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I'm Shanmari - elopement crafter and photographer here at Avonture. I'm based out of Ohio and travels worldwide to help couples plan their dream elopement that values their beliefs and authenticity. Reach out anytime if you'd like to chat about yours!

Elope in Cleveland, Ohio | A Lake Erie Elopement Story

The word "Erie" is fitting for Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio. It is filled with wonder – especially during the winter months when the lake becomes a large white sheet of ice, and the layer of fog gives a sense of mystery. The remarkable sunsets and sunrises are like stepping into a dream with sights so beautiful.


Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio, is a popular local and tourist spot. It draws travelers from around the world, and people can bring their pets (leashed) to sunbathe, have a campfire, or hike. Some couples will elope on Lake Erie because there are secret nooks and lesser-known beaches to find a private location to say their vows.


Eloping on Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio is a magical experience – let's explore how you can elope here too!



Gay couple embracing one another on the rocks alongside the beach with a lighthouse behind them during their sunset cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park


How to Elope in Cleveland, Ohio


Eloping in Cleveland does not have to be limited to a quick courthouse elopement when there are so many beautiful places surrounding Cleveland. From lush, wooded forests to beautiful large beaches and even waterfalls between trees and alongside Lake Erie, you will quickly discover the best Lake Erie elopement location for you.



Where to Elope in Cleveland, Ohio - Allowed Ceremony Locations


Cleveland has more than just Lake Erie to drool over. Take a hike into the Cleveland Metroparks and find rewards like overlooks, waterfalls, and amazing scenic hiking trails!


Approximately 40-minutes away from Cleveland, you can elope in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, where you can choose from various scenic locations, all with their own uniqueness. Elope at one of the waterfalls, among the tall pine trees or overlooking the streams and rivers. You can have a genuinely amazing Ohio elopement day in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Expect to do some hiking to get seclusion and privacy for your big moment with your partner.


Plan a day trip or multi-elopement day and make your Ohio elopement adventurous by including kayaking on one of the many rivers in Ohio or discover new hiking trails. The options are endless!


An elopement on Lake Erie has never disappointed. There are so many unique beach elopement locations all around Cleveland, and one of my favorites would be Headlands Beach State Park. This unique beach is very close to Cleveland, with huge boulders and rocks stretching into Lake Erie, an enjoyable spot to journey to and take beautiful portraits.


Gay couple dancing on the beach of headlands beach state park to the sounds of bagpipes cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Cleveland Elopement Permits


Once you have picked the perfect place to elope in Cleveland, Ohio, you need to apply for an elopement permit. Go on the website of the exact location; for instance, if you are eloping in a state park, you will need to apply on the Ohio State Park website. The same applies to national parks and private properties. The price is different for each area and can cost anywhere from $40 to $200+.


Get in touch with the park ranger's office as the rules can change rapidly, and each event is unique and handled differently.



Leave No Trace on Your Cleveland, Ohio Elopement Day


Cleveland Metroparks and all State and National parks are truly hidden gems here in Ohio. We have to strive to keep these places clean and beautiful so that you can revisit them on your 5th anniversary or more!


Most of Ohio's trails allow pets, but they have to be leashed at all times. Ohio does have a trail policy; you need to stay on the trail and avoid going off the trail at all times. Not only is it dangerous to you, but it is also destructive and destroys a beautiful area permanently.

  • Although it is tempting to pick beautiful flowers, leaving no trace means leaving it as it is. We will also not stack rocks or cut branches.

  • Bring a trash bag to hang on your backpack to ensure nothing gets left behind.

  • Respect all the wildlife and don't disturb their existence.



Read More on Leave No Trace for Your Elopement Here.



Lake Erie Cleveland Ohio Elopement


I believe that nothing can tell a story better than images, so here's a beautiful 8-hour Cleveland Ohio Elopement story to inspire you!


Garrett & Michael started their Cleveland Elopement at their Airbnb among the woods. The day kicked off with a relaxing moment in a hammock to having a delicious full-course meal made by a private chef who sourced local foods the morning of their elopement day. The stunning couple said their vows on Lake Erie during sunset, with the sound of bagpipes as their first dance. The day ended with delicious local donuts and a warm campfire.


