YOSEMITE & BAY AREA WEDDING AND ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHERS
Nice to see you! You can call me Wes, and I am the lead photographer here at Wesley Harden Photography. My team and I specialize in destination adventure elopements, weddings, and all things couples. In particular, we are wedding professionals who work closely with our clients to bring their vision for their special day to life.
Often, I am my couple's first experience with a professional photographer, and I know what it feels like to be in front of the camera, so I understand the hesitation. It can and will be so much fun, that is my promise to you! I am a candid photographer, and none of my couples are models. You are in very capable hands, and I will help you and your partner every step of the way. You are NOT alone in this!
As a photographer, it's my job to be your guide, your personal journalist, but most importantly, someone who can make you laugh over just about anything, no matter how small! All you will need to do is show up and be yourselves.
From Yosemite Valley Weddings to the Bay Area, even the moon and back, I am here for you until the very end. A few destinations I am familiar with are Yosemite National Park, Sedona, Arizona, and Mt. Rainer weddings and elopements.
It is always my hope that the memories we create will last a lifetime, and when you look back at your photos, they will put a smile on your face and remind you of how fantastic your special day was. Please don't hesitate to send me a quick email with any questions you have!
Meet the Team!
I wish I could say yes to every couple that comes my way, but even if I am personally not available for your date, we can still work together! My trusted team of photographers will do you justice and represent me in producing the quality of work I strive to deliver.
Our promise to you is that we will bring your dream wedding or elopement to life.
At heart, I'm a natural born servant. I truly love to help people, in all ways. Being a natural servant, I have the skills to be attentive to your needs, making sure that you are comfortable and that your requests are fulfilled. I'll help guide you through every aspect of your day from our first phone call to the final photo delivery and even beyond to capture all your life milestones.
I want you to get butterflies and tingly fingers (maybe even a few tears) because your photos bring you back to the most love-filled day of your life. You CAN do whatever you want on your wedding day. You CAN take the less traditional route and plan the Adventurous Elopement of your dreams. You CAN only invite ten people to hear you and your partner profess your vows to one another. I want to capture all of the exciting & intimate moments that you won’t want to forget 30+ years from now.
My name is Melissa Floriano. I'm a wife and mom who love's capturing people’s authentic emotions. Wether it be cherished moments between a couple or the pure joy of a teenager about to enter their senior year, I am always looking to capture genuine emotions. My hope is to create lasting memories with passion and enthusiasm, in a way that is effortlessly. Not only am I here to capture and personalize your experience, but provide you with timeless photos, whether we are snuggled away in the mountains or soaking up that sun on a beach.
Photography has taught me how to see beauty in the mundane, overlooked, and forgotten. Now it allows me to witness and document the beauty of being human over and over again... the depth of emotion, connection and imperfect perfections in us all. Love is unique, not a cookie cutter or one-size-fits-all sort of thing. Every bond is a special one and I'm here to celebrate that and create with you and weave together your story through beautiful imagery. It is an honor and privilege to do this work.
The Right Photographer Makes All the Difference.
Create memories for YOU.
During our first call, we will discuss what your vision is for your special day. It is ALL about you which is why it is important for me to know what you have planned so I can do you justice on your special day. The day is yours and while it can feel stressful navigating the unfamiliar space of planning, you are not alone! I will be there every step of the way helping problem solve, ease concerns, and most importantly watching your vision come to life while dancing with you all at the end of the night!!
My goal is for when you look back on your elopement photos, you get to experience every single moment all over again, reliving your special day photo by photo, moment by moment, and kiss by kiss.
Here is what we will do together. Step by step.
Initial Phone Call: We will schedule a Call/ Facetime/ Skype/ Zoom or whatever you are comfortable with for us to get to know each other and begin the awesome process.
Reserve A Date: Once you are ready to book, I will proceed with a contract and a retainer fee so I can save the date for you.
Plan Your Elopement Together: My job begins the day you inquire. Photographing your love for one another always comes first, but in order to truly see you and photograph you organically and authentically, I do more than just photography. I explore hiking trails, scout locations, assist in finding vendors, finalize the timeline, prepare resources, and helpful planning tips so you can spend the day being carefree and truly get to live in the moment.
Vendor Recommendations: No matter how big or small your elopement is, you’ll probably need more vendors than just a photographer. For smaller adventure elopements, I can provide elopement vendor recommendations. For adventure elopements and intimate weddings that require a bit more coordination + design, I have a list of elopement planners I can recommend.
Elopement Day: Adventure, explore, get married, pop champagne, and re-live all those moments over and over again via photographs.
THE ELOPEMENT EXPERIENCE
One of the most important things we do is work closely with our couples on any session to ensure the day goes as smoothly as possible. We are truly candid photographers, and none of our couples are models. We like to make our sessions as enjoyable as possible by prompting you both to do certain things while also saving plenty of time to be yourselves. We find these are the moments that tell who you are together, and we capture those details and share them back with you in photo form!
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Shannon & Matthias
My significant other and I were on the hunt to find an amazing photographer in the Yosemite area for an engagement shoot. Wesley totally fit the bill.