Yosemite Elopement Photographer

Yosemite National Park Elopement

Thinking of a Yosemite National Park elopement? You’re in the right place! How to elope in Yosemite shouldn’t be a mystery. It’s so beautiful it doesn’t seem real. I’ve been there, and I took all these photos, and I’m still not sure I believe that this valley is more than a crazy dream. Your first visit to Yosemite will have you saying, “pinch me!” Well known as a premiere climbing destination, this central California national park is a hiker’s paradise as well. The lesser known treasure is the beautiful Merced river. You will not find a more clear and beautiful wild river, and you can cool off here after a hot summer hike. Also, bears. Lots of those! There are so many great places to plan an adventurous or simple Yosemite elopement. So let me give you some inspiration on my favorite locations. I can be your Yosemite elopement photographer!

Special Yosemite Elopement Photography Availability

****I have Yosemite Elopement availability for Mid May, 2023!****

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Yosemite Overview

There are 3 main areas within Yosemite National Park and here I’ll go over them. The most well known is the Yosemite Valley. This is the valley between the Sierra mountains and home to the waterfalls, climbing and most hiking destinations and hotels and restaurants. The road through the valley is a one-way loop and it’s the most congested area of the park because of its popularity. Next up is Glacier point. This high elevation road on the south rim of the Valley is only open in the summer & fall. The hike to Taft point starts here and the best views of Half Dome are up in this area. Lastly, Tioga road crosses the Sierras north of the Valley and is a long, scenic drive. Sequoia groves anchor the west end, with highlights like Tenaya lake in the middle and Mono lake on the far side.

How to Elope in Yosemite

As with most National parks, a special event permit is required for eloping in Yosemite National Park. This costs just $150 and can be issued between 1 year and 8 weeks before your desired date. The park prefers morning ceremonies to avoid congestion, and you also can’t get married on holiday weekends. Of course, you can’t ask other people to leave your ceremony area, as you aren’t granted exclusive use. More information on how to elope in Yosemite can be found here. Yosemite has 12 specific ceremony locations within the park if you have 11 or more guests. That also means if you have 10 or fewer humans at your ceremony, you can elope ANYWHERE within Yosemite National Park. So if you’re craving an elopement in Yosemite for just the two of you, this opens up the possibilities for an elopement day full of hiking, climbing, and relaxing.

Yosemite Elopement Photography Packages

I offer both photography & planning Yosemite elopement packages, or All inclusive elopements for a one stop shop option. There are no travel fees, download fees, watermarks or other hidden fees.

2 Day elopements in Yosemite – $6900

1.5 Days of elopement photography in Yosemite – $5900

1 Full day adventure elopement in Yosemite – $4900

Up to 4 hours elopement in Yosemite – $4500

Yosemite National Park Elopement

Yosemite Valley

This is the most well known area of the park! With towering waterfalls, meadows full of bears, pristine beaches for floating, swimming, tubing and frolicking; world class hiking, climbing, and several lodges to tuck you in at night. You can marry each other with views of either Bridal Veil falls or Lower Yosemite falls. Valley view is one of my most favorite epically magical places I’ve ever been to, so we are stopping there for photos even if you don’t have your ceremony there. Not negotiable. I’m your Yosemite elopement photographer and I make the rules. I get it – it looks fake, but I promise this is real life! Summers are hot but the area is accessible year round, making it a great location to elope in Yosemite in any season.

Yosemite Elopement

Glacier Point Elopement

Plan a Yosemite Elopement at Glacier point and you’ll be my favorite people! The 15 mile road brings you to Glacier Point. It’s one of the most scenic places in the park (and in all of California). Several stop offs provide 180 degree panoramas of Half dome, El Capitan, and the high Sierras. This is a popular place for a Yosemite elopement and for good reason. Take the short hike to elope at Taft point, famous for amazing sunsets and epic views. However, the entire road closes in winter due to snow, so plan for a summer elopement here. There is an amphitheater that you can reserve. For groups of more than 11 people, June and September are your only options for the amp. Part of my job as your Yosemite elopement photographer is giving you all the info and options!

