Summer Joshua Tree Elopement


Maybe you’re a bride with a penchant for places that look out of this world. Maybe you feel the most free under an open sky. Maybe the desert brings out your wild side and you want a wedding that will embrace that.

For any of these reasons, an elopement in Joshua Tree might be just the thing for the boho chic wedding of your dreams. It’s an iconic spot with huge boulders, jutting yucca plants, and a specific desert flair that makes it cool enough to be on the National Parks list. I mean, U2 thought it was worthy of naming an classic album after it, so you’ve got your built-in wedding soundtrack.

It’s the perfect combination of a unique-but-beautiful backdrop and raw desert wildlife. It’s a destination wedding with a range of  culture, nature, and visitor centers, and exceptional guest lodging options, but it’s a mere two-hour drive from L.A. It’s the kind of effortlessness you would want in an elopement and who couldn’t use some of that during wedding planning?

My Top 4 Stunning Spots 

  • Live Oak
  • Cap Rock
  • Split Rock
  • Rattlesnake Picnic Area


*Each of these spots offer something unique but they are all places I recommend for jaw-dropping photographs. If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, there are several hidden gems around Joshua tree I can take you to, as well!


So, if you’re searching for a dreamy desertscape to wed your true love, look no further. Whether it’s the thought of the natural display of muted neutrals all around you or a vast desert sky above as you say “I do,” if the desert is calling, you must go. You won’t regret it.




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