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taft point engagement photos | yosemite national park wedding photographer


rachel + seth's adventurous taft point engagement session | yosemite national park | california adventure elopement photographer


We will ever get tired of showing our couples amazing places for the first time. Rachel and Seth both moved to California from the east coast and have wasted no time seeking out everything the Golden State has to offer. They're constantly exploring and adventuring, and knew doing engagement photos in Yosemite National Park was the perfect way to celebrate their engagement in a way true to themselves. They are high school sweethearts and considered eloping out here, but decided they wanted to include more family and friends, so their engagements in Yosemite were a way to share the beauty of the park with everyone back home. We had so much fun hiking out to Taft Point with them, watching them take in some of Yosemite's best views for the first time together. They were surprisingly fearless (and even made me a little nervous!) with the cliff edges and while they loved the majestic scenery, they were constantly more enamored with each other. We loved getting to know these two and had such a great time hiking around Yosemite with them!

The Hearnes Adventure Photography is run by Abbi and Callen Hearne, a husband & wife wedding photography team with an emphasis on adventure. They live on the road as full-time nomads in their big white van, allowing them to serve a large portion of the western US including California, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming. They believe love is the greatest adventure and strive to create photos that are epic, romantic, true, and timeless.

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glacier point engagement photos | yosemite national park wedding photographer

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glacier point engagement photos | yosemite national park wedding photographer


meng + matt's adventurous glacier point engagement session | yosemite national park | california adventure elopement photographer


One thing I think we do really well is connect with our couples and form friendships with them over e-mail before ever meeting them in person. Meng + Matt were no exception, in fact, they were a perfect example of this! By the time we finally met up for their engagement photos at Glacier Point, I felt like I was meeting a long lost friend. They brought us our favorite snacks (snickers for me, gummies for Callen) along with champagne and beers, so we definitely all had a great time! We started their session in the forest because Meng mentioned how much she loved being surrounded by giant trees, and eventually made out way down to Glacier Point overlook (or should I say, one of our many secret ledges to view the overlook without all the tourists!) for sunset. I will never get tired of watching the sun spend it's last moments of every day painting Half Dome orange, then pink, then deep purple as it disappears behind us. Meng + Matt were fearless as they danced around on a narrow rock overlooking little Yosemite Valley. Once the sun had set, we spent blue hour at another favorite ledge, taking in the last bits of light and soaking up the beauty of the park. This was our last time up at Glacier Point for the season and it was bitter sweet to watch it fade into dark one more time knowing we won't see it again until June (unless we motivate for the 16-mile snow shoe...who wants in?!). We walked back in the chilly dark, talking about wedding plans and life on the road, adventure and what the future might look like. It was so much fun finally getting to know these two in person and was an evening we will not soon forget!

The Hearnes Adventure Photography is run by Abbi and Callen Hearne, a husband & wife wedding photography team with an emphasis on adventure. They live on the road as full-time nomads in their big white van, allowing them to serve a large portion of the western US including California, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming. They believe love is the greatest adventure and strive to create photos that are epic, romantic, true, and timeless.

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intimate wedding in yosemite valley | national park wedding photographer

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intimate wedding in yosemite valley | national park wedding photographer


chris + jen's intimate yosemite wedding | first look in el cap meadow + ceremony on cathedral beach + dinner at the majestic yosemite hotel | yosemite adventure wedding photographer


When we booked Chris + Jen's wedding exactly one year in advance, I thought I was going to lose my mind waiting for it to finally come around! I will never forget the moment a few years ago when I saw this wedding from Grant Daniels and realized people could get married in Yosemite National Park. I was a budding photographer and was completely obsessed with Yosemite, but lived in Texas so I pretty much dismissed the idea of ever shooting a wedding there as a dream too big for me to fulfill. Well, a few years, a lot of travel and even more photography practice + work later, Yosemite is now our highest-requested and booked location! We still feel the need to pinch ourselves sometimes when we get to do this amazing job in such a beautiful place, and Chris + Jen's intimate wedding in the valley was no exception. 

I'd be remiss if I said anything else without mentioning that Jen + Chris invited us over for the most delicious food and festivities at their cabin the night before their wedding and we had so much fun getting to know their family + friends. We felt welcome immediately and it made for such a fun dynamic the day of their wedding feeling like we were part of the family. They chose to do their first look in El Cap Meadow, underneath the world's most glorious monolith (Jen's dad loved telling everyone that their photographer had climbed el cap that week!) and shared some sweet moments together before hiking the valley loop trail to Cathedral Beach for their ceremony. After Jen's dad walked her from the woods down to the beach, they said their vows and promised each other forever next to the quiet Merced River with El Cap behind them surrounded by their closest family and friends (who traveled from places all over, included Hawaii and Alaska!). Afterwards, we ventured around the valley together taking photos until the sun went down. We ended the night with a delicious dinner at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel (previously know as the Ahwahnee) and once again were made to feel like family. We had such an amazing time getting to know these two and I am honestly a little sad it's over - but I have a feeling we'll be seeing each other again soon. Maybe in Hawaii :)

The Hearnes Adventure Photography is run by Abbi and Callen Hearne, a husband & wife wedding photography team with an emphasis on adventure. They live on the road as full-time nomads in their big white van, allowing them to serve a large portion of the western US including California, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming. They believe love is the greatest adventure and strive to create photos that are epic, romantic, true, and timeless.

