for adventurous lovers who dream of Eloping in the PNW feat. the best the natural world has to offer.

The same things that make the PNW such an amazing place for an adventurous holiday are what make it one of the best areas to elope in the US.. To help you plan something truly incredible, I’ve put together a list of some of the Best Places to Elope in the PNW, grouped by state.. Idaho might not be the first place that comes to mind when you picture yourself Eloping in the PNW, but it’s definitely worth considering!. Plus, in most counties, you can pick up your Idaho marriage license on the same day, as long as the County Recorder’s office is open.. To elope at any of these amazing locations in Oregon, you’ll need to apply for your Oregon marriage license which you can do online.. Smith Rock State Park God’s Thumb Oregon Coast Crater Lake National Park Mount Hood National Forest Columbia River Gorge Alvord Desert The Painted Hills. Glacier National Park is no doubt one of Montana’s most popular elopement destinations, and for good reason.. Are you planning on eloping to the PNW and looking for more information about the Best Places to Elope in the PNW?

With so many locations to choose from, Colorado is an eloping couple's dream. This guide includes all the best places to elope in Colorado!

Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado National Monument Grand Lake Garden of The Gods Chautauqua Park Trails Sunrise Amphitheater Lake Isabell Sapphire Point Golden Guanella Pass Loveland Pass Telluride Vail Maroon Bells Amphitheater Estes Park Leadville Great Sand Dunes Horsetooth Reservoir Lost Gultch Secret Locations. Choosing the best place to elope in Colorado requires you to consider the time of year you want to elope.. That said all of Colorado’s National Parks, some wilderness areas and other protected areas DO require permits to elope.. Located near Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake offers beautiful mountain views and access to the deepest lake in Colorado.. Lake Isabelle is one of the best places to elope in Colorado for those looking to hike on their elopement day.

This guide will tell you everything you need to know, including the best places to elope in Arkansas, how to get legally married, and more!

If you dream of an adventure, of tying the knot somewhere beautiful, with mountains, or water, or lush forest behind you, you can elope in Arkansas and plan a day that’s as unique as you are.. Arkansas is an incredible elopement destination, and one that’s pretty underrated, with incredible scenery and outdoor adventures perfect for any nature-loving couple.. This guide will tell you everything you need to know to plan your elopement, including the best places to elope in Arkansas, how to get legally married, and more!. As an elopement photographer, part of my job is helping you find that perfect spot – so here are a few of the best places to elope in Arkansas!. White Rock Mountain is located in the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest, and is one of the best places to elope in Arkansas.. For rock climbers, Mount Magazine State Park is one of the best places to elope in Arkansas!. One of the best places to elope in Arkansas if you want to be by the water is the Buffalo River.. Close to Little Rock, Arkansas’ capital city, Pinnacle Mountain towers in the center of Pinnacle Mountain State Park, offering incredible views of the peak!. But, if you’re up for an adventure, you’ll love this Arkansas elopement location.. You can find a list of offices here – if you live in the state, it’s easiest to find one close to home, and if you’re traveling, look for one close to your elopement location!. My Arkansas elopement packages include everything you need – location scouting, vendor recommendations, a custom timeline, and more, so that when you get your photos back, you’ll see the entire story of your one of a kind elopement day!. If you’re ready to elope in Arkansas, contact me , and we’ll start planning!

You can choose from rugged beaches, snow capped mountians, and so much more - and to help you decide, here are the best places to elope in California!

California is one of the best states when it comes to choosing your elopement location!. So to help you decide, here are the best places to elope in California.. Best Places to Elope in California If there’s one thing that California’s known for, it’s the beaches.. There are rocks peeking through the ocean and cliffs that tower by the water.. You can also hike spots that take you through groves of Redwood trees and out to the coast.. As one of California’s best known elopement locations, Yosemite National Park never disappoints when it comes to incredible scenery.. The granite cliffs that tower over the valley make a great place to elope – whether you hike to the top or find an overlook.. With countless trails to choose from, you’ll find something perfect for you!. Here are some of the best places to elope in California if you want to find some natural hot springs!. Along with incredible mountain views, you’ll find lots of natural hot springs tucked in the forest just outside of town.. Visit one of the popular spots, or do some exploring to find a private pool of your own!. The United States’ first national park and home to the world’s tallest trees, Sequoia National Park is one of the best places to elope in California.. In Del Norte, you can hike through forests of Redwoods and emerge on the coast combining woodsy views with views of the ocean!. Joshua Tree National Park Elopement California’s deserts are a great place to get away from the cold in the winter time – though they can get chilly at night!. Despite the ominous name, Death Valley has some of the most incredible desert views in California.

With so many different spots around the state, Colorado is the perfect place for an elopement. Check out the best places to elope in Colorado here!

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the best places to elope in Colorado!. Many couples choose to exchange their vows at one of the park’s many scenic overlooks, which offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains.. With its stunning views, incredible peace, and plenty of adventure, it’s definitely one of the best places to elope in Colorado!. There are plenty of places to choose from when it comes to eloping in Telluride, so you’re sure to find the perfect spot for your special day.. But did you know that it’s also a great place to elope?. Each of these locations offers something unique and special for couples looking to exchange their vows in a beautiful setting.. The views from the top of the mountain are incredible.. The town’s natural beauty makes it a romantic setting for your special day.. The views are incredible, and it is such a romantic spot.. This is the perfect place to elope for an adventurous couple who wants to stay in the Denver area, as this spot is located right in Boulder.. The views are stunning, and it is such a romantic spot.

Thinking of becoming a runaway bride? Check out the best places to elope around the world!

If you’re looking for a unique and otherworldly experience, Arches National Park is the perfect place to elope.. Charleston is the perfect place to elope if you’re looking for a romantic and historical setting.. Key West is the perfect place to elope for couples who want a laid-back and relaxed setting.. If you’re looking for a desert setting with fantastic views, Sedona is the perfect place to elope.. Edinburgh is the perfect place to elope if you’re looking for an absolutely breathtaking setting.. If you’re looking for stress-free and affordable elopement packages, consider checking out Simply Eloped – a full-service elopement planner who will make your wedding unforgettable!

This guide will tell you how to plan your unique, day - the best places to elope in Oklahoma, making things legally official, and more!

Maybe I’m a little biased, since Oklahoma’s my home state, but that means I’ve had plenty of time to explore all the hidden gems and magical locations!. We’ll talk about the best places to elope in Oklahoma, making things legally official, and more!. Choosing your elopement location is one of the absolute most exciting things about making this brave decision – because instead of looking at hotels, ballrooms, barns, farms, and vineyards, you get to choose from mountains, forests, waterfront views, and other stunning landscapes!. As an Oklahoma elopement photographer, a big part of my job is helping you choose the perfect spot to exchange vows – so to get you inspired, here are a few of the best places to elope in Oklahoma.. Salt Plains is one of the best places to elope in Oklahoma if you want a truly one of a kind spot!. All that’s left of the sea is Great Salt Plains Lake, a saltwater lake where you can take a boat or kayak out on the water.. There are hikes in the area, and you can stay in one of the cute eco-friendly cabins in Salt Plains State Park!. Tie the knot here, and you can explore one of Oklahoma’s most scenic lakes – Broken Bow Lake – or go hiking or camping at Beavers Bend State Park!. Summers are often very hot, so the best time to elope for most couples will be spring or fall, when the weather is more mild.. You’ll get your marriage license right away, and it can be used the same day!. It expired after 10 days, so I recommend picking it up at least a day before your elopement, to avoid any stress on the day of.. Nothing’s off limits, so dream big, and picture what would make your wedding day that best day ever!

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