Adventurous Yosemite Elopement with Family

Chai + Jim’s Adventure Wedding at Cathedral Beach

Chai and Jim met in Singapore, where Jim was on a business trip. It just so happened that Chai was heading to California (where Jim lived) not long after. They kept in touch, Jim always staying up late to keep messaging her. It wasn’t until Chai’s last day in the US that they went on their first hike in Yosemite. They started dating long distance, taking work extensions to visit each other longer. Jim visiting her in Asia and Chai visiting him in the US.  Speaking of their adventures together–Chai even hiked Mt. Fuji in the same hiking boots she wore on the day of her elopement!

In an incredibly romantic fashion, Jim flew out to the Philippines to ask for permission from Chai’s parents before he proposed. Jim kept with tradition and made the long sojourn from the US. What a statement of respect for her family! 

They had originally planned on a civil ceremony in San Francisco, but something didn’t feel quite right. That’s when Chai reached out to us and decided to elope in Yosemite–a place they visit up to 4 times a year. Their families were completely supportive–and they made the trek to Yosemite to watch these two elope at Cathedral Beach. 

Jim made sure that their families (and even us) were taken care of throughout the day. We always like to give our couples a moment to themselves to enjoy the beautiful vistas without us taking photos. And in turn, Jim and Chai insisted on the two of us sitting on the cliff edge and looking out across Yosemite Valley. 

We really can’t thank these two enough. We always feel right at home in Yosemite, especially working with these kind-hearted people. 

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