Over the last few years California has been hit by devastating fires, they’ve affected everything from air quality to events. James and Sophia had planned the most beautiful, intimate elopement in the Sequoia National Park, but when last years fires encroached on the Giant Forrest they had to pivot and find a new place to say I do. Lucky for these two, we live just south of Yosemite and they were able to get a permit in the nick of time.
Surrounded by family and friends at Sentinel Beach, with El Capitan watching over, a bear taking a bath in the Merced River, and miraculous blue skies we witnessed the sweetest souls take their next step into life together. Sophia wore a gorgeous crepe Sarah Sevens dress and James donned a handsome blue suit, Sophia and I are ring twins with our Heidi Gibson Cambria’s, and I literally swoon every time I see hers. (bezel set? are you kidding me? so rad.) They each carried the portraits of loved ones passed, and after we traipsed around Yosemite Valley met their people at Tenaya Lodge for a beautiful candle lit dinner and cake.
Eloping doesn’t have to mean you run off alone to say I do (you can if you want to!!) But choosing to scale back and celebrate with just a handful of people is such a beautiful idea. It has been the greatest honor to photograph the two of you as you’ve moved through each phase of love. From newly dating swimming in the flooded lake parking lot, to your engagement, and now your marriage I am so proud to know you both and cannot wait to see where life continues to take you.