This past spring, photographer Brian Rueb captured his friends’ unforgettable wedding and overcame his fear of heights at the same time. Endijs and Elina, the happy couple and avid outdoor enthusiasts, approached him about shooting their nuptials on the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Without knowing the specifics of the trek, Rueb quickly said yes.
Afterwards, the photographer began to research what he had signed up for. The Half Dome, while worth the journey, was an 8.2 mile climb and 4,500 feet of elevation gain, with part of the trail only scalable via support cables. Feeling terrified, Rueb convinced Phillip Nicolas, his colleague and backcountry explorer, to record the wedding on video and offer him moral support.