What To Do After Your Elopement Ceremony

Sep 20, 2021

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bride and groom sailing on a boat after their elopement


What To Do After Your Elopement Ceremony

So, you’ve just eloped. Congratulations! But now you’re probably thinking: what do we do now? Kidding — I hope you’re not reading this on the day of your elopement (that day is all about you and your partner!). But what to do after eloping is a question that often comes up for spouses-to-be. As a Lake Tahoe elopement photographer, I’ve captured and helped plan countless elopements and I’ve seen a lot of cool things couples have decided to do after they seal the deal. In this post, I want to give some examples to serve as inspiration if you’re wondering what to do after eloping!

Hike and picnic on the summit

If you and your partner are up for a little adventure, a hike is a great idea! There’s undoubtedly a chance for some great photos once you reach your destination. And if you plan ahead, it’s really fun to pack in some food for a picnic on the summit. Of course, be sure to keep general safety in mind. Wear the right shoes, drink plenty of water, put on sunscreen — and you’ll have an adventurous hike experience that you and your partner will treasure for the rest of your lives!


bride and groom enjoying a picnic on the summit in lake tahoe after their elopement


Jump in the lake

There’s something so cathartic about spontaneously jumping into water. Sometimes you just wanna say “screw it” and dive in! If that’s what you feel like doing on your elopement day, nobody can stop you. Even with a smaller ceremony, you’re sure to have some nerves after such a big moment — and a fun swim can wash all that away. Whether it’s a nearby pool, lake, or river, jumping in is a great way to feel like a free spirit and celebrate your elopement!


newlyweds jumping into Lake tahoe in their wedding attire after their elopement


Stop for a drink

Stopping at a restaurant or bar for a drink is a simple and pleasant way to spend your first hours as newlyweds, toasting to this new chapter in your lives! You can invite your guests along, or keep it an intimate celebration with you and your new spouse. It might even be fun to not plan where you’ll go ahead of time and discover a new favorite local spot. Being spontaneous is what eloping is all about! No matter how you make it happen, there’s no doubt your first “cheers” as a married couple will be a super special moment.


bride and groom just married, stopping for drinks in lake tahoe after their elopement


Take a drive

Taking a scenic drive with you and your partner’s favorite music playing is a great post-elopement activity that can fit into almost any timeline. Odds are, there’s a good road nearby your chosen elopement spot. Especially in Lake Tahoe, scenic routs are easy to come by! A car cruise is an opportunity for you two to talk to each other about the memories you made that day and your future together. And it’s the quickest way to find some breathtaking views. Don’t forget to stop and take pictures!


couple taking a scenic drive in lake tahoe after their elopement


Go on a sailboat ride

There’s something undeniably romantic about floating on the water. If you’re looking for a relaxing activity to enjoy after your elopement or maybe to kill time before the evening celebrations, consider chartering a sailboat to take you on a smooth ride. Sailboats are especially amazing because there’s no engine noise to stifle nature’s vibe. It’s just you, your partner, and the wind — plus some crew too if you don’t know how to sail. It’ll be a peaceful, serene moment for the two of you to enjoy.


couple sailing on a boat on lake tahoe after their elopement


Eloping is the way to go because it allows so much freedom for you and your partner to plan activities together! I’ve photographed some amazing post-ceremony moments that really showcase the personalities of the couple, and those photos always end up being my favorite. If you’re still wondering what to do after eloping, I have plenty more ideas! Get in touch and let’s discuss what sounds like fun to you.

Ruthanne is an Elopement Photographer & Expert based in Lake Tahoe, California. She specializes in elopements inspired by the beautify and elegance of the High Sierra mountains, but you can find her all over the west at any time. She lives in Truckee, California where she was born & raised, with her husband Demetri & Australian Shepherd, Sasha. 


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