Destination Elopement in California

The morning began at a hotel in Twentynine Palms as the bride and groom dressed separately in their own rooms. From the nearby town, we drove to Joshua Tree National Park to meet their closest family and friends for the intimate wedding ceremony at Cap Rock. After the vows and all the hugs with their loved ones, the couple and I explored around the trails until sunset while the guests headed back to Twentynine Palms. At nightfall, we all joined together for a dinner reception with live acoustic music and celebrated the newlyweds.

Kind Words from the Couple:

“Working with Julie was an absolute delight. As soon as I spoke with her on the phone, I knew she was the right photographer for our wedding. I wanted someone to capture natural and adventurous photos, instead of traditional portraits that are more posed. Our wedding photos turned out amazing! They are exactly what I had hoped to get from our wedding. And I have gotten so many compliments on them. Julie is a gifted and creative photographer. In addition, she is dream to work with. She was flexible and easy going, and also had great advice and answers to all our questions. She was so accommodating and easy to work with throughout the day. The little touches she puts into her work, and the sweet gestures she makes to her clients were wonderful. I would 100% recommend hiring her for your photography needs!!” – Jessica + Kylen

Special Use Permits for Weddings & Elopements in Joshua Tree National Park

All weddings and elopements, regardless of the size, and engagement sessions that take place inside the boundaries of the National Park are required to obtain a Special Use Permit. The application cost is $120.00 and is non-refundable. Grab a copy of the application here and email it to There are limited places you can use within the park as well as restrictions on what you can and cannot have. All those details can be found on the official website where the application is linked.

I will help navigate all of the legality with my extensive experience with National Park elopements. Whether you choose Joshua Tree National Park or another one of the 63 National Parks in the United States, I will help guide you through the process of applying for any required permits. In addition to the Special Use Permit, I can help you plan activities and ideas for your day that are authentic to you and your partner and craft a timeline for the flow of the day.

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Leave No Trace Aware Photographer for Elopements

Preserve & Protect Our Public Lands

To ensure you have a fun, worry-free adventure and that we are kind to the land we explore, I have put together a post about how the LNT principles are important for your elopement— Leave No Trace: How To Minimize Impact When Eloping Outdoors.

Learn more about Magnolia + Ember and contact to start planning your adventure elopement!

Desert Elopement in Joshua Tree National Park + Special Use Permit

Desert elopement in Joshua Tree National Park captured by adventure wedding photographer Magnolia + Ember.

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