Yosemite Elopement Guide

Yosemite Elopement Guide

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Eloping in Yosemite guide

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best time to elope in yosemite

Our favorite times for a Yosemite elopement are May, early June, and October for a few different reasons. In late spring, the temperatures are starting to rise so it’s nice and warm, and the waterfalls are still raging from spring’s snow melt. October is when the crowds start to die down, the fall colors come out, and the weather is usually that perfect 70 degrees range.

Pro Tip // Mid June through the end of September is usually very hot with risk of wildfires, and incredibly busy with thousands of tourists visiting regularly, so we generally avoid these months.

cost of yosemite elopement packages

On average our couples typically spend $6,000 – $10,000 on their entire Yosemite elopement package, which includes the photographer (us!), lodging, other vendors, permit costs, and travel. 

Photographer: $3,000 – $10,000

Vendors (hair & makeup and flowers): $500 – $1,500

Lodging: $500 – $1,500

Permit and license: $215

wedding permit for yosemite

Yosemite National Park requires a Special Use Permit for any wedding ceremony no matter the size of your party. Since Yosemite is a very popular place to get married, we recommend applying for your permit ASAP. The application fee is $150. If your party is fewer than 11 people, you are not limited to the following locations with exception of open meadows and riparian environments. Click here for more info on permits.

Best locations in Yosemite for your elopement

Glacier Point Elopement

Glacier Point Trail

Half Dome is 8,839 feet of sheer granite rock and is just so captivatingly beautiful, you’ll have a heard time believing it’s not just a painting. Glacier Point offers one of the best views of Half Dome in all of Yosemite National Park! The trail itself is short, paved, and flat, so it’s a perfect place to visit if you’d like an easy approach to mind blowing views.

*The road to Glacier Point is closed mid November – early May due to snow. It will be closed all year long in 2022 due to constriction*

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Taft Point Trail

Taft Point is easily THE most popular trail in Yosemite National Park for epic sunset photos, however, it’s for good reason. The sun sets directly behind Taft Point and perfectly illuminates El Capitan, the giant granite rock face sitting at 7,569 ft tall. While this area can be quite busy with other weddings and photoshoots during sunset, it’s a very large area with plenty of room to spread out and find some privacy.

*The road to Taft Point is closed mid November – early May due to snow. It will be closed all year long in 2022 due to constriction*

Forest Trails

Yosemite is filled with beautiful forest trails and wondering through them is a must do. The towering trees have vibrant moss blanketing their branches and it truly feels like an enchanted forest strait out of Lord of the Rings!

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley is a must do for your elopement. The valley is filled with beautiful beaches that line the Merced River, fields of tall grass that stretch on forever, and tall trees that bud up against the base of massive granite cliffs. As you wander through any part of the valley, you’re constantly looking up at these granite giants in awe. 

Honeymoon after your Yosemite Elopement

The best part choosing a Yosemite elopement package is you get to spend your mini moon exploring all the incredible parts of one of our country’s most beautiful National Parks. There’s SO MUCH fun stuff to do – and we’ll help you pick the best ones for your mini moon adventures!

Lodging: If you are looking for a fun place to stay that’s unique, cozy, and incredibly Instagram-friendly, then this is the perfect place! Autocamp Yosemite has the perfect mix of campground vibes with the added bonus of some luxury modern amenities. 

Spring Waterfalls: We spent a week in Yosemite in April, the waterfalls were raging and the number of tourists roaming around Yosemite was a far cry from the packed summer months. Visiting Yosemite in April or May is a great time of year to explore the national park!

Rock Climbing: Watch the climbers on El Cap at El Cap Meadow. Bonus – watch at night and you can see headlamps from the climbers on the wall! And don’t forget to start raising the stoke levels before your trip by watching some of the best Yosemite climbing films like Valley Uprising, the Dawn Wall, and Free Solo.

We’re Gabi and Brandon (aka the Foxes) and Hannah and Zoe. Toegether we make the Foxpack – a team of adventure elopement photographers. Together we’ve shot nearly 200 elopements and are experts on creating and documenting epic days for our couples. We can help guide you through the nitty gritty details of your dream Yosemite elopement!

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Real Yosemite Elopement story

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.

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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. 

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Yosemite Elopement Vendors

PHOTOGRAPHY | THE FOXES PHOTOGRAPHY

The Foxes are Brandon and Gabi Fox, an adventurous husband and wife elopement photography team living and traveling in their DIY renovated 1972 Airstream. They are loosely based in the Pacific Northwest, but travel for work and play throughout the western states and beyond. Their elopement photography is award winning and is described as candid photography that captures couples as they are, where they are, blending images of love and natural beauty in the great outdoors. 

CUSTOM PHOTO ALBUM AGREEMENT

THE FOXES PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC

These Terms and Conditions are a legally binding agreement is between you (“Client”) The Foxes Photography, LLC (“Photographer”) (collectively the “Parties”, or in the singular “Party”), for the purpose of Client purchasing a custom photography album from Photographer. This Agreement shall become effective upon the date you complete the checkout process.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  1. Fees & Retainer

Client shall commit to a custom album package by signing and returning this Agreement along with the initial payment for album service. Photographer will not begin its custom album services until the Agreement is signed and the album design fee is received. No final album will be printed until the full payment is made. In the event Client fails to remit payment as specified, Photographer shall have the right to immediately terminate this Agreement with no further obligation and retain any monies already paid as liquidated damages. Full payment must be completed by Client within 60 days of this Agreement’s date.

