Yosemite is becoming a popular elopement location, and for good reason – it’s STUNNING! I had the pleasure of photographing a sunset elopement at the park, and I picked up some great tips that I want to share. If you’re thinking of planning your own Yosemite National Park elopement – here’s what you need to do first.
You’ll need to do a bit of research ahead of time to decide what type of area you’d like to have your ceremony at. You can find out how many guests are allowed at each location, as well as when each spot is open to the public.
You also need to keep in mind how many guests you’ll have at your elopement (if any), and what’s allowed on site and what isn’t.
If you’re not sure about what Leave No Trace entails, you can ask your photographer or get more Leave No Trace info here.
It’s recommended that you opt for early morning at most locations. But if you have your heart set on a sunset elopement at Taft Point, then talk to your photographer about planning out your elopement day timeline accordingly.
You can also have your ceremony at one location, and then end the day with bridal portraits at another location in the park at sunset. I’m all for photos of my couples in stunning vistas and landscapes following their wedding ceremony!
Make sure you leave time in your wedding day schedule to adventure and be spontaneous! Since you’re going to be in one of the most beautiful national parks in the world, why not go exploring a bit?
Even if you don’t feel like hiking, you can still venture to at least a couple of spots to take some photos or have a few quiet minutes alone.
This is a big one. A lot of people WANT to elope, but feel like they’d be disappointing their family if they’re not included in the wedding day. But eloping doesn’t mean you have to run away in secret together! If you’d prefer it that way, awesome! Go for it!
But if you’d love to include your parents, siblings, or close friends, then you can still have them be a part of your ceremony and just keep the guest list small. A lot of couples also have a private ceremony and vow exchange at sunrise, and then meet all of their guests later in the morning for a “second” ceremony and celebration.
Your elopement day is all about the two of you and your relationship together, and it doesn’t have to look any particular way. You do you!
When you plan to elope out in the elements, you really need to think of everything ahead of time! You don’t have the luxury of heating or air conditioning, so try to plan your elopement during a season or time of year when you’ll both be relatively comfortable.
If you know it’s going to be a bit cold or you’re planning a sunrise elopement close to fall, choose your outfit accordingly. It seems obvious, but it’s easy to forget all about practicalities when you find “the dress”! When you shop for wedding attire, keep the weather in mind, and invest in a good pair of hiking boots if you know you want to do some hiking on the day of.
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