It’s unknown folks. Tunnel View in Yosemite is usually packed with tourists. One of the most famous places in Yosemite … with no other soul in sight! It’s a hundred to one to have a Yosemite elopement in complete privacy.
No soul in the park. Could you imagine?! Photographer Anni Graham (who is just as geeked as we are) gives insights from the day: In a year full of pivots, natural disasters and a global pandemic, we held our breath when Yosemite was shut down a week earlier because of dangerous smoke and Lindsay + Brian’s micro wedding. But we decided to hold out until the last minute. For this reason we have received one of the most unique national park elopements that I have ever documented.
We knew early on that we wanted to do things differently and were looking for something that was unique and authentic to us. Our adventurous bride, shares Lindsay. Travel and adventure are at the heart of our values. We prefer to get up at dawn and explore the world. Yosemite holds a special place in our hearts because it was the first place we traveled together, and this trip started with the tradition of celebrating our birthdays in a new location each year. We thought – what does our best day feel like anyway? And it turned out that it was that easy.
Is that real? We are seriously still not convinced. With the epic Yosemite elopement photography by Anni Graham + planning and design by Mae & Co Creative, we are slowly beginning to accept this great reality.
At first glance, emotions always get us.
Yosemite Elopement at Tunnel View
We say our vows at Tunnel View. This is the most popular viewpoint in Yosemite and is usually visited by hundreds of tourists. Due to the recent fires, the park had been closed and we were the first visitors in weeks. It was surreal to feel like we had the entire park to ourselves. Shooting at another mountain vantage point while Hall and Oates sang “Sara Smile” is barely a second for the most memorable moment.
The photographer at L + B shares more of this epic morning: with Yosemite operating on a limited visitor base and a permit system, the park was already quiet. And then we waited until the first hours after the park reopened from smoke traps to get into the park while the stars were still out. This was an incredible escape because they had to escape in Tunnel View.
Just a casual hike in the morning light. Love it!
Adventure lovers in the golden sun
Rock on, Gold Dust Woman, Lindsay shares their wedding dress journey: I loved every rue de Seine dress I tried on. While I was most interested in ‘Sia’, one of my best friends recently bought it. I learned the ‘Adelia Lune’ was similar, so I flew to San Diego to try it on. From the moment I put it on, I just wanted to dance so I knew it was perfect. It wasn’t at all what I had originally thought; I can only describe it because it was so much more fun. I loved channeling my inner Stevie Nicks, romping around the mountains all day and dancing under the stars in them!
You had us channeling your inner Stevie Nicks, to be honest.
Micro-wedding, farm-to-table dinner
Think about what best fits your values, what feels good to you, and prioritize that. Try not to complicate things, and if you are afraid of getting something just right, try narrowing down the scope and remembering what was really important when you planned it. At the end of the day, a wedding is simply a celebration of love and should reflect what it means for you and your partner.
They ended the autocamp celebration with a private dinner served by Farm to Table Catering and designed by Mae & Co Creative.
Totally terracotta for that micro wedding setting. What’s more perfect for a Yosemite escape? All textures + the warm color palette invite the guests to the upcoming intimate meal!
Fig bruschetta – delicious!
Such a mindful approach to planning from Lindsay: if you are considering a micro-wedding or an escape, go for it! Reducing complexity in the day gave us the freedom to do what we wanted (like taking a nap and swimming in the pool for lunch) and the space to include it all. What could have been an overwhelming whirlwind was a relaxing, rich, and deeply memorable experience.
A thousand congratulations to Lindsay + Brian! A really extraordinary “best day ever”.
Photography: Anni Graham // Name of the event location: Autocamp, Yosemite National Park, California, USA // Event design: Mae & Co Creative // Planning: Mae & Co Creative // Wedding dress: Rue de Seine // Catering: Farm to Table Catering