How to Get Married in 2020

What is an Elopement?

An elopement is the surefire way to a fun & intimate wedding.


From being meticulously planned out, to leisurely, an elopement is for couples who want to make the most of their ENTIRE wedding day without the pressure and stress of a typical wedding.

Why Elope in 2020?

Gathering sizes are limited,


but can't it still be beautiful and special??


Ooooh yeah, and even more so than you've imagined.

A couple smiling at each other in front of a lake.

What does an Elopement Look Like?

Imagine staring in to your partners eyes and committing your love to them; the foundation of any wedding.


Now, imagine you two are standing in a place uniquely special to you, such as:



Bride with purple shawl and groom hold each other with guitar playing in background.
  • your favorite beach
  • your favorite local trail
  • a place you've always wanted to go (is it Joshua Tree National Park? Avenue of the Giants?)
  • under a beautiful Live Oak in your aunt's backyard...
Woman in red veil gently holds her husbands face and smiles before a kiss.

What if you could take that moment and expand the joy to a full entire day, where you don't need to worry about anything or anyone else other than the two of you just having the best time together, celebrating your wedding?

An Example:

The Ultimate Laidback Elopement in Joshua Tree

NIGHT BEFORE - Campfire at our airbnb

9:00 am - Wake up and get in an outdoor tub or jacuzzi with coffee & fruit

9:45 am - Massages in our room // Private chef gets to work

11:15 am - Eat the gourmet breakfast in our robes

12:00pm - Smoke a bowl, Shower together

12:45pm - Have someone do my hair? and light make up? // He could get a shave in the room?

2:15 pm - Chillin, Get dressed together

3pm - Drive (get driven) to Joshua Tree National Park

4:30-4:45 pm - Vows in JTNP

4:45-5:30 pm - Read letters/toasts from family on blanket… with champagne

5:34 pm - SUNSET // photos

6:30/7 pm - Dinner + Dancing somewhere with live music? // or a private musician/DJ at air bnb?


- See some local art spots, walk labyrinth, local shops, cowboy saloon in town, ...

- Dinner, drinks, snacks + DJ all night long with friends on private property/air bnb?…

(friends will have spent the day in JTNP or just chillin’ at their airbnb or meeting us around town)

NEXT NEXT DAY - Pancake breakfast + coffee at dawn and a slow roll out for everyone… maybe go to the drive-in theatre

A couple smiling at each other in front of a lake.
Small wedding ceremony overlooking epic landscape with sun streaming through clouds.
Bride and groom in pine trees.

How to Get Started Planning Your Elopement During a Pandemic

Talk to your partner and start imagining the possibilities (and if you need to stay local or not)...

  • What are your favorite things to do together or
  • What have you always wanted to do as a couple?
  • What do you truly enjoy the most when it comes to fun, food, drinks, and relaxation?

The possibilities are endless. And it doesn't have to be THE ULTIMATE BUCKET-LIST of adventures; make it what you want and enjoy the most right now and it's going to be epic.

Need more guidance?

I'd be excited to talk ideas with you.


I'm newly local to 29 Palms (Joshua Tree) and know most all of California, especially

Mendocino, Oakland/SF Bay Area, highway 395, Nevada City, Big Sur, highway 1, Orange County...

and if I don't know, I'll do the research for you.


With the current state of the pandemic as of May, I will only be shooting California and Arizona elopements at this time, but normally will travel most anywhere in the world.


Let me know what you're dreaming about and I'll help guide you to planning everything (always with room for chillin' and/or spontaneity)!

Two women in an embrace at the beach on their wedding day.
Woman with her head back laughing next to her husband.
Bride and groom smiling at each other.
Groom and Bride look in to each others eyes.

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