This elopement day with this incredible couple was indeed one for the books, with so many incredible local vendors a part of it - local foods and so much more! An Ohio Elopement might be perfect for you if you want to embark on a unique journey of good food, forest and/or beach adventures and making memories not too far from home.



Groom getting ready for his cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park
Groom getting ready on his cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom and groom smiling to one another as they are helping each other get ready on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

groom sitting in a hammock as he reads a letter from his groom on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom reading a letter from his groom on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park sitting on an Adirondack chair

Groom writing vows to his groom on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom writing his vows in his camper van to his groom cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom writing vows to his groom on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park
Charcuterie board by Cleveland Field Kitchen for a gay couple on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park


A dining table for two in the woods with florals and greenery for a cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Charcuterie board for a cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom and groom in a camper eating a meal on cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Cleveland field kitchen cooking in the woods for a cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom and groom sitting at a dining table in the woods enjoying a private chef catered meal on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Cleveland field kitchen on a cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

A meal being prepared by Cleveland field kitchen on a cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom and groom dining in the woods on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

A dish prepared by cleveland field kitchen on a cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Cleveland field kitchen placing a dish in front of a groom during his cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom and groom sipping on wine during their private catered meal on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

A dish being prepared by Cleveland field kitchen on a cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

A groom cutting into a wedding cake on his cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

A groom kissing his groom while they enjoy their wedding cake on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom and groom cheers with their wine glasses as they sit on Adirondack chairs on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom and groom enjoying desert prepared by cleveland field kitchen on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Green trees in Cleveland Ohio

A groom and groom reading their vows to each other on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom and groom reading their vows to one another as they laugh and smile on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom and groom dancing on the beach to the sound of bagpipes on their elopement day in Cleveland Ohio

Bagpiper playing at an elopement in Cleveland Ohio during sunset on the headlands beach state park beach

Groom and groom looking out onto the water as they listen to bag pipes on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom and groom balancing on a stump with their shoes in their hands on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom and groom running on the beach on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom and groom kissing one another during sunset on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

groom on groom kissing on the beach during sunset during their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom smiling as he adjust his tie on his cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom laughing at his groom during his cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom and groom kissing like on schists creek with a light house behind them on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom and groom kissing like on schists creek with a light house behind them on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom and groom kissing like on schists creek with a light house behind them on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom and groom looking out onto lake erie with a light house behind them on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom and groom standing next to Lake Erie on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom and groom helping one another along the rocks of Lake Erie on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom and groom popping champagne on Lake Erie during their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom and groom drinking champagne during the cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

We eloped donuts on a cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom and groom sitting around a campfire on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park

Groom and groom dancing around a campfire on their cleveland elopement at headlands beach state park






















Ohio elopement photographer on the blue hen trail in Cuyahoga Valley national park

Thinking of eloping in Ohio and not sure where to start?


Reach out to me, Shan, Elopement Photographer in Cleveland Ohio.


I adore to help couples create a wedding day that not only is adventurous and fun but also true to them.


As a Cleveland Ohio Elopement Photographer I know all the amazing spots and legalities when it comes to eloping in Ohio.


Feel free to reach out and we can chat or simply follow along on my adventures with incredible eloping couples on Instagram.


Happy Adventuring ;)

Elopement Photographer | Avonture Elopem

About 

AVONTURE

I'm Shanmari - elopement crafter and photographer here at Avonture. I'm based out of Ohio and travels worldwide to help venturing couples like you plan their dream elopement that values their beliefs and authenticity.

Need help crafting your own elopement day?

 If you'd like help planning your dream elopement day with a ultimate elopement planning guide, personalized location idea list just for you, vendor recommendations, planning and traveling tips and tricks, my never-ending help and guidance and an authentic, documentary approach to photographing your adventure - I would love to help you plan your day from scratch and make all your wedding dreams come true and more.