Winter Wedding at Yosemite National Park, Elopement Photography

 

Here’s a snowy winter adventure elopement at Yosemite National Park with a few family members gathered for my last wedding of the year.  I received a call from a wonderful Nashville couple, Victoria and Richard, who wanted to elope in Yosemite and they were hoping for a winter wedding.  The week prior to their wedding it snowed and provided some epic landscape photos for us to explore and experience. They opted for the adventure, intimate and small, which is what I do often in the mountains.  They stayed and got ready at the Tenaya Lodge and then met me down in Yosemite Valley for their wedding at the famous Yosemite Chapel.  After they exchanged vows at the alter, they celebrated with the ringing the bell that echoed in the wilderness  As they walked out of the church, the traffic of vehicles congested along the main road celebrated in unison with honks.

I had a rad time hiking in the snow with my couple and enjoying the beautiful flavor the wilderness around us.  Here are a few images from their snowy wintery wedding Yosemite.

epic yosemite wedding during the snowy winter

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wintery destination wedding with a white wrap

utterly engaged couple marries at winter destination wedding

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wedding couple reflected off lake

exploring yosemite with a wedding couple

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Griffith Woods Wedding, Santa Rosa, Ca.

Griffith Woods, Santa Rosa, Ca.
Chris and Rachel’s Redwood Wedding

I live for forest weddings.  It’s nice to plan your wedding in a remote location free from distractions and the fast-paced life which most of us often experience daily.  This woodsy intimate wedding felt like the middle of nowhere, but it was just outside of Santa Rosa.  Chris and Rachel married in the presence of close friends and family, surrounded by old ginormous trees.  I almost felt we were going to bust out the tents and go camping, and with style.  Rachel’s wedding dress made her look like a kingdom princess in some once upon a time fairy-tale story, and Chris the knight and shining armor or whatever they were called back then.  Rachel and Chris put much thought into the details, delicious desserts and design.  They kept their wedding simple, yet they were creative with their DIY projects and props. I’m not only glad to have photographed their wedding, but also to have made some new friends.  They were kind and friendly, and it was obvious that God and Family were central to their wedding. I left inspired and encouraged.  Here are just a few images from their wedding day! Congratulations to Chris and Rachel once again.

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 Wedding Photography:  Charleton Churchill |  Ceremony + Reception Venue:  Griffith Woods, Santa Rosa, CA.  |
Lodging:  Case Ranch Inn,  Santa Rosa, CA.  |  Caterers:  Smokehouse BBQ, Santa Rosa, CA.  |  Cake:  Billy Hinds  |  Florist:  Maria Philbin  |
Pies:  Mom’s Apple Pies,  Santa Rosa, CA.  |  Wedding Gown:  Enchanted Bridal Shop, Maggie Sottero  |  Suit:  Jos A Banks  |
Chalkboard Artist:  Meghan Stone  |  Hair and Makkeup:  Theresa Rousset, Special Effects for hair Salon, Santa Rosa, CA.  |
Rentals:  Santa Rosa Party Rentals,  Santa, Rosa, CA.  |

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