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It’s November in the foggy mountains of Yosemite.  The rain is falling everywhere, as are the leaves.  We arrive at the Tenaya Lodge after four hours of driving from the bay area, from another wedding. We are tired, but now we are happy.  Our rooms are rustic cabins, and we are welcomed to a warm and burly fireplace.  Wait a minute. I just slapped myself.  I’m love job.  If there’s any historic venue or location I would rather photograph more than any other, it’s Yosemite,…and anywhere in this National Park.

It just so happens that Nathan and Katie were planning their rustic wedding in Yosemite.  Even though they committed their vows to one another last year at the San Francisco City Hall, this was their official wedding day celebration with all their friends and family.  Nathan serves in the military, and many of us were unsure whether he would be granted permission to return home for this special day. We all prayed until a few weeks before the event.  I was also praying for snow.  I had this Narnia wedding vision in my head, but maybe some other day.  Long story short, Nathan came home and we all celebrated!

I had a super time at their wedding, and the Kevin Roche Band was electric!  Everyone sang loud and proud,…and with Kilts on!  Thank you to Katie and Nathan, and also your family for allowing me to share in your wedding day together.  Enjoy some of my favorite images from the wedding day.


bridal dress hanging on rocks of ahwahnee hotel

yosemite falls waterfall at national park in fall rain November wedding

groomsmen at ahwahnee lodge

groomsmen portraits at yosemite wedding ahwahnee hotel photography

groom portraits fall colors yosemite village

bride preparing at yosemite lodge before rustic scottish ceremony

bride photo with bouquet fall season wedding at ahwahnee hotel

bride with twightlight movie theme wedding in rustic woods

first look glance at the bride and groom before the ceremony

bridesmaids and bride at yosemite ahwahnee hotel

bridal party in fall colors of Yosemite November

wedding party at yosemite by national park photographer

couples pics on green lawn with a twighlight movie theme cape and woodsy look at Yosemite

bride and groom portraits under fall colored leaves red orange yellow

landscape images at Yosemite before a fall wedding

wedding at yosemite ceremony and el capitan landscape pics

yosemite ahwahnee hotel view of property during wedding

wedding ceremony at the Yosemite Ahwahnee Hotel

wedding ceremony outside of yosemite venue

evening wedding in the fall season of Yosemite hotel

wedding reception in the dark dim lights with friends and family

wedding reception scottish version in woodsy backdrop DIY

wedding reception dancing party celebration with a kilt

dancing blur action at scottish wedding

vintage groom holding bride in arms near yosemite location outside

dramatic ighting at Yoemite wedding in the valley with lanterns and fog

foggy wedding scene rustic wilderness bride groom with lighting

Wedding Coordinator: Don Alexander
Wedding Venue & Reception: Yosemite Ahwahnee Hotel
Photographer: Charleton Churchill Photography
Catering: Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park
Make-up and hair: Carol Cardinale with Belissimo Bridal
Florist: Sweet Dreams
Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero
Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas
Band: The Kevin Roche Band





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