Yosemite National Park Elopement

Yosemite National Park Elopement | Sunrise + Sunset Elopement

I’m SO excited to share this Yosemite National Park Elopement with you! We had a BLAST spending all day with Madison & Steve, from sunrise to sunset.

Yosemite Elopement in the Fall
The Story

So when these two landed in California, they had NO idea if they would be able to have the wedding pictures they were dreaming of. And neither did we. Yosemite had to close 2 weeks before their elopement due to extremely bad air quality, and there was no prediction of when it would open again. After a series of fortunate events and a LOT of positive thinking, the Park opened. Just 2 days before their elopement day. We were all SO happy, and we were especially excited because this would be their first time in Yosemite EVER.

The Elopement

Madison & Steve booked us for a sunrise + sunset elopement. It was just the two of them plus Steve’s brother and sister-in-law, who had just moved to California and also had never been to Yosemite before! We were SUPER excited to spend the day with them and show them some of our favorite spots in the Park.

Like I mentioned on our ELOPEMENT TIPS Blog Post, rushing your elopement day is one of the biggest mistakes couples make. If a traditional wedding lasts, on average, from 8-10 hours, why does your elopement have to be shorter? It doesn’t. Eloping isn’t about running away in secret to a courthouse anymore. Eloping is about creating amazing experiences that are valuable to you as a couple. And to Madison & Steve, all they wanted to do was spend their wedding day outdoors, from sunrise to sunset.

They were both stoked that their wedding day was also their first time at Yosemite! We got to watch the sunrise over the Valley, and take them to some of our favorite spots! Since Yosemite had just reopened 2 days before their elopement day, the Park was EMPTY, and it was awesome.

The day ended at Glacier Point and Taft Point, where they had their first dance and had a champagne cheer to celebrate! Because of the altitude, it really wasn’t so much of a champagne pop, the cork kinda just fell out when Madison touched the top lol. It made for some of the funniest pictures of the day! Check it out!

PS. always remember to keep an eye on the cork, and pick it up after (:

yosemite elopement

Photography: Stephan & Adriana | Hair: Bridal Hair By Annie | Dress: Alessandra Bridal & Formal Wear | Flowers: Wildbud Co

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  1. Natalie says:

    What a great story and such beautiful photos! So glad their Yosemite plans worked out — LOVE the “series of fortunate events” bit! And such great advice about not rushing your wedding day; even if you choose to elope, it’s still your wedding day!

  2. sara says:

    beautiful shots! im dying to get to Yosemite. Also love the black and whites

  3. Yosemite is breathtaking and so are your images. I can look at these forever!

  4. Yosemite is the best place to elope both sunset and sunrise!! Absolutely stunning!

  5. Naomi Levit says:

    Wowww such a stunning couple! Looked like a perfect elopement day in Yosemite!

  6. Kristen says:

    What I’ve started doing with champagne sprays is having them take out the cork beforehand and then just placing their thumb over the spout to shake it up:)

  7. Julie says:

    WOW! That light and I wonder what was said to make those faces when doing the champagne thing!! haha

  8. Traci says:

    Yosemite is the best!!! Love the shot around the curve.

  9. Heather Huie says:

    Oh man! You crushed this lighting and made Yose look magnificent

  10. Ohhhh wow, these are just incredible! Great job!


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