This Yosemite elopement began with a sunrise first look and ceremony at Glacier Point, and followed by sunset at Taft Point. The soft light as the sun peeked over Half Dome was the perfect beginning to this intimate Yosemite elopement. The light only got better as the whole valley glowed orange for sunset.
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Sunrise Yosemite elopement with Pancakes at Glacier Point
Yosemite Valley is home to one of the most astounding views on Earth. Obviously that makes it a perfect location to begin a marriage. Shannon and Matt began their Yosemite elopement with giddy excitement at Glacier Point. Matt stood alone, taking in the valley as Shannon walked up to tap him on the shoulder. His first look of his bride was sweet and intimate – viewed only by us and the granite walls of Half Dome. He wrapped her up in his arms and the two stood together looking out upon the sunrise of their first day of marriage.
After their first look, Shannon and Matt met up with friends and family. Their intimate elopement ceremony was punctuated by laughter and sweet moments as they shared their vows. This Yosemite elopement combined the best parts of a more traditional wedding with the epic location and intimacy of an elopement. Champagne was popped and cake was shared, and never once did the sun stop shining.
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It’s rare to get time alone in Yosemite because it is one of the most popular national parks in the United States. However, we have learned something helpful from our time in the parks – people still don’t like getting up before the sun, even on vacation. Shannon and Matt celebrated the peace and beauty of their sunrise first look by making pancakes with a view at Glacier Point. The nearly nine thousand feet of granite that make up Half Dome was the perfect backdrop.
You’ll notice they aren’t alone in one of the images below. That is because we are more than just photographers – we are your friends and breakfast dates, we help stir the pancake batter as well as make every effort to keep your day feeling effortless and fun while getting the epic shots. After officially tying the knot at Glacier Point, we met back up with Shannon and Matt later in the day for sunset photos at Taft Point – a location even higher above the valley.
Yosemite Elopement Sunset at Taft Point
Taft Point is our favorite place to go for sunset photos in Yosemite. The short hike up to the viewpoint goes through a gorgeous green forested part of the park and is a beautiful addition to the blues and pinks of the Yosemite Valley images. At the overlook, the granite walls of the valley are made more dramatic by the light of the setting sun. It’s hard to capture the sheer height of these cliffs in a picture, but the contrast created by the shadows of late evening are definitely dramatic.
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Shannon and Matt could not stop smiling as they were bathed in the brightest orange glow of sunset. Shannon donned a veil, which flowed in the wind. The light was changing quickly, but each moment was different in a stunning way. Shannon and Matt danced together as the last lights of their elopement day set behind the cliffs. This Yosemite elopement made the most of two popular Yosemite Valley overlooks, but I can’t help but feel like each time at these locations is somehow completely new and just for us.