Sequoia National Park Camping Elopement | Crescent Meadow // Alexis + Jace
Alexis and Jace started their love story worlds apart. Alexis was here in the states and Jace was in the UK, and they found their way to each other. Jace proposed to Alexis in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park in Wales – so dreamy! They were so excited for the day they would be married because they would finally get to be with each other every day. I loved something Alexis said about how excited she was, “Honestly we went shopping for toilets and door knobs today and it was wonderful and so much fun.” It’s truly wonderful to see how in love and happy they are together and it was an honor to capture that magic! A and J are very low-key and they love nature and simplicity, and their day perfectly reflected what they wanted! Over the course of a year, we planned out their dream adventure elopement. Sequoia National Park is Alexis’s favorite national park, but it didn’t seem possible to make for them to make this happen. They were going to scrap the plans for the wedding they really wanted and do a quick no-frills ceremony at the county building. However, I always encourage my couples to craft the wedding day of their dreams, which is something so great about elopements! You can make them exactly what you want without social pressures, traditions you might not care about, or be restricted to any specific place or timeline or activity, etc. Even after they ran into so many obstacles along the way and it took a whole year just for us to be able to set the date for them to plan everything, it all came together in an epic way!
So they got to have their dream day in Sequoia National Park, adjacent to Kings Canyon National Park in California's beautiful southern Sierra Nevada mountains. Alexis knew they wanted to say their vows to each other at Crescent Meadow and their wedding weekend ended up being the National Park Service Anniversary weekend! The park was more filled than I’ve ever seen it before but we were lucky enough to have privacy almost their whole day. We started by taking the shuttle from Giant Forest Museum to Crescent Meadow, and I encouraged them to sit and relax for a bit before their ceremony, so they had a snack on a picnic blanket while I grabbed some photos of their beautiful details. They wrote their vows on notebook paper with a little squirrel on the corner saying “Must have all the nuts!” haha, so cute! We walked a little down the trail, which is also the main access point for the High Sierra Trail going all the way from Sequoia to Mt. Whitney. And we stopped at the wooden Crescent Meadow sign where they wanted to say their vows among the beautiful scenery of the meadow. After they said their vows and exchanged rings, they sealed their unity with a Sand Ceremony. Speaking of rings, Alexis has a beautiful vintage style ring with an Alexandrite gem that changes color in different lighting and Jace has a unique wooden ring with a gold center. After they shared their first kiss, I got to sign as their witness! It’s an incredible honor to get to do this for my couples are eloping!
Alexis wore a beautiful BHLDN dress with lace on the shoulders and a flowy skirt. She had a custom made wooden bouquet that smelled like vanilla spice from Pine and Petal Etsy shop, her mom made her beautiful headpiece, and her earrings were handmade in York, UK! Alexis was planning on wearing heels but sadly her legs were injured before the wedding so I encouraged her to just rock her Tevas (adventure sandals) that she was planning on wearing for the hiking portions! And hell yeah – she freaking rocked those Tevas! And can we talk about Jace’s super unique attire from SteamEraProductions Etsy shop that matched their deep purple color palette! After their ceremony in the forest, we took another shuttle to Moro Rock (an awesome spot to stop at for sunset by the way!) and walked to Parker Group, a beautiful cluster of giant sequoia trees. This is where Alexis and Jace had their post-elopement picnic and drinks! Fun fact, they actually had champagne for the occasion but didn’t end up liking the one they got, but of course me and Santiago (my husband) came prepared with some Stanley adventure shot glasses and a little tequila a whiskey – just in case! They had cupcakes for their picnic and Alexis touched up her makeup on their picnic blanket, and they even got me some delicious vegan cookies (I’m allergic to dairy) so I got to join them for dessert! After dessert and drinks, we frolicked through the Parker Group trees while Santiago went to get the car to take us to our next destination.
Our final stop was Beetle Rock, definitely one of the best overlook spots to catch the sunset in all of Sequoia National Park. Beetle Rock has a beautiful view of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains from Giant Forest. Jace has a fear of heights but he did an awesome job exploring the views on the rock as they enjoyed the incredible scenery as newlyweds and caught their first sunset as husband and wife! Not to mention we got some pretty epic sunset photos! I’m so excited for these two sweet souls and feel so privileged to be one of the only people who got to witness their union. The dream day that they didn’t think they could have actually came true! To future couples: you CAN have an incredible wedding day that’s all about you and your love and what you want – also I’m happy to be the one to help you make it happen!
- Venue // Sequoia National Park
- Florist // Pine and Petal Weddings
- Hair & Makeup // Janelle Mashtal
- Photographer // Sarah Linda Photography
- Bridal Gown // BHLDN
- Bridal Shoes // Tevas
- Bridal Headpiece // Bride’s mom
- Groom’s Suit // SteamEraProductions Etsy
- Dessert // Nothing Bundt Cakes
- Officiant // LJ Lara