Glacier Point, Yosemite Elopement - Adam + Megan
In June this year I had the amazing opportunity of shooting Adam and Megan’s Glacier Point elopement with Krystal Preciado of Preciado Photography! As someone who absolutely freakin ADORES elopements and road trips, I didn’t have to think twice about it. I mean IS THERE a better way to spend a Tuesday!? The drive from LA included bits of the Angeles National Forest, Fresno, and of course exploring the gorgeous Yosemite National Park! Krystal and I met up at The Enchanted Florist in Oakhurst, just outside the entrance of the park. The roads wound around sharp turns, steep cliffs and massive trees. As a girl born and raised in Georgia, exploring the incredibly varied landscape of California never gets old!
Their ceremony was performed by a family member, which made the event that much more intimate! Adam and Megan exchanged custom hand-written vows while family members stood just a few feet away. When the ceremony concluded, the family left for the reception, which was held at Curry Village (formerly Half Dome Village). Meanwhile, we took portraits of Adam and Megan enjoying the National Park. First we explored Glacier Point a little more, snapping a few photos on the trails and in this teensy little cabin at the very top! It actually was built in the 1920’s and is known as the “Geology Hut,” and it’s where the people we now know as Park Rangers — then known as Nature Guides — sat to help tourists navigate the park. Am I totally nerding out right now on the National Park System? Yes, yes I am. Back to the story at hand!
We left Glacier Point and went to Tunnel View (located just outside the Wawona Tunnel) next. Visitors have been mesmerized by Tunnel View for decades with views of El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Falls-- it’s even said that this is the shot that made landscape photographer Ansel Adams a household name. We pulled over for Adam and Megan to take a few photos in the epic spot and I love how they turned out!
After Tunnel View, we kept driving until we hit Yosemite Valley. This place was so serene and peaceful. Although there were still other tourists, it definitely wasn’t as packed as either of the other two spots which was really nice. In the not-too-far distance you could see Yosemite Falls which was breathtaking. We wandered around on the trails through the valley, stopping to get different vantage points of the famous Yosemite landmarks all around. It was the perfect way to end an incredible elopement day!
I know that when planning an adventurous elopement like this, one thing you may be curious about is drive time! You absolutely want to make sure you get gorgeous views and that you’re able to maximize your time in the park so planning a route through the park that considers things like lighting (sunrise/ sunset times and how they differ in certain parts of the park), traffic, and tourist activity. For reference, their elopement was on a Tuesday evening. The ceremony began around 5 p.m. and lasted about 20 minutes, and we left Glacier Point around 6 p.m. Tourist activity wasn’t overwhelmingly crazy, but there were definitely quite a few people present. After entering the park from Oakhurst, the drive to Glacier Point was close to an hour and a half. Following the ceremony, the drive from Glacier Point to Tunnel View was roughly 35 minutes despite only being about 16 miles. From Tunnel View to Yosemite Valley was about 20 minutes. Of course driving times would depend largely on what type of car you’re driving (how it handles sharp turns), what season you’re visiting in, and the amount of tourists visiting that day! Something important to note: Yosemite is rumored to be CLOSING the road to Glacier Point for the entire 2021 season to improve parking and access along trailheads. Read more about it here! If you’re looking to elope at Glacier Point in Yosemite, plan for Spring/ Summer 2020 or Spring/Summer 2022!
Here are some articles to read more about Yosemite!
If you enjoyed reading about Adam + Megan’s Glacier Point, Yosemite elopement, check out this Joshua Tree wedding here! I’m always excited for National Park elopements (I mean once you’ve eloped in a National Park you’re kind of sold on loving them for life! Here’s a post I wrote about planning an elopement after my own Joshua Tree National Park elopement in 2018).