Talia & Kevin’s Tenaya Lodge Yosemite Wedding

Ceremony & Reception: Tenaya Lodge
Officiant: Father Nicholas, St. John the Evangelist Orthodox Church
Makeup:  Tara Salem Artistry
Hair: Bellissimo Brides
Floral & Cake: Sweet Dreams Cakes and Flowers
Wedding Coordinator: Roshel @ Addy Rose Weddings
DJ: Good Times Entertainment

There are so many elements that make for a great destination wedding. Talia and Kevin’s wedding had it all. Guests travelled from afar (including all over the United States and Jordan) to celebrate their marriage with Talia and Kevin who are avid travelers. For some, the wedding week was a once-in-a-lifetime visit to Yosemite. Guests enjoyed touring Yosemite Valley and some a group hike to Taft Point.

On the wedding day, their ceremony at Tenaya Lodge was full of love and very meaningful tradition. Kevin’s military service was honored with a ceremonial saber arch during the processional. He also wore his naval dress whites. For Talia, her culture and religion were the foundation of the ceremony, with an Orthodox Mass (including Crown Ceremony and Ceremonial Walk around the altar table). It was truly a sight to behold. The cultural traditions carried on into the reception with Arabic drumming and dancing as well as the chair dance. Near the end of the evening, guests enjoyed a custom smores bar by the fire pit under the stars! A perfect way enjoy the mountain night skies!

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