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3 Romantic Spots for a Low-Key Elopement

In partnership with our friends at Graff

Nailing the perfect nuptials is deeply personal—especially when you’re ditching the twelve-piece band and double- (or triple-) digit guest list. Spontaneity certainly breeds romance, but a trip to the twenty-four-hour chapel isn’t the only way to elope. Choosing to do a wedding à deux is often less about urgency than agency: An intimate ceremony that honors your bond might just call for a closed session. It’s also an opportunity to skip town and splurge on the good stuff—your dream rings, the dress you really want, and perhaps one of the sublime settings below.

THE POINT

SARANAC LAKE, NEW YORK

Photo courtesy of The Point

Set on a pine-rimmed Adirondack lake, this historic great camp is peak East Coast cozy. From electric Budsin boats begging for a ride (stacked with wool blankets and wine) to guest rooms with handsome stone fireplaces and tranquil lake views, the seventy-five-acre property meets you where you are—meaning there are as many hiking trails and bonfires for the couple in matching Patagonia fleeces as there are bottles of Cab and epicurean picnics alfresco for the wine-dine-relax duo. Want to take the private wedding even further? Seal the deal on the Point’s own wooded island.

POST RANCH INN

BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA

Photo courtesy of Kodiak Greenwood

Simply put, the Post Ranch Inn will sweep you off your feet. There’s the balmy basking pool set against the sweeping coast. The sustainably designed architectural guesthouses tucked into the landscape. The prime placement between forest and sea, so the whole place smells like redwoods and world peace. And then there’s Soaring Starkey and Hana Nishiguchi. The former is Post Ranch’s beloved long-time officiant, a medicine-woman-cum-interfaith-minister who will create a ceremony so strikingly personal that it doubles as a tender timeline of your love affair. The latter is the resort’s warm-hearted, cool-headed events director, who has winnowed the elopement process down to a handful of questions that are actually fun to answer (cliffside ceremony or vows in the redwoods?).

AMARA RESORT AND SPA

SEDONA, ARIZONA

“Back in the day, when a couple eloped, they ran off somewhere, but now they often just want a really small, intimate experience,” says Lena Turner of Amara Resort. “That’s where micro weddings come in.” This Sedona spa retreat is the perfect place to celebrate if your future marriage isn’t going down without your MIL in attendance. The run of show can be as simple (ceremony under the red rocks, dinner on-site) or complex (bridal suite the day of, spa treatments for everyone the day after) as you want. Plus, the desert landscape is gorgeous and will get your stepdad feeling the woo, your in-laws on horseback, and the whole gang into crystals.

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