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Yosemite National Park Wedding
The Majestic Lodge and The Wilderness
Adventure Wedding

Congratulations to Adam and Arielle who married recently. They met with me last year. They told me they wanted an adventure wedding photographer willing to go into the wilderness for some rare and epic wedding photographs. I was like, yeah, that’s what I do. They wanted a large wall canvas that would showcase them against the scenic Yosemite landscape. They told me it would be a smaller intimate wedding (which is many of my weddings these days) and wanted me to document their wedding day. They booked me and we got to planning.

I’m excited to have photographed this wedding because Yosemite is just plain awesome, and one of the most beautiful National Parks in the world. Also, my couple shares a common love for the outdoors, which did not require any convincing to hike a few miles to our shoot location (and they hiked in their wedding attire).  On top of that, Adam and Arielle were both friendly, which made for good conversation along the trail. Thank you Adam and Arielle for including me in your adventure. Here are some of the highlights from their wedding adventure.

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The next few images were taken near midnight after the wedding concluded.


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The next morning (which was a Tuesday) we hiked into the wilderness for some more adventurous wedding photos. Adam and Arielle hiked a few miles in their wedding attire. We also met a few friendly visitors along the trail.


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Photographer: Charleton Churchill Photography
Venue: Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park
Bridal Dress: BHLDNMakeup Artist & Hair: Kelly Brodie

  • Denise Gabriel - BeautifulDecember 10, 2015 – 12:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Joel Conner - so freaking good.December 10, 2015 – 2:32 pmReplyCancel

  • Susan Beth Breuner - I love all of these. Grew up near Yosemite and familiar with all those landscapes. Now live just outside Yellowstone and your photos remind me just how much I love Yosemite even more. Beautiful!January 16, 2016 – 8:01 amReplyCancel

  • Kris McGarigle - So very cool. Love your work, and this is just outstanding.January 30, 2016 – 9:23 amReplyCancel

  • Hilda Burke - AMAZING!!!!WOW!September 7, 2016 – 9:50 amReplyCancel

Here it is, Zack and Tomi’s Grand Island Mansion wedding in Walnut Grove, California.  We are blessed to return once again to this Sacramento popular venue, and this time with the honorable presence of our servicemen, the Navy and Marines.  Here is a snapshot of their wedding day celebration.  Congratulations to you both!


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Wedding Photographer:  Charleton Churchill Photography,  Sacramento, Ca.  |  Ceremony and Reception Venue:  Grand Island Mansion, Walnut Grove, CA.  |  Catering:  Grand Island Mansion  |  DJ:  Sound Image Entertainment, Sacramento, CA.  |  Florist:  Jackie’s Flowers, Elk Grove, Ca.  |  Cake:  Sweet Cakes by Rebecca,  Sacramento, CA.  |  Make-up:  Skintique Salon,  Jackson, CA.  |  Hair:  Corey Leonesio  |  Bridesmaids Hair:  House of Hair Razors, Jackson, CA.  |


  • Kami - This wedding was so beautiful! You captured all the beauty of it. I love all the details and candid shots.August 14, 2013 – 3:34 pmReplyCancel

  • Charleton Churchill - Thanks Kami, always great working with you and Brandon!August 14, 2013 – 3:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Shelby Johnson - These photographs are amazing, as are all of your photographs. I can only dream to have you photograph my wedding someday!August 14, 2013 – 10:58 pmReplyCancel

  • Betti (Mother of the Bride) - WOW, Beautiful photographs; I cannot wait to see the entire package. Charleton, you truly are an artist.August 16, 2013 – 10:22 amReplyCancel

  • Alexandra(mother of the groom) - I LOVE all these gorgeous pics and I really need to have them all so I can put together their wedding scrapbook lol! Beautiful job Charleton, you are an amazing artist!August 16, 2013 – 5:39 pmReplyCancel

  • Charleton Churchill - Thank you Shelby, I look forward to your phone call!August 16, 2013 – 10:02 pmReplyCancel

  • Charleton Churchill - Betti and Alexandra, thank you for the compliments, looking forward to finishing the images for you all to celebrate together!August 16, 2013 – 10:04 pmReplyCancel