Jenna and Stephen got married during the fall which made for a magical Yosemite National Park Elopement.
Golden hour is precious, so I picked a ceremony location that could easily be accessed and close to a photogenic spot for quick photos. And it paid off!
We then started the ceremony. A very emotional ceremony I must say!
In the middle of this circle of friends, the officiant declared their marriage and everyone blessed the cheers! The super-casual setting felt very intimate. They decided to save their vow exchange for later that day. They wanted to keep it as intimate as possible!
Jenna and Stephen, and their family went the extra mile to curate super personal and intentional details into their elopement day. Their family carried the cake all the way from NC to CA! The cake almost didn’t make it through TSA haha
This was a great example of how elopements with family should be– intentional, authentic, and all about the couple getting married. Jenna and Stephen have an amazing family support system, which was a beautiful thing to witness!
After the ceremony, we explored more of Glacier Point and took family portraits. One thing about family portraits— small guest lists combined with a flexible timeline creates amazing and fun family portraits.
I met back up with Jenna and Stephen at 6 pm to hike to Taft Point for more photos and the vow exchange. I love when elopements do the family ceremony first– now, there’s nothing to worry about or plan, and the couple can be fully present and enjoy their “just married” life!
Helping couples create beautiful moments like this is very important to me. Not only do you get better photos but the experience is going to take it home. It just brings me so much joy to see couples let loose and authentically express their love for one another.
This day was such a great day, and I was honored to capture such an epic and beautiful elopement –– we got to visit one of the most beautiful places to elope in California or the US even! But most importantly, Jenna and Stephen treated me like family, and I can’t thank them enough for the opportunity and friendship they have given me. This will always be remembered as one of my favorite elopements ever!