The fees in this Agreement are based on Photographer’s current album pricing at the time of booking. The price list is adjusted periodically, and any changes to custom albums will be charged at the prices in effect at the time.

  1. Album Design Procedure

The following outline indicates the general procedure of a custom album design. Client understands and agrees to this procedure.

  1. Photographer will use photos and album specifications to create their first custom album design.
  2. Photographer will send Client first draft of album design.
  3. Client will approve or send in revisions to album design.
  4. Photographer will make edits to album design. Only two rounds of edits are allowed.
  5. Client will approve final album design.
  6. Photographer will send in album for printing.
  7. Album is printed and shipped.
  8. Client receives final printed album.
  1. Album Spreads

Albums will include 35 spreads and no less. The definition of a “page” is one side of a spread in an album (for example, a 70-page album contains 35 spreads). If Client requests more than 35 spreads, additional spreads are $50.00 each. 

  1. Revision Rounds

The first draft will include photos selected by the photographer and will be sent to Client for approval. Client may request modifications to be made. Photographer shall complete modifications and send the second draft of album design to Client. Client may then accept the design or request one more round of modifications. Photographer will complete this second modification request and send the final draft of album to Client. After these two rounds of revisions to the album design, no further revisions are allowed. Any additional revisions are invoiced at a rate of $75.00 per round. All additional revision rounds must be paid before the revision is made by the Photographer. Photographer requires up to 10 days to complete a revision request. Client has 50 days to send Photographer any and all revision requests. Any revisions requested by Client more than 50 days after this Agreement’s date will not be accepted by Photographer.

  1. Final Approval

Photographer will not place an album order with the album Manufacturer until Client approves the design draft, and the balance is paid on any upgrades or additional spreads. Client agrees to check the final album design very carefully before giving final approval. Once final approval is given, Photographer is not responsible for typos, image defects, duplicate images, or other errors that may have been missed. 

  1. Parent/Duplicate Albums

Parent/duplicate albums cannot be altered from the original designs. All parent/duplicate albums shall be ordered at the time of final approval of the original album design and will be invoiced and must be paid prior to Photographer sending in album for printing. No parent/duplicate albums are available after the original album ordering phase is complete.

  1. Album Delivery

Client understands and agrees that Photographer’s album manufacturer (“Manufacturer”) generally takes 6-8 weeks to print and manufacture the album. While every possible precaution is taken and Manufacturer has been selected by Photographer for its superb quality, Photographer assumes no liability for the loss or damage of album while in possession of Manufacturer. 

  1. Ordering Date

Client shall agree to final album design within 60 days of this Agreement’s date. Any delay by Client in approving final album design will result in termination of this Agreement and no further obligation by Photographer.

  1. Retouching and Edits

Photographer will use the final edited images delivered to Client to make the album design. Photographer will not re-edit or retouch any images.

  1. Returns

Client understands and agrees that once final approval of album design has been given to Photographer, no returns or refunds are allowed whatsoever. In the event Client receives the printed album and sees any manufacturer defects or dislikes the album quality, Photographer will work with Manufacturer to the best of their ability to remedy the situation. Client is responsible for any additional fees associated with returning or reprinting the album.

  1. Album Archiving

Photographer shall keep a copy of final approved album design for 90 days but does not permanently archive the final album design. Client understands that after 90 days the album design will not be available to order additional copies and a new agreement must be signed to start the process over.

  1. Photographer Copyright

The final album design by The Foxes Photography, LLC is their property, will remain their property, and are protected by United States Copyright Laws (USC Title 17). Client hereby waives any claims for ownership, income, editorial control, and use of the images and album design. Violations of this federal law will be subject to its civil and criminal penalties.

  1. Reproduction

Client and Client’s agents agree to acquire the album design and product directly from Photographer through their professional album company. Client and Client’s agents agree not to scan, copy or reproduce the album design in any manner without written permission, including using the custom album design to create other albums. Photographer may seek damages for any illegal reproduction. Client and Client’s agents further agree not to supply the album to any third-parties.

  1. Communication

Photographer’s office hours are 9:00am – 5:00pm PST Monday through Friday. Photographer’s primary source of communication is through their email [email protected] Photographer will respond to Client’s emails within those office hours.

  1. Indemnification

Client shall indemnify, release, discharge and hold harmless Photographer, its heirs, legal representatives, assigns, employees, contractors, or any persons or corporations acting under permission or authority of the Photographer from and against any and all losses, damages, liabilities, and expenses and costs, including reasonable legal expenses and attorneys’ fees, to which Photographer may become subject as a result of any claim, demand, action or other legal proceeding by any third-party to the extent such losses arise directly or indirectly out of activities performed by Photographer pursuant to this Agreement, except to the extent such losses result from the gross negligence, willful misconduct, or intentional acts of Photographer.

