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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

Grace and Michael’s intimate DIY wedding at Evergreen lodge around Yosemite national park was truly one of a kind. Everything about it was special.  Many of you know I love woodsy, nature, mountains, rustic, trees, and simplicity.  Outside weddings in the mountains are my flavor.  On top of that, Michael and Grace decided not to follow most wedding traditions or trends, and do it different.  During the ceremony, Michael would hold Grace’s hand as they walked in together along with their dog from out of the woods.  Then they would join a small circle of 20-30 close family and friends.  The reception was in the front dining room of the John Muir house (with a view of the wilderness).  They wanted some cinematic photographs of them in the woods, which I love.

Michael and Grace are from Los Angeles, and are members of The Actor’s Studio.  They both filmed a movie in Yosemite recently, which Grace wrote, produced and edited, “I am that girl”.  Grace has played on TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Body of Proof, and will be in the new FOX series called, Enlisted, which will air this Spring.  Michael is now transitioning to developing his own company.  Also, present was Pedro Pascal, the Red Viper from Game of Thrones.  A big shout out to Tara Stetz, the wedding Coordinator of Evergreen Lodge for making it come together, despite the rain, the government shutdown, and one of California’s largest wildfire, the rim fire, which burned over 157,000 acres of beautiful wildlife.  Despite some of the threats, the wedding was more than beautiful.  Michael and Grace even made the charred forest look good.

Since Grace is a D.I.Y. kind of person, most items was designed by her.  Her mother Minja designed the cake, and friend Nicki Petrou decorated it.  Thank you Michael and Grace for your kindness and allowing us to capture your special day.  Congratulations once again.


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