I’ve had a crush on Joshua Tree National Park for years. There’s just something about the funky tree and rock formations that intrigue me. Photographing a Joshua Tree Elopement has been on my bucket list for a while now. So when some recently married friends and I decided to head to Joshua Tree for a weekend getaway we planned a Joshua Tree Elopement styled shoot in the desert.
Let me tell you, the desert didn’t disappoint. Joshua Tree boasts epic sunsets, insane rock formations, beautiful wildflowers, unique landscapes, endless funky Joshua Trees, and starry nights like you’ve never seen before. Overall, Joshua Tree has serious epic elopement potential if you are a desert-loving couple. Check out the undeniable beauty that Joshua Tree could bring to your elopement in the photos below.
Interested in Eloping in Joshua Tree National Park? Let me know! I’ve got a list of epic ceremony spots I’d love to share with you!
I’ll be in Joshua Tree February, 2021. I have one elopement spot open during my trip! If your elopement fits within my Joshua Tree travel dates, all travel fees are free. Book your travel fee free Joshua Tree Elopement today!
Joshua Tree gets HOT. I highly recommend eloping in the off season when tempatures are enjoyable and tourists are at a minimum. February and March have always been good to me.
The area around Joshua Tree has some incredible desert-inspired Airbnb options.
We stayed about 40 minutes outside of Joshua Tree at The Desert Oasis. This place had everything you could ever want – a firepit, a grill, a hot tub, an additional room and bathroom in a renovated airstream, an outdoor shower, a record player, an incredible dining space outside and epic sunset views.
If you are looking for a larger space to rent out for you and family and friends check out The Joshua Tree House. I’ve never stayed here but I’ve heard great things. There are several super beautiful desert inspired spaces renovated and decorated by a true desert-dwelling couple.
If you want live flowers, I recommend Cactus Flower Florist. I sent them a picture of what I wanted and what they delivered was spot on. The flowers were fresh and artfully arranged. They lasted pretty well in the heat, but we were there in February when tempatures aren’t BLAZING yet.
If you want a beatiful and STRESS FREE boquet that won’t wilt or get damanged during your adventure I recomment fake flowers. Fake flowers have stepped up their game in the last couple years. Read more about faux flowers benefits and see my recommendations in this blog post.
Getting a permit to elope in Joshua Tree National Park is pretty simple. You simply download a Wedding Permit Form and submit it to the email misted on the form. The permit costs $120.
HIKING | Joshua Tree is full of hiking options. Everything from easy 1 mile hikes that deliver incredibly beautiful locations for your vows/portraits to multi-day backpacking trips. I especially liked Arch Rock and Barker Dam.
STARGAZING | Stargazing in Joshua Tree is phenomenal. I recommend spending at least one night laid back on the soft desert sand watching the night sky during your elopement (with some good timing you can even see the Milky Way with your naked eye!)
ENTERTAINMENT | There are two well-known Saloons in the area. Joshua Tree Saloon and Pappy + Harriet’s. Both feature live music, karaoke nights, and great outdoor spaces.
ROCK CLIMBING | Joshua Tree is a rock climbers paradise. We had fun picking out of the tiny climbers on the rocks as we drove by.
JEEP TOURS | A jeep tour is a great way to get off the tourist beaten path and into the backcountry of Joshua Tree.
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