Masthead header

Tag Archives: Ahwahnee Wedding Photographer

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.

Best Yosemite Wedding Photos stylish groom getting ready at Ahwahnee bride and groom getting ready together candid warm moment hug USA today life paper october 26, 2015 creative bride makeup composition wedding bride eyelashes mom helping bride get wedding dress on bridal photo mom putting bride shoes on emotional first look of bride and groom in Yosemite tears of happiness after first look of yosemite couple groom crying after he sees his bride happy couple getting married in Yosemite romantic yosemite wedding couple beautiful romantic wedding couple at Ahwahnee hotel cute wedding photos at Yosemite hilarious bride and groom photos happy yosemite park wedding couple yosemite wedding couple photos yosemite bride Yosemite groom with blue suit wedding dress and groom blue suit couture bride and groom in Yosemite family candids bride walking down the aisle by herself at the Ahwahnee hotel groom watching bride walk down the aisle outside mountain wedding with groom crying Yosemite wedding ceremony at Ahwahnee Lodge Ahwahnee hotel wedding ceremony outside the kiss of the bride and groom after wedding ceremony ends yosemite outdoors ahwahnee wedding reception room details ahwahnee wedding table decorations red roses and plants candles at yosemite wedding wedding toasts at Yosemite Ahwahnee hotel making speeches at wedding reception with smiles


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


Epic Yosemite Wedding photo with Half-dome and glacier point with bride and groom Yosemite night photo with bride and groom near midnight full moon


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.


adventure wedding photographer in Yosemite wilderness hiking with couple wedding phtos with bear in wilderness wedding photos with bear around bride and groom epic bridal veil shot wedding couple just married walking down yosemite street reflection of wedding couple in yosemite river yosemite wedding portrait Yosemite adventure wedding photos fun wedding photos at Yosemite yosemite wildlife deer around wedding couple deer in Yosemite adventure wedding photos on rocks bride and groom wilderness wedding photos wilderness wedding photography capturing bride and groom leaving forest

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

Yosemite Ahwahnee Wedding with Austin and Alicia

I just returned from Yosemite National park, and photographed a breathtaking wedding at the Ahwahnee (and it’s not because Yosemite is my favorite hiking and frequently visited destinations, nor is it that I’ve hiked half-dome almost thirty times).  I do love Yosemite, but I really did enjoy my time with Austin and Alicia, whom were probably the most relaxed couple in love that I have photographed in a while.  It seemed we were all family.  Their family and friends became our family and friends.  The weather was just perfect, as was their wedding!  Here are some images from this weekend was that put in the slideshow.

Wedding Photography:  Charleton Churchill Photography
Flowers/Florist: Sweet Dreams Cakery 
Hair and Make-up: Carol with Bellissimo Brides
DJ/Entertainment: Kirk Moulin
Wedding Venue & Reception: The Ahwahnee
Catering and Cake: The Ahwahnee

Yosemite Ahwahnee Wedding photographer

Ahwahnee Yosemite Wedding picture

Bride and groom in yosemite together after wedding

wedding shoes in yosemite wedding chapel

wedding dress hanging on a tree in the national park forest

bride preparing in a cabin rental before ceremony

bride laughing with bridesmaids in hotel

groom photos at yosemite cabin in preparation for wedding event

creative bridal party photo in woods of yosemite national park

cute bridesmaids sharing a moment

groomsmen having fun together below the lodge at ahwahnee

groomsmen getting portraits below yosemite falls

bridal pose near entrance of aisle with bouquet

father walking daughter bride down the aisle of guests during wedding

classic photograph of bride and groom with officiant and little boy

destination wedding photographer at yosemite park venue with having just kissed

sharing laughs as bride and groom saying I do while handcuffed

cute romantic photo of couple after ceremony

Yosemite Wedding Photographer picture of bride groom

walking off into the wooded sunset of trees and nature

  • Charleton - Yosemite National park is really MY favorite destination to photograph a wedding! If you had your wedding to do over, or if you’re planning on getting hitched, where would be your ideal wedding destination?September 6, 2011 – 11:30 amReplyCancel

  • Brandie Dale - Stunning!!!September 7, 2011 – 10:43 amReplyCancel


  • tellas - Amazing pics!!! Im getting married in the forest now!!September 7, 2011 – 11:02 amReplyCancel

