These two love each other. Yosemite was in full fall bloom when these two tied the knot. I love being a Yosemite wedding photographer because I get to wander around in all of Yosemite’s moods. And I get to photograph couples on one of the most important days of their lives.
I love helping plan surprise proposals in Yosemite National Park. Jackson contacted me about it months before, and we set up a plan. Originally, we were going to meet at Glacier Point at sunrise. I was going to be photographing my dog or my husband and just happen to turn my camera at the right moment. Unfortunately, Glacier closed early that year due to weather. I was on my way up there and we agreed to meet at Tunnel View instead. He sent me photos of the two of them so I could recognize them. I advised them on and out-of-the-way spot we could get away from the crowds. On the day of, it was going past their time and I didn’t see them. So I went down to the main area to find them. Jackson instantly recognized me and “happened” to ask about an “out-of-the-way, secluded spot” where they could watch the sunrise. So, still pretending to be a random person, I offered to take them up to my favorite spot. While we clambered over spots, I asked if I could take their photo. When we got to the spot, I set it up so she turned away, then when she turned back around, Jackson was down on one knee. She was so surprised!!
I love doing family photos in LA, especially at Carbon Canyon. I love the challenge of bringing kids out of their shell. Carbon Canyon is really fun because there’s some walking involved, so the kids had something to do. It was kind of a cloudy morning, but it ended up being really beautiful!
We got off onto a rocky start here because the Arboretum was closing for their light show (and apparently don’t allow hangers ???), but these two were troopers! We regrouped and went forward with it! Sarah wore a beautiful, chic blush dress, and David wore complimentary semi-formal clothes. I met Sarah on a film shoot! She and I were two of the only girls on set and I was instantly attracted to her vibe. I was so honored when they asked me to do their LA engagement photos!
Eddie and Marissa got married! Since we were still working with regulations, I wasn’t present at the ceremony, but got to capture their beautiful outdoor reception at Serendipity Gardens. They love Disney and Star Wars, so we had to incorporate the light sabers into their romantic portraits afterwards!