It’s not our first walk in the park.
Fun fact: We used to live inside Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming before we started More Van Anything. So National Parks are like home for us.
Important Permit Knowledge:
The fee is approximately $150.
Apply as soon as possible! Sometimes it can take a while.
International applications are frequent. So don’t let that deter you if you’re an international client coming to the US!
You’ll have to decide on a ceremony location within the Park—apply for it—and wait to hear if the ceremony location is available for your date. We’d be happy to give our recommendations if you’re not certain of a good location.
Avoid weekends and major holidays—unless you’re planning during the off-season.
Look into several parks! We have several personal favorites—and hope that you look into a few different places before deciding.
Plan for less predictable weather! Some days have gorgeous sunsets. Other days it might be foggy & rainy. And while you can plan during the most temperate season, things in nature can go awry.
When do I need a permit?
Anytime you’re wearing a wedding dress/suit & tie. Even if you don’t intend on having a ceremony. Park Rangers can kick us out without a permit—and we take permits seriously! Plus, the money supports the Parks. The only time a permit isn’t necessary (to our best knowledge), is for adventure sessions where we stick to trails and you two are wearing normal/semi formal dress.
How do I get those epic shots?
We have an article just for that!
How do we handle forest fires/changing weather conditions?
We keep up with forest fires that are in areas we have booked clients. If we (or you) foresee an issue with your elopement/wedding plans, we should establish a back up plan for your date. For example, Lake Tahoe or Sequoia are great back ups for Yosemite. If we cannot work out a back up for your given date, or you prefer to hold off until the fires clear, we will accommodate as best as we can in our travel schedule.
Yosemite definitely takes 1st place for elopement popularity within the US. It’s a gorgeous, vast landscape with iconic views for days. That being said, it’s often more competitive for permits and usually has to be planned more in advance.
We recommend Glacier Point ceremony at sunrise. Glacier Point is a short walk from a parking lot, and therefore an easy, epic viewpoint for tourists to visit for sunset. Most people won’t wake up at 4am to drive to the top for sunrise—so you can better avoid the crowds. At most, we’ve had 15 other (regular tourists) up there during a sunrise ceremony. Which should tell you how busy sunset would be.
Cathedral Beach or Tenaya Lake are our favorite alternative location choices if Glacier Point is taken.
Moab is where we shot our first adventure session! Previously being based in Utah, we visited Moab a ton. There’s a lot more to Moab than Arches or Canyonlands. Our personal favorite is Dead Horse State Park. As well as a few more remote hikes to escape the crowds. National Park Permit is required for the two National Parks. A permit is required for Dead Horse State Park. And to our best knowledge, some of our remote hikes don’t currently require a permit.
Most tourists are in Moab to visit Arches National Park. The peak season in Moab is Spring & Fall.