Anyone who is willing to be flexible and work with you during COVID-19 is a keeper! Dawn was actually the first one to have the tough convo with me when restrictions were placed in March and my wedding was scheduled for May 2nd. Though we canc...
elled the wedding we still got married and scheduled a day out with Dawn. Besides not having our family with us, the day felt magical and laid back. Like a good girlfriend helping you out. One thing I didn't expect is how beautiful the package was of our photos. From beginning to end it was an easy process and Dawn somehow made us look better than we ever imagined.
Reviewed On 3/31/2020 by Milly V
Writing this review is taking me just as long as it took me to write my vows. Why? Because this review is just as important. Dawn Kelly is just that amazing!!! Look no further, because working with Dawn will give you the peace of mind you need ...
to embark in this journey. I found Dawn while scrolling through Pinterest one day shortly after I had vacationed in Yosemite National Park with my now husband. We instantly knew this is how we wanted to get married, an elopement in Yosemite! The planning process began and we were just stuck. How do we do this? Who do we contact? We don't live in CA so how can we pull this off all the way from FL? We had so many questions. We decided to contact Dawn. From our very first contact with her we knew she was the one. We didn't need to contact no one else. She had all the answers. She has done this so many times. She knows Yosemite like the back of her hand. Her work is amazing and her customer service was on point. She is personable and kind. Very organized and informative throughout the whole process. Even when we decided we wanted to have a cake as part of our elopement, she told us, I got you guys! And she went and found an amazing baker and caterer. We went from just wanting a small cake to having a beautiful catered dinner in our cabin for us and our 10 family members that went to CA with us. Whether you are eloping with no guests or if you decide to have family and friends with you, Dawn knows what needs to be done and how to do it. She has the perfect team who are all extremely professional and provided exceptional service. From the hair and make-up artist, the officiant, flowers and caterer everything was absolutely amazing. Now let me tell you about our photos... Dawn is AMAZING! Our photos are insanely beautiful. No, they are BREATHTAKING! Our prints arrived in a personalized wooden box with a flash drive inside. We received the negatives as well. All beautifully delivered. Our photo album which is part of her package is top of the line. I am forever grateful to Dawn and her team for making this special moment in our lives a dream come true. Our elopement was perfect because of Dawn Kelly. We will never forget our experience and the amazing time we had.
Thank you Dawn!
From Milly & Hector Vadi
Reviewed On 8/15/2019 by Raven S
If you want something different, you're paying for your wedding on your own, not looking forward to going into debit for your big day, if your wayyyyy over the stress of wedding planning, and are looking for an adventure and fun filled wedding ...
get into contact with Dawn and start planning your trip to Yosemite, now! If that isn't enough to convince you, look at the quality of her work, I’m sure your search will be over. I can’t say enough positive things about Dawn.
If you’re a little bit of a type A personality like myself, you may find it extremely hard to leave something as significant as wedding planning in the hands of a stranger who lives on the other side of the country from you. Not to mention, you’re planning a wedding in a place you’ve never even been to before. Honestly, the idea sounds as crazy as I felt when explaining it to my family. I feel comfortable speaking for myself and past brides (and grooms) when I say, fortunately, Dawn walks you through every single step like you were solving a math problem for the very first time. I know that sounds silly, but as a young bride, having Dawn’s guiding hand was a huge weight off of my chest. After contacting Dawn, we planned to have a phone consultation to talk more in depth about my ideas for my wedding, pricing, and more. Speaking of pricing, you’re getting an amazing deal with Dawn, in her packages (which can be customized) you get hours of photography, hundreds of photos, help planning your visit, recommendations for accommodations, and more. Not to mention the quality of the photos! Furthermore, you get to explore so many different places in Yosemite and take pictures all over the park. It is definitely a plus that you get to ride in Dawn's car with the a panoramic sunroof. You get nature views from every angle, talk about amazing! I was able to afford a great package that Dawn offers on a college student budget. If I can do it, anyone can.
