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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!

How to Elope in Ohio

Ohio elopements might not give you that red desert feels, or majestic mountain peaks like on the west side of the United States. But don't be fooled by the loveliness of the west when Ohio has beautiful spots that will be perfect as a backdrop for your elopement day.

From fairytale-like forests to waterfalls, large moss-covered ledges, and fantastic hiking trails, Ohio honestly can give you one heck of an elopement experience.

Here's how I can help with your Ohio Elopement.

Ohio elopement photographer standing in front of a waterfall surrounded by moss covered ledges and trees

I am an Ohio Elopement Photographer that specializes in all areas in and around Ohio. While I have traveled to many beautiful and amazing locations in Ohio, it is my goal to find and plan the perfect place for my couples to say "I do."

My specialty is discovering the best Ohio elopement location and permit preparation for your big day. I am committed to getting you there safely and ensuring that the day is everything you have been dreaming of and much more.

With my FREE elopement resources, you will know the best attire to wear, how to choose your elopement bouquet, and how to get privacy at your Ohio elopement.

When you choose me as your personal elopement photographer, I give all my couples a FULL planning guide, so you never feel overwhelmed or concerned about the process.

I can't wait to start this journey with you! Feel free to contact me with any questions you have about eloping in Ohio!

Eloping in Ohio

An Ohio elopement can range from a winter wonderland, following a muddy trail to a rushing waterfall, or admiring the many different colors of the trees in the fall. Whatever season you decide for your Ohio elopement, don't forget all the incredible adventures Ohio has to offer as well.

  • Zip lining through high trees.

  • Hiking trails that lead to incredible waterfalls.

  • Canoeing or kayaking on one of the many rivers.

  • Skiing during the winter months.

  • Rock climbing or caving.

  • Horseback Riding

  • ATV off-roading.

  • Hot air ballooning.

  • Or even simple activities like hanging out in a hammock or bird watching.

Not to mention the really unique places you can enjoy staying at in Ohio. There are luxury A-frame cabins with campfires and hot tubs. Maybe you prefer a secret treehouse, camping spots, glamping experiences, and so much more!

groom in Scottish kilt hugging wife from behind surrounded by moss covered ledges on their Nelson Kennedy Ledges Ohio elopement day

Obtaining a Marriage License in Ohio?

When you elope in Ohio, you must obtain a marriage license within the county you are eloping. Once you picked your spot, look up the county Probate Court Office of your chosen location, and that's where you'll go to apply for your license! This usually accounts for people that reside outside of Ohio, when you reside inside of Ohio, you might have to apply for the marriage license at the county you reside in. So the key here is to check your local county laws first.

To apply for your Ohio marriage license, you'll need a photo ID and social security numbers. Sometimes they will require your birth certificates, too, so make sure to contact the county Probate Court Office you are applying for your Ohio Marriage License at, to obtain the correct information for the requirements to apply for a marriage license.

Bonus tip - you don't need any witnesses to get married in Ohio! This means no extra signatures are required!

Ohio Marriage License prices range anything from $50 - $100

Valid for 60 days.

Vendors in Ohio

If you are looking for the best vendors for your Ohio elopement, look no further! I can help you with all the details such as:

  • Private chefs

  • Florists

  • Officiants

  • Adventure sport guides

  • Wedding cakes and other pastries

  • Hair and make-up artists

And so much more!

bride wearing hiking boots and a dress covered in fallen leaves and dirt walking over tree branches on her Ohio elopement

Leave No Trace in Ohio

There are seven main principles for Leave No Trace:

1. Plan ahead and prepare.

2. Stay on hiking trails and camp on durable surfaces.

3. Dispose of your waste.

4. No picking flowers or taking rocks – leave everything you find.

5. Minimize campfire impacts.

6. Respect all the wildlife and do not disturb.

7. Be considerate of those around you.

The good news is you can elope in Ohio and have your furry best friend present and most state parks. Expect to possibly pay a small pet fee, usually $1, to take your dog. Here is a list of all the parks that allow dogs.

There are rules that you need to adhere to if you plan to bring your pet.

  • Any pets must be on a leash

  • Pick up all pet waste and throw them away when you leave the park.

  • Keep pets from ruining any vegetation and stay on hiking trails.

Cascade Falls Ohio elopement location

Where to Elope in Ohio

When it comes to choosing between some of the best elopement locations in Ohio, from the remarkable, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the diverse, Cleveland Metro parks, Hocking Hills State Park to the beaches alongside Lake Erie. Ohio truly has endless elopement locations for you to choose from. Want to know some of my favorite spots for an Ohio elopement? Discover the best Ohio elopement locations here!

Couple eloping in Hocking Hills Ohio

When to elope in Ohio

The season you elope in is an integral part of your planning. You will need to know about the vegetation and views to expect, the proper attire to wear, how to travel to your elopement spot.

  • Spring: Early Spring in Ohio might present stunning flowers on the trees covered with a thin blanket of snow. One of my favorite things about an Ohio elopement in the spring is the waterfalls flow at their best. There are rushing waterfalls, beautiful, blossomed trees, fields, and wildflowers. You might even find some deer or other critters on your elopement day.

purple flower in the rocky river reservation Ohio

  • Summer: Summers in Ohio is when the adventure is about to begin. You can go river rafting, rock climbing, and water sports. Just be mindful that state and national parks get busy in the summer, and there may be more onlookers than usual. I'll do my very best to get you the privacy and seclusion you need.

  • Fall: Probably the most incredible season of the year in Ohio. You will see every range of colors on the trees and ground. Every shade of red, yellow, brown, and green takes your breath away! The weather is perfect too. It's not too hot for hiking, and those crisp early sunrise elopements are full of drama and romance. Keep warm in the evenings next to a campfire, some hot chocolate, and your partner by your side.

fall foliage in Cleveland Ohio

  • Winter: If you LOVE the snow and want nothing more than to be surrounded by a snow covered forests and frozen waterfalls, having the perfect elopement in a winter wonderland, then you will love eloping in Ohio in the winter. Fields of snow and white-capped trees are the perfect theme for a winter elopement.

Fall is a magical season and can bring many tourists, such as in the summer. Everyone wants to see the beautiful colors and experience these one-of-a-kind trails. Plan your elopement for Tuesday – Thursday because these days have the least traffic on the hiking trails. Many who take a long weekend vacation might even take Friday or Monday off work. If you want more privacy and seclusion on your elopement day, read further here!

There is so much to do for couples who want to elope in Ohio! There are wooded forests, unique waterfalls to choose from, miles of hiking trails, and adventure sports to enjoy. With mountaintops, red rock formations, and caves, anything your adventurous heart desires – Ohio will deliver.

It is my job to ensure you get the Ohio elopement of your dreams. Don't hesitate to contact me so we can get planning!

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 ;)


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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 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.

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