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QUICK OVERVIEW ON HOW TO ELOPE IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

Tired of traditional weddings? Elope in Yosemite National Park instead. Committing to your partner will feel uber memorable here. Here’s how to elope in Yosemite.

Tired of traditional weddings? Elope in Yosemite National Park instead. Committing to your partner will feel uber memorable here.

Here’s how to elope in Yosemite.

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Why Elope in Yosemite National Park?

Many couples elope to avoid the stress and financial strain of planning a traditional wedding. I totally get it. There’s a lot that’s involved in a wedding, and it can be just too much sometimes. If you elope in Yosemite National Park, you’ll gain the experience of a lifetime that is incomparable to a chapel wedding.

Yosemite is one of Earth’s natural wonders.

It is a pure sight to behold. Just hearing the name Yosemite strikes a stunning visual image, right? Imagine saying “I do” in one of the most magical natural landscapes in too. the USA. Needless to say, you’ll have a prime opportunity for stunning elopement photos

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Permits Required to Elope in Yosemite

Yes, you must get a permit to have a wedding or commitment ceremony at Yosemite. Even if you only plan to take photos (no ceremony on park grounds), you still need a permit.

The nonrefundable fee is $150, and you can download the application here. Follow that link for every nitty-gritty technical detail too.

Locations in Yosemite to Elope

Yosemite National Park is HUGE. That means you have many different locations to choose from. They are all so wonderful it can be hard to pick. However, these locations are a few of my favorites. You’ll be surrounded by jaw-dropping views that will make your commitment so special.

Yosemite Falls:

El Capitan Meadow:

Tunnel View:

Taft Point:

Glacier Point:

Best Season to Elope

If you’re dreaming of a winter ceremony in Yosemite, it is doable but not recommended. Many of the roads get closed, and trekking around the park is difficult when paired with snow and ice. The months of June, July, and August are also doable, but expect an abundance of tourists right there with you.

For the best elopement in Yosemite, opt for the spring or fall. The end of September through October is an incredible time of year: minimal tourists + comfortable weather.

Best Time of Day to Elope

I recommend eloping at sunset or sunrise to experience Yosemite in all its glory. Either time of day is gorgeous, but they both give off a unique feel.

Sunrise

First tip: if you are not a morning person, sunset might be better for you. You’ll have to wake up REALLY early to do makeup, hair, prep, and then hike/drive to any prime location in Yosemite. However, this is perfect for early risers. Start at Glacier Point and head down into the valley for maximum sunrise time.

Sunset

The best part about eloping at sunset is that you’ll have all day to get ready and travel to your location. Start in the valley and move up to a lookout to experience the sunset from all angles.

Yosemite Elopement Photography

Your ceremony won’t be complete without capturing photos that last forever. A Yosemite elopement photographer has the skill and know-how to snap those pics while guiding you (safely) around the landscape.

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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  1. Ryan says:

    I absolutely love Yosemite, and your elopement guide is amazing! I especially appreciate how you go over permitting because it gets rather confusing especially with intimate photo shoots. Bravo! Love your blog.

  2. Kelly Shoul says:

    what a great free resource for couples who are looking to elope in Yosemite!

  3. Damn, these images are EPIC. So jealous that you get to work in my favorite place in the WORLD all the time! Super great and informative tips! Thanks for the advice!

  4. Jacqueline G says:

    Ahh i am just dreaming of going to Yosemite one day! What a great resource to get couple started on their journey to eloping there!! Also fantastic landscape photos of the area!!

  5. Kat says:

    You should sell some of these landscapes as prints! Gorgeous!!

  6. Justyna says:

    Such a valuable information for those adventurous souls and I do have to agree Fall is a dream in Yosemite! And Taft point is my favorite hike!

  7. Heather says:

    Great info and beautifully captured images to go along with it! Thanks for putting this together <3

  8. Taylor says:

    I’m dying to go to Yosemite, and your photos made me want to go that much more!! It is such a special place for a wedding, amazing work!

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"My husband and I took our first trip to Mammoth Lakes and it was absolutely amazing! A big part of what made the trip so wonderful was Jaymie! We wanted one of a kind photographs of us doing what we love - being in a beautiful landscape, hiking together. Jaymie made our vision come to life! She is so friendly and personable and she knows her way around Mammoth. Not only did we get beautiful and thoughtful pictures, we had so much fun and made a new friend."

"Not only did we get beautiful and thoughtful pictures, we had so much fun and made a new friend"

"Jaymie is beyond talented and give you more than just photos, she helps create moments that you will treasure for a lifetime. We came in looking for a photographer but we ended up with a friend! Her photos are beyond breathtaking. Jaymie not only took photos of our special day, she added more than we could have ever imagined. I will always recommend Jaymie to anyone looking for moments to be captured and created together!"

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"Highly Recommended!! We decided to renew our vows last minute in Yosemite and needed a photographer that was familiar with the park and she was the perfect choice! she was able to make it happen for us! She captured our vow renewal so perfectly! The photos are everything that we wanted and more."

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