Photographer conquers fear of heights to snap stunning wedding above Yosemite
A photographer has conquered his fear of heights in order to snap a series of stunning wedding photographs thousands of feet above Yosemite National Park.
Brian Rueb’s breath-taking shots show the bride and groom standing on top of the park’s Half Dome, the mountains rolling endlessly into the background.
But when he accepted the assignment, Brian, from Redding, California, USA, was not aware of what the shoot would entail.
Little did he know that outdoor enthusiast Endijs and Elina Perkons had chosen to have their ceremony and photography session after an 8.2-mile, 4,500-feet-high climb.
Brian, 42, said: “I had already agreed to the shoot before I really looked into the hike… and the height thing.
“All of the fear came after I’d already said ‘Yes.'”
Only Brian and an officiant were present for the intimate hike, which the group set off for at 5:30am, on July 15, 2015.
They used vacuum packs to fit everything into a backpack – including Endijs’ suit, Elina’s wedding dress and bouquet, and a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
In total, the hike, ceremony and shoot lasted more than 14 hours, ending at 7:30pm.
Brian said: “I was ecstatic, and sent my wife a picture from the top.
“Once I was up, my joy was short-lived, as I was the last one up and they’d already started to get ready.
“There was no time for personal celebrations – this was their day.”
During the ceremony, Brian’s co-photographer, Philip Nicolas, acted as a witness for the couple.
They then partook in the photoshoot, which Brian said he was extremely pleased with.
He added: “I get it – kids do this hike.
“But for anyone who is scared of heights, it’s a chore, and climbing those cables after a long 8 miles uphill isn’t fun.
“Everyone has been really great about the images, though – which helps make up for the long hike.
“It was an awesome day, and one I surely won’t forget.”