Sequoia National Park Wedding

Shannon & Daniel

February 2020

Sequoia National Park Wedding

A wedding in Sequoia National Park was the dream for Shannon and Daniel because it is a place that means so much to them. Not only do they love hiking and spending time in Sequoia National Park, it is also where Daniel proposed!

Originally the wedding was planned at a local venue in April. However their sunrise winter engagement shoot was so fun and so THEM I was not surprised when Shannon called to tell me the news. She and Daniel decided to elope in Sequoia National Park on the date of their fourth anniversary instead. It was the perfect choice. 

Their wedding day dawned bright, with the sun bouncing off the snow and creating tiny glittering flakes in the air. The shops & restaurants were closed as it was still off-season but the kind folk at Wuksachi Lodge provided us coffee for the wedding breakfast! This is the beauty of an elopement – your wedding day your way. 

Shannon and Daniel had opted for a first look – Laura (best friend and officiant) drove ahead with Daniel and I had the honor of driving the bride! We didn’t have many choices for location as there was still so much snow on the ground. I think you’ll agree that the Big Trees Trail was perfect for them.

Sequoia Elopement

After an emotional first look we headed towards the meadow for the ceremony. It was so quiet and peaceful as they said their vows, only punctuated by the crunch of our boots on the snow. The snow drifting off the nearby trees was nature’s confetti as they were pronounced husband and wife. I love the moment just after the first kiss, the ‘oh my gosh we’re married!’ moment. It is one of my favourites (yes I have many!) because of the pure joy. 

We spent the rest of their wedding day wandering Sequoia National Park taking photos along the way. As we walked my thoughts turned to Shannon as her beloved father passed away last year. I think we were both looking for and half expecting to see a butterfly or other sign he was there in spirit.

It was not until later when we went through their photos we saw the rainbow. I took hundreds of images on the day but only one has a rainbow. He shone directly over Shannon & Daniel just as they were hugging their ‘oh my gosh we’re married’ moment. You will not see that image here as it is understandably a private moment for Shannon.

Please join me in congratulating Shannon & Daniel! I wish you all the happiness in the world.

Vendor List

Photographer: Kate Hampson | Bride’s dress: David’s Bridal | Flowers: Meri Wagner Florals | Hotel: Wuksachi Lodge

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Hello! I'm Kate.

California elopement photographer

I'm a British award-winning elopement and wedding photographer in Southern California, where I have been proud to call home for two years.

I know photography, elopements and weddings inside out and have boundless enthusiasm and passion for everything I do. Getting to meet amazing people and memorialise their day forever really is my dream job. If you want to elope just the two of you, I'm also an ordained minister and have had the great honor to marry a few of my couples.

Having been a photographer for almost two decades and focusing on intimate weddings and elopements since moving to the states six years ago, I'm going to go ahead and say you are in good hands!

You don't even need to have a date or a location yet. With Covid scuppering so many wedding plans I'm going full-on with the flow. Together we will find somewhere (if you need my help). I've had couples eloping after trying to get married more than once. I've had couples deciding to seize the day and bring some joy to this year.

Get in touch and we'll make something fabulous together!





What a joyful day! I love all of the detail shots that clearly show how unique they made it.

Ahh! I love that they ditched a traditional wedding day for this beautiful and simple elopement day. You captured it so well!

It looks like they had an absolutely amazing wedding day. I love you captured their story.

What a truly epic location to get married!!! I love your ring shot with the map, I feel like I have never seen that really from other photographers? You have an amazing logo also!!! <3

These are seriously too cute 🙂 I am obsessed with all your work

These photos are stunning! What a beautiful elopement day.

I love these. What a stunning and meaningful location for them. Lovely job capturing their day.

Such a gorgeous day, I love Sequoia National Park!!

Wow. You are amazing girl! Also love the idea of these rings

Wow! You did such an incredible job at capturing their day and telling the story of it as it unfolded. Absolutely stunning!

Sequioa National Park is so gorgeous!! Makes for the perfect wedding location 🙂

These photos show all the sweetness and love these two have for each other. They are super cute indeed and so emotional! 🙂 you captured them so nicely <3

They look so happy and in love! What a perfect day.

That wedding ring is super cool!

Oh my goodness these are beyond stunning what a location ❤️


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