**Note – in 2023 There will be delays of up to 30 minutes to access Glacier Point road, including access to Taft point, for roadwork.**

Elope In Yosemite

Tioga Road Yosemite Elopement

If you crave a bit of privacy and unique way to elope in Yosemite, experiencing Tioga road’s many stop offs may be for you! Tioga road runs the entire east/west length of Yosemite National Park and provides access to the high alpine Tuolumne meadows, which is rich with deer, marmots and other wildlife. Many of the parks’ greatest hikes start along this road, and it’s the least busy of the three main areas in Yosemite. I stopped many times along this road and I even to took a dip in the freezing Tenaya lake. And I saw a lemming in real life, which was super cool for me as a lover of tiny adorable animals. There are also Sequoia groves at the west end, and you can get married along those forested trails. (For more big ass trees, check out my Sequoia Elopement guide!)

How NOT to elope in Yosemite

Pets, birdseed, butterflies, speakers, decorations, drones, flower petals & baby’s breath are prohibited from your Yosemite National Park Elopement. But with all the scenery Yosemite has to offer, you’ll never even miss these trifles. The most important thing is to leave this land better than we found it, so using Leave No Trace principles is vital in this sacred and protected land. This is non-negotiable. If you can’t approach the land with respect, you shouldn’t be using it for a pretty background. So this is my soapbox moment, over and out.

About me – Yosemite Elopement Photographers

I’m a nomadic and colorful Yosemite elopement photographer with an obsession for mountains, hiking, and sharing the wild with others. My photography style emphasizes the epic landscape of your dreams and the authentic moments that make you two.. well, you two! I love my job and my nature-loving clients. Yosemite is a place I’m aching to come back to and explore more. Maybe I’ll see you there!

Ready to love your Yosemite Elopement?

So, are you ready to elope in Yosemite, with colorful and heartfelt photos that transport you right back to everything you were feeling on the best day of your life?! Get in touch to let me guide you into choosing the season, places, and adventures that will make this the best day of your life! I’ve got an interactive map of all the Elopement locations in Yosemite and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Yosemite Elopement Timeline

7:00 Breakfast together – make French toast!
7:30 Getting ready at Tuolumne Meadows Lodge
8:30 First look at Tenaya lake
9:30 Intimate ceremony at Tioga road viewpoint. I know a spot.
10:30 Reading letters from loved ones in the quiet Sequoia forest
11:30 Lunch in Yosemite Valley restaurant
12:30 Hike to a waterfall in Yosemite Valley – Vernal, Nevada, Bridal Veil, or Lower Yosemite. Go climbing. Or ride E bikes around the valley. Or set up hammocks in the shade around a meadow.
5:00 Cool off in the Merced river. Write your names in the beach sand.
6:00 Stop for photos at Valley view on your way to Glacier point
7:30 Hike to Taft point for a Picnic dinner
8:00 Sunset first dance & watch the stars come out

Yosemite Elopement Photographer

I offer full day, 1.5 day and 2 day elopement photography in Yosemite National Park and the wild lands outside of it. See my pricing and package details here. I would love to chat with you and help see if an elopement with me is what you’ve been dreaming of. Get in touch below!

Here’s a preview of my interactive Yosemite Elopement location map:

This map is like a virtual tour of Yosemite National Park with color photos I’ve taken of each place. So you can see all the great spots without leaving your living room. If you’re planning from afar, this is a visual key to picking out the elopement spot that works for you. Details like what seasons and time of day are best for each location are included. It will help you plan your activities, accommodations, and your day’s itinerary. Lastly, it’s easy to have a great backup location picked out with this map in front of you. Having that Plan B in your back pocket will keep your planning stress-free!

Here is my free Yosemite Elopement location map!
Plug in your info and I’ll send it to you!

Start panning your Yosemite elopement photography!

See my other amazing California Elopement Guides:
– Mono Lake Elopement Guide
Mammoth Lakes Elopement Guide
– Sequoia & Kings Canyon Elopement Guide
– Death Valley Elopement Guide
– Joshua Tree Elopement Guide

One Comment

  1. Debbie Broderick says:

    Magnificent perspectives and colors! Awesome

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