If I ever needed anything leading up to the wedding, Dawn was just an email away. She always replied quickly. I was always worried about having an outside wedding because of the possibility of rain, but Dawn always assured me that we would get amazing pictures rain or shine and have a great time while doing it. If you don't believe me, just check out her website or instagram @yosemiteweddingphotos. On the day of the wedding, I had no worries. Dawn’s expertise and passion towards her job really made this a breeze for myself and my family while in the park (there were twelve of us if that give you any prospective). I honestly could not have imaged/had a more incredible wedding with amazing execution from Dawn and her team. They even had a personalized snack basket for my husband and me to enjoy while riding through Yosemite. I know nothing in life is perfect and you cannot always expect everything to go as you plan, but with Dawn and her team prepare for everything. You won't regret choosing Dawn Kelly Photography!
Reviewed On 4/25/2019 by Sara K
Working with Dawn was an absolute easy dream! My husband and I had been engaged for 4 years and had been too busy/not excited by the prospect of planning a wedding. We decided we wanted to elope and decided it had to be in one of our favorite p...
laces, Yosemite. I found Dawn's photos on Instagram and reaching out to her to schedule a consultation was such a great decision. Her recommendations for a makeup and hair artist (Summer Barker), flowers (Jennifer Lyster at The Enchanted Florist), and a photo/ceremony schedule for the actual day were perfect. You can tell that good relationships with creative people are really important to her when deciding who to partner with. And all of the information she provides in her online guide, consultation, and super responsive emails made the whole permitting and planning process so stress-free. My husband and I were really thankful for the opportunity to relax and run around the park for a few hours before the ceremony. We ran into fog and rain and with Dawn's amazing photo skills and flexibility, the photos came out GORGEOUS!! We ended up having more friends and family there than we had originally planned (in true wedding adventure fashion), and Dawn was so kind in taking the time for family photos. We already miss the experience and hope we can run around in the woods with Dawn again in the future!
Reviewed On 12/02/2018 by Alicia P
Dawn Kelly is the ONLY choice if you're eloping to Yosemite. She is absolutely amazing to work with. My now Husband and I were so beyond happy we found her.
My Husband and I knew from the start we wanted to elope to Yosemite and started to f...
eel very overwhelmed upon trying to find a photographer. We're based about 8 hours from Yosemite and didn't know where to begin. Should we get someone near us to meet them and pay for their travel to Yosemite? Or should we find someone near Yosemite we couldn't easily meet and save on travel costs for the photographer? That was our most difficult decision with the entire elopement.
We started doing some research and came across Dawn's elopement guide. I was sold from that moment on, it was so detailed and thorough. I knew if that was all the information she was willing to post for free, she must have all the best secrets as well! And she absolutely does!! She was very communicative from start to finish. Always available for questions/concerns/comments, etc. It was wonderful!! We were able to enjoy our entire engagement, instead of stress about the wedding!
My Husband is a little camera shy, so I knew our photographer had to be great to make him feel at ease. As soon as we connected with Dawn the day of it felt like we had known her forever! She was so relaxed and calm, yet organized!! We had a concise, logical, schedule, with some room for impromptu shoots! We also opted for the officiant to be provided and Lindsey was fantastic!! She made our service very relaxed, intimate, and fun!
Overall, it was the best day of my life, and I'm ecstatic with how our photos and more importantly our memories turned out!! I could not recommend Dawn more!!
Reviewed On 7/03/2018 by Chandler O
Dawn is incredible! My husband and I knew we wanted to elope, but didn't really know where to start. Once we found Dawn she made the entire process a breeze. Having the officiant, flowers, and photographer all in one package relieved so much st...
ress. Our actual wedding day was amazing. You hear couples who had traditional weddings say that the day was a blur, well not with Dawn. My husband and I remember every kiss, every "I love you", and every joke. There's no experience like it. Thank you Dawn for making our wedding day truly memorable!
Reviewed On 5/15/2018 by Hannah M
Trust me, Dawn is the right choice. You don’t even need to keep reading.
My husband and I were planning a traditional wedding, and neither of us were enjoying any part of it. I had an “aha!” moment one day when I wanted to rip someone’s head ...
off for asking me about wedding planning. I knew I shouldn’t be feeling that way. That same night, I was knee deep in Yosemite elopement research (it’s our favorite place, so that’s why the research started there). I was sifting through dozens of websites for officiants, photographers, people who offer the whole package. You name it. Nothing stood out. I was just as overwhelmed as I was before. Then I landed on Dawn’s website. I shot her an email, and she called me back in less than a day. I knew as soon as I talked to her that I didn’t need to talk to a single other photographer. She was the one.
