Yosemite valley: Thad and Caitlin: The Abridged Version

Recently we shot a wedding in Yosemite Vally. Words simply can’t describe it! It was a breathtaking 4 day event. Originally we bloged all four days but we wanted to make a highlight real as well. Here are some of our favorite moments:

See the unabridged version (here)

“To the ends of the earth would you follow me?”

Adventure is out there, just waiting for us. It is there when we cross the threshold of our front door and continues to be present as we continue to wander. We are firm believers that there is much of this beautiful earth to see, and it warms our hearts knowing others share the same sentiment.

Caitlin and Thad approached us months back about going on this wild experience with them to Yosemite, and it was no question that we would be on board for something of this nature. Traveling to this grand place was merely a bonus. The real treat would be documenting something so rare and special between these two human beings, something others should most certainly imitate.

After we flew into San Fransisco just days before the wedding, it was time to hit the road to Yosemite, so on with the road trip we went. Our eyes beamed as we saw new foreign sites. We finally made it to Yosemite, where we would be for the next few days. Family and friends who had flown in from across the country began arriving throughout the day as well.

The next morning, several friends and family members woke up early around 5am and piled into cars to head up to our first group hike to watch the sunrise: Glacier Point. The air was dry and frigid, but no one cared. We were adventuring, together. As we reached the top, we all found a comfy place to nestle into, and eagerly awaited the sunrise, and when it did, it was magnificent. Everything went silent for a little while as the warm sun hit everyones faces, just taking it all in. Waking up at 5am for this was totally worth every second of that magnificent view. After spending some time at Glacier Point, we hopped back in our cars and headed back to our cabins where we planned to catch up on some much needed sleep. We would need it soon for our hike later that same day. By the late afternoon, we all caravanned back out to the top of Yosemite Valley to watch the sun set at Taft Point, and we can honestly say we have never seen a sunset like the one we saw there. The colors were unreal, all of them. It was colors you only dreamed of seeing. It was truly a magnificent sight.

And so the wedding day arrived. We arrived at Caitlin’s cabin where all of her friends and family were setting up for days events. Every bridesmaid made their own bouquet, with their own flair and personality. Family cooked gumbo for the reception while others put together the wedding cake. Everyone came together for Caitlin and Thad and it could not have been more perfect. Caitlin and Thad decided to do a first look before their ceremony, so we hopped in our cars and headed to the redwoods in the Valley. Thad’s reaction to seeing Caitlin was hands down the sweetest thing we have seen. In his words, “She’s so perfect.” After spending some time taking all of it in, we headed back to the cabin and prepared for the ceremony, which was going to be held just down the road in a secluded spot beneath the redwood trees. Friends set up the ceremony spot with chairs from all the cabins and when the time came, everyone headed over there and was ready for the ceremony to begin. We watched two people promise to never stop adventuring together. To always grow together. And it could not have been more perfect. After the most beautiful ceremony and taking some group photos, we all headed back to the cabin, where good food and good times awaited. Everything about this day was perfect through and through.

The next day, we went back out once more to Glacier Point for sunrise and again at sunset to Taft Point, but this time Caitlin and Thad would be dressed in their wedding attire. As photographers themselves, they both felt photos of the two of them are extremely important, so they opted to do a day after session. We could high five them for putting so much importance on that.

Whether your adventure is close to home, or one you must travel across the country for, live it. And live it well.

Caitlin and Thad, we are at a loss for words to begin thanking you both for taking us along on such a grand and memorable adventure. The few days we spent with you two, watching and taking not of how much you value each other and making your dreams a reality,are both admirable and reassuring that a love like yours still exists. One that we are proud to share with the rest of the world.

 

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