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Glamorous and Green Intimate Wedding near Yosemite National Park, CA | Amanda & Nicolas

yosemite national park ca intimate wedding

For Bethel Ann, documenting this particular day was an incredibly moving experience. Just weeks before her wedding, bride Amanda contacted the photographer, heartbroken after the loss of an irreplaceable father-figure. “…she explained that she had pretty much forgotten to do a lot of the wedding planning after [losing] her grandfather,” Bethel recalls. “This was one of the best experiences I’ve had as a wedding photographer… Amanda and Nicolas are the sweetest, kindest, most down-to-earth people you could meet… [their] day was so full of love and overwhelming emotions.”

The beauty of this flawless DIY wedding is a testament to the bride’s creative skills. Despite her heartache, Amanda successfully pulled together gorgeous florals and glamorous decor to create the perfect celebration of the couple’s love. “The hard times in life have a way of [bringing] loved ones closer together and [teaching] us to cling to joy all the more,” Bethel says. “If I could choose one wedding from this year that perfectly shows why I love intimate weddings so much, it would be this one, because I love weddings with a lot of heart.”

Photography by Bethel Ann Photography

“As a wedding photographer, I strive to document true emotions, genuine moments, and memories. I see myself as a story teller as much as I do a wedding photographer. To do that, I have to be really invested in my couples’ stories and what they are passionate about, so I spend a great deal of time before the wedding itself getting to know [them].”

[Bethel Ann, Photographer]

“My heart went out to them as I know how much they all wanted [Amanda’s grandfather] to be there for this moment… Their day although mingled with grief was also filled with joy and outstanding beauty… My favorite part [of the wedding] by far was their ceremony in a field which has special significance to this family, as they would later return and spread their Grandfather’s ashes here. The overwhelming feelings of joy felt from their entire family as they watched these two vow to love one another was so incredibly beautiful.”

[Bethel Ann]

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