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Adventure Engagement Photography Session
Yosemite National Park
Charleton Churchill

Being an adventure wedding photographer takes me to many top wedding destinations around the world, but none of them compares to the calls I often receive for weddings, elopements, engagement sessions, and adventure sessions in Yosemite National Park. It’s because of the many trails, lookouts, back country locations, epic cliffs, rivers, waterfalls, wildlife, and so much more available for the backdrops of photos. Let’s put it this way, I never get bored. I have hiked half-dome’s 16 mile trail over forty times and have been around all of Yosemite, backpacking, camping and hiking, as well as photographing many couples. It never gets old. My Dad used to work in Yosemite National Park full-time and he galvanized in me a love for the outdoors and mountain life.

For this trip, I returned with my first engaged couple of 2018 for their adventure engagement session. Matt and Bailey were both excited to have their session at this specific National Park and with their dog, Dave. Not only do they love the outdoors, but Yosemite is special to them and their families because they go camping there every year. This adventure session symbolizes their perfect wedding story, which I am honored to photograph. We hit it off on the phone our mutual love for the mountains and Yosemite. When Bailey asked me how to prepare for an engagement photo session, I began discussing outfit options, color, and style, which is really important for me. They both came prepared and wore stylish outfits that complimented the scene and each other. On top of that, the weather was perfect giving us a beautiful sunset at the end of the day. I have quite a few couples coming to Yosemite this 2018 year for photos, and it’s good to start off the year with a bang. Congratulations Matt and Bailey.


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The Hideout, Kirkwood

Book your outdoor wedding with Adventure Wedding Photographer, Charleton Churchill and receive an offer only for 2018/2019 year
A top wedding venue in California for outdoor couples, mountain couples, adventurers, hikers, engaged couples looking for the perfect cabin on the lake venue.

book your wedding at Kirkwood

I was at The Hideout at Kirkwood this past weekend meeting with engaged couples who were considering booking or have already booked their wedding at this unique adventurous wedding venue. I hiked around the property to the backwoods, and beyond to explore different wedding photo angles for couples. I photograph many mountain weddings each year around Tahoe, northern California and around the world, including the epic Mt. Everest wedding last year that went viral around the world. I’m always looking for something different and epic for every couple.

Down the street from where I live is this ridiculous secluded mountain venue that has even attracted the TV Show The Bachelor to the film one of their seasons. It was all built by hand by Tom, BJ, and their two sons, Dusty and Josh. When you drive up the dirt road off hwy 88, you enter this scenic view of a private cabin on the lake, surrounded by the rocky mountains. Your first time is a jaw dropper, and makes you want to build your own log cabin on a lake. This is truly a wedding venue for those who love the outdoors.

A benefit is when you book with The Hideout, they give you the property for 3-4 days, allowing for family and close friends to sleep in the lodge and Saloon, even camp out. The average wedding size is around 50-200 people and their ceremony site is surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest land, seating up to approximately 165 guests on their log benches. They allow you to swim in the lake, bring your dog, camp out, hike, and fish (catch and release). Kirkwood is 12 miles away allowing extra lodging as well as Bear River Resort down hwy 88. They provide chairs and tables for up to 200 guests and they have power via solar and generators (yes, they are completely off-grid). They are just about booked out this year, but you can call to see if they have your dates available.


If you’re booking this wedding venue for 2018/2019, I am offering for this year only with a purchase 8 or 10 hour wedding package, a next day photo shoot at no charge, my 4 hour adventure couple’s session on the property while there that week. The 4hour photo shoot must take place on a Monday thru a Friday.


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Book Adventure Wedding Photographer Charleton Churchill for your outdoor wedding.

Here are a few images below of my work.
If interested in wedding coverage rates, contact me through the contact link above.

Charleton Churchill Photographer
Adventure Weddings + Elopements
Based near Kirkwood/Tahoe
Featured in multiple magazines
Speaker in Photo Conventions, for Nikon, Profoto
Presenter for TEDTalks
Rated in Top 100 Photographers in the USA/Canada
Father and Husband, Family man.
Hiker and Explorer

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Wedding at the Hyatt Regency Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Kelly and Heather married last month at the Lake Tahoe Hyatt Regency hotel and I was honored to have been asked to document this military family wedding. I have full respect for those who serve and sacrifice to allow us the freedoms we enjoy. Even though there were servicemen present, there was also lots of laughter, comedy, smiles, and special family moments.

Kelly and Heather have a great story to tell. They have known and liked each other since they were kids. This day of celebration was a culmination of years spent together which according to their high school yearbook was “the couple most destined to stay together.” Not only have they known each other and been together for a long time, but their smiles radiated off one another as if it was their first date. They are the sweetest couple, friendly to everyone, and respectful to their families who have raised them well. These type of weddings are inspiring and I appreciate the unique stories from every couple I photograph. Everyone has a story, and I love learning about people. Congratulations to Kelly and Heather as they begin the other part of their story together.


Lake Tahoe Photographer:  Charleton Churchill
Wedding Planner: Red Carpet Events and Design, Reno/Tahoe, NV.
Decor/Florist: Red Carpet Events and Design
Makeup: Kiss and Makeup, Jennifer Holmes, Tahoe City, CA.
Hair Stylist: Victoria Peterson, Bay Area, CA.
DJ: Kevin from Extreme Productions
Officiant: Rev. Dave Beronio, Tahoe Wedding, Lake Tahoe
Venue Ceremony: Hyatt Regency Tahoe Hotel, Lake Tahoe, NV.
Venue Reception: Lone Eagle Grille Lakefront, Incline Village, NV.


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  • Chelsea - These are wonderful – you can feel the happiness from these photos! I’m so happy for you bothJune 4, 2018 – 6:39 pmReplyCancel

  • Erin - Wow! These pictures are absolutely stunning!…dream come true ??June 4, 2018 – 6:52 pmReplyCancel

  • Rebecca henderson - The photos are beautiful! I love every single one! They really do express Heather’s and Kelly’s genuine happiness and love for one another!June 4, 2018 – 6:53 pmReplyCancel

  • Stacey - The pictures turned out beautiful – just like the day!June 4, 2018 – 7:59 pmReplyCancel

  • Mark Watson - Wow! Beautiful photos, you guys look wonderful!June 4, 2018 – 8:00 pmReplyCancel

  • Taylor - So beautiful!June 4, 2018 – 8:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Michael Watson - These photos are incredible. You two look amazingJune 4, 2018 – 9:35 pmReplyCancel

  • Kelli Lupoli - SO beautiful!June 5, 2018 – 7:30 amReplyCancel

  • GERALD WEECK - Fantastic pictures from a spectacular wedding, Thank you Charleton for catching all these beautiful momentsJune 5, 2018 – 10:26 amReplyCancel

  • Avery Norsby - Beautiful pictures and a perfect day!June 7, 2018 – 2:30 pmReplyCancel

  • Bobbie Weeck - Beautiful pictures taken in North Shore Lake Tahoe. Such a beautiful place for a wedding. The pictures really captured the beautiful bridge and groom along with the venue. I have never seen such amazing work from photographer that the pictures look like they were taken in a studio.June 7, 2018 – 6:52 pmReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - Love the photos, such an amazing time.June 7, 2018 – 6:53 pmReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - These pictures are incredible!!June 7, 2018 – 8:27 pmReplyCancel

  • Connie Fielder - Love these pictures! You really captured the joy we were all feeling that day! Beautifully done. Cant wait to see the rest!June 8, 2018 – 7:04 pmReplyCancel