A Yosemite Elopement | Lissa + Nate

Yosemite Elopement Photographer taking pictures at sunset at Taft Point

Lissa + Nate

A Yosemite Elopement

Lissa & Nate are REALLY special humans. They are so positive, so loving, and so…… connected. Loving each other seems like their greatest life joy.

They have a vibrancy about them and I think it comes from the special way that they fuel their bodies and how intentionally they live their lives. They are incredibly passionate about a raw vegan lifestyle and I can’t tell you how fun (or transformative) it is to watch them on their Instagram/Youtube channels. It’s actually these platforms that brought them together!!

2 years to the day of this magical Yosemite elopement, Nate sat down to interview Lissa for the very first time about her amazing transformation as a raw foodist and the incredible community/following she’s created online. Lissa has been so generous to not only share everything she knows about this lifestyle online, accessible to the public but to connect with each of her followers personally! Nate and I joked that when we each first messaged Lissa, we thought there would be “no way” she would respond (especially considering how many messages she probably receives from her thousands and thousands of followers!) To both our surprise, she wrote back and with love! Of course, for Nate, this lead to meeting the love of his life, and for me, to making two new awesome friends and a dream shoot for any Yosemite Elopement Photographer!

Speaking of Lissa’s work and her generous soul… she has changed the game of health for me!! I used to hate salad. No matter how hard I tried, any salad I made for myself –I just couldn’t stand. Enter Lissa into my life. Her AMAZING recipe books are filled with hundreds of salad dressing recipes that are addictingly delicious while still being one of the healthiest things you eat all day! I find myself craving salads, enjoying eating them, and willingly making them for myself most days of the week! I’m a changed human. I’m forever grateful to Lissa for changing my perspective on so many things health-related!

Ok, now on to what you REALLY came here for! The enchanting adventure we had together in Yosemite National Park.

See… just look at these two. So connected.

Lissa wasn’t afraid of getting dirty! She kicked up some dirt to help the sunbeams really pop!

Bride kicking up dirt for light beams


My little tree huggers 🤗

Of course, Lissa’s bouquet was completely edible and made from kale! These two are so funny!

Whew, they are so brave!

Vows on the top of a granite cliff at sunset? Heck yeahhh.

Hugs post-ceremony 🥰 These two are the sweetest ❣️

Dress: Milla Nova [@millanova] at Bailando Boutique [@baliandoboutique]
Yosemite Elopement Photographer: Joni Bilderback Photography [@jonibilderback] with special travel buddy/photographer BFF/outdoorswoman extraordinaire, Julie Haider Photography [@juliehaider]
Location: Yosemite National Park (with permit) [@yosemitenps]
Couple: Nate + Lissa with Raw Food Romance

Interested in eloping?

Check out some of my free resources:

How to Elope in Yosemite

5 Secret Benefits of Eloping

25 Best Places to Elope in California

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