Sharice and Kyle were planning on getting married in Yosemite last Monday, but the Detwiler fire quickly changed their plans. They don’t regret changing their venue at all. The bride was kind enough to write us something special:

Just as any bride, I was so excited when my fiancé popped the question. Unlike other men, my fiancé wasn’t just committing to myself but also to my two young children. When ye were getting into this relationship, we knew it wasn’t going to be your cookie-cutter fairy tale romance. From the very beginning it was special in it’s own way, therefore, we wanted a wedding ceremony as unique as our story.

As we started making the many decisions that traditional weddings entail, we quickly realized that it wasn’t the intimate wedding we had our hearts set on. It was becoming a show geared towards everyone else’s desires. So we planned a simplified wedding with our immediate families, a photographer and a close friend to perform the ceremony in the heart of the Yosemite National Park. It would be the perfect mixture of grand beauty and intimate uniqueness. On July 16th, just over a week before our tiny ceremony was planned, the Detwiler fire ignited. By Thursday, July 20th the fire had burned over 70,000 acres and it was only 7% contained. CalFire was evacuating three towns surrounding Yosemite and the fire had burned through the power lines. The National park was left without power and filled with unsafe amounts of smoke.

As if there isn’t enough stress planning our special moment, we were left with finding an entirely new ceremony site just days before our wedding. Being born and raised in neighboring Tuolumne County, I’ve had the privilege of having the eastern Sierra Nevadas as my backyard. So my fiancé, sister and I set out to find the perfect spot. We drove up Highway 108, not 30 minutes past our home, and we came across the mysterious and gorgeous point of Donnell Vista. It was perfect! Filled with beauty and wonder, our private ceremony took place overlooking a canyon garnished with granite, wondrous pines and a perfect lake. Our day was magical as we began our new journey as a family of four.

The views at Donnell Vista are breathtaking, perfect for an adventure elopement!

 

Their first family photo, including their beloved old boy Haas, their Golden Retriever.

Gorgeous flowers full of Dahlias! I absolutely love it. By Wildbud Creative in Sonora, California.

This stop totally reminded me of Lord of the Rings.

I’ve had this double exposure idea in my mind for almost six weeks, and I’m thrilled it came out so cool.

Every couple should have the wedding day THEY desire. Sharice and Kyle really made their wedding their own.

More gorgeousness!