Jessica and Taylor began this crazy marital journey in Las Vegas, then drove to Bass Lake to camp. They had originally planned on getting hitched in Vegas, but when Jessica saw photos of Yosemite online, she fell in love with it. Their excursion into the park was only for one day, to get married at Glacier Point, do photos, then change into tourist clothes and explore the park.

They flew all the way from Nova Scotia, Canada to get married in one of the most beautiful places in the United States. They had no idea how grandiose and breathtaking it is in person. Every time I go to the park, I’m overwhelmed and in awe of God’s creation. It was so much fun to walk them to Glacier Point and watch their faces as they gazed at the gorgeousness. The sky was intense and bright, throwing blue hues on the face of Half Dome. The mountains along the ridge were capped with snow, which thrilled me, because we haven’t seen that in over five years.

It wasn’t too crowded, but we did have an audience as these two souls joined in front of an old, reaching pine tree, Half Dome in the background. One of our officiants performed their ceremony, and he opened with the perfect quote from the movie Juno:

“In my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person will still think the sun shines out your ass. That’s the kind of person that’s worth sticking with.”

The ceremony was short and sweet, with spontaneous vows spoken from the heart. Taylor said, “Thank you for marrying me. I’m sorry I didn’t ask you sooner.”

They met in 2010 when they were both camp counselors. How adorable is that? When I asked Jessica what first attracted her to Taylor, she said, “He was so shy when we first met, I kept trying to get him to talk to me. But once we spoke he seemed so genuine and sweet. Now he’s my rock. He’s the stable, responsible one. He is always so supportive of me. He is just the most lovable person!”

When I asked Taylor what he loved most about Jessica, he said, “Her sweet and goofy personality drew me in from the first time we met. It is still my favorite thing about her, but I also love how she pushes me to try new things and go on adventures.”

This was certainly an adventure, for all of us, and it was all worth it. Jessica is thrilled that they have tons of stories to tell friends back home about their first visit to the United States. They loved it so much here that they’re planning on coming back for an anniversary trip to the park. I can’t wait to work with them again!

Gorgeous flowers by Michelle at Events22 in Ripon, California.

I was SOOOOOO excited there was snow on the mountains! We have not seen that in YEARS.

Was this girl destined to get married in Yosemite or what? Check out that amazing deer tattoo!

As you can see, it was a perfect day. Well … it was, until their photographer, me, started throwing up uncontrollably right after the ceremony. I’ll spare you the details here, but I’ve written about it in another blog, so go over there after you look at these pics and learn a little something about altitude sickness.