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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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Adventure Couple in Lake Tahoe
Adventure Wedding Photographer, Charleton Churchill

I had been visiting with couples at The Hideout wedding venue a few weeks ago, so I planned four engagement sessions all around Lake Tahoe during that time. This wonderful couple, Evan and Kaitlin are a little closer, as I photographed Evan’s sister’s wedding (Kelsey and Ryan) a few years back. They are such a great couple who enjoy being around each other. I will be photographing their wedding at the same home in West Tahoe. Evan and Kaitlin brought some clean style and owned it, as Kaitlin’s dress blew in the wind, along with her hair, which still looked great. When we first started, the wind was howling, rocking my truck back and forth, I was curious what kind of adventure session the good Lord was going to allow, but it turned out better than expected. We traveled to a few locations I had previously hiked, one of which I found while exploring a new path with epic views for photos of the mountains, which still had some snow. Around Lake Tahoe, there’s always a place to photograph couples, whether you’re in the busy South Lake Tahoe, the quieter north Lake Incline Village, or anything in between or around, with trails and off-road areas where I use my 4wd Toyota Tacoma. I’m excited to share more weddings, engagement sessions, and adventure, as I have a lot of traveling out of state and around the world later in the year, some surprises, and other unknowns. For now, here is Evan and Kaitlin’s engagement photo session. Congratulations to them and their future together.

By the way, you can view the Top Lake Tahoe Wedding Venues here.

 

 

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  • Isabella Rodriguez - Hello love your pictures of couples at Emerald Bay – Lake Tahoe looking to elope in the area and would like to know more about your pricing and availability on or around October 13.July 2, 2018 – 7:11 pmReplyCancel

    • Charleton Churchill - Yes, I photograph elopements often in Lake Tahoe, let me know your info, you can also fill out the contact page on my website, thank you!July 26, 2018 – 9:20 pm

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
THE HIDEOUT 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.

2019 OFFER FOR WEDDING COVERAGE

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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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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