When I was little, we had a family reunion up in Yosemite and even at 4 years old, I remember how cool it was. I remember feeding the deer that came into our campsite and hiking various trails. I hadn’t been there in a long time until a few years ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Yosemite again for Mother’s day and we visited the world famous Ahwahnee Hotel. As I walked through the hotel, I remember thinking to myself, “Wow. I really would love to shoot a wedding here.” 3 years later, at sunrise, I found myself entering the parking lot of the Ahwahnee once again, ready to scout locations for Kerstin and Tyler’s wedding day.
That morning, me and lovely assistant, Nikki, arrive at the Ahwahnee and we start looking for spots where Kerstin and Tyler can do their 1st look. As we’re looking, we see a HUGE branch fall to the ground out the apple tree in the courtyard. I thought someone was climbing the apple tree, but not many guests were up yet, so we found it strange. We walked closer and then all the sudden one of the staff at the hotel tells us not to get too close BECAUSE THERE’S A BEAR IN THE TREE. A bear. A real live wild bear just chilling eating apples from the apple tree. I was so excited/scared that I got as close as I could and I snapped this pic. I was too scared to go any closer, I didn’t feel like being on the latest “I Survived” episode.
After our encounter with the wild, it was time to start photographing Kerstin and Tyler’s wedding. It was a gorgeous day full joy and love. I was so glad I got to be a part of such a special day with 2 awesome people.
Kerstin loves books and is a teacher and Tyler is a photographer and collects vintage cameras so they decided to incorporate both into their table centerpieces which I thought was really cool.
Ok so I pretty much thought this was the coolest idea ever. Since they had a morning wedding and most of their family and friends were staying the night, Tyler’s mom created a trail mix bar so people could make their own trail mix to eat when they hiked around Yosemite. Isn’t that cool?
Is this not one of the coolest cakes you ever seen? It smelled and tasted as amazing as it looked.
A HUGE Thank You to my amazing assistant for this wedding, Nikki. She did such an amazing job and she was so incredibly helpful the entire day. Thank you Nikki!