Yosemite National Park is a stunning venue for a wedding no matter the season, but fall is truly magical. The falls may not be flowing, but the grandeur of the granite is still there, the light is amazing, and the fall color is truly spectacular. To top it all off, the crowds are gone, the days are cool, and you can feel that you have this amazing place all to yourselves for a brief period of time. That's the setting for Sarah and Zak's wedding this past fall. It was one of the most unique and personally meaningful ceremonies I've been witness to. From the "Story of how they met" written by their best friend and officiant, to the coin
There's something a little extra special about Yosemite in the winter time. The crowds are gone, the skies quickly alternate between sunny and overcast. In many places the sun never gets high enough in the sky to touch the ground for weeks at a time. It's quiet and still, clouds hang on the cliffs and the waterfalls are either still, but if it rained recently they my have a modest flow. But overall, and most importantly, it's quiet. Those days are rare and fleeting in Yosemite and when you get one, it's magical. For a few hours you feel like you have the most beautiful spot on the planet all to yourself. I met Maxine and David on one of those days.
One of my favorite things about weddings in Yosemite is that they are NEVER alike. I get to meet people from all over the world and the only thing in common is their great love for the mountains and the outdoors. Julie and Jeff were no exception. They live in Colorado but had never actually been to Yosemite before the day of their wedding. They gathered 25 of their closest friends, rented an amazing cabin outside the park, and got their first taste of Yosemite about 10 minutes before we met. It was a blast showing them around and capturing the amazing scenes all around us. Then to cap off the day, we headed out to Taft Point with several
I never tire of visiting Yosemite, it's the most incredible landscape on earth and I'm beyond fortunate to live close enough to work there on a regular basis. Throw in an expressive, warm couple and a day couldn't be better. I spent a good portion of the day, really almost all of it, laughing into the back of my camera. Every family member, every friend was truly engaged and present with Helen and Nate and it readily shows in the pictures. So much love, so much laughter at every turn. Helen and Nate spend most of their free time climbing together, and while I'm not a climber, spending the day with people that have a love of Yosemite that matches
Vicki and Evan were married at the edge of the Merced River next to what would have been Cathedral Beach if we hadn't had a massively wet winter. The river was close to flood stage, and their officiant didn't make it on time due to extreme summer weekend traffic, but the bride's friend/wedding planner saved the ceremony by using her single bar of data on her phone to get herself ordained and then proceeded to knock it out of the park. Throw in some great dancers and the whole wedding day was a fantastic party. Enjoy a few of my favorites.
Kristi and Brian came to Yosemite all the way from Milwaukee and landed right in the middle of one of the most spectacularly beautiful days I've seen in the park. The clouds, sky, river, everything was amazing. They traveled with two couples as witnesses to their elopement and had their intimate ceremony in the middle of the otherwise deserted Tuolumne Meadows. This was definitely one of the more magical days I've had as a wedding photographer. Enjoy.
Laura and Brad were married on the side patio at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly The Ahwahnee Hotel). I'm regularly asked "what do we do if it rains?", and this wedding answers the question splendidly! Can you tell it was raining? The park is a beautiful place in all weather and a little rain is easy to manage and the pictures take on a whole different quality. Of course your ceremony probably won't happen on the lawn, but the side patios at the Ahwahnee are impressive settings for a wedding in any case. I love the way the light comes into the space and highlights the group and the rocks in the architecture - it's a beautiful spot! Enjoy a
So, I've been sitting on this wedding for over a year and I can't believe it. Yosemite has never looked better at any wedding I've shot - the fall color was amazing, Rebecca and Louis were so amazing to hang out with, and the moments kept coming all day. Truly a great wedding day and I'm happy to finally show you! FEATURED YOSEMITE WEDDINGS
Shari, Jeff and a few of their friends met up in Yosemite for a fantastic wedding at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park. We had a great portrait session in the Valley before returning to the hotel to take care of the business of the day. There was no shortage of unique touches to the wedding, everything was truly special to Shari and Jeff and everyone had a blast on the dance floor after dinner. Take a few and enjoy my favorites. Thanks!