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Here’s a snowy winter adventure elopement at Yosemite National Park with a few family members gathered for my last wedding of the year.  I received a call from a wonderful Nashville couple, Victoria and Richard, who wanted to elope in Yosemite and they were hoping for a winter wedding.  The week prior to their wedding it snowed and provided some epic landscape photos for us to explore and experience. They opted for the adventure, intimate and small, which is what I do often in the mountains.  They stayed and got ready at the Tenaya Lodge and then met me down in Yosemite Valley for their wedding at the famous Yosemite Chapel.  After they exchanged vows at the alter, they celebrated with the ringing the bell that echoed in the wilderness  As they walked out of the church, the traffic of vehicles congested along the main road celebrated in unison with honks.

I had a rad time hiking in the snow with my couple and enjoying the beautiful flavor the wilderness around us.  Here are a few images from their snowy wintery wedding Yosemite.

epic yosemite wedding during the snowy winter

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wintery destination wedding with a white wrap

utterly engaged couple marries at winter destination wedding

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wedding couple reflected off lake

exploring yosemite with a wedding couple

It’s November in the foggy mountains of Yosemite.  The rain is falling everywhere, as are the leaves.  We arrive at the Tenaya Lodge after four hours of driving from the bay area, from another wedding. We are tired, but now we are happy.  Our rooms are rustic cabins, and we are welcomed to a warm and burly fireplace.  Wait a minute. I just slapped myself.  I’m love job.  If there’s any historic venue or location I would rather photograph more than any other, it’s Yosemite,…and anywhere in this National Park.

It just so happens that Nathan and Katie were planning their rustic wedding in Yosemite.  Even though they committed their vows to one another last year at the San Francisco City Hall, this was their official wedding day celebration with all their friends and family.  Nathan serves in the military, and many of us were unsure whether he would be granted permission to return home for this special day. We all prayed until a few weeks before the event.  I was also praying for snow.  I had this Narnia wedding vision in my head, but maybe some other day.  Long story short, Nathan came home and we all celebrated!

I had a super time at their wedding, and the Kevin Roche Band was electric!  Everyone sang loud and proud,…and with Kilts on!  Thank you to Katie and Nathan, and also your family for allowing me to share in your wedding day together.  Enjoy some of my favorite images from the wedding day.

 

bridal dress hanging on rocks of ahwahnee hotel

yosemite falls waterfall at national park in fall rain November wedding

groomsmen at ahwahnee lodge

groomsmen portraits at yosemite wedding ahwahnee hotel photography

groom portraits fall colors yosemite village

bride preparing at yosemite lodge before rustic scottish ceremony

bride photo with bouquet fall season wedding at ahwahnee hotel

bride with twightlight movie theme wedding in rustic woods

first look glance at the bride and groom before the ceremony

bridesmaids and bride at yosemite ahwahnee hotel

bridal party in fall colors of Yosemite November

wedding party at yosemite by national park photographer

couples pics on green lawn with a twighlight movie theme cape and woodsy look at Yosemite

bride and groom portraits under fall colored leaves red orange yellow

landscape images at Yosemite before a fall wedding

wedding at yosemite ceremony and el capitan landscape pics

yosemite ahwahnee hotel view of property during wedding

wedding ceremony at the Yosemite Ahwahnee Hotel

wedding ceremony outside of yosemite venue

evening wedding in the fall season of Yosemite hotel

wedding reception in the dark dim lights with friends and family

wedding reception scottish version in woodsy backdrop DIY

wedding reception dancing party celebration with a kilt

dancing blur action at scottish wedding

vintage groom holding bride in arms near yosemite location outside

dramatic ighting at Yoemite wedding in the valley with lanterns and fog

foggy wedding scene rustic wilderness bride groom with lighting

Wedding Coordinator: Don Alexander
Wedding Venue & Reception: Yosemite Ahwahnee Hotel
Photographer: Charleton Churchill Photography
Catering: Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park
Make-up and hair: Carol Cardinale with Belissimo Bridal
Florist: Sweet Dreams
Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero
Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas
Band: The Kevin Roche Band