Joshua Tree Elopement | Palm Springs Photographer

Joshua Tree Elopement | Palm Springs Photographer

Joshua Tree National Park is one of my all time favorite locations for adventure sessions and elopements! The incredible rock formations and unique Joshua Tree’s make for such gorgeous scenery and the perfect place for you and your new spouse to have your first adventure together as a married couple!

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Joshua Tree Elopement

Where To Go

I met Brandon and Shannon at the North Entrance of Joshua Tree. Check out this post to see why I suggest the north entrance! We drove about 10 minutes into the park from there and that is where we began our adventure! Whiskey and Wild Flowers parked and set up their super cute tailor and prepared for a celebration toast while we adventured around at golden hour. The sun peaking over the mountains was so incredible and helped create some incredible golden images! Brandon and Shannon have such great chemistry and it really shone through on their elopement day!

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How They Met

Believe it or not Brandon and Shannon actually met at Applebee’s.  Who would’ve thought?! It was a week night after 10pm, because they have “half off appetizers and who doesn’t love a good discount!” Shannon had just arrived to meet one of her friends for a bite after working out at a gym down the street. Still sweaty and gym clothes still on, she sat in a booth a few tables across from a high-top table of about 5 guys.

Brandon walked over to them and with more unabashed confidence than Shannon had ever seen, started up a conversation with them. Before they knew it, they had been talking outside on a bench for hours. They quickly realized Applebee’s was closing, and Shannon started looking for her keys to head home. She looked everywhere inside for them, and they were nowhere to be found. She tried calling her friend, and she didn’t answer. Later, Shannon found out that her friend had mistakenly taken her keys, since they both drove Hondas at the time, and so she was left without a ride. She then asked Brandon for a ride home, but before she got in the car with him she asked for his ID, called her mom and read off his entire name, address, and driver’s license number. She said, “If I’m not home in twenty minutes, this is the one that killed me.” 🙂

As they pulled up to her house, they talked for a little while longer and eventually Brandon kissed Shannon.  This would be the very spot that he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him!

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If you are searching for an elopement photographer in Joshua Tree or for your destination elopement, I would love to help guide you through planning your dream elopement! You can contact me HERE and I can’t wait to chat with you!Joshua Tree Adventure ElopementJoshua Tree Adventure Elopement Joshua Tree Adventure Elopement Joshua Tree Adventure ElopementJoshua Tree Adventure ElopementElopement in Joshua Tree in Southern Californiaelope in Joshua Tree elope in Joshua Tree elope in Joshua Tree elope in Joshua Tree Elopement in Joshua Tree in Southern California Elopement in Joshua Tree in Southern California Elopement in Joshua Tree in Southern California Elopement in Joshua Tree in Southern CaliforniaJoshua Tree Elopement PhotographerSouthern California Elopement Southern California Elopement Southern California Elopement Joshua Tree Elopement Photographer Joshua Tree Elopement PhotographerJoshua Tree Elopement Photographer elope in Joshua Tree

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Courtney made the process SO easy! She does more than just photograph your day. She cares about you having the BEST elopement experience possible! I'll never be able to thank Courtney enough for making our dream day happen!

Contact me about your Elopement!

You probably have a million thoughts running through your head making you a bit overwhelmed.

How does this work? What can I do during my elopement? How do I choose my location? Is the ceremony legal? Can I elope with family?

One of the reasons you're probably eloping is because you want to have a stress-free day, but with so much uncertainty on how to plan an elopement how is it even possible?!

No need to stress, you're in the right place! This is where I come in and do the heavy lifting for you.

I'm Courtney, and I specialize in documenting adventurous elopements for couples who love the outdoors, but role is so much more than just an elopement photographer.

I'm here to guide you through every single step of planning your elopement and to give you a clear path tossing that stress out the window!

So, if you're ready to have a unique elopement experience that's actually focused on you, then let's friggin' do this!!


You know you want to elope,

and you know you want it to be meaningful and adventurous, but where do you start?!

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"When my now husband and I started planning our elopement, we were confused to the max. We didn’t know where to start or how to go about planning anything. 

COURTNEY MADE THE PROCESS SO EASY! She is organized, professional, sweet, and so so funny!! She does more than just photograph your day, she cares about you having the BEST elopement experience possible!

