Yosemite National Park is in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s famed for its giant, ancient sequoia trees, and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome.
Selena was never one for camping and Graham took some of his first steps in Yosemite. In 2008, Graham took Selena to Yosemite to experience a little bit of Yosemite’s magic through his eyes. It was easy to see why he loved it so much. They visited Yosemite time and time again after that first trip, always wanting to see more and stay longer. Before they even got engaged, Yosemite was already in the books as the ultimate dream wedding destination – an idea that both Selena and Graham had come up with separately until they started having serious discussions about weddings and marriage when they both brought up their great idea, not knowing the other had the exact same idea.
OUR SPECIAL DAY
To fully take advantage of all the beauty Yosemite National Park has to offer, our special day will be scheduled a little differently than you’d see at a traditional wedding. Our ceremony will be held at Cathedral Beach in Yosemite Valley at 10am. A dinner reception will be held at the Redwoods in Yosemite event center in Wawona. With so much time in-between the ceremony and reception, we encourage you to enjoy the park by going on a hike, visiting Yosemite’s historical Majestic Hotel, or setting up a chair next to the Merced River to dive into a good book. We’ll update our website with a few of our favorite spots to pass the time as we get closer to the day.
It’s about a 5-6 hour drive from the LA/OC area depending on traffic and your average speed. For those wishing to fly, the nearest airport is in Fresno. However, Fresno Airport is still about 1.5 to 2 hours to the Yosemite park entrance so car rental will still be required. If you want to know more about the drive and what to expect to help determine your game plan, please don’t hesitate to contact us. And please check back closer to the wedding date to see some of our favorite pit stops along the way.
WHERE TO STAY
There are a lot of great options in and around Yosemite National Park. We’ve outlined some of our recommendations on the accommodations page for you to check out. Places will fill up fast so if you want the best price and largest selection, book early. If you’re unsure if you can come, book at a place with a cancellation policy that is forgiving. As noted below, our special day will start on the morning of June 2 and end after dark, so if you plan to come to both the ceremony and reception, you’ll need to stay Friday and Saturday night.