Big Sur Elopement Wedding Photography | Pfieffer Beach | Big Sur Lodge

Nate and Harper eloped in Big Sur, California at the Big Sur lodge. With their son along, they adventured together for photos along the trails and beaches Big sur provided. Traveling from out of state, we met together before their elopement and hit up some of the areas I had scouted out before arriving. I came early and hiked some new terrain for me and for future couples. Crazy side story, but while on the trail, I ran into a Tahoe wedding couple I had photographed last year. Small world.

After exploring, we hit the trails for a little time before the ceremony, drank lots of water, snacked on veggies along the way, and enjoyed the company of their son who entertained us. We headed to Big Sur lodge for their elopement ceremony where they planned for a woodsy backdrop. Emotions were felt that made their ceremony more than just a simple exchange of vows. After finishing up, we headed to Pfieffer beach State Park for sunset photos to wrap up their experience together. Here are some of the images from their elopement day. Congratulations to the both of them.

Venue: Big Sur Lodge
Photographer: Charleton Churchill Photography
Wedding Coordinator: Dana from Big Sur Lodge
Wedding Officiant: Soaring Starkey from Big Sur Ceremonies
Extra Locations: Pfieffer Beach State Park, CA.

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Yosemite National Park’s Permit Policies | Wedding and Elopement Photographers


yosemite adventure wedding and elopement booking rules for permits in the national park


(this blog post is in no way endorsed by Yosemite National Park or any National Park of the USA. For more information, please visit the Yosemite National Park website.



Dear Fellow Photographers who are hired to capture couples in Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite’s wedding permit department is responsible for managing all the wedding requests, permits, and licensing in the Park. There has been some confusion. Some of you have heard that Yosemite has been cracking down on photographers and couples without a permit and that is true. Some of you have been turned around without a permit.

Yosemite is trying to keep track of the weddings in the park while trying to maintain a generous park experience for all.

It is well known that if you are a couple getting married inside Yosemite National Park, you (the couple) must apply for a permit and be approved before having your ceremony. However, they are working on revising rules for photographers and weddings in the park for a better experience.



If you are a photographer hired to photograph a wedding or elopement in Yosemite National Park, or even an engagement session, photo shoot, etc., whether it is at the top of Glacier Point or at the Majestic Hotel, your couple is currently required to apply for a PERMIT. You must be with the couple and they must have a permit. Apply here for a permit YOSEMITE WEDDING PERMIT




  1. If I have an engagement session, adventure session, portrait session in the park, does the couple still need a permit?
    Answer: yes.
  2. What is the cost for a Yosemite wedding permit?
    Answer: The cost right now is $150. More information can be accessed on the Yosemite website below.
  3. I have a Yosemite wedding coming up soon, is it too late to apply?
    Answer: No, you can still apply.
  4. Where can I read more information about Yosemite Weddings?
    Answer: Visit the main Yosemite Website for more info here: YOSEMITE WEDDINGS.


If you have more questions, you can contact the Permit Department here:



For wedding permit information contact by email or by phone 209/379-1858.

Attn: Catherine Carlisle-McMullen
Special Park Uses/Film & Weddings
Yosemite National Park
P.O. Box 700
El Portal, CA 95318


If you are searching for a Yosemite wedding photographer for your wedding or adventure elopement, you may visit here:
Charleton Churchill Photography


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