  • Sahar - Beautiful pics!!September 7, 2011 – 11:08 amReplyCancel

  • Breyon - Amazing pictures!September 7, 2011 – 11:30 amReplyCancel

  • Jacy - um, wow! you look absolutely stunning! Congrats lady!September 7, 2011 – 11:40 amReplyCancel

  • Tony Manero - Wow, those were amazing pics!!!!! And that is coming from a GUY!!!!!!!September 7, 2011 – 11:53 amReplyCancel

  • Tony Manero - Not sure if you got my last comment but Amazing pics and that is coming from a Guy!!!!September 7, 2011 – 11:54 amReplyCancel

  • jasmine Winfield - Loved the PicsSeptember 7, 2011 – 3:52 pmReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Dang! Your guys look so beautiful in these amazing photos. Absolutely gorgeous!September 7, 2011 – 4:57 pmReplyCancel

  • Alicia - Charleton you did an AMAZING job on these pictures! I am so excited to see what the rest look like! You will be recommended to everyone I talk too! Thank you for capturing the moments of the day!September 7, 2011 – 6:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Maria Butticci (Nana) - These are great pictures with great shots. Cannot wait until we get the rest of the photos that were taken. My hats off to Mr. Churchill.September 7, 2011 – 6:27 pmReplyCancel

  • Breana - Great Job Charleton! The photos are stunning! I can’t wait to see the rest.September 7, 2011 – 7:17 pmReplyCancel

  • Courtney - These pictures are beautiful!! Everyone of our friends that have seen them have said they look like they are out of a magazine!! Truly amazing 🙂September 7, 2011 – 8:45 pmReplyCancel

  • Carol Cardinale - Amazing work Charleton! Thank you for capturing the Beauty! 🙂September 7, 2011 – 10:27 pmReplyCancel

  • Jim - WOW what a great set pictures!September 8, 2011 – 7:33 amReplyCancel

  • James - These are stunning, far better than any of the wedding magazines.September 8, 2011 – 7:36 amReplyCancel

  • Cindy - Mixing rustic outdoor scenery and wedding attire is no easy task, cheers to the outstanding photography talents!September 8, 2011 – 7:42 amReplyCancel

  • Terry - These are the best wedding pictures I have ever seen.September 8, 2011 – 8:15 amReplyCancel

  • Jeff Ryan - Great pictures. They make a great couple and we wish them all the happiness in the world. We miss you Alicia
    From the gang at ComcoSeptember 8, 2011 – 9:30 amReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Butticci - Fun Shots for a fun event! Best Wishes to Alicia and Austin.September 8, 2011 – 10:44 amReplyCancel

  • Theresa Bales - Beautiful pictures for a beautiful coupleSeptember 8, 2011 – 1:31 pmReplyCancel

  • Christie - You guys look amazing! Congratulations 🙂September 9, 2011 – 12:42 pmReplyCancel

  • tara butticci - The setting is stunning !! You both look beautiful!!
    Photographers made it all look amazing!!September 9, 2011 – 2:21 pmReplyCancel

  • Charleton Churchill - Thank you for the compliments, what a special day that was in Yosemite. I hope to see you both (Austin and Alicia) in San Diego soon!September 11, 2011 – 9:13 pmReplyCancel

  • Penny - Beautiful wedding…beautiful pictures…thanks for sharing.September 12, 2011 – 1:38 pmReplyCancel

  • Lisamarie - Such a beautiful bride!!!September 15, 2011 – 4:17 pmReplyCancel

  • Melanie - SO Beautiful! 🙂September 26, 2011 – 2:22 pmReplyCancel

  • Stephen Cox (Dallas Wedding Photographer) - OMG, What a beautiful wedding! There are so many images I just loved (the bridal party in the woods, Alicia in the trees, the handcuffs, etc). Excellent work, just amazing.October 3, 2011 – 9:14 pmReplyCancel

  • Alicia - GORGEOUS!! Alicia;s happiness shines thru! i love the colors she chose for the bridesmaid’s dresses. So fitting in the midst of beautiful mother nature =)October 17, 2011 – 12:47 pmReplyCancel

  • Alicia - Gorgeous! Alicia’s happiness shines right thru. I love the colors she chose for the bridesmaid’s dresses. So fitting in the midst of beautiful mother nature 🙂October 17, 2011 – 12:48 pmReplyCancel