Getting Married in Yosemite: Yosemite Valley

Getting Married in Yosemite: Yosemite Valley

A unique & accessible Yosemite wedding experience


Getting married in Yosemite Valley is great for couples looking to have their wedding in an accessible location.

Yosemite Valley has beautiful views of Half Dome and an easy hike to Lower Yosemite Falls.

The options are endless when it comes to choosing a spot to get married in Yosemite. Some couples choose to have their whole family attend the ceremony, while others just want an experience of just them two.

If you’re looking for a ‘family-friendly’ spot that your grandma and grandpa can easily get to, Yosemite Valley has all the beauty of this National Park, without the challenging hikes.

While you’re exploring Yosemite Valley, if you’re looking to get up-close and personal with some waterfalls- the Lower Yosemite Falls Hike is a nearby 1 mile trail to the most beautiful waterfall in Yosemite. The hike can take from 15-60 minutes depending on walking speed and how many times you stop for photo opportunities (hint… there will be a lot).


Jake and McKenna decided to celebrate their wedding day in Yosemite Valley. We found this fallen tree trunk that was angled perfectly with the waterfall in the background. While walking around the trail, we also saw a great view of Half Dome. As the sun started to set, golden hour created a perfect glow across this BEAUTIFUL rock formation.

One thing I loved about this elopement was Jake and McKenna’s deep affection for each other. Even though it was a little bit chilly in late May, nothing was getting in the way of them celebrating their wedding day. The skies were ominous for part of the evening, creating a beautiful moody vibe behind the waterfall.


One of the best parts of getting married in Yosemite, is that once you are there, you can explore all that the park has to offer.

Couples who want to include their family in their wedding ceremony, can also take separate time to explore and have adventurous moments with just their significant other in Yosemite. If couples still want to hike up to Taft Point or drive to Glacier Point, a sunrise or sunset photo session is always a great alternative on their wedding day.


The best time to elope in Yosemite Valley is during late spring and early summer, this is when the waterfalls are at their peak.

As couples are choosing to have more adventurous wedding experiences, or as photographers refer to them as elopements (learn more about elopements here), the options are endless on how you can celebrate your big day.

Couples are turning their wedding day into a 1 or 2 day experience. Instead of spending all their money on materialistic items such as flower arrangements or expensive wedding cakes; people are choosing to hike out to a national park, wake up in an Airbnb and turn their wedding day into an adventure.

get married the way that would make you happiest.

As Yosemite is such a MASSIVE Park, this may just be one stop on your elopement day. If you want to see as much as you can in Yosemite on your elopement, pair it with a sunrise hike to Taft Point, drive around and explore the easy locations such as Lower Yosemite Falls, Glacier Point and Tunnel View, and off with the sunset in El Capitan Meadows. 

Jake & McKenna choose to turn their wedding day into an adventure, and couples all over the country are doing the same. Your wedding day should be celebrated authentically and genuinely to you as a couple. Whether that is a big traditional wedding or saying your vows in private at the bottom of Yosemite Falls. It’s your special day, and it should be celebrated how you want.




Hey, I’m Amanda

I’m an adventurous travel elopement photographer who believes in experiencing all that life has to offer. I do not see the value in objects, but rather in experiencing moments and developing relationships with others.

I truly believe your wedding day should ONLY be filled with things that will make you blissfully happy.

i believe YOUR WEDDING DAY SHOULD BE AS adventurous, as breathtaking, and unique as you want it to be.