But, to be forthcoming, this was an EXHAUSTING day. Let me just paint you a little picture. I and three other wonderful photographers left Fresno, California at 2:00am. We got to Yosemite at around 5:00 am sunrise shoot which you can see here. Then, we went to the lodge to cull and edit some of those photos. We ate our snack lunches, explored a little bit, until it started storming like crazy in Yosemite. So we chilled in the car for a couple of hours, waiting for the rain to pass. The plan was for this elopement to be at Taft Point, because the sunset there is beyond gorgeous. I was napping on and off in the car, but it was finally time to drive to parking area of Taft Point.
How could this be?! It’s almost June for goodness sake! Toni, one of the photographers, knew the trail pretty well so we headed off anyway. We were hopping around, trying to stay on former footprints to avoid getting knee-deep in snow
(which inevitably happened anyway). After trekking for about twenty minutes, we had a decision to make. We weren’t even close to Taft Point yet, and our confidence level of doing this insane trek in the dark was going down.
We had no idea it was going to be so caked in snow this late in the year. Usually it clears up early to mid-May! So we didn’t have the proper hiking books or headlamps or anything. And of course, we had the priority of the couple rather than the awesome pictures that could come out of it. I truly think the best adventurous photographer always keeps the safety of the couple as the number one priority. Therefore, we turned right around, avoiding those deadly snow pockets, and headed back to the cars.
With it being so cloudy and overcast, the mountains were bluer than ever, which looked amazing with Ashley’s orange bouquet and John’s navy suit. I just loved getting in that area with the shrubs, because the green of the plants and the blue of the mountains looked so beautiful. Ashley and John were such a sweet couple and were totally up for anything. They win gold medals for not hating us after the craziest walk that pretty much led to nowhere. I would say my favorite part of this whole shoot was Ashley’s ring and the invitation suite created by Kirsten Ashley Calligraphy. This girl water painted the envelopes of the invitation suite with the landmarks of Yosemite. Is that not the most incredible thing you’ve ever seen? It turned out beautifully and totally captured the amazingness that is Glacier Point, Yosemite!
Are you interested in an adventure elopement in an amazing place like Glacier Point? Let’s dream together!! I would love to be capture it!
Location: Yosemite National Park
Dress: Ivory Bridal Boutique
Florals: Botanique Floral
Makeup: Kristen Nicole Makeup
Calligrapher / Invitation Suite: Kirsten Ashley Calligraphy
While you’re here, check out other elopements I’ve shot recently!