Yosemite Elopement Packages

I finally had the chance to visit Yosemite National Park after years of dreaming about it’s light, depth, and iconic views – and she did not disappoint. Not only was I able to explore famous points like Glacier Point, Taft Point, and El Capitan meadow, but I also discovered some stunning, off-the-beaten-path locations that would be perfect for a memorable and secluded elopement ceremony.

Yosemite Elopement Packages available dates in 2021: June 8, 9, 10, 11

Why the special deal? Honestly, this is something I have been thinking of offering since the inception of my photography business – offering special elopement photography packages for select dates at locations I have already scouted in person and can ensure a seamless and stunning elopement experience. Because this offer is only available for select dates, there is no need for travel fees.
 
Because I have already visited (and worked) at Yosemite National Park, I am able to offer planning services with a wealth of knowledge and advice to assure your day goes smoothly.
couple standing on diving board at taft point overlooking yosemite valley at sunset

Curious about a few things?

Like any national park, Yosemite does require an entrance fee. Daily passes are available if you only plan on entering for one day. However, if you plan on staying awhile, I would recommend a weekly or annual pass instead. Or, if you plan on visiting other national parks in the near future, I highly recommend investing in an America The Beautiful annual pass, which covers entrance and amenity fees for national parks and other federal area fees.

Yosemite National Park also requires wedding permits for a wedding ceremony of any size. Whether it’s just the two of you or you’re having a celebration of 50 guests or more, you will need to apply for a wedding permit well in advance to your day. Yosemite recommends applying for your pass at least 2 months in advance, but I would recommend applying as soon as you have a date(s) in mind. Only a select number of wedding permits are accepted for each location each day, so the earlier the better especially during more in-demand months.

One last thing to know is that most vendors (including photographers) will also need to apply for a permit for your wedding day. Photography permits are required for many reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is to minimize environmental damage caused by an influx of tourism through image sharing on social media platforms. While these permits are pricey, you should think of them as a donation for the park as opposed to a service fee, as funds collected are doing great things for the national park service and ensure that you (and future generations) can continue visiting these parks for years to come.

Because I’m so passionate about serving our environment and abiding by Leave No Trace Ethics, I take care of the photography permit fee.

Yosemite National Park is beautiful any time of the year, but late-Spring (May) and late fall (Late September-October) are the best times of year for an elopement. In the Spring, you can expect cooler temperatures but full waterfalls as the winter snow melts from the mountain peaks. In the fall, you can expect warmer days but waterfalls can be dried up. Also, wild fires are common in California in the fall time, so you can anticipate last minute changes to your travel plans.

I am currently offering special Yosemite elopement packages at reduced rates on select dates in June of 2021, which is the perfect time of year for warm temperatures, full waterfalls, and access to iconic locations such as Taft Point and Glacier Point.

Fresno Yosemite International (90 miles, 2h)

Sacramento International (175 miles, 3.5h)

San Francisco International (200 miles, 3h-5h)

Yosemite National park itself is huge, and because it’s in the middle of the California mountains, there aren’t too many big cities nearby. This means your best resort is either booking lodging right in Yosemite Valley (which is expensive and books up fast) or scouting an hour or so outside the park for a hotel or AirBnb. I usually recommend nearby Airbnb’s as you will have the comforts of home and the one hour drive really isn’t so bad! Do keep in mind that iconic spots like Glacier Point and Taft point are another hour up once you enter Yosemite National Park.

Right in Yosemite Valley!

Autocamp for a glamping experience (1h from valley)

Airbnb in Mariposa or Merced (1h-2h from valley)

You will definitely want your own car! Not only will you have to travel at least an hour or two from the airport, but Yosemite National Park is HUGE and you will want to explore as much of it as you can while you’re there. While the park does offer shuttle services for once you arrive in the park, having the flexibility of running your own schedule makes all the difference in your experience.

Keep in mind that depending on the time of year you visit, crowds may fluctuate making finding parking a little more difficult. For elopement ceremonies, I recommend arrive well before sunrise for parking (and the best light).

Don’t rely on your cell phone! Cell service is very spotty in the park, so be sure to download any necessary driving and hiking maps and communicate your where abouts with loved ones ahead of time, if needed.

Prepare for car sickness and elevation sickness. While Taft and Glacier points are only about 7-8k feet about sea level, the quick elevation gain from the valley floor to the cliffs and overlooks are great enough  (and windy enough) to cause illness.

Dress for the occasion. Temperatures can vary greatly from early morning through high afternoon. For early morning and sunset elopements, I recommend fleece leggings under long dresses and hand warmers in your shoes and pockets, as well as a jacket. And don’t worry, I always bring extra handwarmers and headlamps to share!

To marry in the state of California requires a valid California marriage license, officiant, and one witness. For those who invite a few loved ones, you could ask one of them to officiate your ceremony and another to act as your witness. If it’s just the two of you, I’m happy to help you find an officiant and act as your witness! Or, I am also ordained through the Universal Life Church and could act as your officiant. In regards to a witness, there are usually plenty of people around the park (such as another visitor or one of your vendors) who I’m sure would be happy to help you out.

 

Of course – I mean it when I say “your day, your way”. Eloping doesn’t have to mean sacrificing the presence and support of loved ones in favor of a beautiful and unique experience. There are plenty of ways to get your loved ones involved and get the best of both worlds.

You could have a “rehearsal dinner” or a reception. You could bring them along when you shop for your dress or when you sign your marriage license. You could even invite a few of your closest loved ones to join you and make it an intimate, destination wedding. The options are endless.

This is where the fun starts. Once you book, I will work closely with you to help find your perfect location(s), recommend vendors, brainstorm styling ideas, and more. We will work together to craft the day of your dreams, keeping in mind logistics such as guests, weather, sun position and of course, your priorities. All Yosemite Elopement Packages are customizable and includes bespoke planning assistance. When working with me, you almost get a photographer and planner all in one, which I think is pretty cool.

Yosemite Elopement Photography Packages

Available for select June 2021 dates at Yosemite National Park

Full Day Coverage $3000

+ up to 10 hours elopement day coverage

+ a bespoke location idea list and in-person location scouting

+ scheduled check-in meetings throughout the planning process

+ no travel fees

Half Day Coverage $2000

+ up to 4 hours elopement coverage

+ a bespoke location idea list and in-person location scouting

+ scheduled check-in meetings throughout the planning process

+ no travel fees

Let’s start planning

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