Yen + James are really something special. They inspired me to chat about something today that I think could really be helpful to hear: If you want or need to have a bigger wedding with family and friends but you've always dreamed of an intimate ceremony that's just the two of you enjoying an adventure, these two things are not mutually exclusive! You can have both. They can work hand-in-hand quite beautifully. And that's just what Yen + James have done.
Saying their vows in Yosemite Valley was something that they had on their hearts, but they also had planned a bigger celebration with friends and family a few months down the line. Rather than miss out on the adventure of exchanging vows beneath Yosemite Falls, they found a way to make it all work.
I met Yen + James beneath the falls on a cloudy day and we chose a spot among the beautiful trees where they read thoughtful vows full of tears and laughs. It was so heartfelt and intimate.
A day like this can really be so simple. I think it's easy to get caught up in the details and to begin to believe that something like this will be complicated but really, it's as simple as gathering a few minimal details and having a photographer you trust there to document the moment. Yen created her own bouquet from greenery she found both pretty and meaningful. Vows were written in handmade promise books. Their clothing fit perfectly with the rustic, rugged tones of the valley. The result was simple + stunning.
So just remember. Even if you have to have a more traditional day for family and friends, it doesn't mean you have to forego the adventurous wedding you've always dreamed of. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to these things. Your vows, your wedding, all of it can be how you want it to be! If you'd like to have a happy little Yosemite wedding, you should definitely have it. And have me capture it for you ;) haha ♥ The thing that matters most is that you get enjoy the way you exchange vows.