Adventure Elopement in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite, in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, is one of the most iconic national parks in the world and is an incredible location to get married. Its breathtaking views, including its striking granite cliffs and ancient sequoia trees, make for some amazing photos and is the reason why Adam and Sarah chose Yosemite for their adventure elopement.
An Adventure Elopement
Adam and Sarah spent time discussing with adventure elopement photographer, Sean from Vows and Peaks, what an elopement in this national treasure might look like. They decided to break up the day into two parts to maximise the views and adventure.
The day started off with a sunrise ceremony at Glacier Point where Adam and Sarah exchanged their vows in front of the famous peak, Half Dome. This was a perfect spot for the ceremony due to its accessibility for friends and family.
Following a midday break, the group reconvened for an afternoon hike over to Taft Point. The hike included a romantic exploration through a wooded forest. The team reached Taft Point in time for sunset. A magical sky filled with the colours of dusk created a dramatic backdrop against the granite cliff fronts of the park, perfect for Adam and Sarah’s couple’s photo session.
Sean Oblizalo from Vows and Peaks has spent more than 20 years taking photographs in Yosemite. He shared his top tips with us for how to organise an unforgettable elopement in this incredible national park:
- Make sure the couple knows all their options. The majority of people that get married in Yosemite have never been there. Giving them all the options of where they can explore really gives them the full experience so it’s worth speaking with a local.
- Just because you’re not having a traditional wedding doesn’t mean your friends and family can’t be there with you. Yosemite is one of my favourite places as the park has so many accessible locations which allow friends and family to share the celebration. You also don’t have to go too far for phenomenal views!
- Yosemite is a popular place. It’s important to try and take your photos at sunrise or sunset to maximise privacy. Sean always tells his couples, “ It’s one early morning. You aren’t going to enjoy waking up super early when you’re doing it but it’s worth it when you look back on it.”
Photography & Planner: Vows and Peaks // Dress, Veil & Headpiece: Oleg Cassini // Bridal Boutique: David’s Bridal // Flowers: Sierra Flowers // Suit: Express for Men // Ring: Brilliant Earth // Videographer: Backcountry Vows