Surrounded by loved ones and Mountains

Alyse and Clayton really nailed this elopement! Their day was the perfect combination of formal and fun. They decided to get married in Bishop because the Eastern Sierra have been central to their relationship and they couldn't think of a place they would rather get married.

The day started at the Creekside Inn in Bishop for bridal prep. After photographing getting ready and details, I hit the road. A short drive out of town and up Buttermilk Road got me to their stunning location in the foothills of the Sierra. Driving up Buttermilk Road was quite an adventure and made me thankful to be driving my Subaru. I found out that Buttermilk Road is named as such because it is said to be so bumpy that it would churn dairy into buttermilk on the drive! I guess that is what makes a Subaru a Subaru. Most of the family and guests were already at the location putting the final touches together. After the arch was up, the hay bales were dropped, the burlap runner was down, it was time for family photos and the ceremony.

The ceremony was conducted by one of their close friends and he kept it perfectly short and sweet. The vows that Alyse and Clayton shared were beautiful and sweet. The ceremony was witnessed by a handful of family members and close friends; you could really feel the love and excitement in the air. After the ceremony, the friends and family were released to the coolest "reception" ever--bonfire & beer. Alyse, Clayton, my second shooter, and I snuck off for some romantic photos as the sun dipped behind the mountains which provided the most incredible backdrop! As I was taking pictures I was giddy because each one seemed better than the last.

When we were finished, Alyse and Clayton rejoined the celebration and I learned that Clayton has a mean cornhole game; I swear that man could not miss! We said our farewells around the fire and were on our way, but I am certain the celebration continued until the stars rose over the mountains.