Dawn has a passion and enthusiasm for what she does. She makes you feel like your event is her only priority. What you see is what you get with Dawn. You can read her Yosemite Elopement guild and FAQs and blogs and get an amazing feel for who she is and what she’s about. She’s got an artistic eye and knows what she’s doing. She says that she shoots documentary style, and I freaking LOVE that. My husband is a very mild mannered and soft spoken guy. We would have never gotten such genuine and beautiful photos with any other photographer. Dawn didn’t force us to pose or replicate every other “adventure” elopement you’ve seen on Instagram. She photographed us interacting with each other naturally, and it delivered amazing results. She was so easy to work with and made us both so comfortable. We were both so relaxed and able to enjoy our day. I spent months before booking Dawn being worried that our photos wouldn’t be great because my husband would never possibly relax enough to look like he actually liked me in a professional photo. Dawn alleviated that worry instantly. Every single person comments about how in love we look in our photos. I am so grateful that Dawn was able to help my husband be comfortable and really show how we feel for each other on film!
In addition to our photos, Dawn also planned the timeline of our day because she is the expert on Yosemite traffic and lighting. She knew exactly where to go and when. We hopped in her car and she drove us all around the park to take photos in both planned and unplanned places. Anywhere that struck her eye, we stopped, and it really paid off! We have so many fun and unique photos unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
Lastly, Dawn’s assistant Lindsey married us. She was so adorable and wrote the most insanely perfect ceremony you could ever imagine. I could not have asked for a better ceremony or sweeter officiant.
If you are even slightly considering eloping or ditching your current wedding plans to elope, DO IT. You will not be sorry. Better yet, do it with Dawn!
Even if you’re looking for a photographer for a traditional wedding, I cannot imagine getting any better than Dawn. She’s the sweetest soul with an insane dedication and passion for what she does.
Reviewed On 10/21/2017 by Jessica L
My husband and I wanted to elope, which seems easy, but it actually can be a lot of work. When we found Dawn, it instantly got a thousand times easier. She hooked us up with our officiant, she brought us our flowers, and she is just full of hel...
pful information. Our photos turned out beautifully, and she is amazing to work with. She was very relaxed and easy going, which was especially impressive under some of the unexpected circumstances we encountered that day! This woman put in so much time and care into what she does, I could not recommend her more! We are looking forward to going back to her for anniversary photos one day!
Reviewed On 5/10/2017 by Katie A
Dawn is amazing! She made my husband feel so comfortable taking pictures, which he hates doing. He loves fishing so she suggested taking fishing pictures with the two of us and he relaxed so much! Even he enjoyed it. She made it so easy and fun...
and she is so artistic. Her pictures are unique and look like no one else's. I highly recommend her!
Reviewed On 3/27/2017 by Michelle C
I found Dawn Kelly through my maid of honor and I am so happy she recommended her! I was searching for a photographer to shoot mine and my husbands wedding and not only did Dawn have very reasonable prices, but she was extremely easy to work wi...
th! She was alway easy to get a hold of if I had any questions day or night, she even helped out with the timeline of the wedding. Her main concern was daylight and wanted to ensure we got as many photos as we could before the sun set. Her and her husband Mark were extremely friendly and she has an amazing and unique talent! She made me feel comfortable when taking the photos and made it FUN! It was an incredible experience and I will definitely go back to her for future events.
Reviewed On 2/14/2017 by Alicia Q
Dawn is truly wonderful! My now husband and I adored getting to work with her - for engagement and wedding photos. She knows her art backwards and forwards, is creative and spunky, and tons of fun to work with! We felt extremely comfortable wor...
king with her and ALL the photos turned out great! She isn't your "typical" photographer (not cheesy poses, etc.), which is exactly what we wanted. Her work speaks for itself. She is super easy to work with, I definitely recommend her to anyone who wants great photos! We plan on going back to her in the future.