Eloping – would you do it? Does the idea of the two of you disappearing to a gorgeous place in the world to get married appeal to you? I know I would certainly consider it if I was planning my wedding right now, but then I guess that’s very easy for me to say considering I am already married. If I was being really honest with myself, I would find it hard leaving my closest friends and family behind BUT the more real elopement weddings I see, the more the idea appeals to me. We live in a world now where pressure is a constant thing, whether it be money worries or keeping up with the latest trend that is on Instagram. You only have to spend 10 minutes watching the news and you are already bombarded with thoughts on how are we going to save a planet too should I build a bunker in my back garden in case of a nuclear war! Wedding pressure especially can be a real biatch so bucking the trend and escaping all of that is a very endearing thought and I can completely understand why more and more couples are doing it. Like Joy and Phuoc whose elopement in California’s Joshua Tree, we featured last week. Just one look at the intimacy of their wedding is enough to think, maybe we should? Perhaps today’s beautiful editorial will help you decide.

Captured by the very talented Alex Mari Photography within the gorgeous Yosemite National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, this wedding editorial is all about the beauty of eloping and pushing the boundaries when it comes to finding unique locations…..

The inspiration for this shoot is to meant to encourage brides that epic elopements can take place anywhere – you don’t have to go to the same spots everyone else has already. This gorgeous location was a lesser known hike in Yosemite – we had the entire place to ourselves for the day and it was beyond breathtaking.

Look out for the stunning Starla gown by Wear Your Love and the beautiful head piece by Brielle Belle, the two of them couldn’t be more perfect for each other.

Alex talks us through the shoot, its location and all of the wonderful suppliers involved….

An Otherworld….

This stunning gem of a valley is no joke to get to. Three miles up and over a mountain, and you find yourself descending into this otherworldly landscape crested in mountains, wildflowers, and crystal blue lakes. When I first discovered this hike, I knew I had to shoot an editorial here. It’s just too perfect of a place to miss out on. I immediately reached out to Alisha at Wear Your Love – her gowns are jaw-droppingly gorgeous, and designed specifically with the adventurous bride in mind. The fit and flow of the Starla gown is just irresistible – picture yards upon yards of lace swaying gracefully in the mountain winds. Copper and Sage created the blush and eucalyptus bouquet, filled with wild grasses, roses, and protea. We finished off the bridal look by layering two understated greenery crowns by Brielle Belle to create the final touch for our mountain bride. Our groom sported a checkered, cream linen suit from Suit Supply, paired with taupe suede shoes and leather accessories.

The Line Up

Photography: Alex Mari Photography
Dress: Wear Your Love XO
Suit: Suit Supply
Flower Crown: Brielle Belle
Bouquet: Copper and Sage Collective
Models: Claude Rocha & Samantha Kelley



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