Elopement

Adventure Destination Elopement in Flam + Bergen, Norway

We were so excited when Austin reached out and wanted us to document his proposal and then fly off somewhere overseas for their elopement! Like what to the what what? That sounded amazing and we had so much fun planning the whole trip with them.

We met in Rocky Mountain National Park to hike with them and that is where Austin proposed to Brendan. On a huge rock, surrounded by a beautiful lake and no one else around. After Brendan said yes, he told him that they were flying off to Norway the next day to elope and that we were coming with! Again, what to the what what?!

Being in Norway was a dream. The cities were dope, the landscapes were breathtaking, and we all couldn’t stop gazing out at the beauty. Our favorite day was their two day elopement. Day one consisted of Austin making Brendan breakfast, them getting ready together and having a first look overlooking Bergen before driving out to Flam. Day two consisted of waking up super early, getting ready quickly and hiking up to this AMAZING vista for them to exchange their vows. It was beautiful, we all cried a little bit, and had a great time.

From train rides where they wrote their vows, to hiking the fjords to say I do, to roaming the streets in Norway…these two had an epic elopement and we were so happy to be a part of it!

Yosemite National Park Destination Elopement

Ahh…Yosemite melts my heart with it’s Sunrises. Each one this year has been spectacular and each couple has been spectacular! Yu Xin + Melvyn were no exception. They were so kind, so beautiful, and so in love. Yu Xin was a trooper to fling her dress up so I could get the perfect shot. Melvyn held her flowers for her and held her dress up anytime we needed it. And we all had such a great time getting to know one another while we explored Yosemite together.

Elopement on the Rugged Oregon Coast

We love that Lauren used Instagram to get all her ducks in a row for her elopement. She found her dress, hair + makeup gal, flowers, his suit, us...we just love how this amazing community of Instagram folks brings clients our way. :)

This hike is one of our favorite hikes of all time. We found it long ago on one of our personal trips. We've been dying to share it for an elopement, because who doesn't want a remote cliff all to themselves? Plus the 100ft you have to repel down the side of a cliff really gets your heart going!

These two have had a beautiful long distance relationship, and Lauren is about to move back to teach in Qatar again. Moustafa had never been to the PNW, and Lauren really wanted to share this beautiful place with him. So we were happy to bring them closer in the PNW before they part ways again for a brief while.

Places like this are where we call home. We love it when people trust our travel plans, and just go with it! 

Adventurous Moab Elopement | Utah

With a 4:30am wake up call, Andrew + Ashley were the most chipper couple before sunrise! For us, it was our 2nd sunrise session in a row (which is a big deal for Jaclyn since she loves her sleep, but she loves sunrise sessions more). We trekked out into the desert finding the perfect pedestal rock for Andrew + Ashley to stand one as the Earth began it's glorious painting of sunrise for us.

We like to ask our clients how the proposal went if we haven't heard it already through email or a meeting, so when we asked A+A, they both laughed and Andrew said, "You should tell the story." Ashley began telling us about this rock climbing weekend they did together and while they were hanging from the cliffs, she asked him to marry her!

Our time spent with these two was so easy. We all laughed, told stories of our travels, and talked about our futures. We love it when a session turns into friendships by the end. :)

Adventurous Yosemite National Park Destination Elopement

We were in Boise, Idaho visiting with Jaclyn's family when we got an elopement inquiry for Yosemite--which is where we were just shooting the week before. Despite the long drive we knew would be ahead of us--we were excited to get back to Yosemite for another elopement (hardly a month apart). After shooting with Olivia + Dallas, we booked it out to South Lake Tahoe (our overnight stop to Yosemite). 

But enough about us and our endless driving. 

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 felt right at home in Yosemite, especially working with these kind-hearted people. Chai and Jim officially live together in the San Francisco area. 

Glacier Point Adventurous Elopement | Yosemite National Park

We woke up at 3:10 am in the historic Camp 4 in the Yosemite Valley, and headed up Glacier Point Road for Tamika and Michael's elopement. They flew over from Australia, went on a month long road trip around the United States, and eloped in Yosemite National Park at Glacier Point. No officiant, no elopement party--just the four of us looking down on the valley below, waiting for the sunrise. 

They finished writing and preparing their vows right as the sun was making its way over the mountains. During the ceremony, Jaclyn was tearing up as she continued to take photos. The whole idea of Tamika and Michael's elopement really hit home for us. It was simple. It was powerful. It was exactly what an elopement in Yosemite should be. 

We finished the morning on the valley floor. Literally frolicking around in the meadows (photos for proof). Then we all took a break in the afternoon before returning to Glacier Point Road to hike out to Taft Point for sunset. That's right. Sunrise AND sunset.

An NPS Sign at the trailhead recommended against the hike (early May), but the trail seemed clear of snowmelt and safe. When we got out to Taft Point, Tamika and Michael opened up a bottle of bubbly and took in the view of the valley with El Capitan in the distance. We gave them a few minutes to themselves before returning to take more photos. 

The sun was bright and shining for our sunrise session. But the sun stayed hidden behind the clouds for most of the evening. As we were making our way back to the trail, the most gorgeous bands of orange and pink blanketed the sky. So we all rushed over to the cliff edge and took more photos. We were all exhausted at this point, laughing at how there's always another beautiful moment to be captured in Yosemite. 

With headlamps and flashlights, we finally hit the trail after dark. We lost the trail a few times, but somehow managed to find our way back to Glacier Point Road. We ambled down the road in the dark back towards the trailhead. Beyond tired, we hugged and said our goodbyes to the both of them. 

It's rare that we work for an entire day (3am - 9pm). But the experience was so unbelievably worth every bit of experience we got to share with these two. We're ecstatic to share (a ton) of these images with you guys. We hope to catch up with Tamika + Michael again someday. Whether that's in Australia or somewhere else in the world! 

A little less tradition of an intro for an elopement film. We made this so that Tamika + Michael could play this at their surprise elopement party back in Australia for their friends + family: showing photos of their American road-trip to lead into this video. Hints the build up!