Whether Cape Cod is a place you grew up visiting with your family or its the place you met the love of your life, it is truly such a special place. It offers adorable towns and the most beautiful ocean views. There is so much to do and see making it an amazing location for an elopement! So I of course want to share with you all the information you need to plan your dreamy Cape Cod Elopement!
Cape Cod is located in a hook-shaped Peninsula extending into the Atlantic Ocean in Southeastern Massachusetts. This beautiful region of Massachusetts is most famously known for its white sandy beaches, marine wildlife, and abundant activities to enjoy in the summer months.
Obviously Cape Cod is a beautiful East Coast elopement location but here are a few reasons why it might be the perfect place for you and your partner to tie the knot:
Cape Cod is a beautiful place to visit year-round but the busiest time of the year is definitely July and August. Cape Cod is super busy during the summer months as tons of people flock here for vacation and to enjoy the sandy beaches and warm ocean water. So, if you want nice weather without the big crowds, I would recommend eloping in May, June, September, or October. The prices of things also tend to be lower as this isn’t the busiest time of the year.
The winter in Cape Cod is also beautiful but it definitely gets a little chilly. The temperature highs fall around 39 degrees while the lows fall around 25 degrees. If you don’t mind the cold, then this is a great time to elope here because it is the off-season and there are little to no crowds. But some of the local shops and restaurants do close during this time of year so that is something to consider.
When you think of Cape Cod, the white sandy beaches and the iconic lighthouses are what you probably picture. If you want that quintessential Cape Cod feel for your elopement, the Nobska lighthouse is a great location. This beautiful Cape Cod Lighthouse is surrounded by green grass on all sides and obviously overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. I recommend going to the top of the lighthouse as well if it is open for some portraits at the top! Then you can head down to Nobska Beach to enjoy the white sandy beach and ocean backdrop.
Gray’s Beach is a super popular location in Cape Cod because of its long boardwalk over the marshland. The boardwalk is about 0.3 miles long leading to Gray’s Beach. I highly recommend taking tons of your elopement photos on the boardwalk as it provides a great backdrop!
The Chatham lighthouse is one of the most famous lighthouses in Cape Cod located on the “elbow.” This beautiful lighthouse sits 80 feet above sea level and provides an iconic backdrop for your elopement.
White Crest is a beautiful beach in Wellfleet that has massive towering dunes. This is the perfect beach elopement location to enjoy the sunset, watch the seals, and enjoy a romantic picnic. Then you can run around in the dunes for some fun and playful elopement photos.
If you want to elope in town, Provincetown is a great option. This colorful town has so much character and is such a fun and unique place to elope. You can enjoy the beautiful beaches, amazing restaurants, art galleries, boutique inns, and fun charming shops. This small town is chalked full of history and is actually the oldest continuous art colony in the country.
Aquinnah Cliffs at Martha’s Vineyard is one of the most beautiful spots in Cape Cod! This area features multicolored clay cliffs and some of the most picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean and coastline. You can explore the lower beach paths to see the cliffs up close or take a little hike up the trails to the top cliffs for the best views.
Nauset Beach is a beautiful coastal destination with the most perfect shoreline, rolling dunes, and big waves! This is a super popular beach in Cape Cod because of its untouched landscape and pristine condition. Because of its popularity, this is a location that might be better for a spring or fall elopement so that you don’t have to deal with big crowds.
Cape Cod is an East Coast beach paradise with so much to see and explore while you are here. So, it’s only right that you add in some fun activities on your elopement day or at least on your trip. Here are a few ideas:
The process of getting married in Massachusetts is pretty simple. Just head to the courthouse website for the county that you will be getting married in and apply!
For more information on getting your Massachusetts marriage license, you can visit the website here.
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My goal is for your photos to be as real & authentic as humanly possible, so that every time you open up your gallery, it’s like you’re right back there again, feeling alllllll those same feels you felt the first time around. I value real-life moments, not fake shit.
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