Rush Creek Lodge Wedding

Rush Creek Lodge Wedding Photography
Yosemite National Park Wedding Photographer

Corey and Amy booked me for their wedding at Rush Creek Lodge in Yosemite National Park. I have photographed many weddings and elopements in national parks, but it’s always great photographing an adventurous wedding near my home with a great couple at the Rush Creek. I stay their often, but they also have some of the best food. Plus, their staff and wedding team is top notch.

I arrived for just before the ceremony to capture them getting ready. Their vows were to be exchanged up the hill behind the Rush Creek property in the wilderness. They had a round arch with red roses and all kinds flowers designed as their backdrop. A handful of family and friends gathered for their intimate ceremony and celebrated as they left for adventure photos in park. It’s about 30-45 minutes drive down to the valley depending on traffic.

We drove down to Yosemite Valley first for some photos in the meadows with half-dome in the background and bridal Veil Falls (which doesn’t flow much in September). Then we drove up Glacier Point Road for some sunset adventure photos at Glacier Point, and Taft Point. Usually you plan for an hour drive with traffic from the valley to Glacier. We captured some photos at Glacier Point while there was still sun, then left to Taft point parking lot.

There ended up being four wedding couples at Taft Point for sunset photos, so I took my couple to another location instead.

It’s getting crowded there now since last year, having to share time with other couples at the cliff. I have many weddings booked in Yosemite. What I’m starting to observe is more wedding and eloping couples clogging up Taft point. What does that mean, but couples must share the spot, unless you have a permit. If you have a permit, then everyone has to work around them

As for us, we just avoided the four couples and instead went to a different location. We were awarded with epic sunset views with barely anyone around. Congratulations to Corey and Amy on their epic wedding.


Venue: Rush Creek Lodge + Yosemite National Park, CA.
Photographer: Charleton Churchill Photography
Makeup: Erica Bivens of Artistry by Alise
Floral: Sweet Lilacs Studio
DJ: Sound Extreme Productions
Wedding Dress: Eddy K from Trudy’s Bridal
Tuxedo: R. Douglas Custom Clothier


Rush Creek Lodge wedding ceremony in Yosemite national park at sunset at Taft point and Sentinel point
yosemite elopement with half-dome and sentinel dome after sunset
sign and logo of rush creek
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in robes at yosemite's lodge at rush creek of hotel room
rush creek yosemite property photos
bride getting wedding gown on
bridal portraits alone in yosemite hotel
wedding gown details in northern california national park
wedding flowers at adventure sesssion at national park
groom tuxedos getting ready near Tenaya lodge in the redwoods
groom and groomsmen at the top yosemite lodge
groom putting tuxedo details on
flask gifts for groomsmen
ceremony at the yosemite rush creek
bride being escorted by father down aisle at rush creek in yosemite
bride walking down yosemite lodge aisle at rush creek
father kissing bride daughter
rush creek lodge wedding ceremony in the wilderness
bridesmaids at yosemite rush creek
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capturing candids and moments during ceremony
pouring beer into mugs during cermony of wedding
bride drinking and chugging beer during ceremony
groom chugging beer during ceremony
Rush Creek Lodge Yosemite wedding ceremony with red roses in circle as backdrop in woods
exchanging rings and prayer
the kiss
throwing colorful glitter after the ceremony at wedding couple as they leave
bride and groom couple's portraits with red roses as circle backdrop
candid couples photos of them laughing
groomsmen portraits
bridesmaids with red roses
wedding family group in yosemite
eloping couple hiking along the river in yosemite
blue sky landscape in yosemite with married couple walking down path
couples portraits in yosemite with half-dome in the back in the halfdome meadow
elopement couple walking through the half-dome meadow during the fall season
bridalveil falls in the fall season with a wedding couple
sunset at glacier point with portrait of eloping couple
wedding couple hiking along the trail in yosemite
yosemite elopement photographer captuing wedding couple hiking up sentinel dome trail and taft point with tuxedo and dress
sentinel dome yosemite wedding photographer
couple cheering at cliff of taft point during yosemite elopement
intimate yosemite wedding portraits at sunset at top of cliff
yosemite portraits of couple during sunset
bridal photos at yosemite
groom and bride dancing during yosemite sunset with half-dome behind them
yosemite wedding photographers capturing rush creek lodge couple at glacier point road
hiking portrait on top of yosemite glacier point road near taft point
epic yosemite national park wedding photographer




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Yosemite Elopement Adventure Wedding Photographer

Yosemite Elopement Adventure with Michael and Liz
by Charleton Churchill Photography

yosemite elopement with family at sunrise

Wedding Ceremony at Yosemite National Park Sunrise

Planning an elopement with couples in Yosemite is always an adventure and I have many of them this year. I enjoy guiding and photographing ceremonies as well as adventure photos all over the park with wedding couples. When I’m not covering couples in the park, I’m hiking an exploring new territory for them, which makes this ceremony and wedding day pretty special. Liz and Michael eloped last month in this new location where I don’t usually photograph couples, and it took a little scrambling for the family, but we got some beautiful photos of them and their family. I think they would say it was worth it.

For them this is a destination wedding since they live in Louisville, Kentucky. I enjoyed their company and specially their personalities. I think I laughed quite a bit while hiking with them. While the family was kind, and the day was adventurous, there was quite a bit of traffic in the valley which made it difficult to find parking. However, we captured some beautiful photos of them throughout the park. I hope you enjoy some of them here. Congratulations to Michael and Liz.


Please keep updated and follow my blog. I have more beautiful wedding couples to post soon as it slows down. I have a busy season with many elopements and weddings and there are so many good ones. So, hopefully I can post more consistently. Have a great summer.


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