Yosemite Elopement couple by water

Filed in elopement, wedding photographer — June 25, 2022

Spring Yosemite Elopement

Faith + Austin’s Spring Elopement at Yosemite National Park

newly eloped couple at Yosemite national park

An Unplanned Proposal

This stunning spring elopement at Yosemite National Park was destined for magic and whimsy from the moment Austin proposed. Austin and Faith had been dating for about four years when out-of-the-blue Austin popped the question. In fact, this proposal was so spur-of-the-moment that he didn’t even have a ring. Austin hadn’t planned on asking her to marry him that day, but when you know, you know… you know? This surprise proposal happened at breakfast, and by lunch, she had a ring on it.

Why Elope?

The decision to elope comes in different ways for every couple. For Faith and Austin it was about having a no-pressure kind of wedding. They didn’t want to have to make everything have a theme, and wanted to keep their ideas open. Most of all, they wanted to wear something they felt their best in. We always ask our couples for advice they would give to those planning a wedding, and in Faith and Austin’s case, they followed their own sage words. They said “Don’t feel pressured into following traditions. Make decisions for your big day based on what is best for you and your partner.” 

Yosemite Elopement couple by water

A Quiet Yosemite Day

 This inseparable couple are from a small town, and you can tell they enjoy their quiet time. By the time we were settling in at Yosemite, attendance at the park was sparse, and it felt so private. Perfect for a spring elopement. Faith is a big animal lover, and seeing all the mule-deer at Cathedral Beach was so cool. Most of the deer had left by the time we parked, but one stayed around for the ceremony. Faith said she’ll never forget it. 

Spring Breezes

There’s no bad time to go to Yosemite, but I have to say, spring is an especially great month for eloping. There’s still a bit of a chill in the wind, but there’s no need for heavy add-ons like a coat. Sometimes in the summer, it’s just too hot to get a lot of hiking in without compromising photos. Your skin could be very red, or even burned, and you may have a photo or two where sweat’s dripping down your neck! But in the springtime, the sun is your friend for a Yosemite elopement.

Your Nuptials in Yosemite

If you and your future spouse are interested in a Yosemite elopement or wedding, I’d love to chat. You can book a time with me to talk and I’m happy to share my favorite spots with you. You can find tips and guidelines for eloping at Yosemite National Park on my blog Yosemite Elopement Guide.


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