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Fall Yosemite Elopement by Dawn Kelly Photography

Relaxed Fall Elopement at Yosemite

Fall Elopement at Epic Yosemite & Half Dome in the background! Yosemite is an epic location for any couple to get their photos. No need to do any hiking, just the El Capitan in the background is enough!

The proposal story:

Nick took Amanda on a surprise vacation to Charleston, SC. She knew they were going on a trip but had no idea where or any of the details to it. She had always wanted to go to Charleston because of her love for Gone With the Wind. Once there, he had planned all kinds of things to do and on the first day, he took her to the Angel Oak Tree.

There he surprised her by being on his knee for when she turned around to see him and to ask for her to marry him. Of course, she said YES and was thrilled by it. The weekend was filled with all kinds of things to, including a photographer to take engagement photos on the last day.

Favorite memory of the day?

Nick – my favorite memory of the day is how absolutely beautiful and stunning Amanda looked! I couldn’t take my eyes off her all day long. Getting to share the place, the trip, the amazing sites with the most beautiful woman in the world. Who would soon be my wife at the end of the day was overwhelming to me. It couldn’t have been any better.

We decided to write our own vows for each other and I’m so glad we did because it just made the day that much more special. Marrying the love of my life, the woman who I will spend the rest of my life with is beyond a shadow of a doubt the highlight and best part of my trip!

Amanda – My favorite part of the day was listening to the heartfelt vows Nick poured out from his heart standing in the most beautiful place I had ever seen.

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Why did you choose Yosemite at your wedding destination?

Neither of us had ever had the chance to visit Yosemite. Even though it was one of the top places on our bucket lists for places to visit. So we couldn’t think of a better time and chance to visit Yosemite than for us to be married there.

What was the wish list you wanted for your wedding day in Yosemite?

We couldn’t have asked for Dawn to make our wedding day any better. It was exactly what we had hoped for! We wanted the day to be completely relaxing and stress-free. So that we could just enjoy the moments and not be pulled in a million different directions.

M by Micki did Amanda’s makeup and it was exactly what she had asked for. A simple not overdone makeup that brought out her natural beauty and that is exactly what she did for her. After that, Dawn arrived with the bouquet and had everything taken care of down perfectly.

What was your biggest frustration planning your wedding? Why did you choose an elopement?

The only one that was a little stressful was our flight being delayed into San Francisco and we were late for our appointment to get the marriage license. Luckily, once we were there it wasn’t bad at all and we were able to get the license without any issues. For planning the wedding/elopement Nick took care of most of it, with Amanda’s approval, and everything just seems to fall into place seamlessly.

What was your experience like with Dawn Kelly?

Dawn was absolutely fabulous to work with! We spoke with her many times on the phone before getting to California so we were well aware of what to expect. She did everything she said she would do and took care of the whole day for us. We couldn’t have asked for anything better and she has our utmost respect and thanks for the job she did with our wedding day!

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Yosemite Elopement Photography Dawn Kelly Photography

Location Yosemite National Park

Makeup M.U.A.H. By Summer

Floral The Enchanted Florist




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