A Yosemite Wedding Filled with Tulle, Sparkles, and Golden Light

...And an all-night dance party with a lady DJ!


Stephanie, Director of Marketing & Aaron, Lawyer, Department of Labor

SUM-UP OF THE WEDDING VIBE: A glittery Camp Wedding Weekend in Yosemite National Park

SOUNDTRACK FOR READING:“Sideways” by Citizen Cope ft. Carlos Santana

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When I burst into laughter as Aaron’s Uncle Ian, our Internet ordained minister, surprised us by segueing into the vows section of the ceremony by quoting Bruno Mars’ “Marry You”a recommendation from our niece and flower girl, Peyton.


1. I lived by Meg’s sage advice: “You won’t remember how your wedding looks, you’ll remember how your wedding feels” (paraphrased sorry, Meg!). And it’s true, I do! I do! When I think back on it, the whole day I felt wrapped in the warmth of the sun and the overflowing love of our family and friends. And I remember how the smile felt on my face from hours and hours of nonstop smiling and laughing.

2. My now husband grew up going to Camp Mather, a family camp owned by the City of San Francisco, just down the road from Evergreen Lodge. Each summer our extended family moves into a rustic cabin for a week full of camp activities such as tie-dye, archery, horse back riding, cafeteria eating, and swimming in the Birch Lake. We chose to have our ceremony alongside this lake, as it had special meaning to us and we incorporated the “Camp Mackler” theme throughout our welcome bags, reception decor and event hashtag.

3. We really wanted to spend quality time with our family and friends during our wedding weekend and Evergreen Lodge was the perfect location, as it is tucked away near the quieter western entrance to Yosemite National Park and there is no wi-fi, cell service, or televisions in the cabins. Woohoo! A real getaway. The cabins are charming! And we basically had the run of the whole place.

4. I wore my mom’s wedding dress to our rehearsal dinner. I had it hemmed into a mini dress and added a flower crown. It was a great way to incorporate our family history into the weekend and it was so special to wear my mom’s dress exactly forty years later.

5. My mom and I scored my dress on major sale at a little vintage boutique in San Anselmo that was closing and had my veil custom made by our dear family tailor, Nancy. Then I splurged on fabulous shoes that I can wear again and again, since the hem of my dress showed them off splendidly. Bonus points, the tea length dress didn’t catch any dirt or sticks or leaves from the forest ceremony and was SO fun to dance in!

6. We surprised my parents, who the week before had celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary, by sleuthing out their first dance song—John Denver’s “Annie’s Song”—and had the DJ play it right after our first dance.

The Info:

Photographer: Quoc Ngo | Location: Yosemite, CA |  Venue: Evergreen Lodge, Yosemite | Groom’s suit: Custom made by Proper Suit | Bride’s dress: Casablanca | Bride’s shoes: Nordstrom | Bride’s custom veil, beaded belt, and tailoring: Nancy’s Tailor | Balloons: Geronimo Balloons | Florist: Willow Floral Design | Makeup and bridesmaid’s hair: Maple and Moss | Bride’s hair: Kristina Luciani Salon Les Amis

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  • kate

    i can’t be the only one MAJORLY disappointed there is no picture of the rehearsal/repurposed-mom’s-wedding dress, right?

    everything looks just delightful though and this is exactly what i’d love to do if i was planning all over again, i think.

    • steph schneider

      Thank you!
      I somehow only have one photo from the rehearsal dinner party?! So sad.
      Here is a quick look at them side by side. 2014 & 1974.

      • kate

        so cool! thank you for sharing :)

      • Maddie Eisenhart

        Man, your mom’s veil is on point. And that SUIT JACKET.

  • Lauren from NH

    Would love to know where the flower girls dress is from.

    Congrats! A wedding out in the wild would be a alternative dream wedding for me :)

    • steph schneider

      Thank you! We found them at Bloomingdale’s, I’ll find out the brand name for you from my sister-in-law.

    • stephanie schneider mackler

      The brand is Un Deux Trois. I don’t see their styles online, but here is the link: http://www1.bloomingdales.com/buy/un-deux-trois

  • Fiona

    Beautiful. I love the flower girl dresses and the venue is stunning.

    • steph schneider

      Thank you! <3

  • Breathtaking images! What a gorgeous wedding! Love the huge chess board

    • stephanie schneider mackler

      Thanks! The chess board is so fun.

  • lilia

    I seriously thought I missed the part where this was a photo shoot and not an actual wedding. Beautiful wedding and wonderful photos! also, impressively diverse group of guests.

    • stephanie schneider mackler

      thanks for the kind words, lilia.

  • Massiel

    This wedding looks like a fairy tale. Tulle and capes in the woods? Genius!

    Also, LOVE the Evergreen Lodge! That place is magic and makes one of the most perfect hamburgers I’ve ever eaten in my life.

    • stephanie schneider mackler

      Thank you, Massiel! We love Evergreen. Going back this summer, too!

  • Rebekah

    But, but, you are standing on a huge chess board and don’t even mention it! Mind dishing on the details?

    • stephanie schneider mackler

      Hi Rebekah, yes, of course. The chess board area was scoped out by my awesome photographer, Quoc Ngo. It is part of the fun activities that Evergreen Lodge has around their property for all guests to enjoy – including ropes course, bocci ball, hammocks, horse shoes, etc. We took quite a few photos there, and I loved how they came out!

  • CMT

    I’d like one of those flower girl dresses in my size!

  • This looks like a fun wedding! I love Stephanie’s dress–and it encourages my desire to have a tulle skirt! So pretty!

    • stephanie schneider mackler

      Thanks Jenny!

  • Kristin Anne

    This looks EXACTLY like how I hope my wedding turns out next month! We rented a Lodge east of Seattle for a long weekend and both of our families will be staying with us, and friends will be camping out on the land and at the state park next door! Beautiful!

    • stephanie schneider mackler

      thank you! And congrats on your upcoming wedding!

  • The headpiece of the flower girls are so cute!

    • stephanie schneider mackler

      Thank you! I thought they looked darling, too.

  • Jess

    Oh love this! My fiancé and I stayed at the Evergreen Lodge when we went to take a look at the Ahwahnee for our wedding (we booked it, yay for Yosemite weddings!). The Evergreen was so cute and nice, I wish we stayed there longer! What a beautiful wedding. Congrats to you two!

    • stephanie schneider mackler

      Thanks, @disqus_rePwbOsgOl:disqus! Congrats on your upcoming wedding at Ahwahnee, we stayed there for our honeymoon after, and it as fantastic.

  • Erin Holness

    I need that fur! I’ve been trying to track down something exactly like that for my upcoming January wedding. Any details?

    • Stephanie

      Hi Erin,
      I found it at a thrift store in New York. Try etsy, too.

  • Lauren

    So gorgeous!! The flower girl looks like a model and I just love your shoes – who makes them?

    • Stephanie

      Thank you! The shoes are Jimmy Choo.

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  • brakell-basicinvite

    These photos are amazing and the bride looks GORGEOUS!