She helped us plan EVERYTHING! Even down to the little details! She helped us narrow down where, giving us her informative opinions on each of our options! She gave us cool ideas that we could incorporate into our special day. No idea was too big! When the day came, we had the absolute best time exploring and getting married!

Our elopement was an absolute DREAM COME TRUE! I will never be able to thank Courtney enough for making our dream day happen. 

So, for anyone on the fence, swaying back and forth about whether or not work with Courtney, SWAY NO MORE! You’ve found your person!! My day couldn’t have been any better and my pictures are beautiful and capture the fun we had!!! I can’t wait to work with her again!"

Taylor & andrew

"Planning for our day and the day itself would have been completely different without Courtney. We only knew that we wanted to share our vows in the Tuscan countryside and have beautiful photos, and Courtney planned the perfect agenda for that to happen.

She coordinated our timing around sunset, and not only were the photos breathtaking, but the actual evening was too. I remember looking out over the vineyards as the sun set, the view becoming more and more stunning by the minute. There were no moments that felt forced or posed, every shot was comfortable and fun and full of love.

Courtney is such a sweet, kind, fun person and we truly enjoyed spending the day with her. Courtney helped us to turn our dreams into reality, and we hardly had to do a thing. She allowed us to be in control of our day but gently took all of our wants and needs into consideration while making everything happen. Lastly, our pictures are just magical. Courtney is an incredibly talented photographer, and I feel so lucky that we were able to work with her. I would recommend her over and over again to anyone eloping."

Ellie & Zac

"Let. Me. Tell. You. It's not the technical aspects of photography that are the most difficult. It's the human aspect. Remembering that as a Photographer, you may be behind the lens but you are still a human, in front of other humans, in some of the most raw and intimate of moments.

Courtney balances both of these necessities (but rarities) with poise, great direction, and an overall kind calmness that just makes you breathe a sigh of relief. If you've come across Courtney's page and see what you like already, BOOK HER NOW. Don't spend another second looking for another Photographer that doesn't bring anywhere near the amazing light and spirit that this girl brings right here. Thank you again Courtney for allowing my husband and I to marry each other all over again! The images are stunning and I can't wait to blow them up and hang them in our home."

Shannon & Brandon

"Working with Courtney was an extremely easy experience, seamless, positive and obviously fun. My wife and I went on our honeymoon and wanted to surprise her with a surprise honeymoon adventure session.

Courtney worked with me to make that dream gift for my wife a reality. Meeting and posing for a photographer for the first time can be intimidating, but with Courtney it was anything but that.

Courtney is extremely positive and helpful and made us feel very comfortable in front of the camera. She played some of our favorite songs and before we knew we were just having fun and she was catching them every second. Perhaps the best part of our session was that Courtney knew all the characteristic and peaceful places of where we were, which made our photos even more extraordinary.

She kept the focus on my wife and me. When we shared our images with friends and relatives, everyone complimented on Courtney's aesthetics and the emotion she was able to capture. I can't thank Courtney enough for exceeding all our expectations with this photo shoot!!"

NINA & JASON

"Pick her -- she's the best! Courtney is amazing! Seriously! If you're thinking about eloping you should snatch her up to capture your day. She makes the entire experience fun and relaxed plus the pictures just blew us away. I will never forget our magical time in Venice and I'm obsessed with the gorgeous photos Courtney took of us. She's so so good!"

Jami & Tim

Courtney is not only a talented photographer, but she makes you feel so comfortable even though being in front of the camera can be nerve-wracking! She did such an amazing job with our day and if I had to pick my favorite photo it would take FOREVER, because I love so many! Definitely consider her if you want adventurous and beautiful photos coupled with an amazing experience!

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Don't just take it from me, Take it from my past couples!

You’re in the right place!

I’m here to guide you through EVERY. SINGLE. STEP.

Let’s toss that’s confusion out the window and focus on how you want to get married!

Let me relieve those feelings of being lost, save you time, tell the story of your day and let’s get started creating a day that you’ll never forget!

So, if you know you want to elope,
but feel unsure on where to start, 

contact me & let's get starting creating your dream elopement!

...and you want an amazing storyteller to document your day

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