How do you even sum up a destination elopement in Yosemite National Park of all places? To say capturing Lauren and Ty’s memorable elopement was a dream come true would a total understatement. This adventurous couple embodies so much of what I love about my job, and it was an absolute delight to accompany them on their intimate destination wedding in the woods.
Lauren and Ty are the true definition of adventuresome. They have a home on wheels, a renovated school bus that they use to travel around the country checking destinations off their bucket list. Some of their favorite places to visit are national parks which led them to elope to Yosemite National Park where they exchanged vows deep in the forest surrounded by misty sequoia trees and lush foliage. It seems fitting that their first time visiting Yosemite was to become husband and wife.
To begin their elopement, we arrived at a cozy cabin just outside of Yosemite National Park and spent three days exploring together capturing a wide array of landscapes. Over the course of those three days, Lauren and Ty exchanged private vows without an officiant, we explored the sequoia forest, hiking trails, poppy fields, waterfalls, valleys, and all the natural beauty Yosemite has to offer. Our days were spent traversing the woodsy terrain where we experienced snow and fog, sunshine and dewey rainbows. They did a first look in the middle of the thick forest, and we even had to stop their vows at one point to check the rustling bushes for bears. It was the most perfect destination wedding elopement I could have imagined.
To the couples considering an intimate elopement with a splash of adventure at a destination like Yosemite National Park, I say absolutely go for it. You’ll find yourself enthralled with nothing but the love of your life and your surroundings (and your photographer, but I promise you won’t even know I’m there!) The photos of your time spent together in such a magical place are unmatched, and will be yours to cherish forever.