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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The Citizen Hotel Wedding Photography, Ryan and Kaile

RYAN + KAILE at THE CITIZEN HOTEL, SACRAMENTO, CA.

governor's room at citizen hotel raining outside

While I seem to post many adventure outdoor weddings these days in the snow and on mountaintops, via Instagram and Facebook, I also do photograph many other weddings all over the map, like this wonderful couple, Ryan and Kaile, who married at The Citizen Hotel Sacramento. We met last year over coffee and discussed the opportunity of shooting their downtown winter, possibly rainy wedding, and how they wanted me to document those special moments with their family.  When I arrived early on the wedding day to set-up, I ran into both fathers and we talked for a little. I told them they raised good kids. Ryan and Kaile are both wonderful family loving people.  Later that evening, Kaile’s mother showed me some old photographs of Ryan and Kaile as kids together.  That’s correct, they have been friends since childhood, went to prom together, and are now best friends in marriage. It’s such a rare and beautiful story. After spending time and watching my couple and their parents for the day, I was impressed by their connection to each other, warmth towards me and their guests, and their relationship with God.

For me and many photographers, wedding season is all year. But to kick off this 2016 year with already a few warm-hearted weddings, makes my job capturing couples and families that much greater. I’m inspired from weddings like this; it makes me want to be a better father and husband.  Congratulations and blessings to you both Ryan and Kaile and to your family.

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Wedding Photographer:  Charleton Churchill,
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Citizen Hotel
Catering: The Citizen Hotel
Florist: Beautiful by Nature Florist
Make-up and Hair: Orchid Duong Artistry

Linens: Mimi and Company
Graphic Design Artist (Menus & Welcome Sign): Jenny Kelpe

Cake: Rick’s Dessert Diner
Lighting: The Backdrop Specialists
Band: Peter Petty

 

 

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