Joshua Tree Wedding Photographer

Desert Weddings

joshua tree, CA

You're a laid-back couple wanting a romantic, uncomplicated wedding in the high-desert with fun, natural and relaxed photography.

Hi Desert Lovers!

you want to get married and:

you can have an INCREDIBLY authentic & meaningful celebration.

Imagine this...

The sun is low in the sky and the quiet surrounds you.​

You've seen some amazing desert curiosities today.

You hold your partner after just reciting your vows.

Everything is beautiful and your heart feels full.

Getting married in the desert, BY YOURSELVES OR WITH An INTIMATE CREW, GIVES YOU TIME TO RELAX, WANDER, AND ENJOY EVERY MOMENT WITH YOUR FAVORITE PERSON.

what else might your Joshua Tree Wedding

look like?

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A glorious sunrise hike in Joshua Tree National Park ---> OR gloriously sleeping in with breakfast-in-bed.

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Exploring Joshua Tree all day long ---> OR relaxing most of the day... romantic meals and hot tubs, anyone?

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Having dinner and a renegade party in Pioneertown ---> OR enjoying a quiet, gourmet feast at your AirBNB.

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Let’s make it the desert wedding of your dreams (that you may have never dreamed of).

Next steps

Ready to start planning Your Joshua Tree Wedding?

1. check availability

  • Tell me a little about yourself, your partner and your wedding.
  • You’ll get a personal e-mail reply within 24 hours, including a link to schedule a phone call with me.

2. let's talk

  • We’ll talk on the phone: I’ll tell you about my process and answer any questions you have.

3. booking + Planning

  • Sign your online contract, pay the retainer, and it’s official: I’m all yours!
  • You’ll receive all the help you want and need from me as we make sure everything is ready for your wedding in the desert.

4. get married!

  • Your wedding day timeline, created together in the time before your wedding, will have all the details for your most perfect, laid-back, awesome ceremony + celebration.

"Looking through the pictures always brings back the feeling of that day, the love of our friends and some very magical moments."

We knew we were creating a non-traditional/casual wedding so we really wanted to find a photographer who got it and would capture the feeling while also being a part of it.

Julie was so great and fit right in to the flow of our wedding! She was able to get up close and personal…capturing amazing moments all while remaining virtually invisible. The way she worked with us individually was super fun and loving. Instead of feeling pressured and on-the-spot, we really felt like we could just be ourselves.

The pictures are BEAUTIFUL! Julie captured it perfectly. It seemed like she was always in the right place at the right time to snap a magical moment. Looking through the pictures always brings back the feeling of that day, the love of our friends and some very magical moments.

Matthew & Stephany

Hello! I'm

Julie

I'm a joshua tree wedding and elopement photographer.

I support you in knowing there are no rules when it comes to your own wedding experience, and I will help you get married in the desert in your own intentional and genuine way.

Originally from southern California, I spent many years in northern California before moving to the high-desert in March 2020.

Click here to learn more about how my decade + of being a love-centered photographer led me to you here now.

Free Guides

resources to help you plan your joshua tree wedding

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"The love and energy of our wedding literally lives in the vibrant photographs we have - both in frames and in our album."

From the jump, I was worried about finding a wedding photographer because, well, we didn’t want our photography to look like “wedding photography” – or at least the stereotype I have of the industry in my mind. We didn’t want staged photos with bridesmaids and groomsmen (we weren’t having any, and we didn’t want much of anything feeling too staged). We didn’t want anything to feel rehearsed or cheesy.

When we found Julie and connected with her, all of our anxiety about finding the right photographer was gone. Laid back, but professional. Her photos we saw were gorgeous, but lacking the pretense we wanted to avoid. Most of all, we felt like she heard what we were looking for, really got to know us and our story, and connected to what was important to us. After the initial conversation, I knew this was the artist we wanted to help us remember our wedding.

We felt totally at ease throughout the process with Julie. She was a great communicator leading up to our wedding, and on our wedding day, it felt like she was a guest with a camera … exactly as we wanted it to feel. She was easy to be around. Julie captured the “feel” of our wedding with amazing photos, yet we didn’t have to take time away from the actual celebrating to stage photos. She was a part of it with us, all the while documenting everything that made our day really special.

The love and energy of our wedding literally lives in the vibrant photographs we have – both in frames and in our album. Julie specifically captured the interactions with guests, the beauty of the setting, and the love of our family, and looking at the photos brings great joy to us.

Lindsay & Patrick

Pricing

All Joshua tree wedding photography packages include:

up to 8 hour Joshua Tree weddings

$4800

up to 4 Hour Joshua Tree Elopements

$3800

F.A.Q.'s

questions + Answers

WINDy Season

This isn’t just a desert; it’s the HIGH desert, so there’s also a chance of very strong winds during any season. They can be biting cold or hot as the summer day, but are epic in their own right… just be prepared and ok with this. Don’t worry, I’ll help with that too.

FALL & WINTER

This time of year is always beautiful and somewhat unpredictable. There’s the chance for extra cold mornings and nights, and a light rain to a heavy downpour (it’s not often, but it certainly happens).

The coldest temperatures seem to happen in late winter between January and February; the luckiest of winter explorations will include some snow in Joshua Tree.

SPRING

Spring is when the desert is most lush and you can find green grasses and the most beautiful blooms. Again, there’s chances of rains, storms, and all the wind. But there’s no denying the extra beauty that’s brought to the desert between about March and May each year.

SUMMER

I think I might be one of few, if any that say you CAN get married out here in the summer; we’re just going to plan it completely differently than if you elope at any other time of the year.

It’s hot. Yep, it really is. 105-110F is typical. 114 is when it gets extreme. But! It’s a dry heat, and it really does make a difference. I’d take 100+ degree dry heat over 80 degree humid heat any day.

Evenings can be HOT, but a warm, early morning ceremony right at sunrise is something you’ll never forget. Then you’ll want to be mostly indoors** for the rest of the day, which is perfect for lounging around in a desert airbnb. AC is a must; pool a bonus. And sunrise is when you might just be able to take a dip in that hot tub.

**Summer weddings ain’t no thang if you’ve spent some time at Burning Man.

Pretty much. Joshua Tree is a small town nestled between Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley. I live on 3.5 acres in a remote area of Twentynine Palms. The east (and less busy) entrance to JTNP is here and just 25 minutes from my front door.

Yes, for every single image I deliver to you, you get a naturally edited, vibrant photograph that is true to color, with good contrast and no trendy filters.

When a specific photo calls for it, I will convert it to a beautifully toned black and white.

Occasionally I will bring an image into Photoshop for head swaps (like, if someone is blinking, I will essentially copy and paste their head from a similar photo).

For my fellow photo nerds that are wondering, I do all of my editing in Lightroom besides the Photoshopping mentioned above.

You will receive 30-50 edited photos per hour of coverage, and usually more than that.

All of your photos will beautifully tell the story of the day you got married, including scenic photos of the desert and flora and whatever magic the sun and/or clouds were up to that day.

In photos of you, if I can’t discern the absolute best expression, I will include a variety so you can pick which photo of yourself that you love most.

For sure. I have an ever-evolving, updated list of local businesses and vendors, and especially how they are operating under the current local COVID regulations.

Once we’ve agreed to work together with a signed contract and paid retainer, my research and knowledge will be all yours!

Drop me a message and we'll start talking about your wedding in Joshua Tree.

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