Yosemite National Park, California, USA Elopement Photo Story Award

Groom supports with hand to guide his wife's descent as waterfall cascades behind them

In this captivating image, the groom's genuine support shines through as he glances back, extending his hand to guide his wife's descent on the slippery stone stairs. A majestic waterfall cascades behind them.

The groom turns back to offer encouragement to his wife as she descends the wet stone stairs in front of a dazzling waterfall and misty rainbow at Yosemite National Park, California.

This hiking-loving couple originally planned a big wedding, but cancelled it when it just didn't feel like them. Instead, they planned a month long road trip to the west coast to tour all the National Parks, and decided to elope in Yosemite halfway through the trip. The couple was up for anything, in all weather and with an upbeat attitude.

We started by hiking before sunrise up a granite dome to have their ceremony on the mountain top, where Matt was nearly brought to his knees when he saw Kyrielle's dress for the first time. They playfully joked during the ceremony, and embraced often while reading their heartfelt vows, often touching their foreheads to one another. The sunrise was mostly obscured by clouds, but when the rays of sunshine did break through, they celebrated by dancing on the rocks at the top.

We continued hiking to a cliff view, where Matt inched up to the edge on his belly to get a better look as his new wife looked nervously on. It soon began to rain on us for over an hour of wet, sloppy, muddy hiking, but this couldn't stop them from twirling and grinning ear to ear as they made their way down into Yosemite Valley, crossing river bridges hand in hand and ending with a rainbow over a misty waterfall. 

Majestic Yosemite Elopement Grooms Astonishment at Brides Unforgettable Wedding Dress

A couple stands in awe at Yosemite National Park as the groom is left speechless by his bride's surprise elopement day attire

Matt's jaw drops as his bride-to-be spins around and shows off her elopement day look. The dress was a secret from him until this moment.

Radiant Love Uniting Hearts amidst Natures Grandeur in Yosemite National Park

A joyful bride and groom exchange vows, displaying their love and happiness as they share an intimate moment amidst the breathtaking scenery of Yosemite National Park, California

During her vows, Kyrielle leans her head against Matt to show affection. They are both grinning.

Radiant Love A Brides Victory in Yosemites Majestic Wilderness

A triumphant bride embraces her accomplishment atop a rock amid a breathtaking landscape, basking in the golden rays of sunlight at Yosemite National Park, California

Sunlight streams through the clouds as the bride gloats over the rock she just climbed.

The Grooms Mischievous Move Creates Joyful Moments for Yosemite Newlyweds

A couple at Yosemite National Park, California, share a playful moment as the groom winds up his arm to give the bride a bum tap

Matt winds up his arm to give the bride a playful bum tap.

Daring Groom Embracing Adventure in Yosemite, as Anxious Bride Watches On

A newlywed couple at Yosemite National Park. The groom leans fearlessly over a cliff, while the bride nervously stands back, showcasing their contrasting personalities.

Their personalities show as the groom leans all the way over the edge of the cliff for a better look, while Kyrielle nervously wrings her hands much further from the precipice.

Serene Bride Immersed in Rain Delight on Yosemite Bridge Embracing Nature Charm

A carefree bride twirling in the rain on a bridge at Yosemite National Park, California, unconcerned by the muddy stains on her once pristine white dress

Kyrielle dances in the rain across a river bridge, not caring at all that her once white dress is now stained brown with mud.

Whimsical Moment as Bride and Groom Embrace Nature Breeze in Yosemite National Park

A couple enjoying a break from hiking at Yosemite National Park as a gust of wind playfully lifts the woman's dress

The couple takes a break from hiking and the breeze blows her dress up over her head.

Breathtaking Promenade Newlyweds Revel in Yosemites Enchanting Mountain Vista on a Bridge

Newly married couple walking across a picturesque bridge amidst the awe-inspiring mountains of Yosemite National Park, California

The newlyweds stroll across a bridge, high in the mountains of Yosemite National Park.