May 21, 2024

Adventure Weddings + Elopements, Portfolio, Yosemite

National Park Wedding in Yosemite // Stephanie & Zack

Sunrise Elopement Photography

Stephanie and Zack’s National Park wedding started out with sunrise elopement photos. We began our day early, meeting just before dawn to embark on a short and sweet hike. The anticipation built as we made our way to a secluded spot with a breathtaking, private view of Yosemite Valley. As the first light of day broke over the horizon, casting a golden glow across the majestic landscape, Stephanie and Zack embraced in an intimate and serene setting. The tranquility of the early morning, combined with the stunning natural beauty of Yosemite, created a perfect backdrop for their special moment. Capturing their love against the awe-inspiring sunrise over Yosemite Valley with Bridalveil Fall visible in the background!

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Yosemite Venues – Cathedral Beach Ceremony

After capturing the enchanting sunrise, we met up with Stephanie and Zack’s immediate family for their intimate ceremony at Cathedral Beach. The forested backdrop, illuminated by the sun’s warm glow, provided a picturesque setting as the sunlight danced through the trees. Birds chirped overhead, adding a natural serenade as Stephanie and Zack exchanged their heartfelt vows. From the very beginning of their planning, Stephanie and Zack knew they wanted their closest family members to share in their special day. They had been undecided about hiring an officiant, but with guests present, I encouraged them to do so to enhance the experience. The decision proved perfect, as the officiant’s presence added a touch of formality and grace, ensuring their loved ones felt included and making the ceremony even more memorable.

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Bride and Groom Photos In The Meadows

After the ceremony at Cathedral Beach, Stephanie, Zack, and I set out to explore the serene meadows of Yosemite. The lush, green fields provided a stunning contrast to the majestic backdrop of towering granite cliffs. As they wandered hand-in-hand through the meadows, their love for each other radiated, creating countless beautiful moments. The tranquility of the meadows, coupled with the morning light, offered the perfect setting to capture the essence of their love story, resulting in images that will forever hold the magic of their special day.

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Waterfall Elopement Photos

We even ventured close to a giant waterfall! The roar of cascading water added to the thrill of the moment. As Stephanie and Zack climbed onto a fallen log to capture a stunning shot in front of the waterfall, nearby tourists applauded! The powerful waterfall served as a dramatic and awe-inspiring backdrop, perfectly complementing the adventurous spirit of their elopement.

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Unique Elopement Ideas – Picnic In The Forest

As with all elopements that I help plan, since I’m an elopement planner as well as an elopement photographer, I always ensure there’s enough room in the schedule for snack breaks. For Stephanie and Zack, this meant creating a charming charcuterie board of cheese, meats, and fruits, which they shared while sitting on the forest floor by the river. Taking a moment to relax and savor their favorite foods added a delightful, personal touch to their stress-free elopement day. I love making time for these intimate breaks, as it allows couples to soak in the beauty of their surroundings. They can peacefully enjoy each other’s company, making the day even more memorable and enjoyable.

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Yosemite Elopement Photography

We ended the day in the meadows beneath Half Dome, one of the park’s iconic features. Springtime in Yosemite is particularly magical, with the countless small waterfalls cascading down the giant granite cliffs, adding to the beauty of the main waterfalls. The setting was perfect for capturing the last moments of Stephanie and Zack’s elopement. During the day’s heat, they dipped their toes into the river to cool off! It’s aways fun to include spontaneous moments like this! After we said our goodbyes, Stephanie and Zack reunited with their family for a celebratory drink. The day concluded with them heading off to their dinner reservation in Mariposa, filled with joy and cherished memories of their special day in Yosemite.

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