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Yosemite National Park Destination Elopement / Leigha + Branden


Leigha and Branden’s Destination Elopement at Taft Point, Yosemite National Park | National Park Elopement Photographer | California Wedding Photographer | Adventure Wedding at Taft Point


I’m not sure I even know where to start, Ive been so excited to put together this post so here it goes: I’ll start with Leigha and Branden cause cause they know what it’s all about, they totally went against culture and said no to a traditional wedding. They said no to all the stress. They said no to all the worry, money, stress (again), and more stress and all the awkward obligation to get married a certain way. They said no to spending thousands on a venue and food. They said no to a 12 hour day of being carted around for photos, cake cutting, and expected dances.

they said yes to each other.
they said yes to eloping.
[and yes to eating pizza with me once photos were finished lol]

They said yes to what matters most to them and that’s their love and commitment for each other. And they officially said yes to forever when they shared their beautifully written vows on the tip top edge of Taft Point, in Yosemite National Park. It was so peaceful and quiet, there were no distractions just us on the edge of a cliff. And to be able to be there, was just so powerful. I’m forever grateful for Leigha and Branden, thanks for letting me into your space and trusting me document it all.
Also just a little disclaimer, but this blog post is proof that you can do an engagement session and elope all within 24 hours and for this reason I decided to combine same favorites from both sessions into one place.


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Yosemite Elopement
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Taft Point Elopement
Yosemite Engagement Photosession

Lake Michigan Destination Intimate Wedding // Steve + Jessica

Steve + Jessica celebrated their intimate wedding on the shore of Lake Michigan. There’s something special about an intimate wedding. You lose all the formalities and stress that can come with a big crowd and bridal party. The day goes a bit slower and you have time to visit with the handful of friends and family invited. There’s less pressure to be certain places at specific times. You get to breath a little bit more.

The sand served as the ceremony grounds and the lakeside cottage as the getting ready bridal suite. The “parking lot” became the reception spot with tables decorated with glass and candles. Jessica’s, “makeup artists” were her mother and sister. The officiant was Steve’s dad which made for an emotional and beautiful ceremony. Jessica and Steve ended the day with authentic tacos and fireside dances on the beach surrounded by their people. What could be better?

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