Looking to celebrate a Joshua Tree Elopement in California? You came to the right place!
Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. A fascinating variety of plants and animals make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California.
No wonder that Joshua Tree elopements have become so popular in California.
Enjoy getting ready at a local airbnb, then discover the natural beauties of the park while having your ceremony and doing amazing portrait sessions. Close your evening with stargazing in your private hot tub!
Elopement location: United States, CA, Joshua Tree National Park
Wedding length: 8 hours
Meeting point: Your accommodation (airbnb)
Sightseeing: Hall of Horrors, Cap Rock, Hidden Valley Picnic Area, Echo T
Experience: Hiking and driving around Joshua tree, getting ready, first look, ceremony, portrait sessions, stargazing
Participants: 15 guests can join apart from the couple
Children: They can come, the park is very safe and easy to get around.
Dogs: Dogs are only allowed in certain parts of the park.
Climate: Desert climate or arid climate: Dry, with big temperature difference between night and day. Hot & sunny days with little shade and cold nights
Available: January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December
Recommended months: January-early May and October-December
Activity level: Light – Suitable for anyone.
Meet your Joshua Tree Elopement Photographer
Hi, I’m Tiffany.
I’m an adventure elopement photographer in California who loves the outdoors! My focus is on hand crafting your elopement experience from start to finish. I want you to have the Joshua Tree elopement day of your dreams!
I grew up and have lived in California my whole life, and it’s sparked my love for being out in nature as much as I can. My love for traveling started early on because it made me feel inspired and I loved immersing myself in different cultures! I’ve learned some of the most valuable things, met some of the coolest people, and made the best memories through traveling.
I fell in love with photography because it gives me the ability to tell a story. It has taught me to savor and find beauty in every moment. I love my job because I get to meet new people from all over! I want your photos to feel like YOU. No stiff poses or plastered on smiles. While taking pictures on your Joshua Tree elopement, I want you to be as comfortable as possible and have fun!
Your Joshua Tree Elopement Itinerary
Underneath, you can find a sample itinerary for a Joshua Tree elopement in California:
12:15 PM: Photographer Arrival Time
12:30 – 2:00 PM: Getting Ready & Details
2:00 – 2:30 PM – First Look
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM: Travel from Airbnb to Hall of Horrors
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM: Arrive at Hall of Horrors
Go to slot canyon for photos
4:30 PM- 4:45 PM: Walk back to car
4:45 – 4:50 PM: Drive from Hall of Horrors to Cap Rock for Ceremony
4:50 PM- 6:00 PM: Ceremony at Cap Rock
6:00 PM – 6:05 PM: Drive from Cap Rock to Hidden Valley Picnic Area
6:05 PM- 7:30 PM- Sunset Portraits at Hidden Valley
7:30 PM – 7:35 PM: Drive from Hidden Valley parking lot to Echo T parking lot
7:35 PM – 8:00 PM: Blue Hour Photos
8:00 PM – 8:25 PM – Drive from Echo T Parking Lot to Airbnb
8:25 PM – 8:35 PM – Change into swimsuits
8:35 PM – 9:15 PM: Relax in the hot tub and stargaze
9:15 PM – Tiffany departs, end of photographic coverage
The itinerary of your Joshua Tree elopement will be adapted to your needs.
Your Joshua Tree Elopement - Comments
If the weather conditions make it dangerous to proceed with parts of your Joshua Tree elopement in California, the itinerary might be adjusted
Comment on legal marriage:
Yes, you can get legally married or you can get legally married prior to your Joshua Tree elopement and just say your vows on the day of.
To legally get married in Joshua Tree special use permits for $120 are required. You have to acquire a marriage license from San Berardino county (the county Joshua Tree is in). An appointment is required to get your marriage license.
Comment on LGBTQ: Everyone is welcome!
Your Joshua Tree Elopement Package includes
Guiding from meeting point and participating on activities
Complete photographic documentation of your Joshua Tree elopement – min. 350 edited high-res photos photos delivered within 6 weeks after your elopement
Sneak peeks within 48 hours
100 + page elopement guide
Optional complimentary officiant services
Your Joshua Tree elopement package does not include
travel expenses like hotel, flights, etc for your Joshua Tree elopement
travel to and from location where you’re eloping – you should rent a car
Meals are not provided – you can decide to eat out or bring e a picnic during your Joshua Tree elopement
Joshua Tree Elopement - Packlist
Shoes that are comfortable to walk in
Marriage license for your Joshua Tree elopement
Rings and ring box
Your Joshua Tree Elopement - Tipps & Infos
Joshua Tree weather can be pretty cold at night time during the spring months so always bring layers. In the winter and fall it can be really cold throughout the day and especially evening so bring a heavy jacket on your Joshua Tree elopement. Always come prepared with snacks and water.