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7 Most Romantic Beach Wedding Destinations: A Guide

The sound of crashing waves, mist and salt in the air all around you— I love the beach! And for your destination wedding, the beach is as etherial and romantic as it gets. Even though beaches are like pizza (common, you know you love pizza, even when its not the best), I’m not here to […]

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The sound of crashing waves, mist and salt in the air all around you— I love the beach! And for your destination wedding, the beach is as etherial and romantic as it gets. Even though beaches are like pizza (common, you know you love pizza, even when its not the best), I’m not here to talk about just ANY beaches though. I want to share with you my 7 Most Romantic Beach Wedding Destinations, which are sure to blow your mind (like when I tried pizza in Italy for the first time)!

Relaxing at one of the most romantic beach wedding destinations in Skopelos, Greece by J.J. Au'Clair

As an avid traveler, I’ve seen dozens of drop-dead gorgeous shorelines. Both the kind of shorelines that make my heartbeat slow down to a whisper, and the kinds that make my heart race with the crashing power of the waves. From Greece to California, then down south to Mexico, and of course, the Eastern Coastline is home.

Each location has something unique to offer, and a different feeling. You know I’m all about energy, and let me tell you… The feeling of looking out over the Aegean Sea from Santorini at sunset is a completely unique experience. Its not better than watching the sunset from the ocean-side cliffs of Santa Barbara, CA, but it is different! So let’s find what speaks to YOU for your destination wedding.




Before we dive in to each destination and what amazing offerings each has, I just want to offer you a quick overview of where we’ll be looking today. If something seriously speaks to you on the front end, then just scroll down to read more about it! Or, just stick with me and be a nerd about the whole process. I personally love too much information?


  1. Santorini, Greece
  2. North Shore in Oahu, Hawaii
  3. Riviera Maya, Mexico
  4. Big Sur, California
  5. Canon Beach, Oregon
  6. Rockport or Brewster, Massachusetts
  7. Cape Town, South Africa


Plain and simple, I can’t decide for you. But, I am here to help you along the way, however I can. So let’s dive in together (metaphorically, of course), and talk about some of the world’s most beautiful beaches for your destination wedding! We’ll paint a picture of your dream wedding together, and of course, feel free to contact me HERE if you want to chat more about planning your dream destination wedding!


  • Santorini, Greece
    If you’ve always dreamed of having your wedding with a gorgeous, other-worldly Mediterranean view, Santorini, Greece is the way to go! Wether you want to have your destination wedding on a yacht, cliffside, or on the black sand beaches, there is something here for you. The hotels and villas here aren’t a joke either. While I’m not usually a huge fan of hotel weddings, Santorini is a HUGE exception. The views from some of the villas are grand cliffside infinity views of the Aegean Sea and its glorious sunset. Really, few things are better.p.s. Having a smaller budget doesn’t omit you from being able to have a romantic beach destination wedding in Greece! It just means you’ll want to have a smaller event. While some people choose to elope, others just know their whole guest list won’t be able to make it. It all just depends on what you want.
  • North Shore in Oahu, Hawaii
    Oahu is one of the easiest and most popular of the Hawaiian Islands to travel to. With its busy downtown and the famous Wakiki Beach, you and your guests will have an easy time getting to the area and relaxing. Leading up to (and following) the wedding, you can relax in style! Especially if you enjoy a more bustling island life. However, my favorite part of Oahu is actually it’s North Shore. Away from the tourist traffic and noise, it feels like you’ve escaped all the hustle and bustle. Instead, you find yourself entering a Jurassic jungle (queue theme music by John Williams), with larger than life nature and gorgeous beaches! The sunsets up here are also next-level gorgeous. So if adventure and secluded relaxation is more your vibe, you’ll love the North Shore. No matter what— Oahu, Hawaii is versatile, peaceful, and easy to travel to, making it the perfect destination for your romantic beach wedding!
  • Riviera Maya, Mexico
    I’ll start by mentioning that with the exchange rate, Mexico can be incredibly affordable for your destination wedding. I especially love the west coast line of Mexico because it feels so earthy and spiritual. Mexico is a rich and diverse country filled with history, and each area has its own culture, energy, vibrancy and colors. But in particular, I want to highlight the Riviera Maya as a choice for one of the most romantic beach wedding destinations in the world.Set on the Yucatan Peninsula, the Riviera Maya is a serene stretch of Caribbean coastline with white-sand beaches, bold azure waters, and a rich Mayan heritage. Does that not already sound like an amazing backdrop to celebrate your love?! With beaches on one side, inland from the beach is dense tropical jungle, with deep greens and tons of archeological sites. This stretch of land is also home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, and home to tons of adventures and water exploration. (Underwater caves and Mayan ruins?! Need I say more??) I’m an especially big fan of the Rosewood Mayakoba resort and wedding venue, if you’d like a place to start.




