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Our Runaway Desert Elopement

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One golden evening, a nomad and his gypsy escaped to Joshua Tree to elope in the desert…

Some of you were wondering if this was our real elopement…. I have to be honest and say that it wasn’t, sadly! But the great part was that they made some really amazing faux wedding photos, as when we actually got married in 2011, we didn’t have a professional photographer to capture the special day like I had dreamed of. I also didn’t have the developed bohemian style that I do today, so when the photographer Katherine Dalton reached out to me, I couldn’t say no to her concept of two bandits, running away to elope in the desert. How much does that sound like us?! I’ve wanted to redo our wedding/renew our vows for the chance to have some exciting photos like this, so it meant a lot to me to get the chance to model for this. And it was really the first time in ages that Josh and I modeled together for another photographer. IT was a great experience and fun evening of shooting until the sun set!

Katherine was a great, chill gal to work with. She chased us around through Joshua Tree to capture our antics as we danced and played guitar in the setting sun. And the creative team that included Spark & Sparkle Events was a match made in bohemian heaven. The decor of our “faux wedding” was straight out of my dreams, with design elements I wholly approved of. I wanted to stay there and enjoy the “wedding”, once I laid eyes on the scene set up amongst the giant boulders and joshua trees. It was beautifully put together, and I congratulate the team on creating a shoot that has been featured on the huge wedding blog, Green Wedding Shoes!

Afterwards, we all sat around a bonfire and ate the wedding cake, talked about movies we loved, and burnt fresh sage on the fire. It was one of those great experiences we get to have thanks to the creative industry we chose to be a part of. And getting to support other creatives who are starting out on their independent journey, makes it all the better! I’m always a big puppy when it comes to these things, and I excitedly give advice and support anyone who shares their story with me. There’s nothing I believe in more than chasing after your dreams and encouraging others to do the same. Life is short, and we don’t often have time to start these journeys later in life (which is why I’m always telling kids to develop their skills in their passions early), so I’m always cheering on those who take the leap and start their own business. It’s not an easy thing to do, trust me I know. But it is ALWAYS worth it to push through and go your own way. There’s really nothing I’ve regretted from the hardships and failings we’ve gone through to achieve this lifestyle, and people really should support more often, those who take the less travelled road.

Well, enjoy the photos! You’ll finally get a glimpse of what Josh and I are like together, and not with a camera always between us, hehe!

Details:

Dress: ASOS
Photography: Katherine Dalton Photography
Styling & Coordination: A Bit of Spark & Sparkle Events
Hair + Makeup: Chelsea Nicole Makeup + Hair
Florals: Forage Floral Design
Furniture Rentals: Elan Event Rentals
Tabletop Rentals: Barn Relic
Tabletop Rentals: otis + pearl
Stationary: Honey-Paper
Bakery: Sweet + Saucy Shop

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