Yosemite National Park is a place of peace and relaxation for Alec and Mattie. They love the mountains, and they wanted to be married in a place that’s as awe-inspiring, beautiful, and expansive as their love for each other. Yosemite was a special place for Mattie’s family as well, so it was meaningful for everyone to gather here.

See more of this intimate wedding in Yosemite National Park below! Here’s their story:

HOW THEY MET

Alec said: “Our story is very special. We met on September 15, 2009. Mattie brought her guitar to school for a class. While she was playing and waiting for the school bus to arrive, she felt someone approach. It was Alec. Suddenly, she found herself handing the guitar over to him and we sang and played a song together. Mattie’s teenage heart was straight up bursting. Then, Alec suddenly had to go because his school bus arrived. Months later, he worked up the courage to ask Mattie out. On our first date in January 2010, we talked for 4 hours and almost shut the restaurant down. We were each other’s confidant, best friend, and rock through some pretty bad times (his cousin’s cancer, family deaths, etc.). When Mattie was in college, we were at an impasse and our lives were going in different directions, so we broke up. We were broken up for 2 painful years and each had some serious growth during that time. Alec reached out to Mattie (super sincerely and romantically) in 2017, pursued her, and we got back together in June! We have been together since then.”

WHY ELOPE?

“We have always talked about having a small wedding. We both value genuine, intimate relationships, and this way of getting married embodies those values.”

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR ELOPEMENT DAY?

Alec said: “Mattie’s vows to me. They were just very her—very sincere. It’s hard to put into words.” We hand-wrote vows to each other on Yosemite postcards. My other favorite part was the string quartet, which played music from different phases of our love story i.e. first symphony experience at Walt Disney concert hall, first kiss, and favorite movie music.”

Mattie said: “Watching Alec’s face when I walked down the aisle. I will never forget that. My second favorite part was watching how bravely (and quickly!!) Alec hiked with me up to Inspiration Point for sunset and a little picnic. I know how tired he was, but he really pushed himself and remained so loving and caring towards me the whole day. Thanks for adventuring with me, Alec.”


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Photographer: Allison Slater Photography @allisonslater

Officiant: Reverend Autrey Nassar with Yosemite Weddings

Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Diana Rebmann @dianarebman

Florist: Sweet Dreams Cakes & Flowers

Videographer: Badger Visual Media

Wedding Dress: Nassau Gown, BHLDN

String Quartet Director: K.C. Simba-Torres

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