If you’ve ever had the pleasure of walking (or hiking) around Yosemite Valley National Park, you already know that it’s full of awe-inspiring views that truly leave you breathless. Located in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, there’s a reason why it was one of the first declared national parks in the U.S.! We’ve seen a number of elopements come out of the Yosemite Valley, and there’s really no surprise why. From ancient sequoia trees as far as the eye can see, colossal granite cliffs, sky blue waters, and the most mesmerizing views, we’d definitely suggest adding it to your list of places to visit.
Inspired by the gorgeous setting, along with the adventurous, free-spirited couple, Elise Brannan of Brannan Events teamed up with Kristine Herman Photography for this epic elopement inspiration. Elise of Brannan Events shares While we could have taken the shoot in a more ethereal direction, I wanted something a little more funky with a fresh color palette. I opted for a palette made up of melon, tangerine, French blue, and navy! The ceremony took place at Glacier Point where an amazing view of Half Dome took center stage.
Now onto Yosemite Valley National Park!!
This invitation suite by Honey Brush Designs is seriously gorgeous! From the watercolor envelope liner, to the vibrant, yet muted hues for the calligraphy, we could see this working with so many different color schemes. If you take a closer look, the info card actually has thread stitched into it to create the border!
Is this not the most epic backdrop + ceremony space, EVER?! Tumbleweed Floral Truck crafted those vibrant florals to offset the blue hues of Yosemite Valley + that view of Half Dome.
The rest of the set-up was kept simple (this is an elopement, after all!) with fun bohemian rugs and a split horseshoe floral arrangement.
We couldn’t think of a better place for wedding portraits…
The way those colors in the bouquet by Tumbleweed Floral Truck *POP*.
To complement the soft blue hues of the valley, the bridesmaid wore this Robin egg blue gown by Jenny Yoo (it’s the Inesse Dress).
Let’s take a moment to focus on the bride’s sweet hair + makeup styling! Tay C Styles crafted a slightly messy boho braid (complete with florals), while Allie Nicole HMU kept her looking fresh all day.
The reception space was a low-seated table with a mix of fun poufs, multi-colored taper candles, and mixed + matched tea cups from Bright Event Rentals and Botanica Event Rentals, with linens from Party Crush Studio. Something like this could be really sweet for an outdoor lounge at home after the wedding, too!
Clear acrylic squares with non-traditional calligraphy acted as the escort cards; the table was replete with wicker accents, vintage china, and tie-dyed napkins to show how you can take a mix of styling elements to create something fresh!
If you’re thinking of eloping in Yosemite, or any other national park for that matter, we’d love to hear your ideas for styling! And if you’re looking for an idea of where + tips on how to elope in a national park, head on over to this post!
A huge THANK YOU to the talented team of creatives behind this outdoor shoot. :)
photography: Kristine Herman Photography // venue name: Yosemite National Park, California, USA // event design: Brannan Events & Design // planning: Brannan Events & Design // florals: Tumbleweed Floral Truck // wedding dress: Nicole Miller, Luna Gown // wedding dress boutique: BHLDN // bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo and Inesse Dress // hair stylist: Tay C Styles // makeup artist: Allie Nicole HMU // paper goods: Honey Brush Design // calligraphy: Honey Brush Design // furniture rentals: Bright Event Rentals // linen rentals: Party Crush Studio // specialty rentals: Botanica Event Rentals // models: Ashley Grimaldi, America Whitten and Jason Orloff