But you still might be wondering how to plan out your adventure. Don’t worry—that’s where I come in. From a detailed discovery call to understand you better, to creating the ideal day-of timeline, to handling all logistics, I’m here to help.
You’re stoked to explore the majesty of Yosemite.
You’re relieved to let go of the stress of planning a big wedding.
You’re excited to elope for a “just us” experience.
Glacier Point is a very popular spot to exchange vows and do a creative portrait session during sunrise! However, the road to Glacier Point will be closed for all of 2022 and partially open 2023!
Yosemite Falls, or any waterfall in Yosemite, is worth going to if you are lucky enough to see them when they aren't bone dry! This picture was taken in May, so your best best is to elope in the spring time if you want impressive pictures with waterfalls!
On your way up to Glacier Point, you will pass by Tunnel View. There's plentiful parking and it's worth getting out and taking pictures at. This view is unlike any other view; all of Yosemite valley is visible from this angle!
Cook's Meadow Loop is in a one-mile easy and flat loop starting at the visitor center. It includes multiple views of Yosemite Falls and Half Dome. There's a boardwalk to walk along and takes about 1-2 hours to complete.
Taft Point is one of my favorite spots for photos! It's become explosively popular in the past 5 years, so beware, you will likely have to share this area with several other elopement brides if you want creative portraits during sunset. The road to get here is not accessible during the winter months.
One of my favorite things to do on couples' elopement day is to photograph them doing a mutually shared activity they are passionate about. This couple loves to cook together, are big foodies and love camping. Capturing couples in their element makes their elopement day that much more authentic.
Half Dome can be experienced a myriad of ways; the meadow, Glacier Point, climbing it, among countless other hiking trails throughout the park. It's the most iconic feature of Yosemite and looks surreal even on a cloudy day. Note: the road to Glacier Point (pictured view) is closed during the winter months.
- Rebecca S.
Jenn is an amazing photographer and a super sweet person, and she made our elopement better than we could have ever imagined. On our first call with her, she was so patient with all of our many, many questions. After we selected Jenn to be our photographer, she made absolutely everything else fall into place. She had a contact for us to work with to get our marriage license and recommended lodging options and hair/makeup options. She was extremely knowledgeable about different shooting locations and helped us find the perfect spot in the woods for our ceremony. She took the time to iron out every little detail with us before the big day. Her photography is amazing, and she really does whatever it takes to get the perfect shot."
“Jennifer was *everything* for our elopement – our photographer, our officiant, and our planner!”
- Michelle J.
“After speaking with several Joshua Tree elopement photographers, we are SO glad that we chose Jennifer Whalen Photography! She is a true adventure wedding photographer at heart and was able to help us plan the most perfect and stress-free elopement! She knew the ins and outs of the location, permits, timing, weather and truly brought everything together seamlessly, which allowed us to be in the moment and enjoy our special day. In addition to the planning aspect, we LOVE how all of our photos and video came out. We are so grateful she was able to capture every detail and moment while we were able to just take it all in. She went above and beyond to capture every moment and is truly such a talented wedding photographer! In addition to her talent, she is super personable, which is important because your photographer is part of your wedding day, and Jennifer made the experience so much fun and truly such a memorable experience for us. Thank you, Jennifer!”
“Far exceeded our expectations!”
- Stefanie B.
“We are from Germany, and we were looking for someone who could capture images of our elopement in Santa Monica. I contacted Jenn, and she was sooo great from the beginning. She answered all our questions via email (and I had a lot of questions), and that made us feel really good. When we arrived in Venice, we met her, and it felt like meeting a friend. She's fun and professional at the same time. We talked about our ideas, and she was unbelievably motivated and creative. Then we definitely knew that she was the right choice. On our elopement day, she was more than on time and well prepared. Our family and friends were amazed at the photos when we got back home. My nephew (6 years old) said: "That doesn't look real" because it was so perfect. Working with Jenn was the best thing that could have happened to us. It was fun, uncomplicated and she had so much energy and went on a rollercoaster ride with us :) Awesome pictures and an AWESOME PERSON! Thanks for everything!”
“What can I say?! PERFECT!!”
- Amber E.
“From the moment my wife and I reached out to Jennifer wanting to schedule a mini wedding in Malibu, it was as if she could read our minds. When I told her the date, she mentioned Yosemite instead, our DREAM, but we never thought we could afford it. Everything was planned out, but Yosemite was shut down two days before the elopement due to wildfires. I just knew the whole thing would be canceled, but Jennifer jumped on it and gave us three other options. We went with Zion, and we were NOT disappointed. Jennifer and her videographer, Dan, went above and beyond to make our day super special. I had a place in mind for the ceremony, but Jennifer had already scoped out multiple locations. Trust her eye because she knows what she’s talking about! Jennifer and Dan are so fun to work with, and I recommend you hire them for all your wedding or elopement needs.”
“She went out of her way to make sure our day was super special.”
Ceremony and First Dance Video
Vendor Recommendations + Referrals
Optional Officiant Signing
Marriage License Assistance
Drone Photos and Videos
Sneak Peek Images
Private Online Gallery
Travel Fees Included
6:30am - Meet for sunrise portrait session at Glacier Point
9:00am - More portraits in the meadows
11:00am - Ceremony in permitted area
11:30am - Lunch cookout in campground with family
12:30 - Lunch and alone time (I leave)
5:30pm - Reconvene for golden hour portrait session at Taft Point
7:30pm - End elopement session
You get the best of both worlds with this package! My “split day coverage” package allows you to have plenty of time for your adventure day, which includes the ceremony, creative photo sessions in multiple locations, including golden hour, as well as the huge opportunity to spend plenty of alone time with each other without missing any important moments throughout the day! This package is for couples who want to maximize all that Yosemite has to offer, from Yosemite's golden meadows and waterfalls to its iconic vista points and everything in between. A stress-free day with allotted time for just the two of you without me around allows for plenty of opportunities to capture authentic moments.
3:30pm - Meet at permitted ceremony area
4:00pm - Ceremony, champagne celebration, first dance & cake cutting
4:30pm - Creative portrait session in the meadow
5:00pm - Head to Taft Point for sunset portraits
7:30pm - End elopement session
This package is for couples who want a shorter adventure. You will have time for your ceremony, champagne celebration, cake cutting, first dance, creative portrait session, and maybe a second location within the park.