Amanda and Alex chose arguably the most picturesque location on earth for their national park elopement. Glacier Point and Taft Point were both showing the valley in all its glory during this incredible Yosemite sunset elopement. The cloud cover was perfect to view Half Dome, and the colors of the sunset were something out of a painting.
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First Look Over Yosemite Valley
Amanda and Alex began their elopement at Glacier Point, one of the most popular overlooks to witness Yosemite valley and the famous granite cliffs of Half Dome. It was a perfect day, as the cloud cover was just enough to make for stunning colors, but the valley was fully visible. Alex stood alone and took in the vastness of California’s most popular national park when Amanda walked up to tap him on the shoulder. His eyes told the whole story – the only thing more beautiful than Yosemite was his bride.
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After the sweetest first look and many excited kisses, Alex and Amanda pulled out a traditional wicker picnic basket. They sat on a checkered blanket and shared their wedding cake. Amanda wore her “something blue” heels during the first look but quickly switched to hiking boots so they could explore more of the park. Holding hands, they walked further around the vista for portraits and to share their vows. The details in this Yosemite elopement fit the scenery – everything from the slab of wood which served as a cake platter to the beautifully printed vows on old-style paper. Amanda and Alex then headed over to Taft Point to watch the sunset.
Yosemite Sunset Elopement Adventure
Taft Point is where you see all the standing-on-the-edge-of-a-cliff-giving-me-heart-palpitations photos. The heights didn’t deter Amanda or Alex! And the valley rewarded their courage with one of the most dramatic Yosemite sunsets we have ever seen. We stepped back to capture images to show how truly steep the granite cliffs overlooking Yosemite are. As the sun set, Amanda and Alex held each other close and bathed in the colorful hues made more dramatic by a layer of cloud cover. We had to be quick, the light was changing so fast and each moment was more beautiful than the last.
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As the sun set, the darker skies against the rocky peaks of the valley felt almost stormy. It’s an ancient landscape with centuries of indigenous history, which leaves anyone listening feel almost reverent. It was the perfect opportunity for another dance and this Yosemite sunset elopement ended with Alex and Amanda swaying in each other’s arms. The hike back wasn’t too long, but we donned headlamps and headed down. We definitely weren’t alone – over four million people visit Yosemite each year. Yet the display we witnessed of the valley on this day felt truly intimate and special.