  • Big Sur, California
    Best known for its iconic views on Highway 101, Big Sur is a gorgeous stretch of California’s golden coastline. Its larger than life with breathtaking views, gorgeous bridges, and the all-powerful Pacific ocean! If you’re wanting something grand, etherial, and adventurous, then Big Sur, California is the wedding destination of your dreams. Whats more, you can choose to have your wedding portraits (or ceremony) just about anywhere! While the highlight for this post is sharing about beaches, you CAN have a little bit of everything.  Massive trees and ferns by the river also your style? Big Sur has got you covered! It really is one of the top 7 romantic beach wedding destinations.
  • Canon Beach, Oregon
    If you’re interested in a smaller, intimate wedding or even an elopement, Canon Beach is going to be perfect for you! Also located on Hwy 101, its easy to access and is most famously known for Haystack Rock, complete with small caves. To get the most out of this romantic beach wedding destination, I actually suggest you have your ceremony nearby and just venture out to the beach for photos beforehand! I just recently visited, and can honestly say that the light and skies here at sunrise and sunset are gorgeous (like, who’s ready go with me right now?). Canon Beach really is perfect for an intimate and adventurous wedding or elopement.
  • Brewster, Massachusetts
    Located in the cape, Brewster is an old English inspired town complete with national parks, stone coastlines, and lighthouses! If you’re looking for something romantic, old-world, and simple, Brewster is a beautiful and unique wedding destination. Its not just home to beautiful beaches, but also to classic old sea captain’s homes. A lot of these have since been converted to inns or B&Bs, making the old-world vibe easily accessible for your wedding getaway, and getting ready. Serene and beautiful— Brewster really is perfect for an easy-going and romantic beach wedding.
  • Cape Town, South Africa
    Alright, for the final beach of my 7 most romantic beach wedding destinations round up, lets visit South Africa’s capital— Cape Town. It’s not commonly on the destination wedding radar yet, but it should be! First, its home to Cape Point, a lighthouse at the most southwestern point of the African continent and the meeting place of the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Uhm, excuse me— what? Yes. Its absolutely breath-taking, wild, and seriously romantic! Cape Town’s beaches are also home to some crazy natural habitats and sea life, including the infamous great white shark. So if you’re ready to say “I do” at the adventurous and romantic wedding destination of a lifetime, you should consider Cape Town!p.s. If you’re not sure where to start for your Cape Town beach wedding, check out some of these gorgeous wedding venues:

    • Grootvlei Guest Farm (HERE)
    • Grootbos Private Nature Preserve (HERE)
    • Standkombuis Open Air Restaurant and B&B (HERE)



I know we just went IN on some gorgeous wedding destinations for you to consider, and your mind might be spinning right now. So, a little grounding really quick….No matter where you choose, don’t forget that your wedding is about celebrating the beautiful love you share with another person(s).

 Your wedding destination is not more important than YOU and your experience.

My goal as your guide and destination wedding photographer is to empower you to be fearless and your best self! To show you that anything is possible, and that you are magnificently worthy of beautiful memories and authentic, passionate love.



Thank you for hanging out with me today! Please sound off in the comments if you loved this post, and tell me what destination resonated with you most. ?

And as always, contact me if you have any questions about this post, or planning your wedding. I’ve got years of industry experience and am more than happy to help! Even if I’m not your wedding photographer, I’m still stoked to be your friend and help you in any way I can. Drop me a line HERE.


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