  1. Maximum Damages

The sole remedy for any actions or claims by Client shall be limited to a refund, the maximum amount not to exceed the total monies paid by Client under this Agreement.

  1. Limitation of Liability

If, during the production and/or before the album(s) are delivered to Client, the media has been lost, stolen, or is unusable because of defect, damage, equipment/platform malfunction, processing, or other technical error caused by Photographer or by forces outside the control of Photographer, Client agrees to relieve and hold Photographer harmless and will not impose any additional liability.

In no event shall Photographer be liable under this Agreement to Client or any other third-party for consequential, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, punitive, or enhanced damages, arising out of, relating to, or in connection with any breach of this Agreement, regardless of (a) whether such damages were foreseeable, (b) whether or not Client was advised of such damages, and (c) the legal or equitable theory (contract, tort, or otherwise) upon which the claim is based.

  1. Force Majeure 

No Party shall be liable or responsible to the other Party, nor be deemed to have defaulted under or breached this Agreement, for any failure or delay in fulfilling or performing any term of this Agreement (except for any obligations to make payments to the other Party hereunder), when and to the extent such failure or delay is caused by or results from acts beyond the impacted party’s (“Impacted Party”) control that are unforeseen and unpredictable at the time of contracting, including, but not limited to, the following force majeure 

events (“Force Majeure Events”): (a) acts of God; (b) a natural disaster (fires, explosions, earthquakes, hurricane, flooding, storms, explosions, infestations), epidemic, or pandemic; (c) war, invasion, hostilities (whether war is declared or not), terrorist threats or acts, riot or other civil unrest; (d) government order or law; (e) actions, embargoes or blockades in effect on or after the date of this Agreement; (f) action by any governmental authority; (g) national or regional emergency; (h) strikes, labor stoppages or slowdowns or other industrial disturbances; and (i) shortage of adequate power or transportation facilities. The Impacted Party shall give Notice (as defined in Section 27) within 10 days of the Force Majeure Event to the other Party, stating the period of time the occurrence is expected to continue. The Impacted Party shall use diligent efforts to end the failure or delay and ensure the effects of such Force Majeure Event are minimized. The Impacted Party shall resume the performance of its obligations as soon as reasonably practicable after the removal of the cause. In the event that the Impacted Party’s failure or delay remains uncured for a period of 15 days following Notice given by it, the other Party may thereafter terminate this Agreement upon Notice. The Retainer and all other payments made by Client up to the date of Notice of a Force Majeure Event are non-refundable.

  1. Cancellation of Album Services by Photographer

In the event Photographer determines, in its sole discretion, that it cannot or will not perform its obligations under this Agreement due to circumstances including, but not limited to, injury, illness, death of family member, pregnancy, military orders, religious obligations, other personal emergencies, or total breakdown of communication with Client, it will:

  1. Immediately give notice to Client;
  2. Issue a refund or credit based on a reasonably accurate percentage of custom album services rendered; and
  3. Excuse Client of any further performance and/or payment obligations under this Agreement.
  1. Sales Tax

Should any sale and/or use tax be imposed on any part of this Agreement, such tax shall be collected from Client and remitted by Photographer. All sales tax will be included on invoices.

  1. Entire Agreement

This is a binding Agreement that incorporates the entire understanding of the Parties, supersedes any other written or oral agreements between the Parties, and any modifications must be in writing, signed by all Parties, and physically attached to the original agreement.


22. Venue and Jurisdiction

This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Washington including all matters of construction, validity, performance, and enforcement and without giving effect to the principles of conflict of laws. The Parties agree that any dispute or lawsuit arising out of, or concerning, this Agreement that is not first resolved by arbitration shall be resolved exclusively in a court of competent jurisdiction located in Whatcom County, Washington. The Parties assume responsibility for their own collection costs and legal fees incurred should enforcement of this Agreement become necessary.

  1. Arbitration

Any and all disputes or disagreements rising between the Parties out of this Agreement upon which an amicable understanding cannot be reached, shall be decided by arbitration in accordance with the procedural rules of the American Arbitration Association. The Parties agree to be bound by the decision of the arbitrator(s). The arbitration proceeding shall take place in Whatcom County, Washington, unless another location is mutually agreed to by the Parties. The cost and expenses of the arbitrators shall be shared equally by the Parties. Each Party shall be responsible for its own costs and expenses in presenting the dispute for arbitration.

  1. Severability & No Waiver

In the event that any part of this Agreement is found to be invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of this Agreement shall remain valid and enforceable. Any failure by one or both Parties to enforce a provision of this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of any other portion or provision of this Agreement.

  1. Transfer

This Agreement cannot be transferred or assigned to any third-party by either the Photographer or Client without written consent of all Parties. 

  1. Headings

Headings and titles are provided in this Agreement for convenience only and will not be construed as part of this Agreement.

  1. Notice

Parties shall provide effective notice (“Notice”) to each other via email at the date and time which the Notice is sent: Photographer’s Email: [email protected]

  1. Counterparts; Facsimile Signatures 

The Parties agree that a facsimile copy (electronic copy) of this Agreement, which contains the Parties’ signatures, may be used as the original.

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