As soon as they got engaged, Kit and Brad knew they didn’t want a traditional wedding. Kit was scrolling through wedding inspiration on a popular wedding blog one day when she came across an elopement we’d photographed at Taft Point last fall! She knew immediately that’s what she wanted to do. I’m so glad we were able to make it happen!
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Ginger and Zach fell in love on a camping trip, so even though they are eloping in Spain with their closest friends and family, they decided to join us in Yosemite National Park for an adventurous wedding portrait session at Taft Point a few weeks before. Yosemite has always meant so much to them and returning to this National Park in their wedding clothes was such a special moment!
Keith and Brianna Madia live in their big orange van, Bertha, with their two dogs Bucket and Dagwood. They call the Utah desert home, and on this particular evening we’d met up with them in Moab for a few days of camping, climbing, and exploring. The Madias are dear friends and its always such an honor when we get to have them in front of our cameras!
Samantha and Ben both agreed the idea of a big, fancy wedding didn’t feel right to them. Instead, they road tripped across the US to elope in Yosemite National Park! Their Yosemite elopement started with a first look on the Merced River, followed by a ceremony in El Cap Meadow, then a romantic picnic and portraits up at Glacier Point for sunset!
Yosemite National Park, California
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Chas + Michelle's adventurous wedding portraits | post-elopement photos in yosemite national park | adventure wedding photographer
Oh my goodness, these two. We had so much fun with them! Michelle and Chas had an intimate wedding in Napa Valley, California with just their immediate family and chose to meet up with us in Yosemite National Park afterwards for some adventurous post-wedding portraits! They wanted their wedding day to be focused on family and photos with them, so this adventure session in Yosemite was sort of their treat to each other as a way to focus on the two of them and no one else. After I sent off their gallery, Michelle told me that Yosemite ended up being their favorite parks of their trip, which made the photo experience ever more special!
We met up with them in the parking lot and hiked out to Taft Point through the woods, avoiding mosquitos and asking them about their wedding day. The hike through the woods is so gorgeous, but nothing compares to the views at the end! It was so fun watching these two take it all in and see the overlook for themselves. We watched the sun go down way behind El Cap, and watched the light stream through the valley before disappearing in the distance. They danced around on the edge and even laid down on their bellies to peek over the rim. It was adorable! I’m pretty sure the one of them looking over Taft Point is my favorite :) As the sun went down, they cuddled up and watched the colors change and disappear. We hiked back to the cars in the last bit of blue light and didn’t want to say goodbye at the end. It was so fun hanging out with these two, I hope we get to see them again!
If you’re having and intimate wedding or a big wedding, and want to focus more on family during that time, doing a destination adventure wedding session like Michelle and Chas is a great option! These two got the best of both worlds, and are going home with some really epic wedding photos! We love doing adventure wedding sessions. For more inspiration, check out Jenny and Yun's Arches National Park Wedding Session, or Jena and Kyler's Mount Rainier National Park Wedding Session
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.