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adventure elopement in yosemite national park | destination wedding photographer

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adventure elopement in yosemite national park | destination wedding photographer


vicky + ben's adventurous yosemite elopement | sunrise first look at glacier point | sunset wedding ceremony at taft point | destination elopement photographer


I am not sure where to even start with Vicky + Ben's gorgeous elopement day, but I will mention that these two earned the spot of our shortest-notice booking at just three weeks in advance! I should give them a trophy! Everything about their day - from the short notice to the perfect sunset - was pretty much our dream elopement. We knew from the first e-mail that we were meant for each other and within a few minutes of shaking hands in the dark Glacier Point parking lot we were fast friends. These two decided to make a road trip out of their wedding, so they drove all the way from their home in Georgia hitting some awesome spots like Horseshoe Bend, Arches National Park in Moab, and the Bonneville Salt Flats. They chose to elope in Yosemite and after multiple different ideas decided that a hike-out elopement on the side of a giant cliff felt perfect for them. Ben is a fellow skydiver, so of course we talked about BASE jumping pretty much every time we found ourselves at a sheer edge!

We spent the morning at Glacier Point, soaking in the gorgeous sunrise and embracing the chilly wind. The nearby wildfires made for some really rad fog-like haze and since they eloped on a weekday, we didn't see many other people until we were leaving. We did a few hours of portraits in the morning and then met back up that afternoon to hike out for their ceremony at Taft Point. We love when our couples are down for this split-time elopement schedule because it allows for better lighting, two different locations, and they get to chill out for some of their day together without any distractions. We had so much fun hiking out with them and walking around the edges to pick a ceremony spot. I will never get tired of waching couples see a place for the first time, knowing that it will forever hold a sacred spot in their hearts as the place they got married. It's honestly one of my favorite things about this job! Despite a full parking lot and passing a few people on the trail, the area was pretty much empty for their ceremony which just added to the sweetness and the assurance they had made the right decision for a private wedding day. They promised forever to each other with El Cap and a trickling Yosemite Falls as their witness, their only decorations being the trees and rocks around them. It was perfect. After their ceremony, and an announcement to the world that they were married (their officiant literally shouted it from the mountain top!), they spend the rest of the evening dancing around, cuddling, and taking in the sweeping views around them. The wildfires made for a crazy pinky-purple sunset that seemed to last forever. We ended their day with a chilly hike back through the forest with headlamps and meaningful conversations knowing full well we had just made some great new friends. Vicky + Ben, you two are some of the best around. We are thankful to know you and so thankful you found us three weeks before your elopement day :)

The Hearnes Adventure Photography is run by Abbi and Callen Hearne, a husband & wife wedding photography team with an emphasis on adventure. They live on the road as full-time nomads in their big white van, allowing them to serve a large portion of the western US including California, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming. They believe love is the greatest adventure and strive to create photos that are epic, romantic, true, and timeless.

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intimate wedding at glacier point | yosemite national park | destination wedding photographer

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intimate wedding at glacier point | yosemite national park | destination wedding photographer


tyson + ky's intimate yosemite wedding | sunrise ceremony at glacier point | sunset portraits at taft point | yosemite adventure elopement photographer


Tyson and Ky's intimate wedding at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park is honestly a textbook example of the vision Callen and I had when we started this whole crazy thing. We had such a blast watching them take in Yosemite's beauty for the first time followed by even greater excitement during their first look. There's something special about convincing your favorite people to travel across the country to join you as you promise forever. The closeness of this group was so evident during this sunrise ceremony. And did I mention their sweet daughter had the most precious matching bouquet? I mean, cuteness level over 9,000. We got to hang out with this fun group and enjoy some of the most awesome cloud coverage into the morning before taking a brief intermission and meeting back up with just Tyson and Kyletha for some sunset portraits at Taft Point.

Taft Point is an adventurous couples' dream location. The hike-in is guaranteed to ombre a bride's dress into a granite grey, the views are spectacular, and the sheer nature of the cliffs is certain to up the adventure ante. We love hiking with our couples because of the sweet conversations it facilitates. Tyson and Ky shared their hopes and ideas for their future together and we are so grateful to get to work with such awesome people. We couldn't be more pleased with how beautiful this day was with these two!

The Hearnes Adventure Photography is run by Abbi and Callen Hearne, a husband & wife wedding photography team with an emphasis on adventure. They live on the road as full-time nomads in their big white van, allowing them to serve a large portion of the western US including California, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming. They believe love is the greatest adventure and strive to create photos that are epic, romantic, true, and timeless.

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